Tag: optics

Rochester to compete for $200M in photonics funding

Rochester to compete for $200M in photonics funding

October 4, 2014

The Obama administration announced Friday that it would establish an Institute for Manufacturing Innovation on photonics, or the science of using light in everything from advanced manufacturing to transmitting data. The industry and related fields such as optics and imaging already account for an estimated 17,000 jobs in this region.

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Scientists shared vision for optics technology

Scientists shared vision for optics technology

October 3, 2014

Optical engineers Robert Hopkins and John Bruning were a generation apart in age. But when it came to transferring their work from the research lab to the marketplace, they were visionaries aligned.

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Scientists working on invisibility and other tech news

Scientists working on invisibility and other tech news

October 2, 2014

BBC Click’s Spencer Kelly looks at some of the best of the week’s technology – including how scientists at the University of Rochester are using a series of lenses to create a form of invisibility and plans to turn the game Tetris into a film.

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Nerds Forum with @joshzepps

Nerds Forum with @joshzepps

September 30, 2014

Could this be the invention that every Harry Potter fan has been waiting for? Nerds the world over are going gaga for a so called invisibility cloak. It uses lenses to make light pass around an object so it looks like it isn’t there. To tell us about the breakthrough we have the creator of the invisibility cloak, Professor John Howell with the University of Rochester. Can you talk us through how this works?

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The invisibility cloak you’ve been waiting for

The invisibility cloak you’ve been waiting for

September 29, 2014

Everyone from Harry Potter to working physicists are fascinated with cloaking devices. Now, researchers at at the University of Rochester have used simple, inexpensive, off-the-shelf components to hide objects in the visible spectrum of light. In other words, now you see it; now you don’t.

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This discovery brings us one step closer to Harry Potter’s invisibility cloak

This discovery brings us one step closer to Harry Potter’s invisibility cloak

September 28, 2014

It’s like a very small invisibility cloak made of glass. Researchers at the University of Rochester seem to be taking the words of science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke’s to heart: “any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”

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‘Cloaking’ device uses ordinary lenses to hide objects across range of angles

‘Cloaking’ device uses ordinary lenses to hide objects across range of angles

September 25, 2014

Scientists have recently developed several ways—some simple and some involving new technologies—to hide objects from view. The latest effort, developed by physics professor John Howell and graduate student Joseph Choi, not only overcomes some limitations of previous devices, but uses inexpensive, readily available materials in a new way. “This is the first device that we know of that can do three-dimensional, continuously multidirectional cloaking,” said Choi.

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Scientists show you how to make an invisibility cloak (sort of)

Scientists show you how to make an invisibility cloak (sort of)

September 24, 2014

Physicists have figured out the optical parameters for a magic trick they characterize as a kind of “invisibility cloak” — and unlike most magicians, they’re only too willing to show you how it’s done. “We just figured a very simple way of doing that can just be using standard lenses, and things that we normally find in the lab,” physics professor John Howell said in a video explaining the setup.

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Lecture by world-renowned physicist brings quantum mechanics to the masses

Lecture by world-renowned physicist brings quantum mechanics to the masses

September 8, 2014

Anton Zeilinger, one of the world’s leading experts in the field of quantum optics, will present a free, public lecture Tuesday at the University of Rochester. The talk is designed to convey the exciting frontiers of quantum mechanics to a general audience.

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Researchers send electricity, light along same super-thin wire

Researchers send electricity, light along same super-thin wire

September 4, 2014

A new combination of materials can efficiently guide electricity and light along the same tiny wire, a finding that could be a step towards building computer chips capable of transporting digital information at the speed of light.

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