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Talks & Events

The Rochester Section meets approximately twice each month, usually on Tuesdays. Our meetings include a talk by a featured speaker. Each talk is preceded by an informal dinner at a local restaurant with the invited speaker. The annual dinner meeting in May includes a banquet dinner. These meetings are open to all individuals.

Upcoming events

    • September 13, 2022
    • 7:00 PM
    • Laboratory for Laser Energetics - Coliseum Room 250 East River Road, Rochester, NY, 14623
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    Entangled and hyper-entangled photon pair generation in periodically poled silica fiber 

    Dr. Li Qian, University of Toronto


    Profile photo of Li Qian

    Abstract

    Quantum entanglement is a fundamental resource in quantum communication, quantum computing, and quantum sensing. Entangled photon pair sources are therefore a crucial and indispensable component in quantum applications.  Entangled photon sources based on nonlinear crystals or waveguides require bulky free-space optics and precision alignment. In contrast, fiber-based entangled photon sources, where entangled photon pairs are directly generated in an optical fiber, make quantum technologies less costly, more practical and accessible, as well as compatible with telecom fiber network infrastructure. In the past decade, we have been developing fiber-based entangled and hyper-entangled photon pair sources based on the periodically-poled silica fiber (PPSF). We demonstrate practical and high quality entanglement (>99% concurrence) sources at room temperature, compact and alignment free. The technology has now been commercialized and many well-known national laboratories in the world have used the polarization-entangled sources based on our technology. My talk will reveal the key technological advantages of using PPSF as a nonlinear material for entangled photon generation, as well as remaining challenges. 

    About the speaker

    Li Qian is a professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Toronto, Canada, where she also earned her PhD degree. From 2000-2002, she was a senior development scientist at Corning, Inc., where she and colleagues developed the first commercial extended L-band erbium-doped fiber amplifiers. At the University of Toronto, her research focuses in both classical and quantum optics. In classical optics, her group develops advanced metrology and sensing systems, including the invention of the Frequency-Shifted Interferometer (FSI), which has been used for low-cost interrogation of large arrays of fiber sensors (up to thousands), and for cavity ring-down sensing, among others. Her group is also leading the work in dispersion measurements of optical fibers and components. In quantum optics, she does experimental research in fiber-based quantum cryptosystems. She and her collaborators have demonstrated the world’s first decoy-state quantum key distribution (QKD) system, as well as conducted pioneering research in quantum random number generation, measurement-device-independent QKD and twin-field QKD systems. She is also well-known for developing fiber-based entangled and hyper-entangled photon pair sources based on periodically poled silica fibres. This technology is now commercialized by OZ Optics. Prof. Qian won the University of Toronto Early Career Award in 2003, the Premier’s Research Excellence Award in 2004, and she was the Canada Research Chair in photonics technologies and applications (2006-2012). She won the Connaught Innovation Award in 2013 to commercialize a quantum random number generator. She is an editor of JOSA B, she has served on the committees of various conferences, including CLEO, QCRYPT, Photonics North, BGPP, etc. She has published over 100 journal papers and over 100 conference papers.

    LLE COVID policy

    Surgical, N-95 or KN-95 Masks are optional for fully vaccinated individuals in LLE facilities.  Disinfectant wipes will be available for attendee use.

    Pre-talk dinner 

    Pre-talk dinner with guest speaker Dr. Li Qian will be held at 5:15 PM at King and I Cuisine of Thailand, 1455 East Henrietta Rd, Rochester NY 14623, prior to the talk. Contact the House Committee by email for dinner reservations. Email: house@opticarochester.org




    • September 27, 2022
    • 7:00 PM
    • Laboratory for Laser Energetics - Coliseum Room 250 East River Road, Rochester, NY, 14623
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    Biomedical Laser Systems Engineering: The Art of Bringing Complex Optical Visualization Systems Out of the Lab and Into the Clinic

    Dr. Max Kotlarchyk, Light10 LLC



    Abstract

    Light-based visualization techniques have become increasingly popular, holding promise to increase sensitivity and provide better information for diagnosis, surgical planning, and clinical intervention.  Optical physics-based techniques combined with automation and hardware processing capabilities can super-power clinicians with information hidden in plain sight, providing an augmented reality view of biological tissues for better clinical decision making.  Optical techniques grounded in spectroscopy, interferometry, absorption, fluorescence, tissue scattering, and others, can be placed in any accessible part of the body, broadly demonstrating the ability to improve, digitize, and accelerate clinical workflows making way for a new standard in care to patients.  Translation from lab feasibility prototype of these devices to clinical product, involves a careful orchestration of processing algorithms, high-end cameras, modulated multi-band scanned solid-state lasers, synchronized mechatronics, diffraction-limited objectives, and more, with industrial collaborations, cross-disciplinary engineering teams, regulatory experts, clinical partnerships, financial stakeholders, lawyers, industrial design, as well as  business-to-business vendors and manufacturers. Successful biomedical systems engineering of complex optical devices is represented by a careful balancing act of deep technical execution with a social collaboration between all involved parties.

    About the speaker

    Max has a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from University of California Irvine and a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University.  He has 20 years experience in biomedical technologies with over 12 years of diverse industry experience in medical device product development for multinational companies (Fortune 100 – 500), startups, and academic institutions. As founder and CEO of Light10 LLC, Max and his team of expert engineers reimagine automated optical medical prototypes and translate them into product ready tools for clinical use. 

    Max is dedicated to enabling the technologies and innovators of tomorrow in the form of university lectures on entrepreneurship, mentorship, bridging segregated industry entities, patient-centric healthcare messaging, and maturing academic bleeding-edge prototype systems to manufacturing-ready medical-grade push-button tools. 

    Some highlighted areas of technical expertise and product development experience include:

    Translational Medicine - Lab to Clinician, Multimodality Microscopy Methods, Opto-Electro/Mechanical system design and automation, Laser Scanning Systems, Digital Pathology, Tissue Engineering, Gene Therapy, Intra-surgical and Diagnostic Imaging Modalities, Next Gen DNA Sequencing and qPCR.

    In this work, Max has contributed towards the fight against:

    Heart Disease, Diabetes, COVID-19, Cancers, Cystic Fibrosis, Dry Age-related Macular Degeneration (Dry AMD), Glaucoma, Keratoconus, Tooth Decay, Organ Failure, and Mental Health.

    LLE COVID policy

    Surgical, N-95 or KN-95 Masks are optional for fully vaccinated individuals in LLE facilities.  Disinfectant wipes will be available for attendee use.

    Pre-talk dinner 

    Pre-talk dinner with guest speaker Dr. Max Kotlarchyk will be held at 5:15 PM at King and I Cuisine of Thailand, 1455 East Henrietta Rd, Rochester NY 14623, prior to the talk. Contact the House Committee by email for dinner reservations. Email: house@opticarochester.org




    • October 18, 2022
    • 7:00 PM
    • Laboratory for Laser Energetics - Coliseum Room 250 East River Road, Rochester, NY, 14623
    Register

    Mid-infrared CW Optical Parametric Oscillator Pumped by an Electro-Optic Frequency Comb

    Dr. Matthew Cich, TOPTICA Photonics Inc.



    Profile photo of Matthew Cich

    Abstract

    TBD

    About the speaker

    TBD

    LLE COVID policy

    Surgical, N-95 or KN-95 Masks are optional for fully vaccinated individuals in LLE facilities.  Disinfectant wipes will be available for attendee use.

    Pre-talk dinner 

    Pre-talk dinner with guest speaker Dr. Matthew Cich will be held at 5:15 PM at King and I Cuisine of Thailand, 1455 East Henrietta Rd, Rochester NY 14623, prior to the talk. Contact the House Committee by email for dinner reservations. Email: house@opticarochester.org




Past events

May 24, 2022 OPTICA Rochester Section Annual Dinner Meeting 2022
April 19, 2022 2021-2022 OSA-RS Speaker Series: Annual Student Talks
April 12, 2022 2021-2022 OSA-RS Speaker Series: Dr. Adam Heiniger, TOPTICA
March 22, 2022 Stephen D. Jacobs Memorial Talk - Dr. Tayyab Suratwala, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
February 22, 2022 2021-2022 OSA-RS Speaker Series: Dr. Nishikant (Nish) Sonwalkar, SunDensity
February 11, 2022 UN International Year of Glass Opening Ceremonies (live/recorded)
February 08, 2022 2021-2022 OSA-RS Speaker Series: Juniyali Nauriyal, Photonect Interconnect Solutions
January 20, 2022 NES OSA Virtual Talk - Steven Spector, Draper Laboratory
December 07, 2021 2021-2022 OSA Rochester Speaker Series - Michael Williams, Boston Electronics, Optica Ambassador 2021
November 16, 2021 OSA-RS Speaker Series: André Richter, VPIphotonics
November 02, 2021 2021-2022 OSA Rochester Speaker Series - Susana Marcos, University of Rochester Center for Visual Science
April 20, 2021 2020-2021 OSA Rochester Speaker Series - Christopher Gerry, Lehman College, The City University of New York
March 23, 2021 OSA-RS Speaker Series Annual Student Talks: Julia D'Rozario (RIT) and Tyler Howard (UR)
January 12, 2021 2020-2021 OSA Rochester Speaker Series - Ildar Begishev, UR Laboratory for Laser Energetics
December 08, 2020 Stephen D. Jacobs Memorial Talk - Dr. Iam-Choon Khoo
November 17, 2020 2020-2021 OSA Rochester Speaker Series - Don Figer and Justin Gallagher, RIT
October 13, 2020 2020-2021 OSA Rochester Speaker Series - Stephen D Fantone, Optikos
September 22, 2020 2020-2021 OSA Rochester Speaker Series - Chuck McFee, Trioptics
March 24, 2020 Postponed: OSA-RS Speaker Series: Stephen D Fantone, Optikos
March 10, 2020 OSA-RS Speaker Series: Mike DeMarco, QED Optics
February 25, 2020 OSA-RS Speaker Series Annual Student Talks: Nick Takaki,UR and Justin Gallagher, RIT
January 14, 2020 OSA-RS Speaker Series: Felix Kim, Ovitz
January 07, 2020 OSA-RS Speaker Series: Jeffrey Powers, Bond, Schoeneck & King
December 11, 2019 OSA-RS Speaker Series: Miguel Alonso, Institut Fresnel and University of Rochester
November 19, 2019 OSA-RS Speaker Series: Michael Campbell, UR Laboratory for Laser Energetics
November 12, 2019 OSA-RS Speaker Series: Ken Marshall, UR Laboratory for Laser Energetics
November 05, 2019 OSA-RS Speaker Series: Zak Niazi, Circle Optics
October 29, 2019 OSA-RS Speaker Series: Vicki Cobb, Author
October 01, 2019 OSA-RS Speaker Series: Len Zheleznyak, Clerio Vision
September 24, 2019 OSA-RS Speaker Series: Sujatha Ramanujan, Nextcorps Luminate
September 10, 2019 OSA-RS Speaker Series: Wayne H Knox, University of Rochester
July 30, 2019 Annual Stephen D Jacobs Memorial Talk: Kathleen Richardson, CREOL, U. Central Florida
June 11, 2019 OSA-RS Joint Event with New York Photonics - Storing Petabytes of Data on Light in Space!
April 30, 2019 OSA Rochester Annual Dinner Meeting 2019
March 26, 2019 OSA-RS Speaker Series: Annual Graduate Student Talks
March 12, 2019 OSA-RS Joint Event with New York Photonics - What's Going On in Materials Research at Alfred University?
February 12, 2019 Postponed: OSA-RS Speaker Series: Julie Bentley, University of Rochester
January 29, 2019 OSA Rochester Optics Education & Outreach Community Discussion
January 29, 2019 Joint OSA-RS and RIT OSA Speaker: Nelson Tabiryan, Beam Engineering for Advanced Measurements Corporation
January 15, 2019 OSA-RS Speaker Series: Mike Bechtold, OptiPro
November 27, 2018 OSA-RS Speaker Series: Will Renninger, UR Institute of Optics
November 13, 2018 OSA-RS Speaker Series: Michael Zemcov, RIT School of Physics and Astronomy
October 30, 2018 Annual Stephen D Jacobs Memorial Talk: Alexis Vogt, Monroe Community College
October 09, 2018 OSA-RS Speaker Series: Paul Conrow, East High School
September 25, 2018 OSA-RS Speaker Series: Max Kotlarchyk, Intelon Optics
April 24, 2018 OSA Annual Dinner Meeting 2018
April 10, 2018 Steve D. Jacobs memorial talk by Kenneth L. Marshall
April 03, 2018 Imaging Polarimetry of the 2017 Solar Eclipse (and Other Objects) by Dr. Dmitry Vorobiev
March 27, 2018 RIT Photonics Open House Tour
February 20, 2018 OSA Lecture by Dr. Jason Nordhaus
February 13, 2018 OSA Lecture by Dr. Nick Vamivakas
December 12, 2017 OSA Lecture by Prof. P. Scott Carney, Director - Institute of Optics on synthetic optical holography
November 07, 2017 OSA lecture by Richard O'Shaughnessy, RIT.
October 24, 2017 A PERTURBATIVE APPROACH FOR TRANSVERSE MODES OF ELLIPTICAL WAVEGUIDES
October 03, 2017 Integrated Photonics: Challenges and Opportunities
April 25, 2017 Annual Dinner Meeting 2017
April 04, 2017 Silicon nanophotonic networks for quantum optical information processing
March 28, 2017 Steve D Jacobs Memorial Talk
March 07, 2017 Entrepreneurship in Optics and Photonics: A Panel Discussion
February 21, 2017 Ultrafast Lasers for Photonics/Optics Fabrication and Optical Differentiation Wavefront Sensing for Freeform Metrology and Wavfront Control of Laser Systems
January 17, 2017 Everything you want to know about freeform optics, but were afraid to ask.
December 06, 2016 The strange world of polarized light
November 15, 2016 Integrated Photonics
October 04, 2016 Omega EP
May 03, 2016 Annual Dinner Meeting 2016
April 19, 2016 Chemically strengthened glasses: principles and applications
April 05, 2016 The origin of the quantum entanglement experiments and space-to-space interferometric communications.
March 15, 2016 Computer Vision with a Billion Eyes
February 23, 2016 MCC Open House
January 26, 2016 How to measure a bone’s chemical composition and mechanical strength using nothing but light: transcutaneous Raman spectroscopy of mouse legs
December 15, 2015 Astronomical Telescope Optics
December 01, 2015 Advanced Mirror Technologies for Space-based Applications
November 17, 2015 Vision Science
October 27, 2015 History of LLE
October 06, 2015 Light-Matter Interactions in Engineered Optical Media
September 29, 2015 The Future of Optics in Rochester
April 28, 2015 Annual Dinner Meeting
March 31, 2015 3D Printing of Optics
March 17, 2015 Lasers in Display, Why They Matter, and Other Bedtime Stories.....
March 03, 2015 Overview of Photovoltaic Research at Natcore
February 17, 2015 Rediscovering Daguerroeotype
January 27, 2015 Étendue and what you can Étendue with it
January 13, 2015 Quasioptic Millimeter Wave Probing and Diagnostics of Materials
December 16, 2014 Successful Implementation of Precision Optical Systems
December 02, 2014 Streak Cameras - Where do we go from here?
November 11, 2014 Laser dissection of vegeatation.. there is more to a tree than meets the eye
October 28, 2014 A History of Optics at Bausch + Lomb - Past, Present & Future
October 14, 2014 Sydor Optics Open House
September 30, 2014 A Novel Anamorphic Adapter for Mobile Filmmaking
September 16, 2014 Freefrom and Conformal Optics Manufacturing and Metrology
May 06, 2014 Annual Dinner Meeting
April 22, 2014 Monitoring and Analyzing Gaze Behavior in Mobile Observers
April 08, 2014 Cooled CCD Cameras for Scientific Imaging
March 25, 2014 Biological and Bio-inspired Photonic Materials
March 11, 2014 Technical Marketing for High-Tech Products and Innovations
February 25, 2014 NIR Optical Diagnostic Techniques for Isolating Yield and Reliability Faults in Nanoscale ICs - Capabilities and Challenges
February 11, 2014 Multispectral Photoacoustic Imaging for Prostate Cancer Diagnosis: An Ex-vivo Study
January 28, 2014 Corning's Metrology Technologies
January 14, 2014 Beam shaping for coherent laser applications
December 17, 2013 Digital Micromirror Development
December 14, 2013 Family Night at The Institute of Optics 2013
December 10, 2013 Seeing cells in the living eye: Pushing the limits of high-resolution retinal imaging
December 03, 2013 RPO Rochester Precision Optics Open House event
November 19, 2013 Development of Infrared Focal Planes for Low Background Space Astronomical Cameras
November 12, 2013 TISCH: Terahertz Imaging & Spectroscopy for Cultural Heritage
October 29, 2013 Optics at ASML, Sub-Wavelength Litho For The Next Generation Electronics
October 16, 2013 Special event talks at SPIE Optifab featuring two guest speakers
October 01, 2013 TISCH: Terahertz Imaging & Spectroscopy for Cultural Heritage
September 17, 2013 3D Printing Technologies by Dr. Denis Cormier from RIT
September 05, 2013 RRPC 2013 Annual Meeting and Golf Tournament
May 07, 2013 Annual Dinner Meeting
April 23, 2013 The Kodak Research Laboratories at 100, 1912-2012
April 09, 2013 Use of Optics to Study Electrically Silent Functions of the Brain - Novel Insight into Why We Sleep
March 26, 2013 Metrology Developments at QED
March 26, 2013 CEIS University Technology Showcase
March 21, 2013 THz Photonics: Bridging the "Gap" and Beyond
March 13, 2013 Single photon slow light: Quantum optics at a snail's pace
March 12, 2013 Lens Design for Low Sensitivity to Thermally Induced Stress Birefringence
February 26, 2013 What's up at Semrock? Complex Thin-Film Coatings for Spectral Transmission and Dispersion Control, and Who is IDEX/Semrock?
February 12, 2013 The Design and Integration of a Custom Broadband 15x Zoom Lens for NIR Fluorescence-Guide Surgery
January 29, 2013 Terahertz - Last Frontier of the EM Landscape
January 15, 2013 Quantum Information, Computation, and Teleportation
December 15, 2012 Family Night at The Institute of Optics
December 11, 2012 The Legacy of Rex Bishop Wilsey, an Early OSA-RS President
November 27, 2012 Computational Illumination for Scene Recovery and Material Classification
November 13, 2012 Latest Developments in MRF Technologies
October 30, 2012 Special Event Sponsored by Optimax: Kodak Contribution to Cold War Surveillance
October 16, 2012 OIDA: Update and Outlook for the Optics Market
October 02, 2012 A Look at How Optics Saved the World, Really!!... the Corona Program
September 18, 2012 Multiphoton Endoscopy for Clinical Diagnostics
April 17, 2012 Annual Dinner Meeting
April 03, 2012 Plant Tour - Optimax
March 19, 2012 Jupiter's Moon Io: A World of Many Volcanoes
March 13, 2012 Solar Sailing via Radiation Pressure and Optical Lift
March 06, 2012 Freeform Optics on the Frontier
February 21, 2012 Interferometeric Radius Measurements
February 07, 2012 Laser Speckle Control for Nuclear Fusion Research
January 24, 2012 Precision Instrumentation at the University of Rochester
January 10, 2012 Modeling the Image Chain
December 10, 2011 Family Night at The Institute of Optics
November 22, 2011 Next-Generation Photovoltaics
November 08, 2011 The Importance of 'Middle Skill' Training in Supporting the Optics Workforce
October 25, 2011 Plant Tour: Sydor Optics
October 11, 2011 Talk
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