2022-2023 Optica RS Speaker Series: Dr. Matthew Cich, TOPTICA Photonics Inc.

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

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Electro-optic frequency comb generated in the mid-infrared

Dr. Matthew Cich, TOPTICA Photonics Inc.




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Abstract

Optical frequency comb (OFC) spectroscopy in the mid-infrared (MIR) promises faster, more precise, or more sensitive molecular spectroscopy. To date, demonstrations of MIR OFCs have suffered from low power, poor wavelength coverage, or low sensitivity. Systems that do excel in these areas have high cost and complexity. The technique and measurements reported here demonstrate that singly resonant, single frequency optical parametric oscillators (OPO’s) are a powerful platform for generating MIR OFC’s with properties not shown by other MIR light sources.

About the speaker

Matthew Cich, Ph.D., is a frequency comb applications scientist at TOPTICA Photonics Inc. He received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Carleton College in 2008 and a doctorate in chemistry from Stony Brook University in 2014. Cich was a NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellow at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where his research focused on high-resolution molecular spectroscopy. He joined TOPTICA Photonics in 2018. He has over a decade of experience in applied optical frequency combs, and he focuses on utilizing frequency combs’ unique and powerful capabilities in a variety of established and novel applications.

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




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