On the road to ubiquity – US National Science Foundation

Posted June 22, 2015 by rrpc
Categories: International Year of Light, Lasers

nsf.gov – National Science Foundation (NSF) Discoveries – On the road to ubiquity – US National Science Foundation (NSF).

 

As a tool, the laser has stretched the imaginations of countless scientists and engineers, making possible everything from stunning images of celestial bodies to high-speed communications. Once described as a “solution looking for a problem,” the laser powered and pulsed its way into nearly every aspect of modern life.

One area in particular, data transmission, gained momentum as the 1980s progressed. NSF’s Lightwave Technology Program in its engineering directorate was critical not only because the research it funded fueled the Internet, mobile devices and other high-bandwidth communications applications, but also because many of the laser advances in this field drove progress in other disciplines.

An important example of this crossover is optical coherence tomography (OCT). Used in the late 1980s in telecommunications to find faults in miniature optical waveguides and optical fibers, this imaging technique was adapted by biomedical researchers in the early 1990s to noninvasively image microscopic structures in the eye. The imaging modality is now commonly used in ophthalmology to image the retina. NSF continues to fund OCT research.

As laser technology matured through the 1990s, applications became more abundant. Lasers made their way to the factory floor (to cut, weld and drill) and the ocean floor (to boost signals in transatlantic communications). The continued miniaturization of lasers and the advent of optical fibers radically altered medical diagnostics as well as surgery.

Laser World of Photonics, Munich

Posted June 21, 2015 by rrpc
Categories: Biophotonics, International Year of Light, Laser Fusion, Lasers, New York Photonics, New York State Optics, NYPhotonics, Optics, Photonics, RRPC Member News

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“Laser Munich” begins tomorrow. The largest photonics conference in Europe. NYPhotonics is here!

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Adam Dunn and Jürgen Kantner in front of a statue of Joseph von Fraunhofer, the famed Bavarian and one of the fathers of modern optics.

Interactive Light Sculpture During Rochester International Jazz Fest

Posted June 18, 2015 by rrpc
Categories: International Year of Light, RRPC Calendar

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CUBES: A VISUAL EXPLORATION OF POSSIBILITY

Cubes uses technology developed by Alexander Green and Symmetry Labs, a San Francisco-based technology and design company founded by Alexander Green and Trip Vest. Cubes has been featured on the Discovery Channel, the Esquire network, and at the Treasure Island Music Festival. Cubes is presented in Rochester in partnership with Haywood Hawks.Alexander Green will give a talk on the technology and vision behind Cubes, followed by a performance by Green and Herb Smith’s Freedom Trio. Q and A, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and reception to follow.
https://www.facebook.com/events/465577120274596/

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ABOUT THE ARTIST
Alexander Green is a San Francisco based new-media artist who was raised in Rochester. His installation “Cubes” is a visually stunning, multi-dimensional work that uses custom software and LED technology. Since their emergence at Burning Man 2013, Cubes have left audiences and contemporary art lovers awestruck. Written about in The Creators Project, Gizmodo, the Huffington Post, and featured on the Discovery Channel, “Cubes” have captivated the world of tech-driven art. Alexander’s collaboration with world-famous violinist Tim Fain is the subject of an upcoming documentary broadcast worldwide on BBC and PBS entitled “Ineffable.” Alexander will be speaking at the Cannes Lions Festival on Creativity in June on the future of audiovisual experiences.

Sponsored in part by New York Photonics.

 

JP Morgan Chase Teams with MCC to Fill Middle-Skills Gap

Posted June 12, 2015 by rrpc
Categories: New York Photonics, New York State Optics, NYPhotonics, Workforce Development News

Grant aims to grow the pipeline of middle skills workers.

June 12, 2015 – The Monroe Community College Foundation has been awarded a $320,000 grant from JPMorgan Chase to create a middle-skill bridge program and expand accelerated certificate programs at Monroe Community College.

The grant is part of a larger, $1 million JPMorgan Chase investment to support advanced manufacturing training programs in four upstate New York regions—Albany, Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse. The grant is associated with the firm’s New Skills at Work initiative, a $250 million commitment to address skill gaps in communitie

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Addressing Critical Trade Compliance Issues

Posted June 9, 2015 by rrpc
Categories: ITAR, Lasers, Manufacturing, Markets, New York Photonics, New York State Optics, NYPhotonics, Optics, Photonics, RRPC Calendar

On Thursday, June 4th, OSA, SPIE and New York Photonics hosted a webinar with the Department of Commerce about proposed changes to the U.S. Munitions List.  These changes have the potential to greatly hamper the export of optics and photonics products from the U.S.

26 New York Photonics members participated in the Webinar.  The presentation is >>here<<

 

 

Lumetrics Obtains Patent for Contact Lens Measurement System | Benzinga

Posted June 1, 2015 by rrpc
Categories: New York Photonics Annual Meeting, NYPhotonics, Optics, Photonics

Lumetrics Obtains Patent for Contact Lens Measurement System

Lumetrics was awarded a patent for an apparatus that measures the optical performance characteristics and dimensions of an optical element using a Shack-Hartmann wavefront sensor and a low coherence interferometer. This is a major improvement on current manufacturing inspection methods, especially for the contact lens and intraocular lens industries.

The first implementation of this product uses a modified ClearWave in combination with our industry leading OptiGauge® thickness measurement system. This provides contact lens manufacturers center thickness (CT), Sagittal Height (SAG), diameter, radius of curvature, and all the wavefront measurements that currently require two separate systems to obtain. “This not only provides for a drastically reduced equipment footprint, but also reduces the required operator handling,” said Lumetrics President John Hart. “Any time our customers can reduce operator handling, they reduce the potential problems that can occur with handling.”

Additional benefits include the ability to precisely measure the distance from the back of the lens relative to the object plane of the ClearWave. This ensures the ability of the operator to achieve the most accurate power measurements.

Lumetrics places a high value on its intellectual property. In addition to this latest patent, Lumetrics also owns or controls over 30 patents and a dozen software copyrights. “Our IP is a core strength we bring to our customers, and we protect it vigorously,” said Hart.

 

Innovation Expert Doug Berger Joins Rochester Manufacturing Innovators For June 9th Program

Posted May 29, 2015 by rrpc
Categories: NYPhotonics, RRPC Calendar, RRPC Member News

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For New York Photonics Member CEOs and Presidents

We are pleased to collaborate with another education organization here in Rochester to make you aware of an interesting seminar– The Growth Challenge: How Innovation can Close your Growth Gap, to be held on Tuesday, June 09, 2015, 7:30 am at Oak Hill Country Club.

One of the top issues that challenge “C” Level executives today is the SPEED of DISRUPTION in their industry, and the potential impact on the sustainability and growth of their organization. In this DR CEO SIG Seminar, we are pleased to highlight a world class author and speaker on Innovation – Doug Berger, along with a panel of Upstate NY CEOs who have been recognized for their exceptional record of Innovation in the companies they run.   Our guest panel of CEO’s  include, Bob Bechtold of Harbec Plastics, Mike Mandina of Optimax Systems and Bill Pollock of Optimation/Kingsbury.

In this session, C-level executives will learn about ways companies are innovating across all functions and processes to drive growth in traditional markets and to build new revenue streams.  Mr. Berger’s  4-Step Innovation Process encourages you to take a step away from your historic track record and then adopt an outsider-in viewpoint, in order to identify those growth drivers for future business. Learn from his experiences and practical advice, from a diverse background of industries and walk away with actionable steps to improve your company “IQ” – Innovation Quotient.

This CEO series is offered at a reduced rate of $20.00 for NY Photonics member Presidents, CEOs and Owners of businesses. These events are intended as peer networking for business leaders, not sales networking opportunities.

As his commitment to giving back to the community and to NY Photonics and Digital Rochester, Mr. Berger has also offered to meet with CEO’s on a one on one basis at their place of business following the seminar to “continue the conversation”. There will only be 3 slots available in the afternoon so please let us know if you are interested in meeting with Mr. Berger the afternoon of June 9th.

To Register go to: https://www.runmyclub.com/DR/eventcalendar.asp?id=208752 and use the NYP discount code

Agenda:

7:30 to 8 am Breakfast and Networking
8:00 am Program Begins
9:30 am Program Ends


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