On November 4th the Thurigen Region of Germany hosted a lunch for RRPC members at the Strathallan.
You may have missed lunch, but you don’t have to miss the presentations.
Kevin Rolland-Thompson, group director of research and development in optics at Synopsys, Inc., and Visiting Scientist at the Institute of Optics at the University of Rochester, died on 19 November. He had been undergoing treatment for a brain tumor.
Highly respected for his work as well as his dedication to advancing the field and mentoring students and young professionals, Dr. Thompson’s most recent work had been primarily in advanced technology programs with DARPA. At the university, he worked with a group led by his wife, Professor Jannick Rolland-Thompson, in advancing nodal aberration theory (NAT), a complete aberration theory for imaging optical systems that applies to rotationally nonsymmetrical optical systems.
Dr. Kevin P. Rolland-Thompson
Oct. 5, 1954 – Nov. 20, 2015
Celebration of Life Service:
Saturday, December 5 at 2 PM
Saint Patrick’s Catholic Church
97 W. Bayard Street
Seneca Falls, 13148
Friends and family will gathering following the service at approximately 3:30 PM at the home of Steve and Betsy Fantone:
2161 Lake Road
Seneca Falls, NY 13148
In the 21st century, photonic devices, which use light to transport large amounts of information quickly, will enhance or even replace the electronic devices that are ubiquitous in our lives today. But there’s a step needed before optical connections can be integrated into telecommunications systems and computers: researchers need to make it easier to manipulate light at the nanoscale.
It was November 18, 1915 when nine Rochester scientists met at the University of Rochester: four from Eastman Kodak Co., four from Bausch & Lomb, and one from the University.
“The late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries saw an explosion in the Applied Optics industry. Companies such as Carl Zeiss, Bausch and Lomb and Eastman Kodak realized the great need and potential for optics as cameras, spectacles and medical instruments advanced in technology. With the start of World War I in 1914, the young optics companies in the U.S. were cut off from the German glass supply. The need for more knowledge in optical theory and more advanced instrument-making skills became imminent in the U.S.
On November 18, 1915, a few gentlemen met at the University of Rochester to form an optical society. It was named the Rochester Association for Advancement of Applied Optics. Within three weeks the society had written and adopted a constitution and by-laws and the first council was elected. The first regular meeting was held on Tuesday, January 4, 1916, and then on the first Tuesday of every month thereafter. This schedule is still followed today.
One month later, in February 1916, it was decided to plan a national optics society with the name Optical Society of America. The Journal of the Optical Society of America was the first order of business and on December 28, 1916, the first regular meeting of the OSA was held. At the same time, plans for founding an “Institute of Optics” were underway at the University of Rochester. It was suggested that the Institute of Optics should be intimately involved with the publication of the JOSA and the two have been closely linked ever since. As the national optics society moved out of Rochester in 1916, a local chapter was created with heavy involvement from the local optics industry. It may be said that “you can take OSA out of Rochester, but you cannot take Rochester out of OSA.”
Content taken from “Common Origins of The Institute of Optics and the Optical Society of America” by Susan Houde-Walter, A Jewel in the Crown, 2004
This event is open to RRPC members only.
Registration is limited.
Rochester City School District Science Teacher Diane Eagles (RCSD School #46) was inspired by the International Year of Light posters at the Rochester Airport and decided to do a photonics project with her Optics class.
Eagles gave her students a working definition of Photonics:
“Photonics is the science of light: the technology of generating, controlling and detecting light waves and photons, which are particles of light.”
She then divided them into groups and conducted several experiments and demonstrations analyzing the characteristics and properties of light. The posters highlight the properties and uses of light in relation to reflection, refraction, shadows, moon phases, a spectroscope, translucent, transparent, and opaque objects.
The Center for Emerging and Innovative Sciences at the University of Rochester has been renewed by New York State as one of its Centers for Advanced Technology (CATS). It will receive $9.2 million in funding over the next 10 years, officials said.
CEIS has provided more than $4 million in funding to increase the impact of more than 200 corporate-sponsored research projects at UR and partner universities such as Rochester Institute of Technology, Cornell University and Columbia University. This funding has generated $740 million in direct economic impact, and created or retained at least 440 jobs, officials said Monday.
“The New York State funding has enabled CEIS to support and enhance the world class capabilities of our region’s companies and universities in optics, photonics and imaging,” said Paul Ballentine, executive director of CEIS, in a statement. “This work, among other things, helped lay the groundwork to secure the recent AIM Photonics award. This would not have been possible without the state’s investment in CEIS.”
CEIS is designed to spur technology-based research and economic development in New York while promoting national and international research collaboration.
Investments come from the federal government, foundations, businesses, venture capital firms and other entities.