OSA Rochester Section

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

    • October 06, 2015
    • 7:00 PM
    • UR/ LLE East Lobby

    Light-Matter Interactions in Engineered Optical Media

    Natalia M. Litchinitser


    University at Buffalo, The State University of New York

    Abstract: In this talk, we consider fundamental optical phenomena at the interface of singular and nonlinear optics in artificial media, including theoretical and experimental studies of linear and nonlinear light-matter interactions of vector and singular optical beams in metamaterials.  We show that unique optical properties of metamaterials open unlimited prospects to “engineer” light itself. Thanks to their ability to manipulate both electric and magnetic field components, metamaterials open new degrees of freedom for tailoring complex polarization states and orbital angular momentum (OAM) of light. We will discuss several approaches to structured light manipulation on the nanoscale using metal-dielectric, all-dielectric and hyperbolic metamaterials. These new functionalities, including polarization and OAM conversion, beam magnification and de-magnification, and sub-wavelength imaging using novel non-resonant hyperlens are likely to enable a new generation of on-chip or all-fiber structured light applications.

    The emergence of metamaterials also has a strong potential to enable a plethora of novel nonlinear light-matter interactions and even new nonlinear materials. In particular, nonlinear focusing and defocusing effects are of paramount importance for manipulation of the minimum focusing spot size of structured light beams necessary for nanoscale trapping, manipulation, and fundamental spectroscopic studies. Colloidal suspensions offer as a promising platform for engineering polarizibilities and realization of large and tunable nonlinearities. We will present our recent studies of the phenomenon of spatial modulational instability leading to laser beam filamentation in an engineered soft-matter nonlinear medium.

    Finally, we introduce so-called virtual hyperbolic metamaterials formed by an array of plasma channels in air as a result of self-focusing of an intense laser pulse, and show that such structure can be used to manipulate microwave beams in a free space.

    Bio: Natalia Litchinitser is a Professor of Electrical Engineering at University at Buffalo, The State University of New York and a Visiting Professor at Chiba University, Japan. Her group research focuses on fundamental properties and applications structured light in metamaterials, biomedical imaging, optical communications and nonlinear optics. Natalia M. Litchinitser earned her Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology and a Master’s degree in Physics from Moscow State University in Russia. She completed postdoctoral training at the Institute of Optics, University of Rochester in 2000. Prof. Litchinitser joined the faculty of the department of Electrical Engineering at the State University of New York at Buffalo as Assistant Professor in 2008. Natalia Litchinitser previously held a position of a Member of Technical Staff at Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies and of a Senior Member of Technical Staff at Tyco Submarine Systems. Natalia Litchinitser’s research interests include linear and nonlinear optics in metamaterials, singular optics, light filamentation, topological photonics, and optical communications. She authored 7 invited book chapters, over 100 journal and conference research papers. She is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America, Fellow of the American Physical Society, and a Senior Member of the IEEE. She holds grants from US National Science Foundation, US Army Research Office, and Department of Energy. She is a recipient of The 2014 Exceptional Scholar Award for Sustained Achievement.


    • November 17, 2015
    • 7:00 PM
    • UR/ LLE East Lobby

    Len Zheleznyak from the University of Rochester will talk about Vision Science 

    • December 01, 2015
    • 7:00 PM
    • UR/ LLE East Lobby

    Advanced Mirror Technologies for Space-based Applications

    Speaker: James T. Mooney, Harris

Past events

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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