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

    • March 03, 2015
    • 7:00 PM
    • UR/ LLE East Lobby
    Title: Overview of Photovoltaic Research at Natcore

    Speaker: David Levy, Natcore



    The Rochester laboratory of Natcore has two major research programs:  a low cost process for producing black silicon, and laser based doping of silicon to produce solar cells.   Black silicon refers generally to a surface etch of silicon that produces very low reflection.  Our black silicon process uses a metal assisted chemical etch that creates fine pores on the silicon, all at atmospheric conditions.  The morphology of the resulting surface as well as full area cell performance will be discussed.   The laser doping technology we are developing will enable lower temperature processing of silicon than is used in current solar cell production, and has good synergy with the black silicon antireflection technology.  The concept and progress on laser processing will also be discussed.


    David Levy earned a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania

    before obtaining a Ph.D. degree from MIT.  He joined the Eastman Kodak Research Labs in 1992, where he was a Senior Research Scientist.  During his time with Kodak, he worked with nanoparticle dispersions, solution-processable inorganic semiconductors, and was the inventor of Kodak‚Äôs Spatial Atomic Layer Deposition process (SALD) process.  In 2012 Dr. Levy joined Natcore Technology as the Director of Research and Technology, with a focus on crystalline silicon solar cells.  Dr. Levy has been granted 86 US patents and has been an invited presenter at meetings of the Materials Research Society and the American Vacuum Society.

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

    Speaker: Barry Silverstein, IMAX

    • March 31, 2015
    • 7:00 PM
    • UR / LLE East Lobby

    Speaker: Stephen Burns, University of Rochester

    • April 14, 2015
    • 7:00 PM
    • UR / LLE East Lobby

    Speaker: Frederico Capasso, Harvard


    • April 28, 2015
    • 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Burgundy Basin Inn, 1361 Marsh Road, Pittsford

    Corporate members, please contact webmaster@osarochester.org with the names of your four complementary attendees.

    The Rochester Section of the Optical Society of America hosts an annual business meeting and dinner featuring an update of the year's activities and a special guest speaker. The details for this year's annual dinner meeting is as follows.

    OSA-RS Annual Business Meeting and Dinner

    Tuesday, April 28, 2015

    5:30 p.m.   Networking
    6:30 p.m.   Dinner        
              7:00 p.m.   Business Meeting
    8:00 p.m.   Invited Talk

      9:00 p.m.   Adjournment


    Burgundy Basin Inn

    1361 Marsh Road

    Pittsford, NY 14534



    Speaker: Bernard Kress, PhD.

    Principal Optical Architect, Google X Labs

    Mountain View, CA


    Topic: Optics for wearable displays and sensors: VR, AR, SMart Eyewear and beyond

    Admission (including soft drinks) is as follows:

    • $25 for OSA-RS regular member
    • $10 for OSA-RS student member
    • $30 for non-member guests
    • No charge for OSA-RS honorary members

    • Cash bar is available.
    • Reservations (including guest names) must be made by April 25.


    If you can't register on-line or wish to pay by check, please make out a check to "OSA Rochester Section" and send it to:

    OSA Rochester Section
    Attn: Jim Sydor, Treasurer

    31 Jetview Dr.
    Rochester, NY 146234

    No tickets will be distributed. Confirmed reservations will be placed on a list.

Past events

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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