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Cool Materials: Day 4 of AIO 2015

Posted by Arlene Smith | Jun 17, 2015 3:46:42 PM


The final day of AIO 2015 kicked off with the 'Cool Materials' session. Chauncey Graetzel (Optotune Switzerland AG, USA) presented the technology behind 'Tunable Lenses, Miniature Laser Speckle Reducers and their Applications to Innovative Optical Systems'. The Optotune approach provides compact zoom and focus at high speeds and low dispersion compared to electrowetting tunable technologies. Chauncey described applications of this technology, such as the use of tunable lens for laser engraving, 3D marking, for axial focusing in microscopy and in opthalmology.

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Topics: Applied Optics, Applied Industrial Optics

Optics in detecting threats, patents and more: AIO Day 3

Posted by Arlene Smith | Jun 11, 2015 5:50:48 PM


Derryck Reid (Heriot-Watt University, UK) opened Day 3 at the Joint Session with LS&C and AIO with a presentation on his work in the area of 'Chemical Sensing Using Broadband Mid-IR Femtosecond OPOs'. Femtosecond OPOs offer high spatial and spectral brightness, good spatial coherence, and are efficient and robust. Derryck described the application of these sources in Fourier Transform IR (FTIR) Spectroscopy for single-point stand-off chemical sensing.

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Topics: Applied Optics, Applied Industrial Optics

What you can do with spectroscopy and more - AIO Day 2

Posted by Arlene Smith | Jun 10, 2015 12:31:46 PM



Thomas Tague (Brucker Optics Inc, USA) opened the first Applied Industrial Optics session on Day 2 - Dr Photon to the Rescue - with a talk on 'Novel Applications of Molecular Spectroscopy to Heritage and Biomedical Fields of Study'. Thomas described the in-situ analyses of graffiti pigments in rock paintings at Hueco Tanks State Park using Raman and X-Ray Fluorescence techniques, and the application of Surface Enhanced Resonance Raman Spectroscopy (SERRS) for single molecule detection, a technique which is ~1000 times more sensitive than standard fluorescence techniques. 

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Topics: Optical Imaging, Applied Industrial Optics

Applied Industrial Optics Day 1

Posted by Arlene Smith | Jun 9, 2015 1:07:00 PM


The first session of AIO 2015 - 'Flutonics Palooza' - was opened by Dominic Murphy (Pie Photonics Ltd, Ireland) with a talk titled 'Optical Wavefront Interferometry - Evolution, Challenges and Opportunities'. Dominic spoke on the challenges facing detection systems regarding information (throughput, sensitivity) and form (simplicity, size), and the advantages, such as robustness, stability and verstility, offered by Pie's optical wavefront interferometry solution.

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Topics: applied imaging, Applied Optics, Applied Industrial Optics

11 Reasons to Love the Applied Industrial Optics Meeting

Posted by Arlene Smith | Jun 4, 2015 1:43:00 PM

The countdown to the meeting begins!


Eleven – Actually there are twelve sessions scheduled during AIO 2015, featuring 22 invited and 9 contributed talks. Short videos from AIO 2015 industrial sponsors will be shown in the meeting room before and after each session. The Congress Joint Poster Session with over 40 posters is on Tuesday, 19:00 - 20:30.

Ten – Stops from the nearest subway station (Crystal City) to the Smithsonian on the Blue Line. If you have a few hours to spare, immerse yourself in Washington DC’s wealth of museums. Founded in 1846, the Smithsonian is the world's largest museum and research complex. Best of all: Smithsonian Museums are free.

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Topics: Imaging and Applied Optics, AIO Meeting, Applied Industrial Optics