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Emerging Applied Imaging Technologies at AIO

Posted by Arlene Smith | May 14, 2015 3:22:02 PM

The sessions at this year's AIO meeting feature emerging technologies.

New this year, AIO is hosting Joint Sessions with two topical meetings: Adaptive Optics (AO) and Application of Lasers for Sensing and Free Space Communication (LS&C).

At the time of writing, two invited speakers are confirmed for the AIO-AO Joint Session. Jaeyoun Kim (Iowa State University) will present on "The Promise of Highly Deformable Soft Optics". Soft, MEMS-based, deformable optical devices are catching up with more traditional rigid materials, in both precision and repeatability of manufacturing. Their dynamic reconfigurability has immense potential in previously challenging optical applications. Anthony Grbic (University of Michigan) will speak about "Wavefront and Polarization Control with Metasurfaces". Metasurfaces, aka two-dimensional, less-lossy metamaterials, have a wide range of potential applications in electromagnetics, including beam manipulation and polarization control.

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

A Conversation with Dr Michele Ostraat, AIO 2015 Keynote

Posted by Arlene Smith | May 4, 2015 12:56:00 PM


Dr. Michele Ostraat is the Downstream Research Center Leader for Aramco Research Center-Boston and the Applied Industrial Optics 2015 Keynote Speaker. She will present on "Optical Materials and Systems for Nondestructive Testing in the Oil and Gas Industry."


Dr Ostraat, thank you for participating in this interview. To start, can you give me a brief history of your background, and how you arrived at Aramco? 

I earned my B.S. degree in Chemistry from Trinity University and then my Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Chemical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology. Following graduate school, I was a Member of Technical Staff at Bell Labs and Agere Systems where I examined the synthesis of rare-earth doped aerosol nanoparticles and investigated the behavior of chalcogenide phase change materials. I then moved to DuPont’s Experimental Station where I worked in aerosol synthesis and characterization of sub-micron and nanoparticles for advanced electronic applications. More recently, I was Senior Director of the Center for Aerosol and Nanomaterials Engineering at RTI International where I led scientific teams developing products and applications for aerosols and nanomaterials for energy and health-related technologies.

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

The lowdown on emerging technologies at Applied Industrial Optics 2015

Posted by Arlene Smith | Apr 2, 2015 10:09:00 AM

Applied Industrial Optics (AIO) 2015 is set to take place June 7-11, 2015 in Arlington, VA. I’m excited to be back blogging my experience as an AIO attendee and also, for the first time, as a Program Chair.

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Topics: AIO Meeting, Applied Industrial Optics

Summary and outlook for Light, Energy and the Environment Congress

Posted by Baohua Jia | Dec 15, 2014 9:13:55 AM

As a researcher working in the photonics field, I found this Congress was extremely useful. I attended many solar energy related conferences before and I had been always struggling to understand the technique jargons in solar cell research. And I wouldn’t bother to record so many details on thin-film deposition, which are highly equipment dependent. This time I am very glad to find that the two communities, namely the solar cell and the photonics people started to talk the same language. To my mind, having the right language of communication can lead to the identification of the challenges, which has already pushed more than halfway through towards solving the problem.

Also during this conference I found lots of conventional optical instrument, for example the confocal optical microscope and near-field optical microscope has been innovatively used to characterise the light-solar cell interaction and obtain unique and localised information. This is a really positive indication that the researchers in both fields are joining their efforts to solve the problem from the very fundamental point of view. To this end, I am very optimistic about the energy future.

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Topics: Renewable Energy, Renewable Energy & the Environment

Day Four: Nobel Laureate addressed Solar Energy in a Sustainable World

Posted by Baohua Jia | Dec 15, 2014 9:11:00 AM

A bright solar future: efficiency and cost are not the only challenges

In the first plenary session of the Congress today, the Nobel Laureate, Professor Steven Chu presented a talk on “Solar Energy in a Sustainable World”. He reminded the audience that almost all energy formats including fossil fuel, wind, fission, geothermal energy are ultimately derived from the sun. He also raised the very important but often neglected point that from system point of view the overall up-take of the solar energy depends not only on the efficiency and cost of the solar cells, as we normally concerned in the academic world. Rather, the reliability of the energy source plays a significant role. If the energy fluctuation is larger than 5%, it is unlikely for the suppliers to choose this source. This is why the current research on the highly efficient batteries is crucial for pushing solar energy as a stable main stream energy source.

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Topics: Renewable Energy, Renewable Energy & the Environment