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Photobiomodulation – where it started and where is it going?

Posted by Johnathan George | Aug 31, 2015 6:09:22 PM


Today’s kick-off of the OSA’s second Photobiomodulation (PBM) Incubator brings together scientists, practitioners, and industry to discuss the latest research, future, and hurdles for PBM’s acceptance as a mainstream medical therapy.

The day began with hosts Michael Hamblin Ph.D. and Donald Patthoff DDS introducing the goal of the Incubator: to come together to bring a coherent message about the scientific validity and potential for PBM. They said there will be an expectation of no spectators and an “all hands on deck” attitude at the Incubator, where all attendees are expected to participate.


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Topics: Photobiomodulation

Cool Materials: Day 4 of AIO 2015

Posted by Johnathan George | 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 Johnathan George | 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 Johnathan George | 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 Johnathan George | 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