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All Things Photonics

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From space exploration and quantum optics, to biomedical imaging and defense, today’s top scientific minds are applying lasers, spectroscopy, microscopy, and more to deliver cutting-edge innovation to our evolving world. In each episode, Photonics Media News Editor Jake Saltzman hosts intimate conversations with those pushing the boundaries of human knowledge.

Hear how 3D printed microscopes — and those developed for a fraction of the cost — offer our best hope for diagnosing disease in the developing world; how silicon photonics and biophotonics are invigorating advances in quantum computing and medical diagnostics, respectively; and how a series of femtosecond laser pulses and black metals can provide reliable access to clean water around the world.

Notable guests include Nobel Prize winner Donna Strickland; Columbia University Eugene Higgins Professor of Electrical Engineering and 2021 OSA Vice President Michal Lipson; UCLA researcher Aydogan Ozcan; inventor of the Foldscope microscope Manu Prakash; 2021 SPIE President-Elect and founder of the Vanderbilt Biophotonics Center Anita Mahadevan-Jansen; Duke researcher Adam Wax; and USC physicist Andrea Armani.

All Things Photonics is produced by Photonics Media and airs biweekly, on Tuesdays. The podcast was a shortlisted finalist in two categories — Best Science & Medical Podcast and Best Technology Podcast — for The Publishers Podcast 2021 Awards. Season 1 of All Things Photonics received an Honorable Mention for excellence in engaging content from the 2020 Folio Eddie Awards.
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Eric Fossum, inventor of the CMOS active pixel image sensor, talks about the past, present, and future of imaging applications and the technology transfer in industry and academia. CEOs Berthold Schmidt (TRUMPF Photonic Components) and Adam Piotrowski (VIGO Systems), the two newest board members of the European Photonics Industry Consortium (EPIC), speak about their new platform and spurring photonics innovation. All Things Photonics is produced by Photonics Media and airs biweekly, on Tuesdays. Find links to the stories mentioned below. The podcast was a shortlisted finalist in two categories — Best Science & Medical Podcast and Best Technology Podcast — for The Publishers Podcast 2021 Awards. Season 1 received an Honorable Mention for excellence in engaging content from the 2020 Folio Eddie Awards.
Western New York (specifically, the city of Rochester) is a globally recognized hub for optics, photonics, and imaging innovation. From titans Kodak and Xerox to an industry’s reemergence from a global pandemic, New York Photonics’ Executive Director Thomas Battley discusses how one industry (specifically, one cluster) blends contributions from industry, academia, and government to drive economic growth and scientific progress. Sponsored by: PerkinElmer - www.PerkinElmer.com All Things Photonics is produced by Photonics Media and airs biweekly, on Tuesdays. Find links to the stories mentioned on our website, www.Photonics.com/podcast. The podcast has been named a finalist in two categories - Best Science & Medical Podcast and Best Technology Podcast - for The Publishers Podcast 2021 Awards. Season 1 received an Honorable Mention for excellence in engaging content from the 2020 Folio Eddie Awards.
Greg Quarles, former OSA chief scientific officer and current CEO of Applied Energetics, takes us beyond the defense sector and the combatting of threats along the electromagnetic spectrum, outlining current applications in directed energy. Tom Nugent, CTO and co-founder of PowerLight Technologies, talks optical power beaming - a technology that is closer than you think. Sponsored by: PerkinElmer - www.PerkinElmer.com All Things Photonics is produced by Photonics Media and airs biweekly, on Tuesdays. Find links to the stories mentioned on our website, www.Photonics.com/podcast. The podcast has been named a finalist in two categories - Best Science & Medical Podcast and Best Technology Podcast - for The Publishers Podcast 2021 Awards. Season 1 received an Honorable Mention for excellence in engaging content from the 2020 Folio Eddie Awards.
2019 President of The Optical Society and Fulbright Scholar Ursula Gibson details her latest work with novel core optical fibers and their function in expanding applications spanning metrology, optical communication, and optoelectronics. Nick Harris, founder and CEO of supercomputing company Lightmatter, talks about silicon-driven advances in all-optical computing and Lightmatter’s photonic computing platform. Sponsored by: COMSOL - www.comsol.com All Things Photonics is produced by Photonics Media and airs biweekly, on Tuesdays. Find links to the stories mentioned in the episode on our website, www.photonics.com/podcast. The podcast has been named a finalist in two categories - Best Science & Medical Podcast and Best Technology Podcast - for The Publishers Podcast 2021 Awards. Season 1 received an Honorable Mention for excellence in engaging content from the 2020 Folio Eddie Awards.
Frequency combs have revolutionized time and frequency metrology, making stops along the way to key developments in optical clocks, and, as it turns out, broadband spectroscopy. In a conversation that veers from interferometry to holography, and optoelectronics to solid-state lasing, Nathalie Picque from Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics shares insights about her latest research. UCLA's Aydogan Ozcan is back for the second part of a conversation about "Terahertz pulse shaping using diffractive surfaces." Sponsored by: COMSOL - www.comsol.com All Things Photonics is produced by Photonics Media and airs biweekly, on Tuesdays. Find links to the stories mentioned in the episode on our website, www.photonics.com/podcast. The podcast has been named a finalist in two categories - Best Science & Medical Podcast and Best Technology Podcast - for The Publishers Podcast 2021 Awards. Season 1 received an Honorable Mention for excellence in engaging content from the 2020 Folio Eddie Awards.
The latest in quantum computing and quantum optics is our focus, as Dirk Englund from MIT's Quantum Photonics Laboratory shares his insights on the latest in materials processing, PICS, photonics entrepreneurship, and more. UCLA's Aydogan Ozcan talks about his latest work, "Terahertz pulse shaping using diffractive surfaces," in Part One of a two-part segment. Sponsored by: MKS Instruments - www.newport.com Hamamatsu Corporation - www.hamamatsu.com All Things Photonics is produced by Photonics Media and airs bi-weekly, on Tuesdays. Find links to the stories mentioned in the episode on our website, www.photonics.com/podcast. The podcast has been named a finalist in two categories — Best Science & Medical Podcast and Best Technology Podcast — for The Publishers Podcast 2021 Awards. Season 1 received an Honorable Mention for excellence in engaging content from the 2020 Folio Eddie Awards.
Jess Wade from Imperial College London’s Blackett Laboratory kicks off Season 3 with expert insights on OLEDs, chiral materials, and the not-so-clear-cut relationship between science and equity. Through the lens of SPIE’s very first Diversity Outreach Award winner, listeners will enjoy a candid conversation on topics ranging from polymer conjugation to breaking biases in STEM and beyond. Sponsored by: MKS Instruments - www.newport.com Hamamatsu Corporation - www.hamamatsu.com All Things Photonics is produced by Photonics Media and airs bi-weekly, on Tuesdays. Find links to the stories mentioned in the episode on our website, www.photonics.com/podcast. The podcast has been named a finalist in two categories — Best Science & Medical Podcast and Best Technology Podcast — for The Publishers Podcast 2021 Awards. Season 1 received an Honorable Mention for excellence in engaging content from the 2020 Folio Eddie Awards.
Chunlei Guo, from the High-Intensity Femtosecond Laser Laboratory in the Institute of Optics at the University of Rochester, discusses his work in laser processing, leading to the discovery of highly functionalized materials. Guo's research, including with black and colored metals, is addressing societal issues including global access to clean water. Chrys Panayiotou, executive director of LASER-TEC, joins us to talk about developing a highly skilled optics and photonics workforce. Sponsored by: Photonics Spectra Conference - www.PhotonicsSpectraConference.com All Things Photonics is produced by Photonics Media and airs biweekly, on Tuesdays. Find links to the stories mentioned in the episode on our website, www.photonics.com/podcast.
Quantum information processing has arrived at the cutting edge. Ian Walmsley, elected fellow of the esteemed Royal Society and provost of Imperial College London, guides us through the narrative of the field — from information processing and computing, to the evolution of science education and industry. Manos Anyfantakis, from the University of Luxembourg’s Experimental Soft Matter Physics group, shares his team’s latest breakthrough: achieving structural colors, with applications in biobased sensing and dyeing. Sponsored by: Coherent Inc. - www.coherent.com/amplify Photonics Spectra Conference - www.PhotonicsSpectraConference.com All Things Photonics is produced by Photonics Media and airs biweekly, on Tuesdays. Find links to the stories mentioned in the episode on our website, www.photonics.com/podcast.
Vice president of the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE) Anita Mahadevan-Jansen shares her journey in and throughout biomedical imaging and biophotonics, including the discovery of infrared neural stimulation - and working alongside her husband. Garrett Cole, from Thorlabs Crystalline Solutions, stops by to chat about limiting quantum noise in laser beams, high-precision optics, and his presentation in the upcoming Photonics Spectra Conference. Sponsored by: Coherent Inc. - www.coherent.com/amplify COMSOL - www.comsol.com PI (Physik Instrumente) LP – Precision Motion Control and Piezo Technologies - www.pi-usa.us Photonics Spectra Conference - www.PhotonicsSpectraConference.com All Things Photonics is produced by Photonics Media and airs biweekly, on Tuesdays. Find links to the stories mentioned in the episode on our website, www.photonics.com/podcast.
Part 2 of our conversation with MacArthur Fellow Manu Prakash, who takes us inside his lab at Stanford and sheds light on the value of all that we don’t know. Episode 3 concludes with Sujatha Ramanujan, managing director of the Luminate Accelerator, and an assurance that there is no better time to innovate in our field of photonics. Sponsored by: COMSOL - www.comsol.com Photonics Spectra Conference - www.PhotonicsSpectraConference.com All Things Photonics is produced by Photonics Media and airs bi-weekly on Tuesdays. Find links to the stories mentioned in the episode on our website, www.photonics.com/podcast.
Frugal science and the Foldscope microscope are among the topics we discuss with Manu Prakash, in part 1 of our multiweek conversation with the Unilever Colworth Prize recipient and MacArthur Fellow, who joins us from Stanford University. Prakash recounts the road to putting high-level microscopes in the hands of more than 1 million users around the world, as well as his earliest scientific memories. We also explore science’s role in our current global pandemic situation and how a problem-solving mentality extends beyond the laboratory. Season 2, Episode 2, concludes with a look at how a most unusual material spins a stronger optical lens. Sponsored by: COMSOL - www.comsol.com MKS Instruments - www.newport.com All Things Photonics is produced by Photonics Media and airs bi-weekly on Tuesdays. Find links to the stories mentioned in the episode on our website, www.photonics.com/podcast.
OSA Vice President-elect and silicon photonics pioneer Michal Lipson launches Season 2 with a discussion on the evolution of silicon photonics technologies, her professional influences, and the emerging role of silicon photonics in AR, quantum computing, and beyond. Later, we’re joined by Photonics Media Senior Editor Dan McCarthy for his thoughts on our industry’s value chain and how we aim to reflect it in our flagship publication, Photonics Spectra. Sponsored by: MKS Instruments - www.newport.com All Things Photonics is produced by Photonics Media and airs bi-weekly on Tuesdays. You can find links to the stories mentioned in the episode on our website, www.photonics.com/podcast.
In this final episode of Season 1, Tom Hausken, senior industry advisor from OSA, reviews the photonics market and it’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Also, more from Coherent’s new CEO Andy Mattes and COO Mark Sobey. Sponsored by: Coherent Inc. - www.Coherent.com/ATP All Things Photonics is produced by Photonics Media. You can find links to the stories mentioned in the episode on our website, www.photonics.com/podcast.
Charles H. Townes biographer, Charles Petit, discusses the inventor of the laser, their relationship, and the legal battle that took place. Also, Andy Mattes, Coherent’s new CEO, talks plans for the company’s future amid a pandemic. Sponsored by: Coherent Inc. - www.Coherent.com/ATP COMSOL - www.comsol.com MKS Instruments and their Newport brand - www.newport.com All Things Photonics is produced by Photonics Media and airs every other Tuesday. You can find links to the stories mentioned in the episode on our website, www.photonics.com/podcast.
Jürgen Popp discusses his research into Raman spectroscopy and early disease detection. Dr. Popp is the Scientific Director of the Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology in Germany. His research focuses on the development and application of innovative linear and nonlinear Raman technologies for biomedical diagnosis. Sponsored by: COMSOL - www.comsol.com MKS Instruments and their Newport brand - www.newport.com All Things Photonics is produced by Photonics Media and airs every other Tuesday. You can find links to the stories mentioned in the episode on our website, www.photonics.com/podcast.  
Arthur McClelland discusses his research into Raman spectroscopy and how it's helping to shape our understanding of history. Dr. McClelland is a principal scientist at the Center for Nanoscale Systems at Harvard University where he is using his laboratory to research new applications for microscopy and spectroscopy. Sponsored by: COMSOL - www.comsol.com PI (Physik Instrumente) LP - Precision Motion Control and Piezo Technologies - www.pi-usa.us MKS Instruments and their Newport brand - www.newport.com HÜBNER Photonics - www.hubner-photonics.com All Things Photonics is produced by Photonics Media and airs every other Tuesday. You can find links to the stories mentioned in the episode on our website, www.photonics.com/podcast.
An interview with Dr. Adam Wax, an expert in early cancer detection, novel microscopy and interferometry techniques. Dr. Wax is a professor at Duke University in the department of Biomedical Engineering and founder and president of the company Lumedica Sponsored by: MKS Instruments and their Newport brand - www.newport.com HÜBNER Photonics - www.hubner-photonics.com COMSOL - www.comsol.com PI (Physik Instrumente) LP – Precision Motion Control and Piezo Technologies - www.pi-usa.us All Things Photonics is produced by Photonics Media and airs every other Tuesday. You can find links to the stories mentioned in the episode on our website, www.photonics.com/podcast.
USC professor Andrea Armani discusses her award-winning research on sustainable laser technology, carbon footprints, and a new trend in global conferences. Plus: Photonics Media dives into COVID-19, the novel coronavirus; and we dig deeper into the story of Daguerreotype photography. All Things Photonics is produced by Photonics Media and airs every other Tuesday. You can find links to the stories mentioned in the episode on our website, www.photonics.com/podcast.
A special episode following the journey of a team of scientists as they seek to discover the origins of the universe in the frozen tundra of Antarctica. Plus: an interview with Nobel Prize winner Donna Strickland. Dr. Donna Strickland is a professor in the department of physics and astronomy at the University of Waterloo and one of the recipients of the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2018 for developing chirped pulse amplification with her PhD advisor, Dr. Gerard Mourou. Benjamin L. Schmitt is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow and project development scientist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA). Joseph Serio is co-founder and vice president of Vertex Optics Inc. All Things Photonics is produced by Photonics Media and airs every other Tuesday. You can find links to the stories mentioned in the episode on our website, www.photonics.com/podcast.
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