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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 using lasers, spectroscopy, sensors, and optics to deliver cutting-edge innovation to our society. In intimate conversations with those pushing the boundaries of human knowledge, “All Things Photonics” spotlights photonics industry progress from beyond the lab.

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; why spectroscopy might be the most valuable tool in the crime scene technicians’ arsenal; how light can motorize drug delivery; and how the quantum cascade laser, CMOS image sensor, and robot-assisted surgery became realities.

Notable guests include Nobel Prize winner Donna Strickland; Columbia University Eugene Higgins Professor of Electrical Engineering Michal Lipson; inventor of the CMOS image sensor Eric Fossum; serial entrepreneur Jason Eichenholz; co-namesake of the Hockney Falco Thesis Charles Falco; and SPIE President and founder of the Vanderbilt Biophotonics Center Anita Mahadevan-Jansen.

“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 Awards in 2021. It has again earned shortlist honors in the Best Science and Medical Podcast category for 2022.

Contact us at Allthings@photonics.com.
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The episode begins with on-site interviews from EPIC’s Technology Meeting for Photonics in XR, held in Helsinki, Finland. Guests include Stefan Steiner, CEO of LightTrans International; Erhan Ercan, head of global business development at Morphotonics; and Bharath Rajagopalan, director of strategic marketing at STMicroelectronics. EPIC’s Jérémy Picot-Clémente leads these chats. In our feature interview, news editor Joel Williams speaks with Jason Sorger, senior field service and applications engineer at DRS Daylight Solutions, about market opportunities for durable quantum cascade laser technology in sectors including optical communications, quantum, and infrared spectroscopy. "All Things Photonics"® is produced by Photonics Media and airs biweekly, on Tuesdays. Sponsored by: PolyScience –  www.PolyScience.com Lumencor Inc. –  www.Lumencor.com
Optics and photonics luminary Paul McManamon is our guest for a discussion on advanced ranging and detection capabilities across environments and applications areas. McManamon, a past president of SPIE, is current president and CTO of Exciting Technology, and a fellow of the Directed Energy Professional Society. Also in this episode, a discussion with Alasdair Pentland and Andy Bell of terahertz solutions firm TeraView. "All Things Photonics"® is produced by Photonics Media and airs biweekly, on Tuesdays. Sponsored by: PolyScience –  www.PolyScience.com Lumencor Inc. –  www.Lumencor.com
Photonics Media comes to you from onsite at the 2024 Annual General Meeting of the European Photonics Industry Consortium (EPIC). The episode features fireside chats with Elizabeth Illy and Beate Sauter, head of marketing at HÜBNER Photonics and CEO of diode laser components manufacturer Lumics, respectively. EPIC’s Carlos Lee hosts. Later, our Joel Williams discusses all things lasers for cinema with the acclaimed and award-winning Gregory Niven. "All Things Photonics"® is produced by Photonics Media and airs biweekly, on Tuesdays. Sponsored by: PolyScience –  www.PolyScience.com Lumencor Inc. –  www.Lumencor.com
Paul Prucnal, professor of electrical and computer engineering and director of the Center for Network Security and Access (CNSA) at Princeton, and Bhavin Shastri, assistant professor in the Queen’s University Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy, discuss the neuromorphic photonics roadmap and the technology area’s prospects for success. "All Things Photonics"® is produced by Photonics Media and airs biweekly, on Tuesdays. Sponsored by: PolyScience –  www.PolyScience.com Lumencor Inc. –  www.Lumencor.com
As an endowed professor at The University of Central Florida College of Optics and Photonics (UCF CREOL), Andrea Blanco-Redondo focuses on some of the most exciting topics in photonics research. While some of her research interests are just beginning to emerge in commercial and consumer applications, others stand very solidly in the realm of R&D, eagerly awaited by industry. Our conversation spans topics in soliton photonics, slow light, and quantum topology. Also, Torsten Vahrenkamp and Matthias Trinker of the management team at ficonTEC, discuss ELAS Technologies Investment — a capital firm spurring high-tech business success at global scale. "All Things Photonics"® is produced by Photonics Media and airs biweekly, on Tuesdays. Sponsored by: PolyScience –  www.PolyScience.com Lumencor Inc. –  www.Lumencor.com
Silicon photonics’ evolution from application shrouded in uncertainty to discipline harboring vast application potential has commanded the attention of those in and beyond the fields of optics and photonics. Mario Paniccia, CEO of ANELLO Photonics, recounts his own journey through the budding sector, with recollections from his 20-plus-year career at Intel and insights from his latest undertaking: ANELLO Photonics’ silicon photonics optical gyroscope. "All Things Photonics"® is produced by Photonics Media and airs biweekly, on Tuesdays. Sponsored by: PolyScience –  www.PolyScience.com Lumencor Inc. –  www.Lumencor.com
Zubin Jacob, Purdue University Elmore Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, discusses the convergence of thermal imaging and artificial intelligence. The recently developed heat-assisted detection and ranging (HADAR) technique offers performance advantages in low-light environments, in which other modalities face drawbacks. Also, we speak with TRAQC’s Mariia Zhuldybina and Benjamin Dringoli. The company recently took first place in the 2024 SPIE Startup Challenge. TRAQC’s solution leverages THz light, offering real-time inspection capabilities for printed and additive electronics. "All Things Photonics"® is produced by Photonics Media and airs biweekly, on Tuesdays. Sponsored by: PolyScience –  www.PolyScience.com Lumencor Inc. –  www.Lumencor.com
The conceptualization, development, and rollout of Thorlabs’ Mobile Photonics Lab Experience is the ultimate story in optics and photonics accessibility. Thorlabs’ vice president for global sales and business development, Michael Mohammadi, and director of photonics education, Bill Warger, share insights into Thorlabs’ industry-acclaimed mobile resource as a vehicle for photonics education and technology outreach. "All Things Photonics"® is produced by Photonics Media and airs biweekly, on Tuesdays. Sponsored by: PolyScience –  www.PolyScience.com Lumencor Inc. –  www.Lumencor.com
Integrated Photonics luminary Joyce Poon caps Season 8 of "All Things Photonics" with a discussion and status update on the ascent of integrated photonics. From sustained high-level R&D to commercial prospects, 2024 is poised to be the year of the PIC. Poon offers insight into optical computing, integrated sensing, and datacenter AI. "All Things Photonics"® is produced by Photonics Media and airs biweekly, on Tuesdays.
True understanding is accomplished only through precise measurement. Though practitioners in the field deploy numerous modalities to obtain this essential information, remote sensing incorporates a spectrum of photonics technologies that is as broad and diverse as it is ubiquitous and effective. Joseph Shaw, director of the Optical Technology Center at Montana State University, overviews remote sensing technology, with a focus on core and novel applications, as well as core methods. In a bonus segment, Sanathana Konugolu Venkata Sekar, cofounder of BioPixS, discusses the company’s biophotonics phantom technology platform. "All Things Photonics"® is produced by Photonics Media and airs biweekly, on Tuesdays.
The almighty nanoparticle known as the quantum dot is enjoying its moment in the sun — after innovations involving its discovery and development earned three photochemists a share of the Nobel Prize in chemistry earlier this fall. Peter Lodahl, head of the Quantum Photonics Group at the University of Copenhagen/NielsBohr Institute, director of the Danish National Research Foundation Center for Hybrid Quantum Networks, and founder of Sparrow Quantum, sheds light on the durability of quantum dots. Sparrow, a developer of quantum light-matter interfaces, has pioneered quantum dot-based technology to support the pursuit of at-scale photonic quantum computing. Sponsored by: Block Engineering — www.blockeng.com Ximea GmbH — www.ximea.com "All Things Photonics"® is produced by Photonics Media and airs biweekly, on Tuesdays.
About 20 years ago, Hongxing Jiang and Jingyu Lin published a paper describing the microLED. Since the publishing of that seminal work, microLEDs have seen commercialization in automotive and industrial lighting applications, but for much of that time, Jiang and Lin’s envisioned application in display technology had been simmering on the backburner. Now, the technology is becoming a household name. With the holiday season approaching, consumers shopping for a new TV are noticing that the top of the line isn’t just populated with OLED models. While manufacturing challenges remain, microLEDs offer a wonderful marriage of efficiency, brightness, and sheer possibility, even beyond display and lighting applications. In this episode, Jiang and Lin discuss the path from paper to commercialization, and the road ahead and what possibilities the future holds. Sponsored by: Block Engineering — www.blockeng.com Ximea GmbH — www.ximea.com "All Things Photonics"® is produced by Photonics Media and airs biweekly, on Tuesdays.
Peter O’Brien, director of the PIXAPP Photonics Packaging Pilot Line and head of the photonics packaging group at the Tyndall Institute, overviews the current state of integrated photonics technologies, as well as core considerations in the sector. Focus is given to packaging, heterogeneous integration, and dynamic collaboration. David McGovern, senior business development manager with the Irish Photonic Integration Centre (IPIC [Science Foundation Ireland Research Centre for Photonics]) and deputy chairperson of Medphab, joins the conversation to discuss the bridge between commercial and industry needs and high-level R&D. "All Things Photonics"® is produced by Photonics Media and airs biweekly, on Tuesdays.
“All Things Photonics” broadcasts from SPIE Optifab 2023 in Rochester, N.Y. In this episode from the heart of the optics industry, we speak with Chunlei Guo, from the University of Rochster’s Institute of Optics, and Carolyn McMorran, from central Florida’s Valencia College. Guo and his collaborators recently advanced their acclaimed fano-resonant optical coating technology, and our conversation spotlights the advance and its significance. McMorran is leading Valencia College’s new optics program, an American Center for Optics Manufacturing (AmeriCOM) photonics technician training initiative that follows successful implementations in Rochester and Colorado. "All Things Photonics"® is produced by Photonics Media and airs biweekly, on Tuesdays.
Photonic technologies like lab-on-a-chip are taking out a lot of the head-scratching and tedium that goes along with traditional diagnostic methods, giving patients and clinicians access to technology that is cheaper, quicker, and often more reliable. Andrea Armani, the Ray Irani Chair in Engineering and Materials Science at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, is working at the forefront of this exciting technology and others that promise to revolutionize the world of medicine. In this episode, Armani discusses the current landscape of lab-on-a-chip technology, optogenetics, and the current and potential capabilities of both. She also discusses the path to commercialization, and what these advancements in nanomedicine may mean for the future. Sponsored by: Teledyne Judson Technologies — www.TeledyneJudson.com "All Things Photonics"® is produced by Photonics Media and airs biweekly, on Tuesdays.
Longtime photonics market analyst and current industry adviser Tom Hausken delivers his expert insights into top-of-mind trends and drivers for the photonics sector. The prevalence of AI in and for photonics technologies permeates a conversation that also explores integrated photonics workforce development, government and policy perspectives, and technological competitiveness. Sponsored by: Teledyne Judson Technologies — www.TeledyneJudson.com "All Things Photonics"® is produced by Photonics Media and airs biweekly, on Tuesdays.
The Precise Advanced Technologies and Health Systems for Underserved Populations initiative, or PATHS-UP, aims to integrate engineering research and education with technological innovation to transform national prosperity, health, and security. The National Science Foundation-funded collaboration also extends into industry, to ensure that positive R&D outcomes ascend into use in the wider community. In a panel discussion, host Jake Saltzman is joined by Samuel Mabbott, assistant professor in the Texas A&M Department of Biomedical Engineering; Cyril Soliman, who earned his Ph.D. under Mabbott in the Texas A&M Biomedical Optics Lab and drove much of the research on the initiative; and Michael Matthews, vice president of the spectroscopy division at Wasatch Photonics. The trio served as key players on a portion of PATHS-UP-supported work that involves the development of a surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy technology that targets the detection of core biomarkers at the point of care. "All Things Photonics"® is produced by Photonics Media and airs biweekly, on Tuesdays.
Microelectronics technology innovation and, more notably, recent legislation have brought to the fore the need for a unified strategy to ensure sustained positive outcomes in today’s semiconductor environment. Walter Burgess, co-CEO, Sales & Engineering at Power Technology Inc., is helping to spearhead many of the efforts that business and technology leaders in Arkansas are commencing to ensure they can best-leverage opportunities stemming from 2022’s Chips and Science Act. In this episode, Burgess overviews his state’s opportunity following passage of the act, and he discusses the link between optics and photonics and semiconductor-driven economic progress.   “All Things Photonics” ® is produced by Photonics Media and airs biweekly, on Tuesdays.
As separate disciplines, quantum science and integrated photonics are pushing the bounds of possibility in communication science, compute, data processing, and more. In tandem, the two realms are highly complementary. Matt Eichenfield, the SPIE Endowed Chair in Optical Sciences and associate professor of optical sciences at the University of Arizona Wyant College of Optical Sciences, spotlights quantum integrated photonics with a focus on applications and a look into the future of the field.   "All Things Photonics"® is produced by Photonics Media and airs biweekly, on Tuesdays.
The changing nature of the "optics shop" — and, more broadly, its role in the optics and photonics industry today — is an effective gauge for tracking how optics workforce development is aligned to the ever-evolving needs of the industry. Recounting his own 40-plus-year professional journey, Paul Melone, global optics manufacturing director at Thorlabs, discusses his company’s ties to AmeriCOM (American Center for Optics Manufacturing) and how Thorlabs aims to identify and cultivate optics industry talent. Melone also discusses the company’s 2023 acquisition of Rochester, N.Y.-based JML Optical. "All Things Photonics"® is produced by Photonics Media and airs biweekly, on Tuesdays.
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