Colloquium Schedule

Colloquium: Thursday, October 8, 4:10 PM, Lewis Lab 316

Physics and Imaging Applications of Optical Vortices

Grover Swartzlander

Professor of Optical Physics
Rochester Institute of Technology

Vortices are ubiquitous in nearly every physical system and at every size scale. The physics of circulating systems continues to perplex scientists (often leading to Nobel prizes) and enable engineers. This talk will introduce the concept of scalar coherent optical vortices, and describe how they enable the imaging of exoplanets by the use of an optical vortex coronagraph. A description of some rather beautiful mathematical properties that account for the remarkable properties of this device will conclude the talk.

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Physics and Astronomy Colloquia are usually scheduled for Thursdays at 4:10 PM in Lewis Lab room 316. Refreshments and snacks are available in the nearby coffee room at 3:45 PM.


Physics Colloquium Schedule for FALL 2015

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August 27Javier BucetaLehigh UniversityC4N YOU R34D 7H1S? (Noise in Bacterial Communication)
September 3Jessie RunnoePenn State Univ.The Ongoing Hunt for Supermassive Black Hole Binaries
September 10Alex MogilnerNew York Univ.Mechanical Pathways of Cell Polarization and Motility Initiation
September 17Paul SorensenBrookhaven National Lab.Finding Simplicity: Report on the Emergent Properties of QCD
September 24Philip CollinsU.of California, IrvineSingle Molecule Electronics with Proteins
October 1Paul SelvinUniv. of IllinoisTrying to Make the Brain Light-up: New Small Quantum Dots and Super-Resolution Microscopy
October 8Grover SwartzlanderRochester Inst. of Tech.Physics and Imaging Applications of Optical Vortices
October 15Paul CorkumUniv. of OttawaAttosecond Science -- from Gases to Solids
October 22Cristina MarchettiSyracuse Univ.Self Organization and Mechanics of Active Matter
October 29Kimberly PalladinoStanford Univ.The Marvel of Dark Matter
November 5Crystal BaileyAmerican Physical SocietyBreaking the Myth of the "Non-Traditional" Physicist: The Real Story About the Employment for Physics Graduates
November 12G. Scott WatsonSyracuse Univ.A State of the Universe Address
November 19Gary GibbonsCambridge Univ.Spacetime Geometry and Quantum Control Theory
November 26Thanksgiving--
December 3Itai CohenCornell Univ.TBA
December 10Serguei StepanovCICESE MexicoDynamic Gratings in Rare-Earth Doped Fibers