January 2017 Newsletter

In this Issue:

Letter from the Chair

Greetings and Happy New Year to all my fellow APS DLS Members,

It’s an honor and a pleasure to serve you as Chair of the APS’s Division of Laser Science. I would like to thank Roseanne Sension, the Past-Chair, for her vision and service that she has provided to the Division. I hope this year will bring our members lots of success in whatever endeavors you pursue, and specifically in your laser science related research.

As this year starts, please keep your eye on the DLS related conferences, specifically, the DLS Symposium at the APS March Meeting, and the Laser Science conference, held in conjunction with the OSA’s Frontiers in Optics Meeting. Other related conferences, such as DAMOP, and CLEO are also excellent venues to present your work, and to network with both long standing and new colleagues.

This past year in 2016, the APS/DLS elevated 7 of its members to the rank of Fellow. Selection to Fellow rank is obtained via review and selection by the Fellows Committee and forwarded to APS for confirmation. This year’s newly elected Fellow are: Harry Atwater (California Institute of Technology), Igal Brener, Sandia National Laboratories, Tobias Kippenberg (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne), Greg Salamo, (University of Arkansas-Fayetteville), Feng Wang (University of California, Berkeley), Gary Wiederrecht (Argonne National Laboratory), and Richard Ziolkowski (University of Arizona). Let’s offer our heartiest congratulations to our distinguished colleagues, for their significant contributions to our professional community.

Our most prestigious award, The Arthur L Schawlow Prize, was awarded to Prof. Louis DiMauro, from the Ohio State University. His citation reads "For groundbreaking work in several areas of high field and ultrafast optical science, from high harmonic generation and free electron lasers to attosecond science." Let us all congratulate Prof. DiMauro on his selection for the Schawlow Prize.

This year, the Carl E. Anderson Award for Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation, established in 2013 and endowed by Charlotte Anderson in 2015 in memory of her husband Carl E. Anderson in Laser Science was selected from an outstanding pool of applicants and finalists. It gives me great pleasure to acknowledge Mohammad Mirhosseini from California Institute of Technology who received the award with the following citation: "For his doctoral dissertation, Quantum Information with Structured Light".

As mentioned above, DLS plays an important role in organizing scientific sessions at several key meetings. The APS March Meeting has been a long standing conference for members of our community to showcase their research activities. This year, DLS has organized a "Focus Topic" at the March meeting, on "Optical Frequency Combs – Generation, Metrology and Applications". This Focus Topic will encompass the growing number of methodologies and techniques that are enabling unprecedented performance in metrology, optical communications and all-optical / optically assisted signal processing, and will feature 5 invited talks from well recognized institutions: NIST, CalTech, Univ. Colorado, Boulder, and CREOL at Univ. Central Florida.

The Conference on Lasers and Electro-optics (CLEO) is the biggest international conference that DLS co-sponsors. It will be held at the San Jose Convention Center, San Jose, California, USA, 14 – 19 May 2017. The conference covers topics in ranging from fundamental discoveries in laser science to laser applications and related, enabling technologies. Details of scheduled speakers, short courses, and upcoming registration and housing details can be found at: http://www.cleoconference.org/home/.

The DLS Annual Meeting, held in concurrently with the OSA Frontiers in Optics (FiO) meeting will be held September 17–21 2017 at the Washington Hilton, in Washington, DC. During this meeting, the DLS has been the proud sponsor of the Symposium on Undergraduate Research. The Symposium has been a unique opportunity for undergraduate students to present their research results at an international conference. The Symposium has played an important role in the professional development of young scientists at the undergraduate level. It should be noted that the Symposium has been directed and organized by Prof. Hal Metcalf (SUNY Stony Brook). His service and dedication to this effort has touched hundreds of undergraduate students, and I’d like to personally thank him for his continued engagement. Please keep this opportunity in mind, as funding opportunities exist to cover the expenses for travel and attendance, such as the DLS Student Travel Grants and the Child Care Grants programs for this conference as well as other DLS co-sponsored meeting.

Finally, the DLS is comprised of members like you. We are holding our elections for DLS Executive Committee and I’m hoping that you will exercise your right to vote and help make DLS your primary professional affiliation. Most importantly is our commitment to build our community. You can help by renewing your membership in DLS and encouraging your colleagues to join. To help build our future, student membership becomes an important tool, as well, and to facilitate new student memberships, DLS offers free membership for their first year. Please consider promoting student membership in any venues you believe are useful, e.g., in your E&M or optics/laser classes and lectures.

Comments or suggestions: delfyett@creol.ucf.edu

Undergraduate Symposium, 2016

The sixteenth annual DLS Symposium on Undergraduate Research at the APS LS conference was held in Rochester, NY on Tuesday, 18 October, 2016. The Symposium has grown from ten oral and poster presentations in 2001 to fifty-six in 2016 representing research from thirty universities and institutes. These Symposia have brought over 500 students to our annual meetings to present what are often the first research papers of their careers.

One student commented, "Being able to meet and hear from so many experts and other students involved in the field of optics was such an amazing opportunity. It helped me to decide that optics is the area of physics I want to pursue in graduate school." Another student said, "I was delighted to meet so many scholars from nations around the world, all united by scientific curiosity. Amongst the best hands I shook was nobel laureate, William Phillips. His heartfelt advice for all us undergraduates and brilliantly intriguing questions to presenters have both added to the model scientist I wish to become."

The Symposium was organized and arranged by Prof. Harold Metcalf of Stony Brook University and supported by the OSA, DLS, University of Rochester, some of the students’ home institutions, NSF, Thorlabs, the Society of Physics Students, Bristol Instruments, East Coast Optical Technologies, and Photonics Industries International.

A symposium student

Symposium students and advisors group

Figure: Symposium students, advisors and organizers

Student Travel Grants, CLEO 2016

Ten students received grants of $500 to defray their expenses to attend CLEO 2016. The recipients were Bin Liu at Case Western Reserve University, Xuan (Betty) Sun, U. of Rochester, Zachary Vernon, U. of Toronto, Roxana Rezvani Naraghi, U. of Central Florida CREOL, Yue Hu and Shaokang Wang, U. Maryland, Baltimore County, Eric Martin U. of Michigan, Yanhao Tang, Michigan State University, Yung Jun Yoo, U. of Maryland, and Zeba Naqvi, U. of North Carolina at Charlotte.

CLEO student travel grant recipients and EC members

Figure: CLEO student grant recipients and Executive Committee members. From left to right: Yanhao Tang, Zeba Naqvi, Siu Au Lee, Roseanne Sension, Shaokang Wang, Yue Hu, and Joseph Haus.

CLEO San Jose 2016 Statistics

The DLS Conference on Laser and Electro-Optics 5-10 June 2016 in San Jose, CA brought 4,600 attendees, 210 exhibitors (25% international) and more than 2,100 presentations from around the world. There were 1,380 technical presentations and 58,465 square feet of exhibit space. Conference co-sponsors included the APS, IEEE Photonics Society, and the OSA.

DLS Rochester 2016 Statistics

The Frontiers in Optics/Laser Science (FiO/LS) conference was held 17-21 October 2016 in Rochester, New York. There were 2298 attendees, of which 627 were students (up from 1,292 and 425 at last year’s conference, respectively). The Student Leadership Conference brought in 239 of these and there were 53 DLS students (up from 180 and 42 at last year’s conference, respectively). We had 23 Laser Science sessions with 59 invited speakers and 48 contributed presentations. As special events, we also had the Laser Science Symposium on Undergraduate Research (see above), the Carl E. Anderson Award for Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation in Laser Science and the LS poster session. There was also the DLS Annual Business Meeting, the DLS Executive Committee meeting and the Meet the Editors of the APS Journals Reception.

The DLS business meeting format was changed. A short presentation of DLS finances was followed by a 40 minute talk by David Reitze, executive director of LIGO. He spoke about the gravitational wave measurements that are exciting the entire scientific community. There were snacks and drinks, both of which helped to draw many members and students to attend the meeting. This is a format that could be expanded in the future to invigorate our Division.

We invite you to join us in Washington, D.C., for FiO/LS from 17 – 21 September 2017. To receive updates about paper submissions and registration, please sign up for updates.

2016 DLS Carl E. Anderson Award for Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Winner

Congratulations to Mohammad Mirhosseini of the California Institute of Technology for his thesis entitled "Quantum Information with Structured Light." The Carl E. Anderson DLS Dissertation Award recognizes doctoral research in the Laser Science area and to encourage effective written and oral presentation of research results. Deadline for 2017 nominations: Thursday, June 15, 2017.

Carl E. Anderson Dissertation finalists

Figure: Dissertation award finalists, from left to right: Giulio Vampa, Sylvain Ravets, Christoph Heyl, Mohammad Mirhosseini (CAE awardee)

Louis F. DiMauro, 2017 Arthur L. Schawlow Prize in Laser Science Winner

Congratulations to Louis F. DiMauro of The Ohio State University, "For groundbreaking work in several areas of high field and ultrafast optical science, from high harmonic generation and free electron lasers to attosecond science." The Arthur L. Schawlow Prize in Laser Science is sponsored by the DLS. It recognizes outstanding contributions to basic research that use lasers to advance our knowledge of the fundamental physical properties of materials and their interaction with light. Deadline for 2018 nominations: Friday, June 30, 2017.

New Laser Scientist Meeting, 2016

Seventeen invitees participated in the 2016 New Laser Scientists Conference (NLSC), which was co-located with the FiO/LS meeting in Rochester NY last October. The event was sponsored by the DLS, with M Squared and Coherent participating as corporate sponsors. The NLSC is held every two years. The purpose is to bring together scientists who utilize laser technologies in their research and who are in their first few years of a tenure track faculty or similar early career position. It is a unique venue to present ideas to peers and network, talk with more senior scientists about forming and managing a scientific group, balancing work/life issues, research funding, and other topics encountered at this stage of a career. During the program there were technical talks by the invitees and presentations by NSF (John Gillaspy) and DOE (Thomas Settersten) program directors. Participants wrote project summaries of their proposed and/or current research and reviewed each others submissions in mock panels. The meeting was organized by Jason Jones of the University of Arizona and Thomas Weinacht of Stony Brook University.

Distinguished Traveling Lecturer Program

The DTL program was established in 1992 to bring distinguished scientists to predominantly undergraduate colleges and universities in order to convey the excitement of Laser Science to undergraduate students. In 2001 it was expanded to include graduate schools. Priority is given to those institutions that are not located in major metropolitan centers and do not have extensive resources to bring in outside speakers. Lecturers visit selected academic institutions for two days, during which time they will give a public lecture open to the entire academic community and meet informally with students and faculty. They may also give guest lectures in classes related to Laser Science. Applications to host a DTL should be submitted by members of DLS. The DLS pays travel expenses and a $1000 honorarium. The host institution takes care of local expenses.

During 2016, funded travelling lecturers and locations included Christopher Monroe at Abilene Christian University, Hui Cao at Benedictine University, and Jim Kafka at Fort Lewis College. For more information, including available speakers, see the DTL homepage. The DTL program committee is chaired by Rainer Grobe.

Upcoming Meetings

APS April Meeting 2017, January 28-31, 2017
APS March Meeting 2017, March 13-17, 2017
Division of Laser Science (CLEO), May 14-19, 2017
33rd Annual Meeting of the APS DLS (collocated with FiO): September 17-21, 2017

Join the APS and Division of Laser Science

Encourage students and colleagues in optics, laser physics or anyone who uses lasers. Benefits of joining the DLS and APS include:

  • Reduced registration fees at CLEO and FiO/LS
  • Eligibility for nomination as APS Fellow through DLS
  • Student travel grant program
  • Eligibility for visit from a DLS Distinguished Traveling Lecturer
  • Eligibility for the upcoming DLS Dissertation Award
  • International Travel Grant Program
  • Students can join APS (and DLS) for free in their first year of membership, and regular APS members pay just $8.00 to join the division.

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