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Verdet Constant in Microstructured FePt Nanoparticles in PS-P2VP Copolymer Composite Films

Date:  Friday, August 21, 2015
Time:  11am-12pm Arizona Time / 2pm East Coast Time

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University of Arizona, College of Optical Sciences, Room 447


Alexander Miles
Graduate Student
University of Arizona

Alexander Miles is a doctoral candidate in Optical Sciences at the University of Arizona working with Dr. Robert Norwood.  His work has touched on optical materials, sensing, holography, photonics, solar energy collection, and thin film filters.  He is graduating in December 2015.


Complex Faraday effect and magnetic permeability measurements on iron-platinum (FePt) nanoparticles embedded in a polystyrene-poly(2-vinyl)Pyridine(PS-P2VP) copolymer matrix are reported.  Possible applications include high performance biomagnetic field sensors and optical isolators.

2015 8-21 Alex Miles

Updates from the Lab: Coordinated MultiPoint with Joint Transmission

About the Author: Marc Kurtz

CIAN Undergraduate student and former participant in the CIAN Integrated Optics for Undergraduates Program, Marc Kurtz, research was recently accepted for publication. The paper will be published in the journal Performance Evaluation, Special Issue from IFIP Performance 2015. Marc’s mentor, Dr. Guy Grebla will be presenting their project at the 33rd International Symposium on Computer Performance, Modeling, Measurements, and Evaluation in Sydney, Australia October 19-21, 2015.

In Summer 2014 Marc was selected to participated in Dr. Gil Zussman’s WimNet Lab at Columbia University under Dr. Zussman’s and Dr. Guy Grebla’s mentorship. After the summer Marc went on to receive an Undergraduate Research Fellowship and continued his research into the school year. Marc will begin his graduate work in Electrical Engineering at The Cooper Union. He’ll also be working with a start-up company called MMT Diagnostics.

Marc Kurtz WimNet

Marc Kurtz poses in the Wireless and Mobile Networking Lab (WiMNet) at Columbia University where he performed his research.

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UCLA’s Explore Your Universe

Every year at the University of California, Los Angeles a gigantic event is hosted by all the science departments and student clubs. And the CIAN students at UCLA have a big hand in making this day a reality.

This year, the Explore Your Universe event was a great success. Over 5,000 attendees explored different science booths from UCLA featuring a variety of exhibits ranging from flash freezing objects using liquid nitrogen (chemistry), launching model rockets, to using new robots on different planets (astronomy). Talks were given by guest lecturers, and near the end of the event, the planetarium was open for viewing the night sky.

The booth set up by CIAN students and OSA/SPIE Student Chapter members at UCLA was a premier location to see and one of the booths that required a visit to win a prize. CIAN students and OSA/SPIE Student Chapter members at UCLA kept themselves busy for 6-hours straight teaching children and adults alike about optics. They had a blast using the optics demonstrations provided in the CIAN duffle bag. The tools were so effective that even parents and teachers asked where they could purchase some of the demonstrations to teach their kids!  People of all ages were present with most of the kids from 5-16 years.


Cejo Konuparamban Lonappan is a Ph.D.student at the University of California, Los Angeles, working under the guidance of professors, Dr. Bahram Jalali and Dr. Asad M. Madni. His research interests include the design and development of real-time high throughput instruments, high speed and RF circuits and systems, integrated photonics, and optical communication networks. He developed the real-time time-stretch (TiSER) technology which was used at the CIAN Testbed for Optical Aggregate Networks (TOAN) test-bed to demonstrate rapid optical performance measurement to enable agility in optical transport networks. He received the 2014 IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society Graduate Fellowship Award. He is an active member of the OSA and SPIE student chapters in UCLA and various IEEE societies.


Daniel Lam received his PhD degree from UCLA in Electrical Engineering under the guidance of Professors Bahram Jalali and Asad M. Madni.  He is currently working at Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems.  His current interests are high speed measurements, fiber optic telecommunication networks, radar, and laser optics.  While with CIAN he worked on the Testbed for Optical Aggregate Networks and time-stretch technology. He is an active member in spreading optics awareness through CIAN outreach and the OSA/SPIE Student Chapter at UCLA.

CIAN $500 Leadership Scholarship – Currently Accepting Applications


Leadership Scholarship

recognizes CIAN students showing exceptional leadership and involvement in all aspects of CIAN in pursuit of the Engineer of 2020 attributes with a $500 scholarship.

Everything a CIAN student does throughout the year is considered in his or her application for this scholarship, from outreach to publications and much more. Each student selected for the scholarship receives $500. Every student in CIAN is highly encouraged to apply whether he or she is more active in research, outreach, or both–the application recognizes many activities.

Due January 31, 2015

Apply for the Y7 SLC Leadership Scholarship



(L to R): Cathy Chen (Columbia University), Brittany Lynn (University of Arizona), Benjamin Cromey (University of Arizona), Soha Namnabat (University of Arizona), Brian Stern (Cornell University)

In order to be eligible for the scholarship the applicant must be a CIAN student or CIAN Ambassador as well as a USA citizen or permanent resident.

Veteran Research Supplement – for grads & undergrads


Application Deadline: Rolling


CIAN is the Center for Integrated Access Networks, a ten-university Engineering Research Center (ERC) funded by NSF. CIAN is working towards creating transformative optical technologies to enable an affordable faster internet for the future.


russellCIAN welcomes veteran students (undergraduate and graduate) of the United States Military into our labs to participate in research that is creating ultra-broadband communication for the next generation internet. Participants will be given consultation and financial support to obtain real hands-on research experience in optical communications, thus preparing or expanding the career potential for participants both in the classroom and in the workforce.

CIAN aspires to create a technological revolution in internet access speeds. Veteran students will conduct research in a cross-disciplinary setting collaborating with faculty, graduate students, research engineers, post-docs, and other students. Also, the program will develop partnerships between the mentors, faculty, and veteran students to develop effective means of transferring STEM (optical communication and networking) knowledge.


A stipend of up to $5,000 or $10,000 is available.


Optical telecommunication, fiber optics, fiber lasers and amplifiers
Nonlinear photonics and high speed optical switching
Integrated optics including waveguide amplifiers, lasers, and modulators


University students majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (STEM) as an undergraduate or graduate student and who are also veterans of the United States Military. Minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale. US Citizenship or permanent residency is required.





Letter of Recommendation

May be mailed to CIAN in a sealed and signed envelop by the letter writer, or emailed directly by the letter writer. Please give your letter writer this form to complete.

Official Transcript

Please mail an official transcript to the CIAN headquarters.

Verification of Military Service (ex. DD214 form)

All mail may be directed to CIAN headquarters.

Center for Integrated Access Networks (CIAN)
University of Arizona
c/o Amee Hennig, CIAN Education & Outreach Manager
1630 E University Blvd., 501B
Tucson, AZ 85721

Email Amee Hennig with any questions.


The International Year of Light and Laser Fun Day 2015

International Year of Light logoHappy New Year! You may or may not have heard about the International Year of Light. Quoting from the United Nations handout, “The International Year of Light and Light-Based Technologies (IYL 2015) is a global initiative to raise awareness of how optical technologies promote sustainable development and provide solutions to worldwide challenges in energy, education, agriculture, communications and health.”

Both SPIE and OSA, along with other international organizations such as the United Nations, are promoting the IYL to raise awareness about the impact of optics on the challenges of the world. The Student Optics Chapter (SOCk) at the University of Arizona has always had optics outreach as one of the primary goals of its mission statement. The IYL has just given us a remarkable opportunity to have an even greater impact than usual.

I’ve discussed our annual Laser Fun Day event in a previous blog post. Thanks to a very generous grant from SPIE, SOCk is able to make our fifth annual Laser Fun Day all about the International Year of Light! As always, each of the undergraduate classes will have a theme assigned for the class to develop and demonstrate to visitors. This year, the themes will be based on the IYL themes.Laser Fun Day Logo_with date

  • The Seniors (my class) will be discussing Communications. I plan to involve my friends in the various CIAN labs to assist us in this demonstration, since Communications is an area that CIAN has certainly had a great impact in.
  • The Juniors will have Energy as their theme.
  • The Sophomores will talk about the impact of optics on Health.
  • Education will be covered both by SOCk and the College of Optical Sciences. We will discuss the college and how optics has impacted education in general.
  • Our contacts in the College of Agriculture, along with several optics people working on relevant projects, will cover the Agriculture theme.

Thanks to the SPIE grant, we are also redesigning our ever popular Laser Maze! The previous laser maze served us well for four years, but was made on a low budget, leaving several areas for us to improve upon. Laser Maze 2.0 will address many of the issues of the first version by being easier to assemble, stiffer in alignment, and easier to transport! Since it is a modular design by nature, it will also allow us to vary the laser maze design to make it more interesting.

Thanks for reading! I’ll be posting more about Laser Fun Day as we move forward toward the event.

To learn more about the International Year of Light, visit the IYL website.


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Benjamin Cromey is pursuing his Bachelors in Optical Sciences and Engineering at the University of Arizona. As a member of the Optics Ambassadors and the Vice President for the Student Optics Chapter, optics outreach is one of his passions. He participated in the 2012 IOU program with CIAN and has been working with 3D Holographic displays ever since. Ben’s posts.

AFM Artifacts

Post #1 – Equipment Error

As a researcher, I work with a lot of equipment on a regular basis. In my lab, I use lasers, spectrometers, cameras, cryostats, and several types of microscopes. But sometimes, my equipment doesn’t quite behave the way I’m expecting.1

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