Tag Archives: optics

CIAN Research Featured by NSF

The National Science Foundation recently visited CIAN at the University of Arizona and spoke with Dr. Nasser Peyghambarian, Director of the CIAN Engineering Research Center, and other researchers on the topic of cutting-edge 3-D hologram technology.

The article discusses the exciting impacts of CIAN’s research and how it “could be felt in almost every home. Ultra-high data bandwidth and cost effective services could contribute to business innovation, improve educational opportunities, enhance distribution of medical services, minimize the environmental impact from infrastructure and pollution, enable new and varied entertainment opportunities, and increase overall national security, just to name a few possibilities.”

Watch the video by Science Nation here!

And learn more about CIAN’s research and the future of 3-D technologies from Dr. Pierre-Alexandre Blanche as he speaks on

“Drowning the Internet and then saving it: Holographic 3-D display and holographic optical switch.”

 

CIAN Annual Retreat Approaches

REGISTER TO ATTEND THE CIAN ANNUAL RETREAT!

(Click above link then on the ‘Please RSVP’ and complete the form.)

Students are encouraged to speak with faculty as soon as possible to determine if they will be attending. Student presentations will be given on Nov. 13th. Speak with your mentor to determine if you will be giving a presentation. The Student’s Annual Retreat will be held simultaneously on Nov. 11 & 12, with consideration of the CIAN Annual Retreat agenda (see below for registration information, speakers, and topics).

Dates: November 12-13, 2015
Location: San Diego, CA
Lodging: Sheraton La Jolla Hotel

CIAN Annual Retreat Agenda

Please make your hotel reservations as soon as possible to obtain the discounted rate of $144.  The rate will be good for up to 3 days before and 3 days after our meeting. Hotel Deadline is October 10 (but don’t wait because there are only a limited amount of rooms).  Click on either of the links below.

CIAN Retreat (OR copy and paste the following link into a web browser)
https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/events/start.action?id=1509022518&key=3175D815

Questions about the CIAN Annual Retreat may be directed to Trin Riojas.

Questions about the CIAN Student Retreat may be directed to Amee Hennig.


REGISTER TO ATTEND THE CIAN STUDENT RETREAT!

Date: November 11-13, 2014
Location: San Diego, CA
Lodging: Sheraton La Jolla Hotel

Student Annual Retreat Draft Agenda

The CIAN Student Dinner and Activity will take place on November 11th in the afternoon and evening. Please make your travel plans and hotel reservations with these events in mind.

Nov. 11
Student Activity: Kayaking, 5pm (See Soha Namnabat and Alex Miles) (RSVP required)

Nov. 12
Student Dinner: Sheraton La Jolla Hotel (RSVP required)

Nov. 13
8:30am-10am, 10:30am-12:00pm – Student Presentations (Register your talk here)
1:00pm-2:30pm – Speaker 1: Bri McWhorter – Interview Skills Boot Camp
2:30pm-4:30pm – Speaker 2: George Kenney – Entrepreneur Boot Camp

Questions about the CIAN Student Retreat may be directed to Amee Hennig.

Chip-Scale Testbed Capabilities

CHIP-SCALE TESTING LABORATORY

The TOAN testbed facility has recently expanded its photonic devices testing facility into a dedicated lab: the CIAN Chip-Scale Testing Laboratory (CST).  The CST has the capability to characterize unpackaged passive and active photonic chips and is directly connected to TOAN testbed through single-mode fiber and gigabit-Ethernet.  This connectivity enables the insertion and evaluation of the unpackaged photonic chips on the network as a system. Pictures of the CST laboratory and a list of its capabilities are described below.

The CST facility supports characterization of passive waveguide devices as well as active devices such as lasers, modulators, transmitters and receivers.  Optical signals can be coupled on and off chip via lensed fibers, butt coupling, or other specialized means. Passive device characterization can be performed through all fiber-optic telecommunication bands. Active characterization includes S-parameter testing up to 67GHz, and BER and eye-diagram testing up to 32Gb/s.

For system-level testing, packet streams up to 40Gb/s can be flowed through the device, and the network’s ability to process the return streams with suitable latency, bit rates, and in accordance with the modulation schemes being run, can be evaluated. Continue reading

CIAN LECTURE SERIES WEBINAR – Alexander Miles

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

Please register by clicking on the link: Webinar   or copy and pasting to your browser:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/373186709715434497

Or attend in person!
University of Arizona, College of Optical Sciences, Room 447

Biography

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.

Abstract

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

Job Posting: Optical Applications Engineer

VPIphotonics, premier provider of professional simulation software and design services for integrated photonics and fiber optics applications, as well as optical transmission system and network applications, is offering a position in US Solutions Center.

With a worldwide customer base spanning the whole telecommunications industry, VPIphotonics is seeking the talents of an Optical Applications Engineer, with an emphasis on photonic integrated circuits and devices, to mainly help service the Americas region.

Work Responsibilities

The successful candidate will provide technical applications support for VPIphotonics products. This will  include:

  • Technical assistance in the use of our simulation tools in customer specific applications; particularly device and circuit modeling of individual components as well as subsystems
  • Help with Licensing and resolving installation issues encountered by users
  • Along with a team of others, provide consulting services using VPiphotonics products
  • Provide presales technical support, training and web-based seminars for existing customers
  • Participate in our continuing product development efforts

While support is provided to our worldwide customer base, this position is based in the Boston area.

Desired Skills & Experience

  • MS degree with focus on a photonics related field is
  • Familiarity with aspects of photonics and optical communications is This includes optical devices, photonic circuits, WDM systems, amplifiers, fiber, receivers and electronics.
  • Good working knowledge of Windows operating systems is
  • Application knowledge of VPIphotonics design tools is a
  • Programming experience using Python or Matlab is a

Further, we envision that the successful candidate will have

  • Strong analytical & problem solving abilities
  • Excellent presentation & communication skills
  • Solid people skills, ability to work in a team
  • Strong customer service orientation

This is a genuine rare opportunity to work alongside global equipment manufacturers, service providers and research institutes. VPiphotonics will provide comprehensive product training, in addition to an exciting & rewarding international career path, to the successful candidate. This position is based in our US Solutions Center near Boston, MA. Occasional traveling is required.

Salary will be negotiated depending on a candidate’s qualifications and experience. If you would Like to be considered, please send your resume by May 1, 2015 to jobsUS@VPIphotonics.com.

About VPIphotonics

VPiphotonics sets the industry standard for end-to-end photonic design automation comprising design, analysis and optimization of components, systems and networks. We provide professional simulation software and professional consulting services. Our award-winning solutions are used extensively in research and development, and by product design and marketing teams at hundreds of corporations and at over 160 academic institutions worldwide. For more information, visit www.VPIphotonics.com

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.pngCEJO LONAPPAN – PHD STUDENT, UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA LOS ANGELES

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 – ALUMNI, UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA LOS ANGELES

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.

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CTY Engineering and Applied Science Day @Columbia University

This gallery contains 19 photos.

On September 20, 2014 gifted students from the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth attended Engineering and Applied Science Day at Columbia University. In sessions taught throughout the day, students and their parents learned about the inner workings of the internet and learned about the … Continue reading

Light and Opportunity in the Southwest: My Experience with the Hooked on Photonics REU at UA

I believe that our interactions with light are amongst some of the most powerful and memorable experiences that one can have. Even our subtle interactions with light outside of the lab can have an extremely profound effect on the way we think and perceive the world. One of the most profound ways that light permeates our everyday language is in our use of light as a metaphor to clarify a concept. Words such as illuminate, illustrate, and enlighten make sense to us because of our everyday experience with light from childhood. When a new explanation of some phenomena comes to our attention, we may say that some light has been shed on the subject. In the lab, the interaction between light and matter can provide us with a great amount of information about the characteristics of our universe and applications for new types of technology. In the laboratory, we are put into a unique situation. Not only is light used to reveal the properties of materials and objects around us, but also the concept and properties of light itself are revealed or even can be said to be illuminated.

College of Opt Sci Sculpture

Mirror Glass Sculpture Outside College of Optical Sciences

I started optical science research in my junior year of college. When I found out that I had been accepted as a participant in the Hooked on Photonics REU program at UA, I was very excited. The furthest west I had ever traveled in the United States was Illinois, so the REU seemed like a perfect opportunity for the summer. UA has a historically strong program for optics, so I was looking forward to being part of such an immersive optics experience. After the program, I remember reading through the October issue of the OSA publication Optics and Photonics News and coming across the feature article on the 50th Anniversary of the College of Optical Sciences at UA written by Dean Thomas Koch. His description of the Arizona sky and the “blue-sky thinking” that characterizes the institution and its hosted programs completely reflects my memory of my summer experience. Continue reading

Veteran Research Supplement – for grads & undergrads

APPLY FOR THE VETERAN RESEARCH SUPPLEMENT

Application Deadline: Rolling

WHAT IS CIAN?

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.

WHAT IS VRS?

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.

STIPEND

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

RESEARCH TOPICS MAY INCLUDE:

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

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?

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.

APPLY FOR THE VETERAN RESEARCH SUPPLEMENT

APPLICATION DEADLINE: ROLLING

SEE THE FLYER!

ADDITIONAL MATERIALS REQUIRED FOR APPLICATION

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.

 

Engineering Explorations Day @Columbia University

On March 29, 2014, in collaboration with the Columbia University chapter of the Society of Women Engineers, students at Columbia University participated in a workshop for middle school age girls as part of the spring semester’s program “Engineering Explorations Experience.”

We adjusted our Jell-O waveguide demo to include in the lesson more information on the science of fluorescence and the Bohr model of an atom. The students’ teachers also attended the talk and came to ask us after how to make the demo for their other classes. Overall I’d say it was a successful day for Jell-O ing!

CIAN students Cathy Chen and Lee Zhu gave the lectures, select pictures can be seen in the gallery below: