AAOSA/OSUM Seminar: “Frontiers in Eye Laser Therapies”

Yannis M. Paulus, MD
W. K. Kellogg Eye Center

Tuesday October 10th, 6:30 p.m.

Location of Seminar: Room 1123 Lurie Biomedical Engineering Building (LBME), 1101 BEAL AVE, Ann Arbor, MI

In 1961, one year after the first laser was developed, laser therapy of the eye was described. For over 55 years, laser therapies have played a critical role in the treatment of numerous eye diseases, including proliferative diabetic retinopathy, diabetic macular edema, retinal vein occlusions, sickle cell retinopathy, tumors, retinal tears, glaucoma, and secondary capsule opacification cataracts. Significant advances have been made in laser technology and the molecular understanding of laser–tissue interactions to maximize the therapeutic effect while minimizing side-effects. We will discuss conventional panretinal photocoagulation and focal laser therapy in addition to new and emerging technologies, including: patterned scanning laser, selective retinal therapy, subthreshold micropulse laser, nanosecond pulse duration laser, photo-mediated ultrasound therapy, navigated laser, and real-time image-guided laser therapy. Selective and shorter pulse duration therapy can significantly reduce the collateral damage, patient pain, and complication risk while increasing the therapeutic effect and safety window. Continuing innovations in laser technology and progress in understanding laser-tissue interactions mean that lasers will continue to play a critical role in treating eye diseases for many years to come.

AAOSA/OSUM Seminar: “Compton Composites – A New (and mostly hidden) State of Matter”

Thursday September 14, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.

Frederick J. Mayer, Ph.D.
Mayer Applied Research, Inc.

Location of Seminar: 1123 Lurie Biomedical Engineering Building (LBME), 1101 BEAL AVE, Ann Arbor, MI

Over the past few decades, paradoxes have arisen that suggested we have missed configurations of otherwise basic particles (electrons and protons) that are different from, but in some ways similar to, ordinary atoms. I will discuss how this question started the search that evolved into an understanding of such a configuration at the electron Compton wavelength scale and why it has mostly been “hidden” from observations. The new Compton composites connect a number of research areas including cosmology, the solar corona, and geophysics.

Frederick J. Mayer [Ph.D. Physics, Case Western Reserve University 1968] is currently president of Mayer Applied Research, Inc., where he provides research and consulting in plasma physics, laser and magnetic fusion, and materials science. He was a senior research associate at Case Western Reserve 1968-1971 and director of advanced research and primary scientist at KMSFusion, Inc. 1971-1988. Dr. Mayer is a fellow of the American Physical Society, a holder of several laser-related patents, and author of more than 60 peer-reviewed technical papers.

AAOSA/OSUM Social: Visit to Mcity

Please join us in a visit to Mcity.
We will explore the future of mobility, do a walking tour and look to opportunity to volunteer in connected vehicle research

Date:   Thursday June 8, 2017
Tour Start Time: 6:30 p.m. (please be there by 6:15 pm)

Location:  NC90 (Orange) Parking Lot
Ann Arbor, MI 48105

Joint AAOSA/APS Local Links Networking Event, Jan. 25, 2017

Join us for a networking event featuring Juris Upatnieks who, along with Emmett Leith, was the first to demonstrate 3D holograms in the early 1960’s. This event is jointly hosted by the American Physical Society (APS) Local Links.

Date: Wednesday January 25, 2017
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Arbor Brewing Company’s Taproom, 114 E Washington St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Appetizers and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided



AAOSA Seminar: “The Birth and Amazing Life of Nonlinear Optics”

Tuesday December 6, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.


Prof. Herbert  G. Winful
Arthur F. Thurnau Professor
Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering,
University of Michigan

Location of Seminar: 1123 Lurie Biomedical Engineering Building (LBME), 1101 BEAL AVE, Ann Arbor, MI

The birth of the field of nonlinear optics occurred in Randall Laboratory at the University of Michigan in 1961 when Franken, Hill, Peters, and Weinreich observed for the first time the generation of optical harmonics.  By illuminating a crystal of quartz with an intense infrared beam at 694.3 nm from a ruby laser they were able to generate the second harmonic at 347.15 nm.  This discovery was rapidly followed by the observation of numerous other effects such as optical rectification, frequency mixing, third harmonic generation, self-focusing, and parametric oscillation, all within the space of about four years.  In this talk we review the birth, growth, and modern day applications of nonlinear optics.  We will also take the opportunity to plug the OSA Conference on Nonlinear Optics, July 17-21, 2017, in Hawaii:

Herbert Winful earned a BS in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1975 and a PhD from the University of Southern California in 1981. From 1980 to 1986 he was a Principal Member of Technical Staff at GTE Laboratories in Waltham, MA. He joined the EECS department at the University of Michigan as an associate professor in 1987, became a full professor in 1992, and was named a Thurnau Professor in 1993. He has made fundamental contributions to nonlinear fiber optics, nonlinear optics in periodic structures, the nonlinear dynamics of laser arrays, the propagation of single-cycle pulses, and the physics of tunneling. He is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America, the American Physical Society, and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. His many awards include the Arthur F. Thurnau Professorship, the Amoco/University Teaching Award, the State of Michigan Teaching Award, the College of Engineering Teaching Excellence and Service Excellence Awards, the EECS Professor of the Year Award (twice), the EECS Outstanding Achievement Award, the Presidential Young Investigator Award, and the Tau Beta Pi Distinguished Professor award.
(Link for more information)