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.
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AAOSA Seminar: “Fiber frequency combs for the real world”

Tuesday November 15, 2016 at 6:30 pm


Dr. Martin Fermann, IMRA America, Inc

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


We introduce IMRA’s current R&D activities in microwave photonics and mid IR technology. Ultra-low phase noise microwaves can be generated via frequency division of fiber frequency combs. Based on advanced signal processing modalities, fully turn-key systems can be demonstrated. Such sources have great potential in revolutionizing current precision microwave technology as used in sensing and ranging applications. On the mid-IR side, highly coherent sources with record high average powers in the wavelength range from 3 – 11 mm can be obtained using difference frequency generation in OPGaP, based on compact high power Yb, Er and Tm fiber lasers, offering an attractive alternative to quantum cascade lasers for spectroscopy applications.


Dr. Martin Fermann is the Vice President of Research and Advanced Development at IMRA America, Inc. located in Ann Abor, MI. He joined IMRA in 1992, after completing four years of postdoc and research associate positions at the Technical University of Vienna and Bellcore. In 2001, he accepted a position as CTO at Boston Laser and rejoined IMRA in 2002. He received his Ph. D. from Southampton University, UK in 1988. He is trained as an experimental Optical Physicist.

He has authored over 150 technical papers and around 150 US patents and applications. Many of his patents have been licensed by a third party. He has served on various committees at technical conferences, and in particular, as General Chair for the Conference on Advanced Solid State Lasers. He has made contributions to the field of ultra-fast optics, precision spectroscopy and metrology, microwave photonics, and fiber and solid-state lasers. He is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America.

AAOSA 50th Anniversary Social Networking and Organizational Meeting


AAOSA 50th Anniversary Social – Networking and Organizational Meeting

Appetizers and beverages will be provided

Date:  Tuesday 18 October, 2016

Time: 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Location: Jolly Pumpkin, 311 S. Main St., Ann Arbor, MI 48103

AAOSA celebrates 50 years in 2016!

We will start with a kickoff networking session and election of officers.

Please join us!

AAOSA Social – Networking and Organizational Meeting


AAOSA Social – Networking and Organizational Meeting

Appetizers and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided

Date: Friday July 15, 2016

Time: 5 – 8 p.m.

Location: ABC Microbrewery (Corner Brewery), 720 Norris St, Ypsilanti, MI 48198

AAOSA would like to invite you to a summer social which will also double as our annual organizational meeting for the upcoming academic year 2016-2017. This event will take place on Friday, July 15th, starting at 5:00 pm at the ABC Microbrewery in Ypsilanti.  We would like to have as many people participate in this meeting as possible, as our success this upcoming season depends on it!

In addition to socializing and networking, we will discuss nominations for new officers and kick off the discussion on event/seminar planning for the upcoming season.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Optics & Ale: Tues May 26, 2015


Join us for the AAOSA/OSUM Summer Social. Network and mingle with students and professionals!

This event is jointly hosted by Ann Arbor OSA (AAOSA) and The Optics Society at the University of Michigan (OSUM).

Current and new members welcome! Appetizers will be provided.

Thursday, May 26, 2015, 6-8:30pm
HopCat-Ann Arbor
311 Maynard St, Ann Arbor, MI

AAOSA Seminar: “The Science of Optics; The History of Art”, Monday March 16, 2015 @ 6:30pm

AAOSA Monthly Seminar Series:


portrait_FalcoCM_150x200pxThe Science of Optics; The History of Art

by Charles M Falco, Ph.D.

College of Optical Sciences and Department of Physics, University of Arizona, Tucson

Date: Monday March 16, 2015 @ 6:30pm

Location: The University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA), 525 S State Street, Ann Arbor

*Doors open 6pm. Talk starts at 6:30pm*

*Join us for an informal post-event reception at HopCat, 311 Maynard St, Ann Arbor, from 8pm*


Recently, renowned artist David Hockney observed that certain drawings and paintings from as early as the Renaissance seemed almost “photographic” in detail. Following an extensive visual investigation of western art of the past 1000 years, he made the revolutionary claim that artists even of the prominence of van Eyck and Bellini must have used optical aids.  However, many art historians insisted there was no supporting evidence for such a remarkable assertion.  In this talk I show a wealth of optical evidence for his claim that Hockney and I subsequently discovered during an unusual, and remarkably productive, collaboration between an artist and a scientist. I also discuss the imaging properties of the “mirror lens” (concave mirror), and some of the implications this work has for the history of science as well as the history of art (and the modern fields of machine vision and computerized image analysis).  These discoveries convincingly demonstrate optical instruments were in use — by artists, not scientists — nearly 200 years earlier than commonly thought possible, and account for the remarkable transformation in the reality of portraits that occurred early in the 15th century. (For more information see



Professor Charles Falco has joint appointments in Optical Sciences and Physics at the University of Arizona where he holds the UA Chair of Condensed Matter Physics. He is a Fellow of four professional societies (the American Physical Society, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the Optical Society of America, and the Society of Photo-optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE)), has published more than 250 scientific manuscripts, co-edited two books, has seven U.S. patents, and given over 400 invited talks at conferences, research institutions, and cultural organizations in 32 countries.  However, in addition to his scientific research, he was co-curator of the Solomon R. Guggenheim museum’s “The Art of the Motorcycle” which, with over 2 million visitors in New York, Chicago, Bilbao, and the Guggenheim Las Vegas, was by far the most successful exhibition of industrial design ever assembled.  More recently, he and the world-renowned artist David Hockney found artists of such repute as van Eyck, Bellini and Caravaggio used optical projections in creating portions of their work.  Three international conferences have been organized around these discoveries, and recognition for them includes the 2008 Ziegfield Lecture Award from the National Art Education Association.


Upcoming AAOSA Networking Event: Thursday, Oct 2, 2014


Join us for the AAOSA/OSUM/APS Social Hour! Network and mingle with students and professionals!

This event is jointly hosted by Ann Arbor OSA (AAOSA), The Optics Society at the University of Michigan (OSUM) and the American Physical Society (APS).

Current and new members welcome!

Thursday, October 2, 2014, 6-9pm
Jolly Pumpkin Cafe and Brewery
311 S Main St., Ann Arbor, MI

AAOSA National Speaker 2014: Eric Swanson: “Translation in Optical Coherence Tomography: History, Current Status, and Future Opportunities”, March 18th

Next AAOSA Seminar: “Translation in Optical Coherence Tomography: History, Current Status, and Future Opportunities”

by Eric Swanson, MIT, Acacia Communications, Curata Inc, NinePoint Medical

Please note the special location on North Campus!

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014, 7:00-8:30 pm
Location: Atrium of LBME Building
1101 Beal Ave., Ann Arbor, MI, 48109
North Campus, University of Michigan

Download abstract in PDF format: Meeting Abstract