Frontiers in Photonics: Donn Silberman

You are all invited to a special Frontiers in Photonics Lunch & Learn Seminar.

Fundamentals and recent advances in micro and nanopositioning for fast photonic process automation


Donn Silberman

Sr. Applications Engineer, PI (Physik Instrumente) L.P.

Founding Director, Optics Institute of Southern California

Fellow, Past Pres. Optical Society of Southern California

Founder, UC Irvine Optical Engineering & Instrument Design Programs


When: Thursday Nov. 6, 2014 at 11:45 – 1 pm

Where: Natural Sciences 2, room 1201.



Maximum positioning accuracy is now obligatory in many application areas. Semiconductor manufacturing, fiber optics and photonic alignment, microscopy, surface measurement technology, biotechnology, medical engineering and automation technology often require positioning systems with resolutions and repeatability in the nanometer range. Add to this the requirements for short response times, vacuum-compatible designs that may need to function over a wide temperature range and the challenges mount for both scientific researchers and industries’ engineers.

This presentation will begin with some fundamental concepts in micro and nanopositioning and then take a dive into the world of high precision photonic alignment.  Real examples of results obtained with precision mechanism, electronic control systems and a snap shot of the latest algorithms will be reviewed as they relate to the field of silicon photonics.

The National Photonics Initiative a brief update

Last month the Optical Society of Southern California (OSSC) hosted the largest National Photonics Initiative (NPI) meeting to date at Precision Optical in Costa Mesa, CA.  This brief presentation will provide a quick overview of the NPI and the recently announced planned investment of $200 million in Public-Private funds to create an Integrated Photonics Manufacturing Institute that could be located near UC Irvine.


Bio: Donn M. Silberman is a Fellow and Past President of the Optical Society of Southern California, where he has had active roles for over 20 years. He is the Senior Applications and Sales Engineer for PI (Physik Instrumente) L.P.; a world leader in the design, manufacture and provider of precision positioning and motion control systems for industry, research and academia. Many of these engineered products are used for the highest precision imaging and laser systems on earth, in space and even on Mars. They include systems on the Mars Rover Curiosity, major semiconductor manufacturing and inspection systems, large professional astronomical and solar telescopes, fiber optic telecommunication systems and research grade atomic, optical and laser based microscopy systems.

He holds B.S. in Engineering Physics (Honors in Physics) – University of Arizona and worked at the Optical Sciences Center and taught undergraduate physics labs. He was the Society of Physics Students President from 1981 – 1983 and SPS Councilor from 1983 – 1984. In 1994, he received a Master of Science degree in Technology Management from Pepperdine University.

In 2012, he received the UC Irvine Extension Dean’s Outstanding Service Award.

He was the 2012-2013 Univ. of Arizona Honor’s College Advocate for Education Award Winner.

Mr. Silberman was designated as a Senior Member of SPIE in 2009 and a Senior Member of OSA in 2010 for his specific achievements in optics education, outreach and engineering.



Today 31 years ago the speed of light was set to 299,792.458 km/s. It happened in the 17th edition of the “General Conference on Weights and Measures” on October 21, 1983.

EPIC – The European Photonics Industry Consortium – sets today as the first commemoration of that event, framed by the coming International Year of Light, 2015. Learn more about this initiative here.

We encourage all of you to think about how many things you have around right now that are enabled by the power of light. First of all, you wouldn’t be reading these words in this particular format!

Cheers to light!

Woman in academia discussion with Dr. Anita Mahadevan-Jansen

Come join us for tapas and share your academic journey as women – the challenges, the hurdles and the satisfaction of overcoming them all! We will be joined by Dr. Anita Mahadevan-Jansen from Vanderbilt University.

Time: Thursday 16 October, 2014 at 3:30 – 4:30 pm

Place: Beckman Laser Insititute library

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