LIGO at Frontiers in Photonics by Dr. Reitze

Yesterday Photonics@UCI’s “Frontiers in Photonics” seminar series went big – very big – with a presentation given by LIGO’s Dr. David Reitze from Cal Tech. Dr. Reitze spoke to a packed audience about the The Laser Intererometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO), its construction, discoveries, prospects, and complications involved in operating a 4km long interferometer designed to detect the smallest of signals from events in the universe. We were so pleased to hear about optics on such a grand scale and welcome members of the optics community from astronomy for this quarter’s seminar. Dr. Reitze’s presentation was engaging and very informative, sparking many discussions with students afterward.

Photonics@UCI thanks Dr. Reitze for making the trip and helping to continue our tradition of inspiration for our “Frontiers in Photonics” attendees.

Frontiers in Photonics: David Reitze

Professor David Reitze from the LIGO Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology presents:

LIGO: Using Really Big Interferometers to Search for the Most Violent Astrophysical Events in the Universe

“LIGO is currently undergoing a complete upgrade.  Advanced LIGO is designed to be ten times more sensitive than initial LIGO, the first generation of gravitational wave interferometers, and will open the era of detecting gravitational wave emitted from the most violent events in the universe.  In this presentation, I’ll give a primer on gravitational waves and why they are interesting and difficult to detect, discuss how we use interferometry to detect them, provide an overview of Advanced LIGO, and discuss its status and the prospects for gravitational wave detection and astronomy in the second half of this decade.”

When: Thursday 24, April at 4pm

Where: Natural Sciences 2, room 2201

You don’t want to miss it!

Dr. Fourkas – OSA Traveling Lecture

Yesterday we hosted our first OSA Traveling Lecturer,  Dr. John Fourkas from the University of Maryland, who presented his work on “Nanoscale fabrication and manipulation using visible light.” Dr. Fourkas offered a packed audience a broad view on the many applications for his advanced techniques of multiphoton absorption polimerization for nano-fabrication, which range from the biomedical to the semiconductor industry. With images and movies as clear as his presentation of the work, the seminar embodied the spirit of Photonics@UCI’s Frontiers in Optics series, engaging the full audience of cross-discipline optics enthusiasts. A special “thank you” is given to the OSA funding that brought Dr. Fourkas to UCI.

The Traveling Lecturer program provides a platform for distinguished professors to share their expertise and knowledge across fields with students and faculty on campus. We are looking forward to host more experts in the upcoming years.