OCO Fall Retreat 2012

Date: 
September 10, 2012 - 9:00am to September 11, 2012 - 4:30pm

Set in the beautiful vineyards of King Estate Winery, this year's schedule is packed full with guest, faculty and student speakers! 

We have 4 outside guest speakers to include Theresa Lynn (Harvey Mudd College), Sayantani Ghosh (UC Merced), Phillip Hemmer (Texas A&M) and Nien-hui Ge (UC Irvine). Additionally, Andrew Marcus will give a full length talk, there will be student talks by Andrew Golter, Xiaolu Cheng, Dash Vitullo, Megan Ray, and Jonathan Mackrory as well as a student poster session.

20 years of SESAM modelocked lasers - a success story

Date: 
October 17, 2012 -
11:00am to 12:00pm
Speaker: 
Ursula Keller
Speaker's Institution: 
ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland

Multifunctional Cylindrical Nanoobjects: From ALD Growth towards Physical Model Systems

Date: 
April 16, 2012 -
4:00pm to 5:00pm
Speaker: 
Kornelius Nielsch
Speaker's Institution: 
Institute of Applied Physics, University of Hamburg, Germamy

Improving Science Education

Date: 
December 13, 2011 -
2:00pm to 4:00pm
Speaker: 
Elly Vandegrift
Speaker's Institution: 
University Teaching and Learning Center, University of Oregon

Recent media attention has focused on the low scores that American math and science students receive on international tests compared to students from other nations.  Anecdotally, some UO students report that they are scared of science courses and dread fulfilling their university science requirements.

Optical methods of probing sub-nm vibrations and nanoarchitecture in biological tissues

Date: 
February 20, 2012 -
4:00pm to 5:00pm
Speaker: 
Stephen Jacques
Speaker's Institution: 
Oregon Health and Science University

Optical methods can interrogate biological tissues to measure sub-nm vibrations and nanoarchitecture. The wavelength dependence of light scattering can characterize the nanoarchitecture of cells and tissues. Reflectance confocal microscopy can characterize the anisotropy of scattering, which is sensitive to changes in nanoscale structure of biomaterials.  Interferometry can characterize the granularity of the nucleus.  Interferometry can measure the sub-nm vibrations of the cochlear membrane of the inner ear in vivo. This talk will present our current work on such optical techniques.

“Listening” to the spin noise of electrons & holes in atomic vapors and semiconductor quantum structures

Date: 
November 7, 2011 -
4:00pm to 5:00pm
Speaker: 
Scott Crooker
Speaker's Institution: 
National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, Los Alamos National Lab

Not all noise in experimental measurements is unwelcome. Certain fundamental noise sources contain valuable information about the system itself – a notable example being the inherent voltage fluctuations (Johnson noise) across any resistor, from which temperature can be determined. In magnetic systems, fundamental noise can exist in the form of random spin fluctuations. For example, statistical fluctuations of N paramagnetic spins should generate small noise signals of order sqrt(N) spins, even in zero magnetic field.

Mastering pulsed quantum light

Date: 
October 21, 2011 -
2:00pm to 3:00pm
Speaker: 
Christine Silberhorn
Speaker's Institution: 
Max Planck Research Group - Integrated Quantum Optics

The intrinsic structure of pulsed quantum light can be exploited to introduce highly efficient multi-mode quantum information encoding for high bit rate applications. We present tools for the control and manipulation of broadband frequency modes.

OCO Professor, Daniel Steck, Receives National Science Foundation Award

NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION  
4201 WILSON BOULEVARD, ARLINGTON, VA 22230
OFFICE OF LEGISLATIVE AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS

Award Date:   Aug 14, 2011
Award No.:    1068583

We are pleased to notify you regarding a recent National Science Foundation (NSF) award made to University of Oregon Eugene with an intended total amount of $420000.00.

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