Virtual Lab Tours 2022

Zoom links for virtual tours of labs at the UA Wyant College of Optical Sciences will be posted below. Live tours will be Thursday afternoon, January 6th, from 3:00 – 4:00. Any password required by a zoom link will be the same as the main Winter School zoom link.

Introductions and overviews for each lab will begin approximately at 3:05, 3:25, and 3:45. Feel free to jump in and out of as many labs as you like and interact with the students and faculty!

Prof. Lars Furenlid lab tour

The Center for Gamma-Ray Imaging: This laboratory develops detectors, acquisition systems, and complete instruments for molecular imaging in pre-clinical and clinical research.  Current work is focused on completing a human brain Single-Photon Emission Computed Tomograpy (SPECT) system that is designed to aid in drug discovery for neurodegenerative diseases and cancer.  The tour will introduce you to members of the team and show off some of our laboratory resources.

Hosts: Prof. Lars Furenlid and  Maria Ruiz-Gonzalez
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Prof. Poul Jessen lab tour

QuIC A: Spin-squeezing and closed-loop magnetometry with a collective atomic spin

Host: David Melchior

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QuIC B: Quantum simulation with a small, highly accurate quantum processor
Host:  Kevin Kuper
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Please contact us if you have additional questions or further interest in our group and our research.
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Prof. R. Jason Jones lab tour

Our research spans a broad range of activities from precision spectroscopy for optical atomic clocks  to ultrafast science and high-field physics. We will have multiple labs available to visit. One lab discusses the use of femtosecond “frequency comb” lasers for time-resolved measurements of laser produced plasmas. Another lab demonstrates the use fiber lasers and nonlinear optics to generate frequency combs in the XUV . In our labs we develop advanced laser systems (fiber, solid-state, semiconductor based) from the ground up, including custom electronics, vacuum systems, etc.. These novel laser systems are developed for specific experiments that enable us to explore and observe phenomena others cannot access using commercially available systems.

Click here for a 20 second preview of the lab by Reagan 

Lab 1: Frequency comb spectroscopy of laser plasmas: molecular formation

Host: Ryan Rhoades and Reagan Weeks

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Lab 2: 2-photon Optical Atomic Clock

Host: Seth Erickson and Dylan Tooley

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Lab 3: Frequency comb spectroscopy  in the UV and XUV

Hosts: Kane Zhang

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If you would like to chat or see more of the lab at any other time during the week please send me an email and we’ll try to set up additional zoom chats.


Prof. Dongkyun “DK” Kang lab tour

Lab description: The Translational Optical Imaging (TOI) lab develops low-cost optical imaging devices for medical applications. Current research areas include portable confocal microscopy for imaging skin and cervical cancers, and light-sheet microscopy for imaging fresh tissues. 

Note: lab tour only available from 3:00 – 3:45

Host: Prof. DK Kang

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Prof. Khanh Kieu lab tour

Welcome to the research group of Prof. Khanh Kieu. In our group, we design, make, and use compact ultrafast fiber lasers for a broad range of applications. We are particularly interested in directions involving optical fiber technologies such as fiber lasers, fiber optical sensors, nonlinear effects, and devices in waveguiding structures. We will discuss ultrashort pulse fiber lasers, why it is important, its working mechanism and some of its applications while going through a live demo on our current research projects in the lab.

 Host: Josh Magnus

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Prof. Daewook Kim lab tour

The LOFT research group (Large Optics Fabrication and Testing) is developing advanced technologies for optical testing and fabrication of large optical components and systems. We are closely tied to large-scale telescope projects in the Optical Engineering and Fabrication Facility (OEFF) and the Richard F. Caris Mirror Lab (RFCML) at the University of Arizona. Our research covers the optical design for space telescopes and industrial optic systems for semiconductor inspection.

Note: lab tour available from 3:00-3:45

Host: Heejoo Choi

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Prof. Euan McLeod lab tour

Soft nanophotonic systems lab: 

We study the interaction of light with structures derived from nanoscale colloidal building blocks using a mixture of experiment, theory, and computation. Our research includes investigations into the fundamental optical properties of these materials, manipulation of nanoparticles using optical tweezers, assembly of nanostructured photonic metamaterials and superresolution devices, integration of nanophotonic and microphotonic systems, and sensing of nanoparticles and biomolecules using lensfree holographic microscopy. This research will enable better microscopes, smaller and lighter optical devices, and more sensitive biomedical sensors.

Host: Prof. Prof. Euan McLeod, Kate Newcomer, Natalie Shultz

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Prof. Bob Norwood lab tour

Integrated Photonics:

The integrated photonic chip testing and evaluation lab is used to characterize active and passive photonic devices. These devices can include waveguides, resonators, Mach-Zehnder interferometers, modulators, and many other devices fabricated in-house or elsewhere. Here we can evaluate the passive performance of these devices as well as the thermal-optic and electro-optic characteristics for applications up to 67 GHz. 

Hosts: Shelbi Jenkins

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Prof. Yuzuru Takashima lab tour

Advanced MEMS lidar and AR display:

This tour navigates you different types of lidar and AR display system using Micro Electro Mechanical System (MEMS) devices. We overview MEMS spatial light modulation devices, such as Digital Micromirror Devices, followed by introducing MEMS lidar and MEMS based multiplexed displays researched in our lab.

Hosts: Parker Liu and Yexin Pei

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Prof. Dal Wilson lab tour

Quantum Optomechanics Lab

Welcome to the Quantum Optomechanics Lab at the University of Arizona. We couple nano-mechanical resonators and optical cavities to investigate various aspects of quantum physics at the macroscale. Questions we explore include: Can a solid state object be cooled to its ground state using radiation pressure? What are the signatures of the uncertainty principle in an interferometric measurement? Can a light field be squeezed by reflecting it from a mirror? Answers to these questions yield insights into the possibility of a new generation of optomechanical quantum technologies, such as squeezing-enhanced force sensors. Along similar lines, we are interested in using optomechanical systems as precision measurement tools, accessing fundamental physics such as non-Newtonian gravity and ultralight dark matter.

Host: Prof. Dal Wilson, Charles Condos, Mitul Chowdhury

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