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February 2016

annual reportMany exciting events in 2015-16 

Laser tag, a talk on listening to proteins, a holography class, and the annual SUPR conference featuring a keynote given by 2014 Nobel Laureate W.E. Moerner: these are just a few of the events organized by Stanford Optical Society in 2015-16. Read the SPIE 2015-16 Annual Report here.

August 2015


Aaswath featured in MIT Technology Review's 35 Innovators Under 35 

Your next air-conditioning system might save energy by beaming heat into outer space. Aaswath Raman holds a thin, silvery disc. It looks like a very clean mirror, but it's hardly ordinary; it gets colder under direct sunlight and stays about 5°C cooler than the surrounding air. Read more! 



May 2015

optical isolatorJerry publishes "Limitations of nonlinear optical isolators due to dynamic reciprocity" in Nature Photonics

Motivated by the demands of integrated and silicon photonics, there is significant interest in optical isolators in on-chip integrated systems. Recent works have therefore explored nonlinear optical isolators and demonstrated non-reciprocal transmission contrast when waves are injected in forward or backward directions. However, whether such nonlinear isolators can provide complete isolation under practical operation conditions remains an open question. Read more!

May 2014

The Stanford Optical Society was recently recognized in OSA's 2014 Student Chapter Recruitment Contest for its excellence in recruiting and programming. Check it out here!

November 2011

Stanford IONS Conference article in Wavefront, the SPIE Student Newsletter

"Over 90 Ph.D. students from 15 countries met this October 13-15 at Stanford University for IONS NA-3. Organized by the Stanford Optical Society, a student chapter of SPIE & OSA, this conference was part of the recently established IONS conference series for students in optics and photonics."

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April 2010

It’s good to be an OSA member at Stanford University

"Recruitment for the OSA / SPIE Student Chapter at Stanford University is tough work. This year’s chapter recruitment events include a barbeque in the warm California sun, a night trip to a newly‐renovated science museum, and a weekend photonics retreat in the wine capital Napa Valley—what can we say, it’s a hard life."

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May 2009

SUPR 2009 appears in Wavefront, the SPIE Student Newsletter

"The Stanford University OSA/SPIE Student Chapter and the Stanford Photonics Research Center (SPRC) recently held the first Stanford University Photonics Retreat (SUPR) April 3-5, 2009 in Monterey, CA. Over 60 enthusiastic attendees met for a weekend filled with technical seminars, poster sessions, career-building workshops, a lively alumni panel, and special events, including a Keynote Address by Professor Joseph W. Goodman and an "Evening With the Sky" astronomy lecture and celestial viewing with Professor Robert L. Byer..."

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February 2009

Stanford OSA/SPIE featured in Photonics Spectra"Student Chapters Light the Way for Young Investigators"

"At Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif., some graduate students do more than research and study -- they teach optics to the world. The university's student chapter of the Optical Society of America (OSA) [/SPIE] hosts various activities, ranging from high-profile guest speakers to poster sessions and networking opportunities.  The students also bring the joy of topics to a younger crowd..."

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August 2008

Stanford University takes first place in SPIE Student Chapter Contest

"... Over the weekend, SPIE also announced the winners of a Web site competition among SPIE Student Chapters.

Stanford University's (USA) SPIE Student Chapter took first place in the contest, and the International School of Photonics (India) won a second place award. Honorable mentions went to Wroclaw University of Technology (Poland), the University of Texas at Austin (USA), and the SPIE Student Chapter in Singapore. "

Originally announced at SPIE Optics+Photonics 2008

June 2008

Stanford Chapter Encourages 6th-12th grade Optics-Themed Photography With Online Contest

(Featured in OSA Focal Point, Summer 2008)

"The Stanford Chapter recently hosted our second online photography contest for middle and high school students. The annual competition aims to stimulate interest in optics and science at a critical age, encouraging creative optics-themed photography..."


January 2008

Chapter President Meredith Lee featured in "Up-and-Coming Women in OpticsInterview Series

(First appeared in Jan 2008 MWOSA Newsletter)

"Meeting brilliant people striving to make long-lasting contributions to the field of optics as well as the science-education community, has been a regular occurrence since my affiliation with the Optical Society of America. So when OSA asked me to interview and profile a few of the Society’s female student members for these newsletters, I jumped at the chance. After you read this first interview with Meredith Lee, Stanford University, you will quickly see just how dedicated and brilliant our young female scientists really are..."

More "Up-and-Coming Women in Optics"

December 2007

EDAY 2007 featured in Optics and Photonics News"Educating Science Educators about Optics"

"At the plenary speech at OSA’s 91st annual meeting, Nobel Laureate John L. Hall implored the optical physicists and engineers in the audience to take an active role in educating youths about math and science. Whether through mentoring, visiting schools or helping primary educators to explain scientific concepts, the scientific community must work to capture and keep kids’ interest in science in order to secure our society’s future. One of the ways that OSA is doing its part is through Science Educators’ Day..."

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June 2007

Stanford and UC Berkeley Student OSA Host Joint Photonics Day

(Featured in OSA Focal Point and SPIE Wavefront, Summer 2007)

"This April, over 75 students, faculty, and staff from Stanford and Berkeley participated in the first annual “Photonics @ Stanford” Day.  The afternoon event featured an in-depth tour of SLAC (Stanford Linear Accelerator Center), a special seminar from the PULSE (Photon Ultrafast Laser Science and Engineering) Director Philip Bucksbaum, and a joint poster session and mixer on campus..."

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October 2005

Stanford University Wins 2005 OSA Student Chapter Excellence Award

(Featured in OSA Focal Point Fall 2005)

"OSA President Susan Houde-Walter presented two chapters with the 2005 OSA Student Chapter Excellence Award while at the FiO Student Chapter Leadership Meeting.

The Excellence Awards program was established to recognize outstanding achievement of student chapters.  In recognizing the efforts of student chapters OSA hopes to encourage positive contributions on the part of members and strengthen relationships with student chapters..."