2004 Events

December 07, 2004: 2004 Holiday Lecture "Fun, Optics, and Magic: How to Improve Your Image: It Ain't Magic... or is it?" by Robert E. Fischer, Optics 1 Inc.


This talk will be a fast paced journey through many interesting and revealing aspects of optical system design. We will introduce you to some of the many fascinating and important subtleties of our field, and you will learn why optical design is in many cases both a science and an art. Some of the topics to be discussed:

Image degradations or aberrations, what they are and how to get rid of them.

We will also discuss the Bob Fischer list of Bloopers and Blunders in Optics. Each item has a succint lesson to be learned.

As a special feature, Bob, a member of the Magic Castle in Hollywood, will treat you to his favorite magical illusions along the way, many of which are true classics of magic.

Bio: Robert E. Fischer holds a BS and MS in Optics from the University of Rochester. Mr. Fischer's technical interests are in optical system design and engineering, in particular lens design. He is also interested in optical component and system manufacturing, assembly, and testing. His interests extend from the deep UV through the visible and on to the thermal infrared.An inventor holding five patents (with others pending), Mr. Fischer is also an author and short course instructor teacher. Mr. Fischer's recent book Optical System Design, published by McGraw-Hill in 2000, is in its second printing.

Mr. Fischer is a Past President of SPIE (1984). He has also served as Editor of SPIE's monthly newspaper OE Reports for 15 years. Additionally, Fischer has authored numerous technical papers covering a wide range of subjects in the field of optics. He has also chaired many SPIE conferences relating to optical design and engineering in the U.S. and Europe including that has been part of the Annual Meeting for nearly 10 years. Fischer was also Technical Program Chair of the 1980 International Lens Design Conference. Since 1978 Fischer has taught SPIE short courses on optical design and engineering, optical design for the infrared, optics for head mounted displays, and in other related topics. Fischer also has chaired and served on SPIE committees including the Symposia Committee, Membership Committee, Scholarship Committee, Awards Committee, and the Presidents Advisory Committee. He is currently Treasurer of SPIE. Robert E. Fischer was awarded the SPIE Gold Medal for the year 2000, the Society?s highest technical honor. And in 1986 he won the SPIE Albert M. Pezzuto Award for exceptional leadership and service to the society. He is also a Fellow and Life Member of SPIE and a Fellow of the OSA.

November 02, 2004: "Lasers for Dental Surgery" by Dr. Daniel Fried, University of California, San Francisco

Abstract: New optical diagnostic tools utilizing near-IR light hold considerable promise for the early detection and diagnosis of dental caries (tooth decay), and IR lasers are ideally suited for the conservative removal and modification of these early lesions. Although there have been significant gains in reducing the incidence of dental caries, it remains the principal cause of tooth loss in the U.S. A new approach towards the treatment of dental caries is advocated with an emphasis on early detection and monitoring followed by minimal intervention. At UCSF we are developing new near-IR based optical diagnostic tools for the detection and characterization of these caries lesions in the early stages of development. These tools include near-IR imaging and polarization sensitive-Optical coherence tomography (PS-OCT). Lasers are ideally suited for conservative interventio! n, since laser light can be can be precisely focused to preferentially ablate carious tissue. Moreover, laserradiation vaporizes water and protein and changes the chemical composition of the remaining mineral of enamel and dentin, thus decreasing the solubility to acids around the periphery of the restoration site to leave a smooth surface with an enhanced resistance to secondary caries. Lasers are less likely to require anesthesia and induce less noise and pain. Therefore they are advantageous for treating children, and patients with dental phobias.

Bio: Dr. Fried is Associate Professor at the division of Biomaterials and Bioengineering, Department of Preventive and Restorative Dental Sciences, UCSF. He is also the director of the Masters Program in Oral and Craniofacial Sciences and a member of the Joint UC SF and UC Berkeley Bioengineering Group. He obtained a B..S (1984) and M.S.(1986) from the University of Toledo in Physical Chemistry and a Ph.D, also in Ohysical Chemistry from Wayne State Univeraity in 1991. His research interests are Laser Interactions with Biological Tissues, Tissue Spectroscopy and Optical Imaging of Tissues for Detection and Diagnosis.

October 7-8, 2004: "SBIR'04 - Fall Workshop: SBIR Grants for the Curious Engineer in Business"

October 05, 2004: "Photonics CMOS Compatibility using Molecularly Engineered Materials" by Dr. Ronald Kubacki, Ionic Systems

September 07,2004: "High Power Medical Lasers" by Ken Arnold, Laserscope

August 26, 2004: "Tour of LumiLEDS"

August 03, 2004: "Directed Energy Weapons" by Dr. Sam Williams, LMSC

July 23, 2004: "Tour of NPS in Monterey" by Corey Bennett, LLNL

Abstract: The Naval Postgraduate School is an academic institution located on the site of the historic del Monte hotel in Monterey since 1952, and has many projects in Applied Physics and Optics. This is a rare chance to get the inside look at one of the Bay Area's top research institutes, and features laboratory tours and demonstrations.

June 06, 2004: "Liquid Lens Technology" by Bruno Berge, Varioptic

June 01, 2004: "Quantum Cryptography" by William Risk, IBM

May 04, 2004: "Imaging stars & charge" by Dr. Nancy Haegel, NPS

April 06, 2004: "Silicon-based LEDs" by Don Gardner, Intel

March 02, 2004: "Packet Encryption" by Peder Jungck

February 03, 2004: "Histophysics" by Dr. Lui Lam, SJSU

January 14, 2004: "OLED Display Technology" by Homer Antoniadis, Osram