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TecnOPTO granted with a PROMETEO project from Generalitat Valenciana

GVATecnOPTO has been granted with a PROMETEO project from Generalitat Valenciana. Link

The project, entitled Development of vectorial and polarimetric optical instrumentation, will be focused on the realization of advanced optical instruments for the generation, control and application of vector beams, and is leaded by María del Mar Sánchez-López.

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Sábado, 25 de noviembre de 2017 Sin comentarios

Jocelyn Bell invested Doctor Honoris Causa at University of Valencia and Pascuala Garcia reads the Laudatio

HC JBellThe astrophysicist Jocelyn Bell, who discovered pulsars, has been invested Doctor Honoris Causa at University of Valencia in November 10th, 2017.

Pascuala Garcia, who promoted this recognition through the Faculty of Physics, read the Laudatio.

In 2015, Jocelyn Bell delivered a conference at the Faculty of Physics of University of Valencia, in the series of seminars coordinated by Pascuala Garcia. Together with this event, Jocelyn Bell visited the exhibition Women in Light Science’, where she is one of the twelve honoured women scientists.

Jocelyn Bell’s speech (in Valencian)

Pascuala Garcia’s Laudatio (in Valencian)

Speech of the Rector of University of Valencia (in Valencian)

More on this news (in Spanish)

Sábado, 11 de noviembre de 2017 Sin comentarios

New paper in Optical Engineering about parallel multiple imaging with a polarization diffraction grating

OptEngA new paper entitled Multichannel polarization imaging with a polarizing diffraction grating has been published in Optical Engineering. The work has been done in collaboration with our friends at the Department of Physics at San Diego State University (SDSU).

The work demonstrates a method to generate multiple imaging with polarization state diversity, based on the use of  a polarization diffraction grating design. The polarization grating is demonstrated in an SLM-based optical system developed at SDSU. We demonstrate the generation of six diffraction orders that encode six different polarization transformations. This technique can be useful for producing single-shot imaging polarimeters.



Viernes, 10 de noviembre de 2017 Sin comentarios

Pascuala Garcia promoted to Full Professor at the Department of Optics of University of Valencia

Oposicon PasIn 2017, October 23th and 24th, Pascuala Garcia passed her last exam for the promotion to Full Professor of Optics at the Department of Optics & Optometry & Vision Sciences, of the University of Valencia.

The picture shows Pascuala with the members of the jury, at the end of the session

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Viernes, 10 de noviembre de 2017 Sin comentarios

Ilice Photonics starts activities

261017-_constitucion_ilice_photonics_compressed.medianaIlice Photonics, a spin-off company promoted by Daniel Puerto with Ignacio Moreno, started its activities in October 2017.

The company is devoted to develop projects in Optics & Photonics, and it is located at the UMH Scientific Park. Link

The picture shows Daniel Puerto with Prof. Jesús Pastor, Rector  of UMH, Prof. Manuel Jordán, Vicerector for Research & Innovation, and Tonia Salinas, Director of the Scientific Park, after the constitution of the company.


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Domingo, 29 de octubre de 2017 Sin comentarios

María del Mar Sánchez interviewed at the SPIE 2017-Gender Equity in the Optics and Photonics Workplace

Gender ESSThe SPIE Gender Equity Task Force was formed to identify how the professional environment of the optics and photonics community can better enable equal opportunities, rewards, and recognition for its members, independent of gender.

This year, Maria del Mar was one of the 16 professionals interviewed for the 2017 edition. The survey is the largest of its kind in the optics and photonics community, receiving nearly 10,000 valid responses and representing 105 countries and a wide range of disciplines. The results of this study can be download at the following link.


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Jueves, 21 de septiembre de 2017 Sin comentarios

New paper in Optics Express about dual polarization split lenses

OptExpressWe published a new paper in Optics Express where we report the realization of polarization sensitive split lens configurations. We propose and demonstrate the generalization of the split lens concept to vectorial split lenses, leading to light patterns with customized intensity and state of polarization. We demonstrate how these polarization split lenses can be experimentally implemented by means of an optical system using two liquid crystal spatial light modulators, each one phase modulating one orthogonal polarization component.

The proposed technique is a simple method to generate structured light beams with polarization diversity, with potential applications in polarimetry, customized illuminators or quantum optics.

This work has been published in Optics Express, entitled Dual polarization split lenses. The work has been developed in collaboration with our friends at the Departamento de Ciencias Físicas, Universidad de la Frontera (Chile) and our friends at Departamento de Física de la Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. This is the third paper resulting from the Thesis of the PhD student Aarón Cofré.

Martes, 19 de septiembre de 2017 Sin comentarios

María del Mar Sánchez gives a talk on q-plates at the Meeting of the Royal Spanish Physical Society

RSEFMaría del Mar Sanchez gave a talk about the generation of vectors beams with q-plate devices at the Meeting of the Royal Spanish Physical Society held in Santiago de Compostela in July 2017, 17th-21st, within the Symposium of Quantum & Non-linear Optics.

In this presentation, Maria del Mar reviewed some of our recent works. In the first part of the talk she presented the  performance of q-plates, and their combination to build other effective q-plates. In the second part she described the  implementation of q-plates on spatial light modulators, as well as their combination with axicon elements to create vector Bessel beams where both the topological charge and the polarization state vary upon propagation.

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Jueves, 31 de agosto de 2017 Sin comentarios

Marcos Maestre presents his Final Degree Project on a system to control light pulses and measure slow and fast light

IMG_7139On Friday July 7th, Marcos Maestre, student of Telecommunications Engineering, has defended his Final Degree Project entitled “Control de Pulsos Ópticos en Fibra y Medida de Efectos de Luz Lenta y Luz Rápida en Interferómetros“.

In this work, an instrumental system and its control software has been developed in order to characterize electro-optical modulators and polarization interferometers based on birefringent fibers. Using this setup slow and fast light (SFL) effects have been demonstrated for optical pulses centered at 1550 nm.

The project, which has been supervised by Julia Arias and María del Mar Sánchez-López, has obtained the maximum qualification, with honours.

A related communication will be presented at OPTOEL2017 – the Spanish Meeting on Optoelectronics.

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Domingo, 23 de julio de 2017 Sin comentarios

Pascuala García presents an SLM based optical microscope at the SPIE Optical Metrology Conference in Munich

SPIE PasPascuala Garcia presented the communication entitled “On axis programmable microscope using liquid crystal spatial light modulator” at the SPIE Optical Metrology Conference, held in Munich in June 25th to 29th, 2007.

In her presentation, she showed an optical microscope system we have developed, that includes an LCOS SLM display to perform opto-digital filtering on-axis. We use a Hamamatsu SLM, free of flickering, which can be tuned to fully eliminate the zero order component of the encoded diffractive filter, therefore making use of the full space-bandwidth. The system was demonstrated by implementing different optical processing operations based on phase-only gratings such as phase-contrast, band-pass filtering, additive and subtractive imaging, or Differential Interference Contrast (DIC) imaging.

A related manuscript is available at the SPIE Proceedings in Optical Methods for Inspection, Characterization, and Imaging of Biomaterials III, edited by Pietro Ferraro, Simonetta Grilli, Monika Ritsch-Marte, Christoph K. Hitzenberger, Proc. of SPIE Vol. 10333, 103330Q (2017). Link


Viernes, 21 de julio de 2017 Sin comentarios