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María del Mar Sánchez new President of RSEF – Local Section in Alicante

LOGO-RSEF-fullMaría del Mar Sánchez became the President of the Local Section in Alicante of RSEF – Real Sociedad Española de Física,

RSEF is the Royal Spanish Society of Physics. With more than 4000 members, it is organized in different thematic divisions and specialized groups, as well as in local sections. The Local Section of Alicante started few years ago, and María del Mar has been active as a member of the Board. Now a new board has been elected and she has become President of the local section. The main objectives of the new board is promoting Physics in our local area, through outreach activities and seminars, and to foster the collaboration with High Schools, including activities to attract girls to STEM.



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Lunes, 27 de febrero de 2017 Sin comentarios

New paper in European Journal of Physics about vortex beams with a TNLC-SLM

ejpWe published a new paper in European Journal of Physics entitled Vortex beam generation and other advanced optics experiments reproduced with a twisted-nematic liquid-crystal display with limited phase modulation.

In this work we propose the use of twisted-nematic liquid-crystal spatial light modulators (TN-LC-SLM) as a useful tool for training students in the manipulation of light beams with phase-only masks. In particular, we focus the work on the realization of phase-only gratings and phase-only spiral phases for the generation of vortex beams, beams carrying orbital angular momentum (OAM). We include different examples, including a optimal triplicator phase grating, and its combination with spiral phase patterns and lens functions to generate a variety of vortex beams.

The paper is included in a special section of the journal devoted to “Advanced Optics”, and it is the first publication from the PhD Thesis of Aarón Cofré.

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Miércoles, 14 de diciembre de 2016 Sin comentarios

TecnOpto selected as finalist of the Edmund Optics 2016 Educational Award

edu-16-sheildTecnOpto was selected as a finalist of the 2016 Educational Award of the company Edmund Optics.

The selection was made on the basis of a proposed project of building a programmable optical microscope with different Fourier transform filtering operations performed in real time from a computer with a LCoS display. This way we are able to reproduce classical and novel microscopy techniques without moving elements in the optical system.

The complete list of winners and finalists can be found in: link


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Lunes, 7 de noviembre de 2016 Sin comentarios

María del Mar Sánchez participates at the II Workshop on Women in Engineering at University Rey Juan Carlos

Mujeres en IngenieríaOn May 18th 2016, María del Mar Sánchez participated in the II Workshop on Women in Science & Engineering, held at the Politechnical School of Experimental Sciences & Technology, at University Rey Juan Carlos (URJC), Madrid.

Organized by Prof. Beatriz Romero, from URJC, this workshop is intended to encourage women to follow a career in science or engineering.

María del Mar participated with the conference entitled “Women researchers in Light and in Light Technologies – Investigadoras en la luz y en las tecnologías de la luz”.


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Lunes, 30 de mayo de 2016 Sin comentarios

TecnOPTO at the “Project of the Light” at the primary school CEIP El Palmeral of Elche

CEIP EL Palmeral ElcheOn May 12th we participated at the Project of the Light – El projecte de la Llum that were organized at the primary school CEIP El Palmeral, in Elche. During two days, the school was devoted to all kind of activities related to the light.

We contributed in various forms. We brought panels from the exhibition Light beyond the Bulb, that were exposed in the library. In addition we brought different experiments and demonstrations of different optical phenomena. We prepared some of the students in the sixth grade to help us, and they did a great job showing the experiment to other younger students. We also brought the Khet game to play laser chess at the school.



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Miércoles, 18 de mayo de 2016 Sin comentarios

Ignacio Moreno talks about Photonics at the XVII IEEE Spanish Student Branch Meeting



Ignacio Moreno gave the invited talk entitled “Photonic Technologies: Essential told for current engineering”, at the XVII IEEE Spanish Student Branch Meeting, held in UMH – Elche. This meeting is organized by the IEEE Student Branchs in Spain, and this year it has been organized by the UMH IEEE Student Branch in April 7th to 10th.

During his presentation, Ignacio talked about all the possibilities that Optics & Photonics offer in the different areas of modern engineering, from fiber optics in communications, lasers of industrial applications, LEDs sources for lighting, or biomedical optical applications.

The picture shows Ignacio with Jonatan Ramón, the president of the UMH Branch, at the end of the talk, with a gift given to the speaker.

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Viernes, 6 de mayo de 2016 Sin comentarios

TecnOpto participates at FecitElx2016

Foto AjedrezWe participated at FecitElx 2016, the Science and Technology Fair of Elche, organized by our university. This is the second edition of this fair, and this year we contributed with three different events:

1) We showed again our demonstration workshop, where we made different experiments on optics. Kids and paterents enjoyed with us on Friday and Saturday morning at the Elche Congress Center.

2) We brought two exhibitions: Light beyond the bulb, and Women in Light Science and Light Technologies.

3) Finally, we organized a game of laser chess: the KHET tournement. In the picture you can see of the players.

It was a lot of fun!


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Viernes, 6 de mayo de 2016 Sin comentarios

Prof. Juan Campos visits TecnOpto Lab and imparts a seminar on polarimetry

Juan CamposOur friend Prof. Juan Campos, from the Department of Physics at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) visited us on March 3rd and 4rth, 2016. Juan is the leader researcher in the national research projects we develop in collaboration.

Juan came to Elche to participate in the 3rd edition of the PhD Workshop of TECNIT – the Doctorate Program in Industrial & Telecommunications of UMH. He participated at the workshop by giving a talk entitled ADVANCES IN OPTICAL POLARIMETRY: DEVICES AND APPLICATIONS. This talk can be viewed at the above link.

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Sábado, 19 de marzo de 2016 Sin comentarios

Ignacio Moreno writes about polarization of light in the FECYT educational unit devoted to light science

portada_unidad_d_luzIgnacio Moreno wrote the chapter entitled “Polarization of Light” in the didactic unit entitled Ciencia con Luz Propia: Aplicaciones Tecnológicas de la Luz (Science with its own Light: Technological Applications of Light).

This book has been published by FECYT – Fundación Española de Ciencia y Tecnología (Spanish Foundation for Science & Technology) and SM editorial, and can be free downloaded at the following link.

The book has been coordinated by Prof. José Antonio García, from the Department of Optics of the University of Granada, and it includes 10 chapters intended to provide tools about optics and light science for students at secondary schools, and promote the students’ interest in science and technology.



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Domingo, 13 de marzo de 2016 Sin comentarios

Pascuala Garcia and Maria del Mar Sanchez with Jocelyn Bell at the University of Valencia

JBellPascuala Garcia and Maria del Mar Sanchez met Jocelyn Bell at the Faculty of Physics of the University of Valencia.

Dr. Bell, renown astrophysicist famous for the discovery of pulsars, was invited to Valencia to give a conference within the cycle of seminars of the Faculty of Physics. Dr. Bell was one of the women selected for the Exhibition Women in Light Science and Light Technology. This exhibition coordinated by Pascuala García, and with the participation of María del Mar Sánchez, has been developed by members of the Group of Women in Physics of RSEF –  Real Sociedad Española de Física, and from SEDOPTICA – Sociedad Española de Óptica.

The exhibition was inaugurated in September 2015 at the SEDOPTICA meeting XI Reunión Nacional de Óptica, held in Salamanca, and it has been exhibited at many different locations, including the University of Valencia, and the University Miguel Hernandez, where it can now be visited at the hall of the building Arenales, until April 11th, 2016.

Sábado, 12 de marzo de 2016 Sin comentarios