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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

The paper “Nondiffracting Bessel beams with polarization state that varies with propagation distance” selected by OSA for SPOTLIGHTS ON OPTICS

SpolightThe paper Nondiffracting Bessel beams with polarization state that varies with propagation distance that we published in Optics Letters last year has been selected in the section SPOTLIGHT ON OPTICS by OSA – the Optical Society of America, specifically in the section devoted to Optical Design and Instrumentation.

This section of the OSA website selects highlighted articles from OSA journals. Our paper in Optics Letters has been receiving considerable impact, since it was for three consecutive months in the TOP10 downloaded papers in the journal.


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Jueves, 7 de abril 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

The “Room of Light” opens at the MUDIC museum of Orihuela

MudicA new area has been opened at the MUDIC – the museum of interactive science -, devoted to experiments on the science of light. This museum, located at the UMH campus of Orihuela, is intended to make science of interest for the general public, but mainly to young students, by means of interactive and funny experiences. This new area of the museum is named the “Room of Light” (la Sala de la Luz), and it covers a set of experiences with light and color.

The opening ceremony was organized at EPSO – Escuela Politécnica Superior de Orihuela on December 3th 2015. The event was cochaired by  Prof. Jesús Pastosr Ciurana, Rector of UMH, and D. Emilio Bascuñana, major of Orihuela. Ignacio Moreno presented the opening lecture “Optics & Photonics: MUDIC brings the science and technology of light”.  A video of this opening can be viewed at: Video link (in Spanish).

Ignacio Moreno has cooperated with the project as a scientific advisor, and has worked with Jesús Carnicer, the MUDIC pedagogical director, and Rocío Espinosa, one of the MUDIC monitors, in the design and developments of some of the modules.


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Sábado, 6 de febrero de 2016 Sin comentarios

2016 Calendar on Women in Light Science and Light Technology

InvestigadorasThe 2016 calendar on Women in Light Science and Light Technology has been launched.

Coordinated by Pascuala Garcia and with the participation of Maria del Mar Sánchez, this calendar summarizes the Exhibition on Women in Light Science and Light Technology, developed with the support of SEDOPTICA, RSEF, and SPIE among others, in commemoration of the International Year of Light.

This exhibition promotes the visibility of 12 women who contributed significantly to the development of light science and technology. Each month is devoted to one of these famous researchers.

The calendar can be downloaded at: link

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Miércoles, 3 de febrero de 2016 Sin comentarios

TecnOpto brings to UMH the exhibition “Light beyond the Bulb”

03-11-15-exposición light beyond the bulbTecnOpto has contributed to the International Year of Light event by bringing to UMH the exhibition  Light Beyond the Bulb. This exhibition was hosted at the entrance of the building “Arenals”, at the campus of Elche from 1st to 18th November 2015. 

María M. Sánchez-López translated, in collaboration with SEDOPTICA – the Spanish Optical Society has translated to Spanish the panels developed by SPIE. These panels show impressive images of different optical phenomena in very different fields such as astronomy, biology, or commmunications.

The translated panels can be downloaded freely at: link

These panels were printed at UMH with the support of a project from FECYT – Fundación Española de Ciencia y Tecnología (FECYT-FCT-14-9230), and the exhibition will be located permanently at the MUDIC museum – Museo Didáctico e Interactivo de Ciencias, located at the UMH campus at Orihuela.

UMH Press Release (in Spanish)


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Miércoles, 13 de enero de 2016 Sin comentarios

Pascuala Garcia and María M. Sánchez-Lopez launch the IYL ‘Women in Light Science’ exhibition

Maria Goeppert-Mayer IYL2015 postcardPascuala García (exhibition coordinator) and María del Mar Sánchez (member of the working group) participate in the composition of the exhibition “Mujeres Investigadoras en la Luz” (Women in Light Science), that was launched last September in the XI RNO in Salamanca. The exhibition can be downloaded at: link

Two of the objectives of the United Nations in the declaration of 2015 as the International Year of Light are “to promote women’s empowerment in science” and “to promote education amongst young people”. Following both lines, the WOMEN IN PHYSICS GROUP of RSEF – Real Sociedad Española de Física, in collaboration with SEDOPTICA – the Spanish Optical Society, have composed an exhibition with the life aspects and scientific contribution of 12 women researchers who have contributed to fundamental discoveries in Optics and Photonics.

SPIE is also supporting it:  link

A related video can be found at the International Year of Light webpage: link


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Martes, 3 de noviembre de 2015 Sin comentarios

New paper in Optica Pura y Aplicada showing simple optical cloaking and fluorescence experiments

OPAWe published a new paper in Optica Pura y Aplicada entitled “Optical invisibility by refraction index matching… but revealed by fluorescence“, where we show a set of simple experiments to demonstrate optical invisibility by refractive index matching between sunflower oil and pyrex glass. However, the presence of the cloaked object can be revealed by using the fluorescence properties of the sunflower oil.

This paper was published in a special section of OPA dedicated to outreach experiments in Optics, related to the 2015 – International Year of Light.

The paper can be downloaded at: link

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Viernes, 16 de octubre de 2015 Sin comentarios