Jan 2018: Nikki and Rishee’s paper published in Optics Express!

Nikki’s and Rishee’s paper on the ‘OCT version’ of Ashkin’s seminal radiation pressure experiment is now published in Optics Express.

Depth-resolved measurement of optical radiation-pressure forces with OCT may find applications in the characterization of optical tractor beams over extended depth ranges, or volumetric optical manipulation and interrogation of beads in viscoelastic media.

August 2017: The group welcomes new postdoc Mike Lamont

Mike is the first postdoc to join our group. He received his B.Sc. from the University of British Columbia, his M.Sc. from Simon Fraser University, and his Ph.D. from the University of Sydney, all in physics with a strong optics focus. Mike won a Canadian NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship award, which he took to the Institute of Quantum Science and Technology at the University of Calgary, and a Kavli Institute at Cornell Postdoctoral Fellowship to work with Cornell’s AEP and ECE departments. His academic research spans a variety of optical phenomena including medical imaging, nonlinear photonics, and quantum entanglement. This research resulted in over 80 journal and conference publications, with 2800+ citations. He also brings with him years of experience in industry, working with companies in telecommunication optics, scientific instrumentation, and project management consultation and software.

July 2017: NIH grant awarded for the development of ‘hybrid adaptive optics’

We have been awarded a grant through the NIH BRAIN Initiative to integrate hardware and computational adaptive optics for imaging deeper into the living mouse brain.

This research will be conducted in collaboration with the Xu Lab (Cornell, Applied and Engineering Physics).  Through enhanced aberration sensing and correction, we hope to enable the imaging of neural activity well into the hippocampus, potentially reaching the dentate gyrus layers (> 1.5 mm) where newly generated neurons are continuously being incorporated into networks.