When: Thursday April 21st, 4:00pm
Where: Eng. Sciences Building, Room 1001
The Inst. for Energy Efficiency & Photonic Society at UCSB will be hosting a talk by Professor Philip Lubin, following recent press around his Photonic Propulsion proposals for fractions-of-light-speed space travel.
Prof. Lubin has recently made the news as Russian Entrepreneur Yuri Milner, with Stephen Hawking' s support, has chosen his Photonic Propulsion technique to send probes to our nearest start system, Alpha Centauri. (See Prof. Lubin's NASA 360 video, and more info on Milner's Breakthrough Starshot program.)
2nd Annual Photonics Society Banquet
When: Wednesday May 4th, 6pm
Where: Mosher Alumni House at UCSB
Presented in collaboration with AIM Photonics!
Graduate Students: FREE
Dinner & Drinks included (21+ Only)
The 2016 banquet was hosted in collaboration with the American Institute of Manufacturing: Photonics. Dean of the College of Engineering Rod Alferness talked about UCSB being the west coast hub for National Photonics Manufacturing Institute
Here are a few pictures for the imaginative photonics community at Santa Barbara:
See our 2014 Banquet here.
Joshua Smith From Cal State Fullerton delivered a fantastic keynote lecture on the recent detection of Gravitational Waves at LIGO.
On September 14, 2015 the two detectors of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO) detected gravitational waves from the coalescence of a binary system of black holes. This discovery could not have been made without a century of advances in optical technology and precision metrology. I will give an overview of gravitational waves and LIGO, describe the optics involved and current optical challenges, discuss the discovery of gravitational waves from a merging binary black hole system, and end with prospects for future gravitational- wave observations.
Joshua Smith directs the Gravitational-Wave Physics and Astronomy Center (GWPAC) and is an associate professor of physics at California State University, Fullerton. He was born in Indian Lake, NY and attended Syracuse University, graduating with a BSc in 2002. He earned his doctorate in 2006 from the University of Hannover's Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics / Albert Einstein Institute for his work on the GEO600 gravitational-wave detector. Prior to joining Fullerton in 2010, he was a postdoctoral research associate at Syracuse University.
Currently, Smith is active in gravitational research, astronomy education research, and teaching physics and astronomy. His research is focused on detecting gravitational waves from astronomical sources using LIGO in collaboration with colleagues in GWPAC and in the international LIGO Scientific Collaboration.
Additionally, look forward to talks by our sponsors:
Social Time & Dinner: Appetizers & Drinks (one complimentary drink is included with ticket)
Keynote: Joshua Smith: Using optics and precision metrology in LIGO to measure black hole mergers from across the universe
AIM-Photonics: Dean of Engineering Rod Alferness
Talks from Sponsors: Hewlett Packard Labs, Freedom Photonics
The Balcony & Library will be set aside for Networking/Socializing.