The 2019 Photonics Society Summer BBQ was filled with good food and drinks. Thanks to everyone who came!
Goleta Beach Area D on July 25 at 5pm
The 3rd Santa Barbara Photonics Banquet took place on:
Tuesday June 4th, 6pm at Corwin Pavilion @ UCSB
See the event page for more info:
SB Photonics Banquet 2019
Thursday, Jan. 17th, 12 pm, ESB 1001
If you're interested in joining, get a head start by joining one of our parent professional organizations: IEEE Photonics Society, OSA, or SPIE!
Join us for our Summer BBQ!
What: BBQ for the photonics community
When: Thursday Sept. 29th, 4:00pm
Where: Goleta Beach, Area C (click for photo)
Please join us at Goleta beach to meet the local photonics community and enjoy some good eats! We will enjoy sous vide Tri-Tip (prepared by Michael Belt) and drinks & refreshments. Thanks to our sponsor who is making this year's BBQ possible, SoraaLaser in Goleta.
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.
When: Friday Aug. 28th, 4–7pm
Where: Goleta Beach: Picnic Tables (West)
Please join us next Friday for a free barbecue at goleta beach! Just walk down the bluffs from UCSB engineering after your work day, and enjoy some free grilled eats with your fellow photonics researchers.
Please RSVP so we can plan food quantities, by signing up at this web page.
This event was made possible thanks to Praevium Research, Inc., who have kindly sponsored the barbecue.
What: First annual UCSB Photonics Society Banquet
When: Thursday April 24th, 6pm
Where: UCSB Mosher Alumni House (map)
The first annual Photonics Society Banquet was held on April 24th, at the Mosher Alumni house on the campus of the University of California Santa Barbara. The banquet is intended for Photonics scientists from academia and industry to get together, while also learning about early photonics research in the Santa Barbara area. The event includes a social hour and catered dinner (included in ticket).
Following a dinner & social hour, Dr. Jerry Wyss of Toyon Inc. delivered a lecture on
"Photonic RF Antennas in the Goleta Valley - A Historical Perspective".
Dr. Jonathan Doylend from Intel also presented, giving some insight into Intel's photonics research.
The event sold out, with about 70 people attending.
We hosted 10 different companies and 11 research groups (and 2 non-UCSB universities), comprising 21 different photonics groups in the Santa Barbara area!
See some photographs from the event below!
This event was made possible by generous support from Intel Corp., HP Labs, IEEE and the UCSB Graduate Student Association.
Thanks to our sponsors, the event was free for grad. students, and only $15 for non-students.
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