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The Optical Science & Engineering (OSE) Program at the University of New Mexico (UNM) is jointly administered by the optics faculty of the Departments of Physics & Astronomy and Electrical & Computer Engineering. M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Optical Science & Engineering are offered.

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OSE Seminar by Dr. Sang Eon Han on Surpassing the Conventional Limit of Response to Heat Radiation by Nanophotonic Structures

February 26, 2018

Date: Wednesday, February 28, 2018  Time:  11:00 AM to Noon Location:  CHTM, Rm. 101  Map to CHTM:  http://cht ... [Read More]

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OSE Seminar by Dr. Alessandro Alabastri on Heat dissipation in nanostructures: from plasmonic particles to solar powered distillation devices

February 19, 2018

Date: Wednesday, February 21, 2018  Time:  11:00 AM to Noon Location:  CHTM, Rm. 101  Map to CHTM: ... [Read More]

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OSA student chapter talk by Dr. David Bomse, President of Mesa Photonics LLC on Laser-Based Gas Detection

February 18, 2018

Date: Friday, February 23, 2018  Time:  1 PM to 2PM Location:  CHTM, Rm. 103  Map to CHTM: ... [Read More]

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OSE Seminar by Dr. Stavroula Foteinopoulou on Extreme infrared photonics with phonon-polaritons

February 13, 2018

Date: Wednesday, February 14, 2018  Time:  11:00 AM to Noon Location:  P&A, Room 190  Map to P&A: ... [Read More]

OSE Ph.D. & M.S. Defenses

March 15, 2018

View the announcements and the abstracts for the Ph.D. and M.S. defenses for the Optical Science & Engineering programs. ... [Read More]

Program News

UNM researchers tackle next gen power devices

UNM researchers tackle next gen power devices

February 23, 2018

The science of today is the technology of tomorrow. What happens when technology demands something we have yet to achieve? Researchers from The Univer ... [Read More]

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Dr. Mafi Named CHTM's New Director

February 21, 2018

After a competitive nationwide search, Arash Mafi, associate professor of physics and astronomy, has been named director of the Center for H ... [Read More]

Zhen Peng NFS Award

ECE professor wins NSF CAREER Award to channel wave chaos into order

February 21, 2018

Chaos is never a good thing, whether it involves a messy room or messy waveforms. It is the latter that is the chief focus of a University of New Mexi ... [Read More]

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OSE Seminar by Dr. Stefan Posse on Biomedical Imaging Research in Human Cancer

February 4, 2018

Date:  Wednesday, February 07, 2018Time: 11:00 AM to NoonLocation: CHTM, Room 101 Map to CHTM: ... [Read More]

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OSE Seminar by Dr. Terefe Habteyes on Seeing and manipulating the world beyond the diffraction limit

January 30, 2018

Date:  Wednesday, January 31, 2018Time: 11:00 AM to NoonLocation: CHTM, Room 101 Map to CHTM: ... [Read More]

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OSE Seminar by Dr. Igal Brener on Dielectric Resonator Metasurfaces: Optical Magnetism, Wavefront Control and Optical Nonlinearities

January 24, 2018

Date:  Wednesday, 1/24/18 Time: 11:00 AM to Noon Location: P&A, Room 190 Paid Parking is available at the Parking Structure on Lomas b ... [Read More]

New Quantum Optics track

September 15, 2015

Wednesday, 3-21-2018
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
CHTM,  Room 101

Dr. Roberto Paiella
Boston University 
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Sponsors: CHTM, ECE, Physics & Astronomy, IEEE Photonics Society, SPIE and OSA Student Chapters.

Optical Science & Engineering presents a series of talks focused on the latest research in the field of optics. Speakers include worldwide experts from academia, industry and national laboratories as well as UNM faculty. The entire series is available as a course for UNM credit.

  OSE Special Seminar

 W.E. Moerner, 2014 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, concluded the Spring 2017 OSE Seminar Series on a high note. Moerner shared   technical  insights about his latest research in the laboratory, illustrating the results his team has been able to achieve in a slide   presentation.  Students participated in Q/A, then enjoyed lunch with the professor for more discussion time. Click through for a slide show of   the event.

W. E.  Moerner, Stanford University, 2014 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry

W. E. Moerner is credited with achieving the first optical detection and spectroscopy of a single molecule in condensed phases, along with his postdoc, Lothar Kador. Optical study of single molecules has become a widely used single-molecule experiment in chemistry, physics and biology. Currently, he is the Harry S. Mosher Professor of Chemistry and Professor of Applied Physics at Stanford University.

OSE Distinguished Lecture Series

A national leader in nanophotonics, Nader Engheta of the University of Pennsylvania, presented 3 lectures for the Series, held November 2-4, 2016:
• Tailoring Waves at the Extreme with Metamaterials
• Low-Index Photonics
• Quantum Optics of Metamaterials

Nader Engheta faculty website
Professor Engheta is the recipient of many awards, including:
• 2015 SPIE Gold Medal
• 2015 NSSEFF from the Department of Defense ;
• 2015 IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society Distinguished Achievement Award


Learn more about the work of Dr. Mansoor Sheik-Bahae along with collaborators at UNM and Los Alamos National Laboratory in reaching the lowest temperatures ever recorded using an all-solid-state cryocooler at the UNM Newsroom.

Dr. Mansoor Sheik-Bahae is a Distinguished Professor with the Department of Physics and Astronomy and the current General Chair of the Optical Science and Engineering program. He is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America and his publications have been widely recognized.