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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 with Dr. Michael Martin of Sandia National Laboratories on Optical manipulation of neutral atoms for quantum information science

April 24, 2018

Date and Location: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 from 11:00 AM to Noon at P&A, Room 190 Handicap parking is available in the P&A parki ... [Read More]

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Mostafa Peysokhan Named Finalist For Innovative Idea

April 24, 2018

Hosted each semester by STC.UNM and UNM Innovation Academy, the Rainforest Student Pitch Competition is a competition which allows student entrepreneu ... [Read More]

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Joint OSE and Physics Colloquium talk by Dr. Alain Aspect of Institut d'Optique on From the Einstein-Bohr debate to quantum information: the second quantum revolution

April 10, 2018

Date: Friday, April 13, 2018Time:  3:30 PM - 4:30 PMRefreshments will be available before the colloquium, at 03:15 pmLocation:  DSH, Room 12 ... [Read More]

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OSE Seminar by Dr. Adrian Perez Galvan of Vertex Pharmaceuticals on Bringing down the uncertainty: how physics can generate insights in early drug discovery

April 4, 2018

Date: Wednesday, April 4, 2018  Time:  11:00 AM to Noon  Location:  CHTM, Room 101  Map to CHTM: http://chtm.unm.ed ... [Read More]

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OSE Special Seminar by Dr. Olivier Chalus of Thales Optronique SAS in France on 10 PW Laser system: challenges and achievements

April 2, 2018

Date: Tuesday,  April 3, 2018 Time:  1:00 PM to 2:00 PM Location:  CHTM, Room 146  Abstract: The Extreme Light Infrastru ... [Read More]

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OSE Seminar by Dr. Mercedeh Khajavikhan on Non-Hermitian Photonics, Optics at an Exceptional Point

March 27, 2018

Date: Wednesday, March 28, 2018  Time:  11:00 AM to Noon Location:  P&A , Room 190  Map to P&A: ... [Read More]

Program News

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Special joint OSE - CQuIC Seminar by Nathan Lemke of Air Force Research Laboratory

March 21, 2018

Date: Thursday, March 22, 2018  Time:  3:30 PM Location:  P&A, Room 190  Abstract:Optical frequency combs are class ... [Read More]

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OSE Seminar by Dr. Roberto Paiella on Metasurface-enhanced light emission

March 20, 2018

Date: Wednesday, March 21, 2018  Time:  11:00 AM to Noon Location:  CHTM, Rm. 101  Map to CHTM:  http://chtm.u ... [Read More]

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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]

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]

New Quantum Optics track

September 15, 2015

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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.

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.