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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 Ph.D. & M.S. Defenses

January 18, 2017

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

Program News

OSE alumnus Victor Gamiz, who earned his UNM Ph.D. in 1995, is elected 2017 OSA Fellow

November 18, 2016

The Optical Science & Engineering Program (OSE) congratulates an alumnus of the program, Victor L. Gamiz, on his recent election as a Fellow of the Op ... [Read More]

Jeff Nicholson, OSA Fellow 2017

OSE alumnus Jeff Nicholson, who earned his UNM Ph.D. in 1991, is elected 2017 OSA Fellow

November 18, 2016

The Optical Science & Engineering Program (OSE) congratulates an alumnus of the program, Jeffrey W. Nicholson, on his recent election as a Fellow of t ... [Read More]

Patent issued to Ravinder Jain and Mani Hossein-Zadeh, OSE faculty, for WGM-based sensors

November 15, 2016

The United States Patent Office issued Patent No. US 9,482,608 on November 1, 2016 for "WGM-based molecular sensors" to University of New Mexico inven ... [Read More]

OSE doctoral candidate Behsan Behzadi

OSE doctoral candidate Behsan Behzadi recognized with ASSL Student Outstanding Poster Prize at conference

November 11, 2016

Congratulations to Behsan Behzadi, Research Assistant with the Center for High Tech Materials (CHTM) at the University of New Mexico (UNM) on receivin ... [Read More]

UNM professor developing super-resolution microscopy techniques in optics lab

November 7, 2016

UNM associate professor of Physics & Astronomy and Optical Science & Engineering faculty member Keith Lidke has developed a new technique, single ... [Read More]

UNM Physics & Astronomy assistant professor Alejandro Manjavacas

Alejandro Manjavacas receives prestigious Royal Spanish Society of Physics award

November 2, 2016

Alejandro Manjavacas, University of New Mexico Physics & Astronomy assistant professor, has been awarded the prestigious Royal Spanish Society of Phys ... [Read More]

New Quantum Optics track

September 15, 2015

Spotlight

Optical Science & Engineering presents a series of talks focused on the latest research. Speakers will include worldwide experts in the field of optics from academia, industry and national labs as well as UNM faculty. There's still time to register for the course (PHYC 500) for credit! Course Syllabus PDF

Adam S. Backer, Harry S. Truman Fellow at Sandia National Laboratories, presents: Extending Single-Molecule Microscopy Using Optical Processing Techniques
Thursday, Jan. 19, 11 a.m. to noon
CHTM Room 103

OSE Seminar Schedule:

• See past, current and future seminar titles
• Map to CHTM
• Map to Physics & Astronomy Building
Sponsors: CHTM, ECE, Physics & Astronomy, IEEE Photonics Society, SPIE and OSA Student Chapters

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, Distinguished Professor of Physics and Astronomy at UNM, and collaborators at UNM and Los Alamos National Labs in reaching the lowest temperatures ever recorded using an all-solid-state cryocooler in the UNM Newsroom article.