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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.

Featured News

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OSE Special Seminar by Dr. Boris Kiefer on “Materials Research and Education for a Better Future”

November 29, 2017

Where: CHTM, Room 101 When: Tuesday, December 5, 2017   10:00 AM - 11:00 AM  Abstract: Societies face many challen ... [Read More]

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OSE Special Seminar by Dr. Jani Oksanen on Energy and photon transport in thermophotonic devices

November 29, 2017

Where: P&A, Room 190 When: Monday, December 4, 2017  10:00 AM - 11:00 AM  Abstract: Fundamentally, the possibility ... [Read More]

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Mandatory training required of ALL UNM students by December 2017

August 25, 2017

An in-person and interactive 1.5 hour training is required of ALL UNM students. It must be completed by December 2017, or future course registration c ... [Read More]

OSE Ph.D. & M.S. Defenses

January 17, 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

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OSE Special Seminar by Dr. Michael Trubetskov on Optical Multilayer Coatings for Ultrafast Lasers

November 7, 2017

Where: P&A, Room 190 When: November 10, 2017 1:00PM - 2:00PM  Abstract: Within the last two decades, dispersive dielect ... [Read More]

Dr. Armin Doerry

Dr. Armin Doerry of Sandia National Laboratories will be teaching a Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) seminar at CHTM

October 31, 2017

Where: CHTM Room 101 When: November 3, 2017 10:30am - 3:30pm Abstract: Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) is a radar imaging mode that map ... [Read More]

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Guiding the random laser

October 25, 2017

At its most basic level, a random laser is precisely what its name implies; random. It’s random in the spectrum of light it produces and in the ... [Read More]


Mafi named 2018 Optical Society Fellow

October 18, 2017

 October 18, 2017 Arash Mafi, interim director of The University of New Mexico Center for High Technology Materials, has been named a 2018 O ... [Read More]

Mansoor Sheik-Bahae

Professors Sheik-Bahae and Brueck in Optics Letters top 100 article citations of all time

August 21, 2017

Optics Letters, an Optical Society of America Journal, celebrates its 40th anniversary by noting the 100 most highly cited articles published over the ... [Read More]

Acosta receives prestigious Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation award

Acosta receives prestigious Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation award

August 14, 2017

Congratulations to Victor Acosta, UNM Physics & Astronomy assistant professor and CHTM faculty member, upon receiving a Beckman Young Investigato ... [Read More]

New Quantum Optics track

September 15, 2015

OSE Seminar First Class
Wednesday, 1-17-2018
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

P&A, Room 190
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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

Friday, 1-19-2018
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

DSH, Room 125
Dr. Monika Schlemiel-Smith (joint Seminar with Physics Colloquium on Friday)
Stanford Univeristy

W.E. Moerner, 2014 Nobel Laureate in Chemistryconcluded 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.

Mandatory Training

ALL students MUST complete in-person training session by December 2017

Register for a session at
Questions? Contact: 277-2911 or

Failure to complete this deadline may impact future course registration.

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

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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.