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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

August 16, 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

Acosta receives prestigious Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation award

Acosta receives prestigious Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation award

August 15, 2017

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

E. W. Moerner, 2014 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry

2014 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry presents final Seminar for Spring 2017 OSE Series

May 15, 2017

W. E. Moerner is credited with achieving the first optical detection and spectroscopy of a single molecule in condensed phases, along with his postdoc ... [Read More]

Prof. Elohim Becerra, CQulC, UNM

Professor Elohim Becerra receives NSF CAREER Award

May 15, 2017

Dr. Elohim Becerra received a National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award for his proposal "Quantum Measurements ... [Read More]

Hanieh Afkhamiardakani

Celebrating women in STEM at UNM

May 13, 2017

Hanieh Afkhamiardakani is a doctoral student in the Optical Science and Engineering program (OSE) at The University of New Mexico (UNM), working with ... [Read More]

Alejandro Manjavacas, UNM P&A assistant professor

Physics & Astronomy professor discovers strange forces acting on nanoparticles

May 8, 2017

Alejandro Manjavacas (UNM Physics & Astronomy) led an international team whose research has discovered a strange force impacting particles a ... [Read More]

Aram Gragossian tests laser in lab

Aram Gragossian, OSE PhD candidate, wins heat at UNM Shared Knowledge Conference

April 19, 2017

The sixth consecutive Shared Knowledge Conference (SKC) was held in the SUB on UNM's main campus on Thursday, April 6, 2017. The SKC is described as t ... [Read More]

New Quantum Optics track

September 15, 2015


Optical Science & Engineering presents a series of talks focused on the latest research in the field of optics. Speakers will include worldwide experts from academia, industry and the national labs as well as UNM faculty.

Special OSE Seminar
Professor Alexander V. Kildishev of Purdue University
Friday, August 18, 2017
11:00 AM to Noon
CHTM, Room 103
For more information, please download the flyer

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

OSE Special Seminar

W.E. Moerner, 2014 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, Harry S. Mosher Professor of Chemistry and Professor of Applied Physics at Stanford University, concluded the Spring 2017 OSE Seminar Series on a high note.

Moerner shared technical insights about his latest research in the laboratory, with an informative slide show featuring the results his team has been able to achieve with their experiments. Students participated in a Q/A, then enjoyed pizza with the professor for a chance 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.

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.