Meet our newest student, René Henke. René is an MSc student in physics from the University of Münster, Germany. He has been funded by the DAAD to spend one year with us at OIST for his MSc project work. Hope this leads to several lab successes!
Meet the two newest members of the LMI Unit. Paul Wood is studying for his BSc in Applied Physics and Instrumentation and Simon Jeffers is studying for his BSc in Instrument Engineering. Both are students at Cork Institute of Technology, Ireland. While here, they will work on interfacing and automation of our many experiments.
Antoine Pichené has joined the unit for a 6 month research internship in the Neutral Atoms for Quantum Technologies group. Antoine is a graduate from the Institut d'Optique Aquitaine in France.
A simple, narrow, and robust atomic frequency reference at 993 nm exploiting the rubidium (Rb) 5S1/2 to 6S1/2 transition using one-color two-photon excitation. T Nieddu, T Ray, KS Rajasree, R Roy and S Nic Chormaic, Opt. Express 27, 6528 (2019)
Nanopositioner and method of making. RMJ Murphy, F Lei, J Ward, S Nic Chormaic and Y Yang. US 2019/0033527 A1.
Welcome to two new unit members. Vandna Gokhroo rejoins the unit as a staff scientist from Washington State University (USA), while Jean-Baptiste Ceppe joins as a postdoc having completed his PhD at the University of Rennes (France).
Ianto Cannon and Kristine Faith Roque are two new rotation students in the LMI Unit for this term. Ianto is a graduate from Cambridge University (UK) in the Natural Sciences and Kristine is a gradute from the University of the Philippines Diliman, both with backgrounds in physics.
Welcome new student, Muhammad Sirajul Hasan, to our unit for his PhD rotation project in the cold atom lab. He previously completed his MSc at JNU, India.
Ivan Toftul, a visiting research student in the LMI Unit, from ITMO, St. Petersburg, Russia, won the JSAP Photonics Division Annual Meeting poster prize for his work entitled "Dipole nanoparticles with induced anisotropy as point detectors of the angular momentum of light".
Single mode green lasing and multicolor luminescent emission from an Er3+-Yb3+ co-doped compound fluorosilicate glass microsphere resonator. X Wang, Y Yu, S Zhou, S Wang, Z Gao, JM Ward, S Nic Chormaic and P Wang. OSA Continuum 1, 261 (2018)
Theodoros Bouloumis, a graduate in physics from the Aistotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, has joined the LMI Unit for his PhD. Wishing him lots of success during the next few years.
Congratulations to Georgiy who has won a prestigious JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship to continue here at OIST for a further two years. He will be investigating near-field polarisation of ultrathin optical fibres.
Jesse Everett has joined the unit for a postdoc position in cold atoms. He completed his PhD in ANU, Australia, earlier this year.
Domna Kotsifaki joins us as a staff scientist this week. Her previous post was as a postdoc in the National Technical University of Athens, Greece. Domna works on optical trapping of micro and nanoparticles for applications in life sciences.
Stephy Vincent has recently completed her MSc in Physics at Sacred Heart College, Thevara, India and is working on our WGM projects while on Okinawa for 6 months.
Elliott Harvie has joined our group from St Andrews University in Scotland where he recently completed his BSc in Physics. While on Okinawa, he'll spend 6 months as a research intern working on optical trapping.
Today, we welcome Ivan Toftul, from ITMO St. Petersburg, Russia to our group for 6 months research internship. Ivan is a theoretician and working on particle behaviour next to ultrathin fibres.
Warm welcome to our newest postdoctoral scholar, Priscila Romagnoli. Priscila hails from Brazil and completed her PhD in Electrical Engineering at Mackenzie Presbyterian University. She'll be working on novel fibre-based devices for quantum emitters.
Very happy to welcome our newest unit intern, Taylor Douglas, from Rowan University, NJ, USA. Taylor is studying for a degree in Chemical Engineering with a minor in Physics. While with our unit, she'll focus on looking at nonlinear properties of nanoparticles via evanescent field interactions.
Lewis Ruks, a maths graduate from the University of Oxford, has commenced a rotation with our unit. During his time with us, he'll work with the experimentalists in the cold atom lab to learn about the type of theory we need and how to model physical systems.
Theodoros Bouloumis, a graduate in physics from the Aistotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, has joined the LMI Unit for a rotation this term. He will be working on the fabrication of tapered waveguides.
Fluorescence from a single Symbiodinium cell, C Guzman, X Han, E Shoguchi and S Nic Chormaic, Methods Appl. Fluoresc. 6, 035033 (2018)
Fiber-bundle-basis sparse reconstruction for high resolution wide-field microendoscopy, SP Mekhail, N Abudukeyoumu, JM Ward, G Arbuthnott and S Nic Chormaic, Biomed. Opt. Express 9, 1843 (2018)
Probing decoherence in plasmonic waveguides in the quantum regime, SG Dlamini, JT Francis, X Zhang, SK Ozdemir, S Nic Chormaic, F Petruccione and MS Tame, Phys. Rev. Appl. 9, 024003 (2018)
Welcome to our latest research intern, Kalyani Thakur, who recently completed an MSc in Applied Physics from Amity University, India. During her time with the LMI Unit, Kalyani will be working in our WGM subgroup. Best of luck!
We've a new visiting scientist in our group, Aditya Saxena. During his time at OIST he will assist us with fabrication of microfluidic devices for our particle trapping work.
Welcome to new unit intern, Hassan Kazi, who has completed an MSc in Photonics at the Ruhr University Bochum, Germany. He will spend the next few months working on optical trapping of nanoparticles.
Welcome to our latest research intern, Anjana Krishnadas, a recent MSc graduate in physics from IISER-Kolkata, India. During the next 6 months at OIST, Anjana will work on Rydberg atom formation next to an optical nanofibre.
Lina Koronfel has joined the unit for a PhD rotation. Lina, with a background in neuroscience, hails from Eygypt. During her rotation she'll work on correction algorithms for DMDs for use in neuronal imaging techniques.
Welcome to our newest unit member, Maki Maeda, from Kobe, Japan. Maki has a background in chemistry from ANU Australia and has joined the unit for a PhD rotation on atomic interactions with WGM resonators. Best of luck!
OIST students have founded a new SPIE Student Chapter here at OIST. This will work alongside the OSA Student Chapter to provide more outreach opportunities to our local community.
Bandpass transmission spectra of a whispering gallery microcavity coupled to an ultrathin fiber, F Lei, RMJ Murphy, JM Ward, Y Yang and S Nic Chormaic, Photonics Research 5 362 (2017)
Welcome to our newest research intern, Lewis Picard, from Durham University. Lewis will spend the next few months working on our cold Rydberg atom experiment and we wish him all the best!
Welcome to the latest summer research intern, Joanna Lis, from University College London, UK. Joanna will work on whispering gallery resonators during her time at OIST.
Delighted to welcome a new postdoc to our unit this week. Dr Georgiy Tkachenko did his PhD in France and later worked as a postdoc in Scotland before moving to Okinawa. We hope for much success in his research at OIST.
Congratulations to LMI Unit's PhD student, Peter Mekhail, who has been awarded JASSO’s “Monbukagakusho Honor’s Scholarship” for FY2017!
Chirality of light in hybrid modes of vacuum-clad ultrathin optical fibers, F Le Kien, T Busch, VG Truong and S Nic Chormaic, Communications in Physics 27, 23 (2017)
From 05-08 June we organised and hosted the ONNA workshop on optical nanofibre applications. We had a chance for many great scientific interactions and hope that fruitful collaborations can emanate from the discussions.
On Friday we welcomed Prof Yoshiyuki Kakihana (Kagoshima University, Japan) and Prof. Alexandre Douplik (Ryerson University, Cananda) to the LMI Unit on discuss future medical applications related collaborations.
Photo (left to right): Alexandre Douplik and Peter preparing for some butchering.
During the week we were delighted to host Irina Novikova (College of William and Mary - USA), Alexander Akoulchine (Swinburne University - Australia) and Jonathan Dowling (LSU - USA) at the LMI Unit for discussions on multiphoton processes and OAM transfer in atomic systems.
From left to right (back): Síle, Wenfang, Ratnesh, Kristoffer, Jon Dowling, Irina Novikova, Alexander Akoulchine, Thomas, Fam, Krishnapriya; (front) Mayuri, Jinjin, Tridib.
We are delighted to welcome Mayuri Kawale from IISER-Kolkata back for her second internship at OIST! This year, she'll work on 4WM in a cloud of cold Rb.
Welcome to the newest unit member, Christine Guzman. Christine is a life scientist with a special interest in marine science. She hails from the Philippines and will work on optical trapping while in our group.
On 23rd April we held a workshop on Optical Trapping and Structured Light with invited speakers Yoshihiko Arita (University of St Andrews), Cornelia Denz (Universitaet Muenster), Jasper Glueckstad (DTU), Lene Oddershede (Nils Bohr Institute) and Takashige Omatsu (Chiba University). Afterwards, we all enjoyed dinner together to explore possible future collaboration opportunities.
Dr Jinjin Du has been awarded a JSPS kakenhi research grant for work on transferring orbital angular momentum from ultrathin fibre modes to cold atoms. Well done and all the best in your research!
The unit's work was selected by IOP J. Opt. for inclusion in the Highlights of 2016 collection. Well done to all involved.
Our review paper on Optical Nanofibres and Neutral Atoms has been acknowledged by J. Opt. as one of their top cited review papers of 2016.
Prince Sunil Thomas is the latest research intern to join the LMI Unit. Prince has completed an MSc in UCD, Ireland in 2016 and will be working on plasmonic trapping while here at OIST.
Yan Chen, an undergraduate student from Jilin University, China, joins the LMI Unit as a research intern this week. Yan will work on whispering gallery mode resonators.
We are happy to welcome Maria Langbecker to the LMI Unit for a couple of months. Maria won a DAAD-JSPS Fellowship Award and will work on the Rydberg atom + nanofibre project. Maria is a PhD student in the University of Mainz, Germany.
Chris Campbell, a physics graduate from NUIG, Ireland, has joined the LMI Unit for one of his PhD rotation projects. Chris will work on the slotted ultrathin optical fibre for quantum networks.
Welcome to Masakazu Taira who has joined the unit for one of his PhD rotation projects. Masakazu graduated from Soka University (Japan) in 2016 and entered the OIST PhD programme. While in the LMI Unit, he'll work on wavefront distortion corrections using a DMD.
Haritha Kambalathmana is joining us for her MSc project work. She's a student in CUSAT, India and will work on optical trapping of nanoparticles.
Ramgopal Madugani successfully defended his PhD thesis entitled Whispering Gallery Mode Microcavities: From Fabrication to Applications before examiners Prof John Donegan (TCD) and Dr Bryan Kelleher (UCC) in UCC, Ireland. Well done, Ram!
Today, a milestone for OIST and a milestone for the LMI Unit. Our very own, Mark Daly, was the first PhD student to defend his thesis in OIST! Ever!! History cannot be rewritten. The topic of Mark's thesis was "Light-Induced Interactions using Near-Field Optical Devices" and it was examined by Dr Phil Jones (UCL, UK) and Prof Limin Tong (Zhejiang University China). The exam was chaired by Prof Jonathan Miller (OIST). Well done, Mark! Hope to call you Dr Daly soon!!
To celebrate 100 years of OSA, the society doubled its support for the Traveling Lecturer Program. As part of this initiative Prof. Nic Chormaic travelled to Monash University in Australia for IONS KOALA and CSIR & UKZN in South Africa to interact with the local OSA student chapters.
Advances in fibre microendoscopy for neuronal imaging, SP Mekhail, G Arbuthnott and S Nic Chormaic, Opt. Data Process. Storage 2, 30 (2016)
Aili Maimaiti successfully defended his PhD at UCC (Ireland) recently.
Welcome to the latest research intern to join the LMI Unit. Rafino Murphy is a physics graduate of NUIM, Ireland and will spend the next six months working on WGM resonators.
Shicheng Zhang, a PhD student from East China University of Science and Technology, joined LMI Unit today to learn about the integration of atoms and nanofibres. He'll be with us until the end of December. Let's wish him a fruitful first trip outside China!
Two science-packed weeks of CQD2016 have finished and we hope that everyone learnt as much as we did from our wonderful speakers! See you again next year here on Okinawa for CQD2017.
Temperature measurement of cold atoms using transient absorption of a resonant probe through an optical nanofibre, R Kumar, V Gokhroo, VB Tiwari and S Nic Chormaic, J. Opt. 18, 115401 (2016).
Packaged optical add-drop filter based on an optical microfiber coupler and a microsphere. P Wang, R Magugani, H Zhao, W Yang, JM Ward, Y Yang, G Farrell, G Brambilla and S Nic Chormaic. IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. DOI: 10.1109/LPT.2016.2591959
Welcome to Nikol Lambeva, joining us from the University of Birmingham, UK. Nikol will work on laser cooling and Rydberg atom excitation during her research internship.
We are happy to welcome a new research intern to the unit. Jan von Keitz is a student at the University of Muenster in Germany and will spend the summer months working on particle trapping using ultrathin optical fibres.
We are delighted to welcome the two newest members to the LMI Unit who'll start this week. Sakthi Priya Amirtharaj from IIT-Madras (India, on the left) and Mayuri Kawale from IISER-Kolkata (India, on the right) will spend the Summer on Okinawa. We hope they have a fun and fruitful learning experience.
Peter Mekhail was a finalist in the 2016 Biomedical Optics Student Poster Presentation Award for his paper on "Fiber Bundle in-vivo Epifluorescence Microscopy with Image Reconstruction". Well done (and spend that money wisely!).
Ratnesh Kumar Gupta (formerly from IISER-Kolkata) has joined the LMI Unit for his third rotation project, which will be on Rb atoms and microcavities. We wish him all the best.
Dr Jonathan Ward won JSPS Kakenhi funding for work on atoms and resonators. Congratulations!
Glass-on-glass fabrication of bottle-shaped tunable micro-lasers and their applications,
Congratulations to unit PhD student, Krishnapriya SR, who features in the OSA's Centennial Booklet. It can be read by clicking here.
Dr Fuchuan Lei, formerly from Tsinghua University, China has joined the LMI Unit as a postdoctoral scholar. His research interests are in whispering gallery resonators.
Welcome to our new research technician, Dr Kristoffer Karlsson. Kristoffer completed his PhD at Luleå University of Technology (Sweden) in 2014 and has decided to follow a new direction in Japan.
We are delighted to welcome Sho Kasumie into our unit for his PhD thesis work on whispering gallery resonators and optomechanics. Sho has a keen interest in theoretical quantum physics and will work on experimental and theoretical problems during his proposal preparation year.
Ravi Kumar successfully defended his PhD at UCC (Ireland) recently. The title of his thesis is Nonlinear Optics with Cold Rb Atoms using Tapered Optical Nanofibres and he was examined by Drs. Aidan Arnold (University of Strathclyde) and Andreas Ruschhaupt (UCC). Ravi will move to the Centre for Quantum Technologies, NUS, Singapore for his first postdoctoral post soon.
We're very pleased to welcome Debanuj Chatterjee, a student from IISER-Kolkata, to our group for the month. Debanuj has been awarded an SPIE Education and Scholarship Grant for his time at OIST. We hope he has a good experience here.
Welcome to Mr Metin Ozer and Dr Aysen Gurkan who have joined the LMI Unit. Metin has taken up a research technician post at OIST and Aysen, currently a visitor, will start as a part-time technician in 2016. Wishing them both an enjoyable time at OIST.
Wenfang Li from Shanxi University in China has joined the LMI Unit for the final 6 months of her PhD on cold atoms and nano-optics/cavities. We wish her a successful time at OIST.
Pei Zeng, an undergraduate student from Nanjing University, China has joined our unit for a Research Internship. During this time he will work on studying the mechanical properties of slotted tapered optical fibres. We hope he enjoys his time at OIST.
Sho Kasumie, formerly from Tokyo Metropolitan University, has joined the LMI Unit for a research rotation on WGM resonators. We wish him success on this project.
Welcome to our two newest unit members. Cindy Esporlas from Philippines and Sahar Hejazy from Iran have joined for their first rotation projects at OIST. I hope this is an enjoyable and productive start to their PhDs in Japan!
Welcome to Dr Xue Han who has joined the LMI Unit as a postdoctoral scholar. Prior to OIST, Xue completed her PhD in Physics at the University of Louisville, USA in late 2014 and continued working there during 2015.
We are happy to welcome Eugen Prel, from UCC, back to the LMI Unit as part of his studies for his MSc. We hope that he has a fruitful visit to OIST.
Dr Jinjin Du has joined the LMI Unit as a Postdoctoral Scholar. Dr Du completed his PhD in Shanxi University, China, in the area of cold atoms. We welcome him to OIST.
Vikraman K (left) and Sanele Dlamini (right) have joined the LMI Unit this week. Vikraman, a physics graduate from IIT Roorkee in India, will work as a technician, while Sanele, a PhD student from UKZN, South Africa, will do an internship as part of his PhD studies. We wish them both a fun and productive time at OIST.
Colum O'Leary, an undergraduate physics student from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, has joined the unit as a research intern for the Summer months. He'll be working on WGM cavities and a confocal microscope setup. We wish him all the best in OIST.
Tushar Kanti Saha, a 3rd year undergraduate student from IISER-Kolkata has joined our unit as a Research Intern. We hope he enjoys his time in OIST and Japan.
We are happy to welcome Mr Raphael Dahan, a student of Prof Tal Carmon, Technion, Israel to the LMI Unit for a few days. While here Raphael will give a seminar on "Droplet Cavity Optomechanics".
Dr Pengfei Wang from Dublin Institute of Technology is currently visiting the LMI Unit through Science Foundation Ireland's Ireland-Japan International Stategic Cooperation Award (ISCA). While visiting Dr Wang will do experimental work related to whispering gallery mode cavities. We wish him a fruitful visit to OIST.
Ruth Thompson, formerly from UCL, UK, has joined the LMI Unit for one of her three PhD rotations. During her time with the unit Ruth will work on nonlinear optics effects in whispering gallery resonators.
Krishnapriya SR has joined the unit for a rotation project on the generation of Rydberg atoms. Krishnapriya completed her MSc in Photonics at CUSAT (India) and held a research internship with our unit in 2014.
Dr Andreas Schell from Kyoto University is visiting the LMI unit this week. During his visit he will deliver a seminar on "Hybrid integration of single photon emitters".
Christiane Ebongue joins the LMI unit as a research intern. Christiane recently graduated with a physics degree from the University of Maryland. We welcome her to OIST.
This week the LMI Unit hosts Mr Navin Ghimire from Swinburne University, Australia. During his visit he is presenting his work on endo-microscopy techniques using higher order fibre modes.
Dr Tomas Cizmar from the University of Dundee, Scotland, is visiting the LMI Unit. During his visit he will deliver a seminar on "Multimode Fibres: Seeing through Chaos". We are delighted to welcome Tomas to OIST for his first visit to Okinawa.
Yuta Ooka, an undergraduate student from Keio University, Tokyo, has joined the LMI Unit for a 2-month internship on WGM resonator applications. We wish him all the best during his time here at OIST.
This week we are delighted to host Prof Fam Le Kien from the Atom Institut, Vienna, Austria. During his time, Prof Le Kien is delivering a series of lectures on "atoms&nanofibres".
The LMI unit is hosting a mini-symposium on Quantum Control of Light and Matter at OIST. This is co-funded by JSPS.
Pranam Prakash, a final year student on the integrated BSc/MSc programme in Photonics at CUSAT, India has joined the LMI Unit to conduct his MSc research project on optical trapping of nanoscale particles. He will stay with the unit until early May. As this is his first time outside India, we hope that he has a wonderful experience.
Christina Lee joins the unit for a PhD rotation project this month. Christina is from the USA and completed her BSc in Caltech back in 2013. While with our unit she'll work on the theory of atom trapping using slotted fibres.
Yi Chen, a postgraduate student from Shanghai University visits the LMI unit this month. Yi is working on evanescent wave enhancement using plasmonics. We hope he enjoys his time in Okinawa.
Simon Peter Mekhail, a second year PhD student, has joined the LMI Unit for the preparation of his PhD proposal on imaging of neuronal activity using optical fibres. Peter comes from New Zealand and graduated with a BEng in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Auckland in 2013. We are looking forward to a successful year ahead.
2015 is the International Year of Light and Light-Based Technologies and we here at OIST hope to celebrate this year with the international community. To learn more visit http://www.light2015.org/Home.html where you'll find details on the background behind this UNESCO designation and a list of worldwide events being held.
Mr Tridib Ray, formerly from the Raman Research Institute, India, has recently joined the LMI Unit to work in the area of cold atoms. We hope that he has a wonderful time at OIST.
This week, we are happy to welcome Mr Jinjin Du from Shanxi University, China, to visit the Light-Matter Interactions Unit. Mr Du will give a seminar on his research involving cold atoms in cavities during this visit.
We are happy to welcome two new unit members this month. Ali Seer, from the University of Konstanz, Germany, has joined the unit as a research intern for his MSc project. Bishwajeet Singh, formerly from CUSAT, India, joins as a technician/research assistant. We hope they both enjoy their stay at OIST.
The Okinawa School in Physics ran from 16-25 September 2014 and during these two weeks we hosted more than 40 students from around the world and 13 lecturers covering topics ranging from presentation skills to implementations of quantum computing. Looking forward to CQD2015 from 29 September - 8 October. More details will appear later.
James Schloss, a 1st year PhD student at OIST, has joined our unit for a project looking at plasmonic structures for nanoparticle trapping. James is from the US and completed his undergraduate BSc degree in physics at Auburn University in Alabama. Welcome to OIST and Japan!
Vineetha Naniyil has recently joined the LMI Unit as a research intern. She will spend 4 months working on nonlinear optics phenomena in cold atoms. Vineetha is from India and completed her MSc in Photonics in CUSAT, after which she worked for the Raman Research Institute. We wish her all the best at OIST.
Thomas Nieddu, a second year PhD student, has joined the cold atom group for the preparation of his PhD proposal on cold atom trapping strategies for the development of atom-based quantum networks. Thomas hails from Belgium and graduated with an MSc in Physical Sciences from Liège in 2013. We are looking forward to a very fruitful year of work.
Simon Peter Mekhail has joined the LMI Unit for a PhD Rotation Project for the next 4 months. Peter, from New Zealand, has a BEng in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Auckland. He will work on developing fibre probes for imaging neuronal activity. Welcome!
The LMI Unit is happy to welcome Mr Sunny Saurabh for a 6 month resarch internship. Sunny, previously from CUSAT and Raman Research Institute, India, will work on non-linear optics effects in whispering gallery resonators. We wish him a productive time at OIST.
Dr Pengfei Wang, from Dublin Institute of Technology Ireland, is currently visiting the LMI Unit as part of the SFI Ireland-Japan collaborative programme. We wish him a successful scientific stay during the next few weeks.
Krishnapriya Subramonian Rajasree has joined the LMI Unit for a 4-month research internship from CUSAT, India. We hope that she has a fruitful experience during her time here on the 2-photon Rb experiment.
Prof Helmut Ritsch is visiting the LMI Unit this week on his first ever visit to Japan. During his time at OIST he will discuss with unit members and present a seminar on "From cavity QED with quantum gases to optomechanics". We hope he has a productive stay on Okinawa.
Prof Yun-Feng Xiao from Peking Unviersity is visiting the LMI unit from 21-24 May. During his stay he'll give a seminar on "Asymmetric whispering gallery microcavity optics and photonics". We wish him a pleasant stay on Okinawa.
We are happy to welcome 3 new students to the unit for the Summer months. These are Thomas Nieddu and Masakawa Igarashi who are doing OIST PhD rotation projects with us and Himanshu Agarwal, a research intern from IIT Kharagpur, India. The students will work on projects ranging from higher order mode propagation in optical nanofibres, through atom trapping around optical nanofibres, to using optical fibres for detection of neuronal activity.
Picture (left to right): Masakawa Igarashi, Himanshu Agarwal, Thomas Nieddu
In April, we were delighted to welcome Prof Serge Haroche and his wife, Claudine Haroche, to our labs at OIST. Prof Haroche won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2012, jointly with Dave Wineland, for "ground-breaking experimental methods that enable measuring and manipulation of individual quantum systems". Pictured are unit members with Prof and Mrs Haroche, and Prof Bob Baughman (Provost, OIST).
Mary Frawley successfully defended her PhD thesis on Optical Micro- and Nanofibres: Higher Mode Generation and Particle Manipulation Studies before Drs Phil Jones (UCL) and Frank Peters (UCC). Well done, Dr Frawley!
Two-qubit gate operation on selected nearest-neighbor neutral atom qubits
We've recently published a paper on an "Investigation of a 85-Rb dark MOT using an optical nanofibre" in Meas. Sci. Technol. 25, 055203 (2014).
Prof Nic Chormaic and Dr Truong enjoy a mountain hike with members of the Nanophotonics Group, Zhejiang University.
During the week of 3rd March, Prof Gordon, from University of Victoria, is visiting the research group. We are very fotunate to have him here and deliver two talks, one on "Nanoplasmonics: Reaching out to the single molecule" and the other on "Challenging the limits of diffraction". We hope he enjoys his stay in Okinawa.
Our most recent alumna, Laura Russell, on her graduation from University College Cork. Well done, Laura!
Lisa Nakahara, a second year student from Tsukuba University, Japan, has joined our unit for a 6-week research internship. Lisa has a background in mechanical engineering and will be working on the preparation of optical fibres for our unit's work and testing the strength of optical nanofibre probes when injected into various substances.
Prof Peter Barker from the AMOPP Group, Department of Physics and Astronomy, UCL, London, is visiting the Unit this week. During his time at OIST he will deliver a seminar on "Cooling and manipulating complex particles".
Hatsune Miku visited the LMI unit and learnt about static electricity and electric charge while working on the van der Graaf generator. Thank you for coming by and visiting us at OIST!
Jonathan Ward, a researcher with the LMI Unit, presented two papers at Photonics West, San Francisco, this week. The papers were on "Optimization of whispering gallery modes in microbubble resonators for sensing applications" and "Liquid core microbubble resonators for highly sensitive temperature sensing".
Dr Tracy Melvin from the ORC, University of Southampton, is visiting the LMI Unit this week. During her time in Okinawa she will give a talk on "Probing biological questions with optical approaches".
Prof. Tanable will deliver a seminar on "Optical nonlinear control at very low power in ultrahigh-Q microcavity systems" during his visit to OIST. This is his first trip to Okinawa and we hope that he enjoys his time here.
We are part of the recently announced Irish-Japanese Consortium to foster academic-industry interactions between Ireland and Japan.
Prof. Jacques Robert is visiting the LMI Unit from 18-22nd November and will present a seminar on "Metastable hydrogen atoms from H2 molecues: towards twin atoms". Trivia: Prof. Robert was the PhD supervisor of Prof. Nic Chormaic.
Welcome to our newest unit member, Dr Marios Sergides, from Cyprus. Marios is well-known to our unit since we worked on a European network project together when he was a student in UCL. We wish him a very productive time here in OIST.
From 11-15th November Dr Devendra Kumar Mishra is visiting the Unit to discuss collaboration possibilities on non-classical light states in quantum optics.
Prof. John Donegan from the Physics Department, Trinity College Dublin, is visiting us from 4-8 November. During his stay he will deliver a seminar on "Focussing light into the nanoworld - light scattering from planar structures".
Yong Yang presented an oral paper at the Fourth Asia-Pacific Optical Sensors Conference in Wuhan, China on "Thermal-optical properties of microbubbles for sensing applications".
Dr Patience Mthunzi from CSIR, South Africa is visiting our Unit from 15-19 October. Dr Mthunzi was named as one of the 20 "Youngest Power Women in Africa 2012" by Forbes Magazine and was honoured by South African President Jacob Zuma with the Order of Mapungubwe in Bronze (OMB) for her research achievements. We are honoured to welcome her here to OIST and hope that she enjoys her time. During her stay she will deliver a seminar on "Biomedical Applications of Lasers in Biophotonics".
Unit members, Ciarán Phelan, Ivan Gusachenko and Mark Daly, presented a total of five oral presentations at the OSA's Annual Meeting, Frontiers in Optics, held in Orlando, Florida during October 2013. Further details can be seen under Presentations.
Nitesh Dhasmana, formerly of IIT Guwahati, has joined our unit for 6 months as a Research Assistant. We hope that he has an enjoyable and productive time here at OIST.
We are very happy to welcome OIST PhD student, Elaine Wong, to our unit for a 13-week rotation project on laser-cooling of Rb atoms.
L. Russell, R. Kumar, V. B. Tiwari and S. Nic Chormaic, "Measurements on release-recapture of cold 85Rb using an optical nanofiber in a magneto-optical trap", Opt. Commun. 309, 313 (2013).
M. J. Morrissey, K. Deasy, M. Frawley, R. Kumar, E. Prel, L. Russell, V. G.Truong and S. Nic Chormaic, "Spectroscopy, Manipulation and Trapping of Neutral Atoms, Molecules, and Other Particles Using Optical Nanofibers: A Review", Sensors 13(8), 10449-10481 (2013)
Laura Russell successfully defended her PhD thesis on Characterisation and spectroscopy of laser-cooled atoms with an optical nanofibre before Drs Tim Freegarde (Southampton) and Bob Manning (Tyndall-UCC). Well done, Dr Russell!
Marios Sergides, currently completing his PhD in UCL London, has been awarded a JSPS Fellowship to join our unit. We have previously worked with Marios through an ERANET collaborative programme and are delighted to soon welcome him to our team.
Ravi Kumar, Ramgopal Madugani and Aili Maimaiti, PhD students in the Light-Matter Interactions Unit, presented posters on their research at CLEO-PR in the beautiful city of Kyoto, Japan. The photo shows Ramgopal explaining his work to Prof. Joerg Schmiedmayer of Vienna, Austria.
Danny Riordan, an undergraduate student from University College Cork, is visiting OIST for the next two months. He's working on whispering gallery mode resonators during his time here.
The ONNA2013 Workshop on Applicatons of Optical Nanofibers is running from 1-7 June in Seaside House. About 70 speakers and participants are taking part in the first meeting of its kind on this highly topical field. The program covers talks related to cold atoms, sensing, particle manipulation, whispering gallery mode devices, and explores the latest advances and the recent progress in optical nanofibers.
Weekly teatime had an Irish twist with some White Day flavour today at OIST. Members of the Light-Matter Interactions Unit and other OISTers got together to play Irish music during the tea break and all were encouraged to don some green. While St. Patrick's Day is still a few days away this was the ideal opportunity to let the OIST community hear some ceoil.
Chang-Ling Zou from the Microcavity Group at the Key Laboratory of Quantum Information, USTC, China is visiting us for a week to discuss new models of WGM resonators. While still a PhD candidate, Chang-Ling has already published more than 40 research papers during his short scientific career and we are very happy to welcome him here to Okinawa.
Dr Michael Morrissey from the Centre for Quantum Technology, University Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa is visiting the Light-Matter Interactions Unit from 19 February to 1st March. During his time here Dr Morrissey will be involved in setting up experimental work on Rb vapour experiments and will also give a seminar on "Construction of a Bose Einstein Condensation Machine".
Prof. Kohzo Hakuta from the University of Electro-Communications, Tokyo, visited the Light-Matter Interactions Unit in January and gave a seminar entitled "Nanofiber Quantum Photonics: A Novel Route for Manipulating and Controlling Single Atoms and Single Photons"
ONNA 2013: Workshop on Optical Nanofibre Applications: From Quantum to Bio Technologies - Application Period Closed
Applications are now being accepted for our workshop on Optical Nanofibre Applications, being held in OIST in June 2013.
Light-Matter Interactions Unit Optical Manipulation Lab (left, middle) and Laser CoolingLab (right).
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R. Madugani, Y.Yang, J. Ward, J. Riordan, S. Coppola, V. Vespini, S. Grilli, A. Finizio, P. Ferraro, and S. Nic Chormaic, "TeraHz tuning of whispering gallery modes in a PDMS, stand-alone, stretchable microsphere", Opt. Lett. 37, 4762 (2012).
Light-Matter Interactions Unit members have started to arrive in OIST, with Mark Daly joining Vandna Gokhroo and Emi Nakamura earlier this month. There will be a rapid expansion phase during the next three weeks.
Unit publication selected for inclusion in the exclusive Measurement Science and Technology (MST) 'Highlights of 2011-2012' collection!
A recent paper by our unit, 'Sub-Doppler temperature measurements of laser-cooled atoms using optical nanofibres' (http://iopscience.iop.org/0957-0233/23/1/015201) was selected for inclusion in the exclusive Measurement Science and Technology (MST) 'Highlights of 2011-2012' collection. It is available for free download until December 2012.