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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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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

September 19, 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

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]

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]

New Quantum Optics track

September 15, 2015

Spotlight

Thursday, 09-21-2017 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Special Joint Seminar with CQuIC
Professor Kai-Mei Fu
UW Physics
Physics and Astronomy Room 190

• See past, current and future seminar titles
• Map to CHTM
• Map to Physics & Astronomy Building
• For information: dorisw@chtm.unm.edu
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.

THE GREY AREA
Mandatory Training

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

Register for a session at thegreyarea.unm.edu
Questions? Contact: 277-2911 or loborespect@unm.edu

Failure to complete this deadline may impact future course registration.

OSE Special Seminar

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.

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



“Mansoor

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.