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Webinar of the International Day of Light

You are invited to join a LIVE webinar jointly hosted by OSA, SPIE and IEEE student chapters of IIT Roorkee to celebrate International Day of Light on 16th May 2020. We are happy to have Prof. Alina Karabchevsky from Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel to speak at this webinar. Dr. Karabchevsky is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electro-Optics and Photonics Engineering and heads the Light-on-a-Chip group at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.

May 16 is worldwide accepted as The International Day of Light because on May 16, 1960, the first successful operation of the laser (Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation) was demonstrated for the first time by physicist and engineer, Theodore Maiman. This achievement paved the road for many important research directions in optics and technologies such as fiber optics, integrated photonics and other.

Integrated optics is playing an increasingly important role in optical communications, imaging, computing and sensing with the promise for significant reduction in cost, improved signal to noise ratio and increased sensitivity. Future advancement of integrated optics-based devices is critically dependent on an ability to develop techniques for controlling the electric and magnetic components of light on a chip. In her talk, she will overview the invention of laser and recent results of controlling light-matter interaction with integrated optics which is simply light-on-a-chip. Designed system with demonstrated performance has the potential to achieve groundbreaking sensitivity, specificity in chemical sensing compared to conventional sensors such as spectrometers, and refractometers, open the door to new integrated photonic devices, harnessing from evanescent fields distortion on dielectric and composite plasmonic waveguides for the variety of applications from on-chip optical devices to all-optical processing and even cancer treatment efficiency monitoring.

In addition to the webinar, the student chapters are also organizing a "Paint with Light" drawing competition for students up to class 12.

Register in advance to attend this webinar. Hope to see you there!

Registration Link:

— with Alina Karabchevsky.

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