Fall meeting October 5, 2018

This fall we will hear a talk from Tim Thomas. Tim has a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from Portland State University, a master of science degree in electrical engineering from the Oregon Graduate Institute of Science and Technology, and is a graduate gemologist.  He is director of engineering for Applied Materials at the laser facility in Hillsboro, Oregon, and prior to that was the technical director for optical systems at the Gemological Institute of America (GIA).


“Introduction to Gemstone Optics,” or “Optics of Bling,” will cover the basic elements of gemstone optical performance.   Colored gems absorb light at various wavelengths to produce the color we see, or disperse it to produce the flashes observed in faceted diamonds.  The type of light, such as indoor or outdoor lighting, as well as how the stone was cut can make a substantial difference in the beauty of the gemstone.  The presentation will cover gemstone sample orientation for spectroscopic purposes, spectroscopy of gemstone materials, leading to how we calculate what the expected color will be based on the standard observer CIE L*a*b* procedure.  Knowing the color, the approximate optical path in the gem, and the absorption cross-section for the color centers in a gem, it is possible to approximate the chemical concentration of the color centers.  Also discussed are total internal reflection, pleochroism, birefringence, and dispersion…along with pretty example photos.

Pacific Northwest Optics Workshop 2018

The Pacific Northwest Optics Workshop will be held on May 5, 2018 at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon.

This one day workshop is hosted by the Pacific University chapter of The Optical Society (OSA) along with the OSA Columbia Section and the Oregon State University and University of Oregon OSA chapters. This workshop aims to explore industry and academic efforts in optics in Oregon and Washington. It is a great opportunity for networking within this community! We invite you to forward the details and this announcement to your colleagues! Registration is free and open to the optics community. If you have any questions please email ingriduddscheel@cgresearchllc.com.


PNWOW 2018 Final Program

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PNWOW 2018 Final Program


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Spring meeting April 13, 2018

Jonathan Klamkin from the Integrated Photonics Laboratory (iPL) at the University of California Santa Barbara will give a talk entitled, “Integrated Photonic Technologies for Communications and Sensing.”


This talk will describe developments in integrated photonic technologies at the University of California Santa Barbara including silicon photonics, indium phosphide, hybrid integration, III-V on silicon heteroepitaxy, and electronic-photonic integration. Applications for these technologies include telecommunications, data center communications, microwave photonics, free space communications, lidar, and remote sensing. So called photonic integrated circuits (PICs) dramatically reduce the cost, size, weight and power (CSWaP) of photonic systems enabling high-volume applications and deployment on small platforms.

Pacific Northwest Optics Workshop Call for Papers

The third annual Pacific Northwest Optics Workshop will be held at Pacific University on May 5, 2018.  This free workshop is supported by the Optical Society of America (OSA) Columbia Section with cooperation from the OSA Oregon State University and University of Oregon student chapters that hosted the first and second workshops in May 2016 and May 2017.

This is the first call for presentations that will be 15 to 20 minutes in length.  Contributions by universities and industry are encouraged as the intent of the workshop is to foster collaboration between optical researchers and workers in the Pacific Northwest.

Please submit a short abstract that includes the names of presenters, title of the presentation, a short summary and contact information to:  Professor Karl Citek, citekk1@pacificu.edu, Professor James Butler, jjbutler@pacificu.edu, and Eric Udd, ericudd@cgresearchllc.com.

Early submissions are encouraged as the release of the final program is planned to occur in late March or early April.

Winter meeting February 23, 2018

Jan Kleinert from ESI will give a talk entitled, “Laser ablation of copper for microelectronics.”


Copper is one of the more common elements in the microelectronics industry. We review the broad existing and emerging approaches for copper laser ablation in the context of via drilling: from the MIR to UV, microsecond to femtosecond pulse widths, kHz to GHz repetition rates. Different beam shaping and steering techniques are used to optimize throughput, cost and quality. Modeling the hydrodynamics, thermodynamics and plasma physics behind these approaches quantitatively remains a challenge, but is making progress. We show some of our latest results.

Fall meeting November 10, 2017

Karl Citek from Pacific University College of Optometry will give a talk titled “New Options for Refractive Surgery.” 

Are you near-sighted, far-sighted, slightly astigmatic, or even presbyopic? And thinking of refractive surgery? The number and types of surgical procedures have increased in recent years. Even older, now “traditional” techniques have been expanded and improved to allow correction of greater amounts and types of refractive errors. This presentation will discuss current and upcoming refractive surgery options, from corneal reshaping procedures, such as LASIK, PRK, and corneal cross-linking, to implants, such as phakic IOL and Kamra Inlay.

 ***In order to hold a meeting we need a minimum of 20 attendees. Due to scheduling conflicts we were unable to meet this threshold for October 6, 2017. We have postponed the meeting until Friday, November 10thPlease e-mail with your registration form on or before Wednesday, November 1st.

Thank you for your patience through this process.

2017 Pacific Northwest Optics Conference Saturday May 6, 2017 at the University of Oregon

FYI: https://blogs.uoregon.edu/osachapter/events/pnwoc/

The Pacific Northwest Optics Conference will be held on May 6, 2017 at the University of Oregon (UO), Eugene. This one day conference is hosted by the UO chapter of The Optical Society (OSA) along with the OSA Columbia Section and the Oregon State University OSA chapter. Industry and student talks will be coordinated to provide a comprehensive and well balanced program on the current optics research in the PNW. This meeting is a valuable opportunity to present research, share insights, and network with companies and graduate students. In addition, attendees have the chance to tour the Center for Advanced Materials Characterization in Oregon (CAMCOR) and research labs at the UO.

The first PNW Optics Conference was organized by the OSA Columbia Section and held at Oregon State University in May of 2016. Approximately 40 people attended the workshop that featured talks from UO and OSU graduate students, as well as industry talks from Columbia Gorge Research, LLC and Coherent Inc.

Register for PNW Optics Conference 2017
Registration is free and open to the optics community. If you have any questions please email the organizing committee at uoregon.osa@gmail.com.

You can find the full schedule here and the presentation abstracts here. Please see parking and directions below.