Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Join us for "The Future of Lasers: Two Perspectives"

In case you didn’t get this announcement directly….. Dr. Richardson is UCF Trustee Chair: Northrop Grumman Professor of X-ray Photonics & Director of the Townes Laser Institute at CREOL, The College of Optics and Photonics. And Dr. Capasso was an invited speaker at the recent CREOL Industrial Affiliates Day. Should be an interesting webinar.

Jim Pearson

FPC Executive Director

The Future of Lasers: Two Perspectives

Join us for a Webinar on June 21

THE FUTURE OF LASERS: TWO PERSPECTIVES brings together two expert veiwpoints on the future of quantum cascade lasers, fiber lasers and next-generation solid-state lasers.

Our Expert Panel:

Federico Capasso
Robert L. Wallace Professor of Applied Physics
and Vinton Hayes Senior Research Fellow in Electrical Engineering,
Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Capasso joined Harvard in 2003 after a 26-year career at Bell Labs. His research includes the design of new artificial materials and novel devices, plasmonics, nanophotonics, and the investigation of Casimir forces. He is co-inventor of the quantum cascade laser (QCL), a fundamentally new light source that has now been commercialized. He will discuss QCLs from their invention to exciting advances in the physics, applications and commercialization of these revolutionary lasers that cover the mid- and far-ir spectrum and are impacting sensing, spectroscopy and sub-wavelength photonics

Dr. Martin C. Richardson
University of Central Florida Trustee Chair
Northrop Grumman Professor of X-ray Photonics and
Director, Townes Laser Institute

In 1990, Richardson and William Silfvast established the Laser Plasma Laboratory at CREOL, the Center of Research in Electro-Optics & Lasers at the University of Central Florida, developing research programs in ultrafast laser development, laser-plasma studies, EUV/X-ray lithography and microscopy and laser materials processing. He became the founding director of the Townes Laser Institute in 2007. The Townes Laser Institute and the college maintain major research programs in high-power fiber lasers, photonic crystal fibers and structures, ultrafast lasers and advanced photonic and communications devices. Richardson will discuss fiber lasers and next-generation solid-state lasers, including ceramic lasers and ceramic-fiber lasers.


The Future of Lasers: Two Perspectives


Tuesday, June 21, 2011


1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EDT

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.

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Florida’s Photonics Boom: What’s Behind It (And What’s Ahead)

A Q&A with James E. Pearson and Alexandre Fong, Florida Photonics Cluster

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

6.1.11 / CREOL 102 / 11am-12pm / Seminar: “Ultrafast Nano-optics”, Markus B. Raschke, University of Colorado at Boulder

Seminar: “Ultrafast Nano-optics”, Markus B. Raschke, University of Colorado at Boulder
Wednesday, June 1, 2011 / 11am-12pm

Markus B. Raschke
Department of Physics, Department of Chemistry, and JILA
University of Colorado at Boulder

Combining plasmonic and optical antenna concepts with ultrafast and shaped laser pulses allows for the precise control of an optical excitation on femtosecond time and nanometer length scales. I will present several new concepts extending tip-enhanced spectroscopy into the nonlinear and ultrafast regime for nano-scale imaging and spectroscopy of surface molecules and nano-solids. Examples include adiabatic nano-focusing on a tip for background free tip-enhanced molecular Raman spectroscopy, spatio-temporal superfocusing and coherent control at the 10 nm-10 fs level, and ultrafast free-induction decay near-field nano-IR spectroscopy of polymer nano-structures. I will discuss model calculations describing the relevant resonant plasmonic-molecular interaction. I will conclude with an outlook for future directions including the possibility for extreme nonlinear optics, strong light matter interaction, and radiative decay engineering.

Light scattering and scanning of a laser-illuminated sharp metal tip allows for measurements of the linear, inelastic, or nonlinear optical response of the sample with nanometer spatial and femtosecond temporal resolution.


Markus Raschke is currently Associate Professor of Physics at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He obtained his PhD at the Max-Planck-Institute for Quantum Optics and the Technische Universit├Ąt, Munich in 1999. He did his postdoc at UC Berkeley, followed by a research position at the Max-Born-Institute for Nonlinear and Ultrafast Optics and the Humboldt University, Berlin. From 2006-2010 he was Associate Professor of Chemistry at the University of Washington, Seattle. He is recipient of the Feodor Lynen Fellowship of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the Otto-Hahn-Medal of the Max-Planck Society, a Fulbright Fellowship, and a Friedrich Naumann Foundation Scholarship

For More Information:
Dr. Pieter Kik

Monday, May 23, 2011

LPTH Press Release - Lightpath Technologies Adds Large Beam MWIR Collimating Lens to its Catalog


--Targets Growing Infrared Laser Markets including Gas Sensing and Environmental Analysis--

Orlando, FL - (May 23, 2011) - LightPath Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: LPTH), a global manufacturer, distributor and integrator of patented optical components and assemblies, announced today it has added a new Mid-Wave Infrared (MWIR) aspheric lens to its growing catalog of aspheric lenses designed for infrared applications.

This lens is designed as a collimating lens for Quantum Cascade Lasers (QCL). QCLs are used in a wide variety of applications including infrared countermeasures (IRCM), and gas analytical instrumentation for environmental sensing. Applications for QCLs and associated infrared optics are growing rapidly as system costs continue to come down.

This new lens is an important addition to LightPath’s portfolio because it provides a unique combination of optical specifications with a 7 mm diameter and NA of 0.56. Systems utilizing this lens will achieve larger collimated beams than previously available with off the shelf MWIR aspheric lenses, which in turn will allow for enhanced system performance. The new lens is molded from LightPath’s Black Diamond™ chalcogenide glass making it a less expensive replacement for high-volume, diamond-turned germanium and zinc selenide optics.

“Applications that require infrared optics have grown dramatically in the last several years, with a total market size of over $2.5 billion” said Jim Gaynor, President and CEO of LightPath, ”We continue to expand our product line of infrared optics to address this large and growing market. The combination of LightPath’s experience in laser collimation optics and our Black Diamond infrared material platform puts us in a strong position to continue to grow our infrared business.”

About LightPath Technologies

LightPath manufactures optical products including precision molded aspheric optics, GRADIUM® glass products, proprietary collimator assemblies, laser components utilizing proprietary automation technology, higher-level assemblies and packing solutions. The Company's products are used in various markets, including industrial, medical, defense, test & measurement and telecommunications. LightPath has a strong patent portfolio that has been granted or licensed within these fields. For more information, visit

This news release includes statements that constitute forward-looking statements made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. This information may involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to, factors detailed by LightPath Technologies, Inc. in its public filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Except as required under the federal securities laws and the rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission, we do not have any intention or obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

GRADIUM® is a registered trademark of LightPath Technologies


Ray Pini, Director of Marketing
LightPath Technologies, Inc.
Tel: +1-407-382-4003 x336

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

SPIE Symposium 2011

Every year the SPIE student chapter at UCF hosts a symposium for graduate students in science and technology related fields located in the southeast US region featuring invited talks and a panel discussion. The theme for this year’s panel will be “life after grad school” and focus on the three most common transitions after grad school - to a career in industry, to a career in academia and research labs, and to entrepreneurship and start-ups.

Are you a graduate student in science or engineering wondering how life will be after grad school? How do we go about building a successful academic research career? What will it be like transitioning to the first job in the industry? Have an amazing idea, but what else does it take to be a successful technological entrepreneur? Are you looking to work in an optics related field and would like to discuss the trends in the optics industry?

If yes, then this is the symposium for you! We will be discussing all of these topics and more with our invited speakers and panelists. We invite all graduate students in science and engineering related fields to participate and benefit from this event. The symposium will be particularly beneficial to senior graduate students with an interest in optics related fields. Others, including undergraduates and research scientists, keen on being a part of the discussions are welcome to join as well.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

A Creative Capital Strategy – Equipment Leasing

Growing Your Business with LinkedIn

Fast Flash: Webinar - 21st Century Technology and Business Trends for the Future

Webinar: 21st Century Technology and Business Trends for the Future

May 19, 2011, Thursday, 2:00pm ET

Gain insights into the megatrends driving the life sciences, cleantech and aviation/aerospace industries forward over the next twenty years, and the location issues impacting CEO decisions today. Join Frost & Sullivan, in partnership with Enterprise Florida, for a complimentary webinar as we discuss how key location factors help businesses succeed in these industries and lead to the development of clusters that support continued growth in these high growth, high tech markets.

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Learn about:
• Technologies that are driving industries forward
• Key factors that nurture industry cluster growth and expansion
• Business location factors that have resulted in corporate success in Florida

• Greg Caressi, Senior Vice President of Healthcare & Life Sciences, Frost & Sullivan

• Gary Spulak, President, Embraer Aircraft Holding, Inc
• Jamie Grooms, Chairman, Co-Founder, AxoGen
• Tex Carter, Vice President, Operations, INEOS New Planet BioEnergy
• Gray Swoope, President & CEO, Enterprise Florida

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FREE BioFlorida Celebration of Biotech, Thurs, May 26, Alachua, FL!

Mark your calendar now for Thursday, May 26th 11 – 2 pm to attend the 8th Annual Celebration of Biotechnology. This is a FREE, popular, outdoor event organized each year by our NE Chapter of BioFlorida with 400 people involved and 60+ vendor tables (scientific equipment and supplies and others). It takes place in big tents at the front of the park. It's a great networking opportunity attended by many of our local biotech company employees, investors, public officials, university partners, etc. There are food vendors and you can buy lunch at the event. There will also be a smoothie machine!

Back again this year: A FREE, narrated bus tour of Progress Corporate Park.

New this year: The Biotech Gallery – several local biotechnology companies will have tables:

· ABC Research Corporation

· Alchem

· Applied Food Technologies

· Axogen

· Banyan

· Nanotherapeutics

· Oragenics

· Pasteuria

· Xhale

Call us if you have questions at 386-462-0880. We hope to see you there!

Patti Breedlove
Organizing Committee Chair

Grow Your Business Faster with an Advisory Board

Take advantage of $20,000 worth of free business consulting through a custom advisory board and grow your business faster. Don't miss this no-cost opportunity for established businesses.

Join Us to Learn More:

Advisory Board Council

Information Session

for Small Business Owners
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 | 8:30 - 9:30 am

Small Business Development Center at UCF
New Location

Located at the National Entrepreneur Center- Orlando Fashion Square Mall

3201 E. Colonial Drive, Suite A-20 | Orlando, FL 32803

Qualified companies please RSVP to by Friday, May 20.

About the Advisory Board Council:

Funded by Orange County Government, the Advisory Board Council will hand-pick a team of advisors to work with you to develop growth strategies and focus on key issues facing your business such as cost-effective marketing, strategic planning, streamlining operations and profit improvement. For more information about this award-winning program, visit

Program Qualifications:

  • Business located in Orange County
  • Minimum of two years operating experience
  • Annual revenue of $500,000 or more
  • Six or more employees

The Advisory Board Council is sponsored by Orange County Government.

CREOL 2010 Annual Report

To Members of Our Industrial Affiliates Program, Faculty, and friends of

Many thanks to those of you who attended our annual Industrial
Affiliates Day event. I am pleased to share with you our 2010 Annual
Report. As you will see, this report is a comprehensive listing of our
educational, research, and outreach activities in the 2010 calendar
year, including publications, patents and research grants.

The report can be found online at
If you would like a hard copy of the report sent to you, please contact
Ms. Denise Whiteside at 407-823-6834 or email

I take this opportunity to encourage you to visit our new website for additional information and frequent updates
on research and educational news, upcoming seminars and colloquia, and
news of our faculty, staff, students, and alumni.

Please don't hesitate to contact me if you need any information or wish
to visit or establish contact with faculty and scientists in any area of
optics and photonics.

With all good wishes,

Bahaa Saleh, Dean

Learn to Train Your Memory to be More Effective!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

9th Annual National Economic Gardening Conference to be held in Orlando May 19/20

The Florida Economic Gardening Institute in conjunction with the University of Central Florida will host the 9th Annual National Economic Gardening Conference in Orlando on May 19-20 2011. The primary focus is to give business leaders and economic development representatives the tools necessary to develop viable bjusiness development programs that will strengthen their communities, regions, ans states. for full information, log onto or call (407)823-6384.

Guy Hagen Appointed Vice President And Shareholder of Tucker/Hall

Guy Hagen Appointed Vice President

And Shareholder of Tucker/Hall

Tampa, Fla. (May 3, 2011) – Tucker/Hall, Inc., one of Florida’s leading public relations and public affairs firms, has appointed Guy Hagen as vice president and shareholder. He will lead the firm’s technology, research and social media efforts. Hagen began working with Tucker/Hall, Inc. in 2008. His career spans 20 years as an experienced senior researcher and entrepreneur in Florida’s technology sectors.

Hagen was a founder of Advanced Interactive Inc., a technology startup which developed solutions for seamlessly integrating multimedia felon databases. Throughout his career, Hagen has been recognized for his efforts at the University of South Florida, where he helped establish and direct the economic development and technology industry partnerships. Hagen’s work was acknowledged with a national productivity award and peer-reviewed publications.

In 2001, Hagen founded Innovation Insight, a Florida research consulting firm specializing in market and technology intelligence. The firm provided service for social media strategy, analysis and development, organizational and social network analysis, qualitative+quantitative communications research design and execution.

Tucker/Hall is a communications consulting firm that offers public relations services in the areas of strategic communications, public affairs and crisis communications. Founded in 1990, Tucker/Hall has built a statewide, national and international practice from its Tampa base. The firm works with Fortune 500 corporations, fast growing companies, nonprofit organizations and government agencies.