June 1, 2018 / Modified jun 11, 2018 9:55 a.m.

Episode 133: Exciting New Applications for Photonics

Moving holographic pictures (think Princess Leah in Star Wars) are quickly becoming a reality.

AZSCI Phototronics New advances in 3-d holographic display is bringing to mind some classic science fiction.

Nasser Peyghambarian works at the interface of optical science and engineering to develop novel applications of optics to speed up and enhance fiber optics communication networks and to advance our abilities to detect and recognize objects. An especially exciting area of development is in 3-D holographic displays that bring to mind the science-fiction hologram of Princess Leah of Star Wars. Using a number of cameras to capture images from various perspectives, his group can project them to produce 3-D images, and now they are finding ways to write and re-write images fast enough to make moving holographic pictures a reality. They also are integrating discrete optical components with electronics on CMOS-compatible Silicon chips and inserting them into communication networks to make the networks less energy consuming, at lower cost and smaller footprints. A third ongoing project involves use of infrared and/or ultraviolet light for remote sensing of explosives, and harmful chemical and biological elements.

In This Episode:

Nasser Peyghambarian, Professor, College of Science Leslie Tolbert, Regents’ Professor in Neuroscience

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