Congratulations to Peng & Carl for new paper

Peng’s research on computational spectroscopy was recently applied to scanning-confocal fluorescence microscopy using the novel system being built by Carl. As a result, we are able to discern spectrally overlapping fluorophores readily. The paper was published recently in Optics Communications.

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Precious at FNano Conference

Precious Cantu will be presenting her research in a paper titled, “Nanopatterning via optical saturable transitions” at the FNano conference at Snowbird next week.

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New patent issued.

Rajesh was recently granted a new US Patent 8669461 titled, “Ultra-high efficiency multi-junction solar cells using polychromatic diffractive concentrators.” The issue date was March 11, 2014.

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Invited presentation at Yonsei University

As part of the Nanoimaging workshop (March 25) at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea, Rajesh gave an invited talk titled, “Going beyond the far-field diffraction limit to enable optical nano patterning.”

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Summer research opportunities in the Menon lab

 The Menon laboratory will have several positions for undergraduates to perform research during Summer 2014. More than specific skills, we are seeking talented students, who are motivated to learn and contribute to the research in our laboratory. We are especially seeking women and other under-represented minority students to join our laboratory. A brief listing of useful skills and experience is given below. Pay will be $15/hour for a full-time position. Feel free to contact Prof. Menon at for more information.

Project 1: Numerical modeling of nano patterning: Matlab, programming, analytical skills, processing of data to compare simulations to experiments.

Project 2: Video-game for demonstrating principles of nanotechnology: Experience with video-game development and software engineering.

Project 3:  Control system for a super-resolution microscope: Experience with labview to write control software for a novel super-resolution microscope being built with Prof. Erik Jorgensen’s laboratory in the Dept. of Biology. The software will control stages, scan mirrors, shutters, cameras, etc. Some image processing experience will be advantageous.

Project 4: Wireless electronics for an optogenetic probe: Experience with wireless electronics chips (off-the-shelf) to transmit data between a computer and an optogenetic probe. This project is in collaboration with Prof. Mario Capecchi (Dept. of Human Genetics).

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Undergraduate research opportunities

If you are a talented undergraduate at the U (any Dept.) and would like to gain some valuable research experience, and be paid for it, apply to the UROP program. The deadline is April 17.

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Precious presenting at SPIE Advanced Lithography

Precious Cantu will be presenting a poster at the SPIE Advanced Lithography conference. Her poster is titled “Circumventing the diffraction barrier in nano patterning via optical saturable transformations.”

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