2017-2018 Calendar

November 16, 2017 - David Shafer

Click to Signup Location: MIT Lincoln Laboratory, 3 Forbes Road, Lexington, MA 02420
Dinner Reservation Deadline: November 13, 2017 @ 6pm

Highlights of my 51 Years in Optical Design

Dave Shafer will show many examples of interesting optical design projects from his long career (still going, by the way).  These include a formerly top secret new way to detect the presence of Russian submarines, with technology that can now - 50 years later - be bought for $50 on the internet and used to see if you (a movie star) are being stalked by paparazzi.  Also an  optical device, which you probably have in your home, that allows one to see back through the door peep-hole viewers from the outside and reverse their function, now used by police and firemen.  An unusual new type of stereo viewer was designed for Salvador Dali, who had done some stereo painting pairs.  Dave's lithographic designs for making computer chips are made by Zeiss and they have made many hundreds at a cost about $50 million each, with highly aspheric surfaces that are made to atomic level accuracy.

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October 10, 2017 - Rainer Weiss

Click to Signup Location: Rebecca's Cafe, 275 Grove St., Auburndale, MA 02466
Dinner Reservation Deadline: Thursday October 5, 2017 @ 6pm

Beginning the Exploration of the Universe with Gravitational Waves

The recent observation of gravitational waves from the merger of binary black holes opens a new way to learn about the universe as well as to test General Relativity in the limit of strong gravitational interactions – the dynamics of massive bodies traveling at relativistic speeds in a highly curved space-time. The lecture will describe some of the difficult history of gravitational waves proposed exactly 100 years ago.  The concepts used in the instruments and the methods for data analysis that enable the measurement of gravitational wave strains of 10-21 and smaller will be presented. The results derived from the measured waveforms, their relation to the Einstein field equations and the astrophysical implications are discussed. The talk will end with our vision for the future of gravitational wave astronomy.

The viewgraphs for this talk are posted at: https://emvogil-3.mit.edu/~weiss/osa2017/osa_2017.pptx

Read more: October 10, 2017 - Rainer Weiss

September 14, 2017 - Eman Namati

Click to Signup Location: MIT Lincoln Laboratory, 3 Forbes Road, Lexington, MA 02420
Dinner Reservation Deadline: September 11, 2017 @ 6pm

Commercialization of an academic medical device, the road less travelled

The promise of making a difference and advancing healthcare drives many individuals in academia and industry to innovate, develop and commercialize medical devices. However, the road can be daunting, particularly from within the ‘safe’ confines of an academic setting. Here, I will discuss the ‘NinePoint’ story and the journey from academia through commercialization of an advanced optical imaging technology (Optical Coherence Tomography) for early diagnosis of Esophageal Cancer. I will share some personal vignettes and provide key takeaways for those interested in taking a similar path.

Read more: September 14, 2017 - Eman Namati