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Headed by ITMO graduate Nikita Burov, the Leningrad Laser Systems company has been selling components and equipment to enterprises, research centers and laboratories that work in the field of photonics and optics since 2016. In 2019, the company became resident of ITMO Technopark, and now makes use of the university’s scientific expertise for developing its produce. In an interview for ITMO.NEWS, Mr. Burov spoke about the current issues of the optical components market and how one can become part of their team.
Oleksandr Kyriienko came to ITMO University as a part of the University’s Fellowship Program. His scientific career has led him through several different fields of physics and to various countries, including Iceland, Singapore and Brazil. ITMO.NEWS asked Oleksandr about the peculiar nature of such life and other important aspects of being a scientist in the 21st century.
Research associate at ITMO’s Laboratory of Femtosecond Optics and Femtotechnologies Semyon Smirnov has received an award of the Science Photo Competition hosted by Wikipedia. Performing an experiment, the scientist managed to get a snap of a femtosecond laser spark and the cone-like supercontinuum it created. This kind of radiation has a wide range of applications in many scientific fields, from the study of the properties of new materials and biologic tissues to the optimization of data transfer systems. The researcher shared about finding beauty in research and using photography to popularize science with ITMO.NEWS.
The field of optics has the potential to radically change the way we use information. During a visit to ITMO University, Professor Boris Malomed from the Tel Aviv University shared some insights into his work. Prof. Malomed has spent more than 30 years in the field of non-linear optics and solitons. His h-index is among the highest of all researchers in this subject area. In an interview for ITMO.NEWS, Boris Malomed explained how optics shape our lives today and what effects it has on other fields of physics.
Evgeniy Moiseev graduated from ITMO University three years ago; today, he works at the Krasnogorsky Factory, one of Russia’s top optics manufacturers and a part of the Rostec state corporation, where he designs and creates optical devices for use in space exploration, photography and medicine. Speaking with ITMO.NEWS, he explained why factory work is once again a popular choice among young Russian specialists and how universities can prepare engineering students for employment in the high tech industry.
ITMO University is currently hosting the 10th international conference "Basic Problems of Optics" (BPO'2018). From October 15 to 19, scientists will be discussing the relevant issues of theoretical research in the fields of optics, photonics, and quantum technologies, as well as their practical applications.
This summer, Artyom Larin, a Master’s student at ITMO’s Department of Nanophotonics and Metamaterials, got to spend one month in the prestigious Photonics summer school held by the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia. Having gone through the extremely competitive selection process of 20 people per place, the student was awarded a one-off opportunity to participate in the cutting-edge optics research project together with two other ITMO University students. ITMO.NEWS met Artyom to talk about his summer school adventure.
An international team of physicists found a new way to improve images obtained by fluorescence microscopy. The method is based on adaptive optics and implies an automatic correction of aberrations. Moreover, this correction is based on the quality of individual pixels, rather than the image as a whole. This helps avoid re-calibration of the microscope in case of changing the sample. As a result, microscopy can be significantly accelerated. The results are published in PLoS ONE.
ITMO University has successfully completed its participation in the ADOPSYS (ADvancedOPticalSYStemDesign) project, conducted as part of the European Union’s 7th Framework Programme’s Marie Curie international mobility fellowship. The project aims to train elite young specialists in the field of applied optics. Per the grant’s provisions, the university was to educate a European student on the design of applied optical systems. Project work was conducted at ITMO’s Research Laboratory for Computer-Aided Design of Optical-Information and Energy Saving Systems.
Nanocrystalline cellulose is said to be the material of the future. It can be synthesized from wood and recycled from paper, which makes it highly affordable; it is eco-friendly and biocompatible. Thanks to its distinctive mechanical and optical qualities, the prolate form of particles, as well as certain properties of the material’s surface, nanocrystalline cellulose is already applied in many fields, and scientists expect to soon find even more applications for it. In this article, we’ve decided to cover the possible uses of this promising material.