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RIT Research Will Help Prepare Students for Jobs in Photonics and Optics

Benjamin Zwickl, assistant professor of physics; Kelly Norris Martin, associate professor of communication; and Anne Emerson Leak, post-doctoral researcher in science education, constitute an interdisciplinary team utilizing a nearly $400,000 Education and Human Resources Core Research grant from the National Science Foundation.

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AIM-ing up: Student-researchers help build the photonics ecosystem

Rochester is making an impact in photonics manufacturing, and RIT is playing a central role as a key partner in AIM Photonics, a national manufacturing initiative expected to stimulate economic development and global competitiveness.

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The Galactic Center’s Mysterious Quintuplet Stars Unmasked

Most objects in the center of the Milky Way are so highly obscured from our view by intervening dust that, at wavelengths visible to the naked eye, only about one photon out of every trillion emitted by them toward the Earth actually reaches our planet. 

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Nobody knows how these baby stars got so close to our black hole

A SWARM of baby stars live just a fraction of a light year from our galaxy’s central supermassive black hole. But no one can explain how they ended up so close in their short lifetimes.
Stars form by coalescing out of a cloud of dust and gas. But this can’t happen close to the Milky Way’s centre as the gravity from the supermassive black hole rips apart nearby clouds before any stars can grow.

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Proposed astrophysics mission to conduct the first infrared spectral survey of the entire sky

NASA has recently chosen six proposed astrophysics mission for concept studies. Among them is the Spectro-Photometer for the History of the Universe, Epoch of Reionization, and Ices Explorer, or SPHEREx, which aims to unlock the mysteries of the universe by performing the first all-sky spectral survey.

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RIT astrophysics Ph.D. student wins competitive NASA fellowship

Rochester Institute of Technology graduate student Chi Nguyen was selected for a NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship in Astrophysics Research.
Nguyen, originally from Vietnam, is a Ph.D. student in RIT’s astrophysical sciences and technology program. She is one of eight fellowship recipients selected from 141 applicants to the Astrophysics Science Research Program, a division of the NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship Program.

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Sensing technology takes a quantum leap with RIT photonics research Office of Naval Research funds levitated optomechanics project

Mishkat Bhattacharya, a theoretical physicist at RIT, is investigating new precision quantum sensing solutions for the U.S. Department of the Navy’s Office of Naval Research. The three-year study is supported by $550,000 grant and is a continuation of a previous award. 

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NASA astronaut photography gets big boost from RIT students and faculty

An informal collaboration among RIT students, alumni and professors culminated in a meeting last week at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.
Kevin Moser, an imaging science student from Rochester, Minn., and RIT alumnus Peter A. Blacksberg ’75 (photography) made the trip south to meet with the heads of various NASA departments and present an algorithm that Moser spent the last year developing under the Center for Detectors at RIT.

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FPI Members contributing to AIM Photonics’ roadmap to expand the photonics industry

Harnessing light through photonics to power today’s electronic devices is an industry in the making. Rochester became the focal point of that emerging industry when it was awarded a multimillion dollar federal investment in July 2015 to create a national photonics center, AIM—the American Institute for Manufacturing Integrated Photonics— part of the federal government’s Manufacturing USA institutes.

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FPI Member paper on Forbes.com: NASA's New Horizons Surprises With Whole New View Of Cosmos

Prior to cruising well beyond Pluto, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft used an onboard imaging telescope to make the best-ever observations of the universe’s cosmic optical background (COB). That is, the sum of the universe’s emitted optical light from beyond our own Milky Way galaxy.

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RIT scientist measures brightness of the universe with NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft Planetary mission offers up-close view of Cosmic Optical Background

Images taken by NASA’s New Horizons mission on its way to Pluto, and now the Kuiper Belt, have given scientists an unexpected tool for measuring the brightness of all the galaxies in the universe, said a Rochester Institute of Technology researcher in a paper published this week in Nature Communications.

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RIT alumnus wins national award for undergraduate physics research Ryan Scott ’16 recognized for developing an experiment for RIT’s quantum mechanics lab

A graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology’s College of Science has been recognized by the American Association of Physics Teachers and the Advanced Laboratory Physics Association for his contributions as an undergraduate student researcher to RIT’s School of Physics and Astronomy.

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FPI Partner Precision Optical Transceivers will Expand Operations Into Eastman Business Park

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced today the expansion of Precision Optical Transceivers, a system engineering company focused on optical transport technology, into Eastman Business Park in Rochester.  "Precision’s Rochester expansion only adds to the region’s momentum as a destination for high tech business and innovation," Governor Cuomo said. "This great news is one more reason why the Finger Lakes is moving forward."

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RIT, FIT Camera Being Tested on ISS

Imaging technology advanced by researchers at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) and the Florida Institute of Technology (FIT) is being tested on the International Space Station (ISS) and could someday be used on future space telescopes. 

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RIT helps advance space camera being tested on ISS Imaging technology could improve search for distant planets

Imaging technology advanced by researchers at Rochester Institute of Technology and Florida Institute of Technology is being tested on the International Space Station and could someday be used on future space telescopes.

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FPI and RIT Alumni to host RIT West Alumni Networking Event Jan. 31

Join Dr. Don Figer of the RIT Future Photon Initiative and Center for Detectors for a presentation and Alumni Networking event in San Francisco Jan. 31. RSVP Here

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Data Centers and Telecommunications-FPI Members Featured in Photonics Media Article

Integration and packaging of optical components such as laser sources, multiplexers, detectors and modulators into a single chip are ushering in a new era of communications to 100 Gbps and beyond.
 

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Video: Manufacturing Innovation at RIT- featuring Future Photon Initiative

Future Photon Initiative members Stefan Preble and Don Figer are featured in a new RIT video: Manufacturing Innovation at RIT

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Undergraduates working with NASA featured in RIT University Magazine

A team of RIT undergraduates is making a “compass” for rockets using a new kind of detector that will fly on a NASA technology demonstration mission in December.

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FPI and Precision Optical Transceivers featured in RIT Top Stories

Precision Optical Transceivers joins RIT initiative
Precision Optical Transceivers Inc. has become the first member of RIT’s Future Photon Initiative Industry Partnerships Program.

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Precision Optical partners with RIT's Future Photon Initiative

Precision Optical Transceivers Inc. has partnered with Rochester Institute of Technology’s Future Photon Initiative as part of the university’s Industry Partnerships Program, officials announced Tuesday.

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Precision Optical becomes charter member of RIT industry partnerships program

Precision Optical Transceivers Inc. has become the first member of the Rochester Institute of Technology’s Future Photon Initiative Industry Partnerships Program.

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FPI member Stefan Preble's work highlighted on Discovermagazine.com

Peer Into the Wide World of Nanotech: Photo 8, The Fast Track. Careening through hairpin turns and racing down straightaways, light packets called photons travel the distance in this nanoscale photonic circuit.

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RIT contributes to Optical Society’s 100th anniversary meeting

Rochester Institute of Technology will have a strong presence at the centennial anniversary meeting of the Optical Society (OSA), an international organization with roots in Rochester.

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RIT engineering faculty Jing Zhang awarded NSF grant for high-tech nanofabrication equipment

Jing Zhang, engineering faculty member at Rochester Institute of Technology, received a $305,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to acquire a new etching system for photonic, electronic and bio-device fabrication.

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Students Build CSTARS

Students at the Rochester Institute of Technology are building an attitude control system that works at the temperature of liquid nitrogen.

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Engineering Undergrads Reach for the Stars with NASA Funded Project

How does any ship, from watercraft to spacecraft, successfully navigate away from the sight of natural landmarks on the Earth’s surface? 
By using the stars.

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RIT to get federal funding for photonics research

The Rochester Institute of Technology will receive $305,000 in federal funding through the National Science Foundation, Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced Thursday.

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RIT undergraduates build star-tracking instrument for NASA research rockets

Experiment tests new detector technology operable at cryogenic temperatures

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For Integrated Photonics, a tale of two materials

With its suitability for monolithic integration for optics and photonics, silicon has been widely hailed as the material of the future. But graphene — with its capacity for signal emission, transmission and detection — could be the next disruptive technology.

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Future Photon Initiative Featured in RIT Research Magazine

Photonics is the field of technology that uses photons to process information or energy. Around the RIT campus, significant photonics research already takes place.

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Future Photon Initiative Feature Article in the RIT Research Magazine

The Future Photon Initiative (FPI) will leverage RIT’s unique assets to develop advanced photonics, which represents the cutting edge of the field of photonics, with the ultimate goal of becoming one of the most effective applied photon research and development centers in the world. 

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RIT announces strategic research initiatives

Rochester Institute of Technology has designated four areas of research as strategic to the college's future, with each area awarded up to $1 million in  investments from RIT over five years.

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