Santosh Kurinec, an engineering professor at Rochester Institute of Technology, was one of six influential women from around the world honored for their work as visionaries in technology, engineering and science and inducted into the Women in Technology Hall of Fame. Since 1996, Women in Technology International has recognized women whose work helps shape and improve society.Read More »
The Photonics & Optics Workforce Education Research (POWER) group at RIT College of Science is participating in an online week-long event called STEM for ALL Video Showcase. Check out their video "Workplace Contexts for Math & Communication Preparation" and vote for your favorite.Read More »
Jing Zhang, a faculty member at Rochester Institute of Technology, received a prestigious CAREER award from the National Science Foundation for work to develop new, highly efficient ultraviolet light sources.
Devices Zhang’s research group is creating have the potential to demonstrate that a deeper, fairly unrealized range of the ultraviolet (UV) light spectrum is as efficient as current near-UV used in today’s LED lights. Increasing the efficiencies of optoelectronic devices, specifically using ultraviolet LED technologies, could advance important applications in photolithography, 3D printing, purification systems and a variety of sensing applications.Read More »
ROCHESTER, NY (WROC) - The Tiangong-1 was the first ever space station launched by the Chinese. They eventually lost connection in 2016. Joe Altieri is part of the astronomy club in Rochester and knows all good things come to an end.Read More »
Rochester Institute of Technology researchers are developing and testing an astronomical imager inspired by an Oscar-award winning cinema projection system.
RIT scientist Zoran Ninkov modified Texas Instruments’ Digital Micromirror Device—the micro-electro-mechanical systems, or MEMS, device found in Digital Light Processing projectors—to simultaneously capture light signatures from multiple objects in the same area of sky. The RIT astronomical imaging system is competing with other technologies for deployment on future NASA space missions for surveying star and galaxy clusters.Read More »
Researchers at RIT have found a more efficient fabricating process to produce semiconductors used in today's electronic devices. They also confirmed that materials other than silicon can be used successfully in the development process that could increase performance of electronic devices. This fabrication process--the I-MacEtch, or inverse metal-assisted chemical etching method--can help meet the growing demand for more powerful and reliable nano-technologies needed for solar cells, smartphones, telecommunications grids and new applications in photonics and quantum computing.Read More »
A maverick group of astronomers is proposing to radically reshape one of NASA’s most successful missions in the modern era, the New Horizons probe that flew by Pluto in 2015 and is now continuing its voyage into the depths of the outer solar system.
The group’s paper describing their proposal, submitted to the Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific and available as a preprint, suggests that before its fuel is spent and some of the systems are shut down to conserve power, New Horizons should be repurposed as a space telescope that can take advantage of the near-lightless conditions in the outer solar system to study stars, galaxies and more.
According to the paper’s lead author Michael Zemcov, an astrophysicist at the Rochester Institute of Technology, the idea is largely meant to “catalyze the discussion.” At the very least, some members of the New Horizons team approached him to try to incorporate the idea into an upcoming mission review. (Only one of the paper’s co-authors is part of the New Horizons mission.)Read More »
In about a year from now, thousands of miles out in space, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) will unfurl its mirrors and begin delivering data about the very birth of the universe. In our corner of the planet, RIT professors and students will be interpreting that information to resolve long-held questions about how it all began.Read More »
The Dark Matter Summer School Registration is now open! The Summer School program will take place July 16-20 2018. One of the featured lecturers will be Dr. Mike Zemcov, of RIT's Future Photon Initiative and Center for Detectors.Read More »
RIT researchers are designing star-tracking tools for the second Cosmic Infrared Background ExpeRiment, or CIBER-2, an observational cosmology project led by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory at Caltech.Read More »
The latest Chambliss Astronomy Achievement Student Awards poster competition occurred 9-11 January during the 231st AAS meeting near Washington, DC. A hundred undergraduates and 70 graduate students completed their entries into the competition — all of them junior (or very newly associate or full) members of the Society (a requirement to participate).Read More »
There may be more big stars out there than we thought. A study of part of the Large Magellanic Cloud found significantly more huge stars than we would expect to see, which could mean that there are more supernovae and black holes too.Read More »
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.Read More »
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.Read More »
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.Read More »
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.
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.Read More »
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.
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.Read More »
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.
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.Read More »
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.Read More »
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.Read More »
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.Read More »
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."Read More »
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.Read More »
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.Read More »
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.
Future Photon Initiative members Stefan Preble and Don Figer are featured in a new RIT video: Manufacturing Innovation at RITRead More »
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.Read More »
Precision Optical Transceivers joins RIT initiative
Precision Optical Transceivers Inc. has become the first member of RIT’s Future Photon Initiative Industry Partnerships Program.
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.Read More »
Precision Optical Transceivers Inc. has become the first member of the Rochester Institute of Technology’s Future Photon Initiative Industry Partnerships Program.Read More »
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.Read More »
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.Read More »
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.Read More »
Students at the Rochester Institute of Technology are building an attitude control system that works at the temperature of liquid nitrogen.Read More »
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.
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.Read More »
Experiment tests new detector technology operable at cryogenic temperaturesRead More »
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.Read More »
Photonics is the field of technology that uses photons to process information or energy. Around the RIT campus, significant photonics research already takes place.Read More »
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.Read More »
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.Read More »