About SPIE

SPIE is a not-for-profit international professional society for optics and photonics technology, founded in 1955. It organizes technical conferences, trade exhibitions, and continuing education programs for researchers and developers in the light-based fields of physics, including, but not limited to: optics, photonics, and related sciences and engineering. 

Our chapter consists of a diverse group of both undergraduate and graduate students. We welcome all students from all levels of development or background, from first-year undergraduates to upper-level PhD graduates. We have students from many disciplines, as well. From chemistry to mechanical engineering and everywhere in between, all you need is an interest in optics and photonics!

Meetings & Events

Our chapter holds meetings monthly. Typically, we have a colloquium followed by a meeting to discuss chapter business or events. Speakers may include local business representatives from area optics and photonics companies, student talks on research or topics of interest, and more. Refreshments are always served! This semester we will be doing pizza. 

In addition to our monthly meetings, we also host events each month. Typical events may include invited guest speakers, participating in area science outreach (such as the Science Olympiad for middle schoolers), and local company tours. In addition, we also are listing OpTec Colloquiums, which may interest members who would like to learn more about current optics and photonics research happening around the world. These colloquium speakers are invited by MSU faculty and speak on the research they do. These are catered events, as well. 

Spring 2017 Schedule

Upcoming Events

  • Wednesday, March 08, 2017, 4:00-5:00 PM
    • What: Event
    • Where: S2 Corporation
    • Speaker: Kris Merkel, CEO of S2 Corporation
    • Topic: Company Tour
    • For more information about S2, visit their website.
    • NOTE: This meeting and tour will be on location at S2. We will be meeting in the atrium of Barnard Hall (formerly EPS) around 3:40 PM and walk over as a group. Please, join us!
    • Walking directions from SUB
  • Saturday, March 24 and Sunday, March 25, 2017
    • What: Event
    • Where: Campus (exact place will be available at a further date)
    • Topic:  Leadership Workshop!
    • Over the course of the weekend, our chapter will be hosting a leadership workshop delivered by Jean-Luc Dumont
    • A brief biography: 
      • "An engineer from the Louvain School of Engineering and PhD in applied physics from Stanford University, Jean-luc Doumont now devotes his time and energy to training engineers, scientists, business people, and other rational minds in effective communication, pedagogy, statistical thinking, and related themes. With his rational background, he approaches communication in an original, engineering- like way that contrasts sharply with the tradition of the field, rooted in the humanities. He is thus well received by students and professionals in search of a method they can apply with the same rigor they have come to value in every other aspect of their occupations. Articulate, entertaining, and thought-provoking, he is a popular invited speaker worldwide, in particular at international scientific conferences, research laboratories, and top-ranked universities." SPIE Website
      • For more information about him, click here.
    • Jean-Luc will teach you how to be an effective communicator whether you are delivering a presentation, writing a research paper, or trying to better organize your graphs
    • More information will be available as the event comes closer
  • Wednesday, April 12, 2017, 5:00-6:00PM
    • What: Meeting
    • Where: 330 Cobleigh (Lloyd Berg conference room)
    • Speaker: TBA
    • Topic: TBA
  • Week of April 26, 2017
    • What: Event
    • Where: TBA
    • Topic: Potential barbecue for our chapter!

Past Events

  • Wednesday, January 25, 2017, 5:00-6:00 PM
    • What: Meeting
    • Where: 330 Cobleigh (Lloyd Berg conference room)
    • Speaker: Lou Oberto
    • Topic:  Atmosphere of a Transiting Exoplanet, Probed in the Lyman-alpha Band
  • Wednesday, February 08, 2017, 5:00-6:00 PM
    • What: Meeting
    • Where: 330 Cobleigh (Lloyd Berg conference room)
    • Speaker: Tianbo Liu
    • Topic: 3 Dimensional Beam Scanner for a Handheld Confocal Dermoscope
  • Thursday, February 09, 2017, 4:30-5:20 PM
    • WhatOpTec Colloquium
    • Where: Barnard 103
    • Speaker: Professor Paul Barclay, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Calgary and IQST/NINT Nanoscale Optics, University of Calgary
    • Topic: Nanophotonic optomechanical devices: towards coupling photons, phonons and spins
    • Abstract: 

      Optomechanical devices enhance the optical radiation-pressure-induced interaction between light and mechanical resonators. This interaction can be harnessed to enable coherent conversion of light to mesoscopic phonons with frequencies ranging from kHz to GHz. Through control of these phonons, new approaches for manipulating and probing solid state spin systems are feasible. 

      In this talk I will present recent advances in creating such nanoscale "spin-optomechanical" devices. I will first present results demonstrating some of the first optomechanical devices fabricated from single crystal diamond [1, 2], which in addition to having remarkable mechanical properties (e.g. ultrahigh mechanical Q*f product), can be used for optomechanical control of single electron spins. I will then discuss silicon based nanophotonic devices that allow optomechanical probing of the magnetic properties of nanostructures, providing routine on-chip photonic readout of the nanomagnetic susceptibility of single magnetic defects [3]. Finally, I will comment on the prospect of cooling these devices into their quantum ground state, enabling studies coupling single phonons to electronic or magnetic spin systems. 

      [1] B. Khanaliloo, H. Jayakumar, A. C. Hryciw, D. Lake, H. Kaviani, P. E. Barclay, "Single crystal diamond nanobeam waveguide optomechanics," Physical Review X 5, 041051 (2015) 

      [2] M. Mitchell, B. Khanaliloo, D. Lake, P. E. Barclay, "Low-dissipation cavity optomechanics in single crystal diamond," Optica 3, 963 (2016) 

      [3] M. Wu, N. L.-Y. Wu, T. Firdous, F. F. Sani, J. E. Losby, M. R. Freeman, P. E. Barclay, "Nanocavity optomechanical torque magnetometry and RF susceptometry," 

  • Wednesday, February 22, 2017, 5:00-6:00 PM

    • What: Meeting
    • Where: 330 Cobleigh (Lloyd Berg conference room)
    • Speaker: TBA
    • Topic: "STEAMlab"
    • STEAMlab, a part of the Children's Museum of Bozeman, is looking to implement an augmented reality sandbox for use in their facility. As such, they are seeking students to help with this fun and unique project, and they are reaching out to our chapter! This could be great opportunity to increase your skills and doing something fun for the community!
  • Thursday, February 23, 2017, 4:10-5:00 PM
      • WhatOpTec Colloquium
      • Where: Roberts Hall 301
      • Speaker: Dr. Reinhard Voelkel, Co-founder and CEO of SUSS of MicroOptics SA
      • Topic: Micro-optics, key-enabling technology for modern times
      • Abstract: 

        Micro-optics is an indispensable enabling technology for many products and applications today. Probably the most popular examples are the diffractive light shaping elements used in high-end DUV lithography steppers. Highly-efficient refractive and diffractive micro-optical elements are used for precise beam and pupil shaping. Micro-optics had a major impact on the reduction of aberrations and diffraction effects in projection lithography, allowing a resolution enhancement from 250 nm to 45 nm within the past decade. Micro-optics also plays a decisive role in medical devices (endoscopes, ophthalmology), in all laser-based devices and fiber communication networks, bringing high-speed internet to our homes. Even our modern smart phones contain a variety of micro-optical elements. Wherever light is involved, micro-optics offers the chance to further miniaturize a device, to improve its performance, or to reduce manufacturing and packaging costs. The talk recapitulates major steps and inventions in micro-optics technology. The state-of-the-art of fabrication, testing and packaging technology is summarized.

Last updated: 02/23/2017