Physics' Squier to be plenary speaker at optics congress

Colorado School of Mines Physics Professor and Department Head Jeff Squier will serve as a plenary speaker at Optics & Photonics International Congress 2017, to be held April 18 to 21 in Yokohama, Japan.

Jeff SquierOPIC is the largest international meeting in Japan concerning optics and lasers and seeks to discuss current and future developments in the field. It has been held every year since 2012, and will be held alongside the Optics & Photonics International Exhibition in an effort to bring together academia and industry.

Squier will present “Breaking limits: space-time focusing technologies for imaging and manipulation.” He will discuss the possibilities that femtosecond lasers—which emit pulses lasting just quadrillionths of a second—offer for the imaging and manipulation of biological systems. “We will show how large focal volumes which translate to large working distances, convenient for biology, can lead to gains in both imaging and manipulation without sacrificing resolution,” Squier said. Importantly, these methods are straightforward to implement, he added.

Squier leads a research group in ultrafast optics at Mines, is a member of the Microintegrated Optics for Advanced Bioimaging and Control research center and is a fellow of the Optical Society of America. A collaboration with researchers in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering to characterize blood cells using tightly focused laser light was featured on the cover of Cytometry Part A in 2016.

Squier holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering physics and a master’s in applied physics from Colorado School of Mines, and a PhD from the University of Rochester.

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