The Optical Society (OSA)
Since 1916, OSA has been the world’s leading champion for optics and photonics, uniting and educating scientists, engineers, educators, technicians and business leaders worldwide to foster and promote technical and professional development.
Through publications, events and services, the Optical Society is helping to advance the science of light by addressing the ongoing need for shared knowledge and innovation.
The Dodd-Walls Centre is a national Centre of Research Excellence (CoRE) involving six New Zealand universities, hosted by the University of Otago.
Our research centres around photonics, the manipulation of light at the most fundamental, quantum level, and the control and manipulation of matter at the atomic scale, through the use of light.
University of Otago, Department of Physics
The Physics Department of the University of Otago was the first Physics Department established in New Zealand, and physics was a foundation discipline when the University opened in July 1871. Today, the Department embraces innovative teaching methods, promotes a vigorous research ethos, and is committed both to Physics as a discipline and to its applications. Our key objectives are to provide students with the highest quality education, and to produce research of international excellence.
SPIE – The International Society for Optics and Photonics
SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, was founded in 1955 to advance light-based technologies.
Serving more than 257,000 constituents from approximately 173 countries, the not-for-profit society advances emerging technologies through interdisciplinary information exchange, continuing education, publications, patent precedent, and career and professional growth.
Located in central Hamburg, the Schäfter+Kirchhoff headquarters is home to 40 employees. Here we manufacture high-quality products that are delivered to customers all around the world.
The company was founded over 60 years ago to provide classical lens design and customized optical solutions. The focus has shifted over time towards the current three product lines: line scan cameras, lasers for machine vision and polarization-maintaining fiber optics.
We combine high-quality optical components with high-end mechanics in all of our products, providing the quality, stability and durability for which Schäfter+Kirchhoff is renowned.
One example of successful opto-mechanics is the 60SMS laser beam coupler, which is used to couple into polarization-maintaining fibers. This demanding task requires very high precision and quality in order to reach long-term stable and high coupling efficiencies. Further fiber optics components are available for the wavelength range 360-2100nm.
Another field of opto-mechanics is Machine Vision that uses laser line or spot generators as well as line scan cameras. Ruggedized solutions for industrial purposes are only possible by using high-quality optics, mechanics and electronics. This is true for defined and thin laser line geometries or especially small laser spots as well as complete line scan camera based scanner systems.
The true driving force behind the company is the combination of extensive know-how and the highly qualified and strongly committed workforce. With sales, research and development as well as manufacturing so closely integrated, we ensure a quick and efficient response to customer needs.
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