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Welcome to the events archive section of the LightHOUSE website. Please click on the programme of events section of the website for current events.
 

Nanoweek Roadshow

As part of Nanoweek, the NCLA organised visits of the Nanotechnology Roadshow to Colaiste Einde and Colaiste Iognaid secondary schools in Galway. Over 110 students attended between the two schools and the visits were very popular, with lots of enthusiastic participation in the interactive demonstrations. Ger O’Connor introduced the event and Tony Flaherty and Fabien Bernard gave technology demonstrations, while Aoife O'Donoghue from Tyndall presented a slideshow on nanotechnology and displayed a range of consumer products that exploit nanotechnology for new functionality.

Nanoweek

The aim of the roadshow was to make students aware of the impact of nanoscience and nanotechnology on or daily lives, and to give an indication of the many career options which nanoscience can open up. The impact of the show was maximised by getting the students to engage and interact with the technology. The new NCLA fast-camera system was demonstrated and a range of transient phenomena such as milk drops, bursting balloons, elastic bands were captured and replayed for the students. One brave student even volunteered to be slapped across the face! Another highlight of the event, which proved popular with all the students was the making of nano ice-cream using liquid nitrogen.

 

New Ultrafast Laser Facility launched at NUI Galway

Recently over 60 attendees from industry and academia attended the launch of the Ultrafast Laser Facility which is located in the National Centre for Laser Applications at LightHOUSE in the School of Physics.
The laboratory brings together several new short pulse laser technologies and advanced optical instrumentation, in a single clean room facility, which is most pertinent to the realisation of innovative intelligent manufacturing systems based on using light to make, monitor, and measure. The research facility targets LightFactories of the future, which propose all optical production facilities – highly relevant to Ireland’s SMART economy.
Over the last decade many multinational and SME manufacturing industries operating in Ireland, have embraced laser technology as an integral part of their production facilities. The transfer of many hundreds of lasers to their production lines clearly demonstrates the potential of laser technologies to compete with, and disrupt, many other well-established production tools. This optical transformation of manufacturing processes is predicted continue as it is driven by many important factors which respond to the global challenges associated with a highly competitive manufacturing supply chain.

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First and foremost, the growth of photonics-based production lies in its versatility; laser technology is formidable in terms of the range of materials it can process and the many different functionalities or structures it can impart to materials. Laser tools are ideal positioned for rapidly evolving productive sectors; the properties of laser beams can be easily configured to adapt to different designs, component sizes and topographies. Laser technology is synonymous with precision; the ability to couple optical energy directly to electrons or other specific molecular components in materials is a key attribute. Manufacturing processes using laser technology can be readily scaled for high-volume production using high average power systems and multiple beam configurations.  Moreover, the seamless integration of laser technology with other optical and non –optical tools provides strategic opportunities for on-line control, metrology and quality assurance. The application of photonic sensors to that probe the laser-material-ambient interaction at the molecular scale, which can provide feedback for adaptive real time control of the spatial, temporal, and energy profiles of laser beam is and will be an important enabling step. Finally, laser technology is tool which is readily accessible for start up and SME industries as its integration typically involves moderate capital costs, low running costs, and enables high added value production. The new laser facility at NUI Galway strengthens the position of the NCLA group to work with the many, now advanced, laser users that are an integral part of the productive sector in Ireland. In particular, the facilities seek to address both the micro- and nano-scale manufacturing for near and longer term integration. The research to be undertaken will specifically target understanding, creation, and optimisation of the laser–material – ambient interactions relevant to micro and nano–scale production.

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The new facility at NUI Galway is centred on the latest innovations in picosecond and femtosecond laser sources which complement the many other state of the art laser resources at the NCLA facility. These systems, together with the additional reconfigurable beam delivery systems, can deliver pulses on demand to enable researchers study and exploit their application in materials structuring. Visualisation of the laser –material–ambient interactions, on nanosecond time scales, will contribute to defining the optimal use of these tools and to generating important intellectual properties on which processes can be developed and underpinned with indepth understanding.  The incorporation of additional laser sources for illumination and high speed cameras provide continuous imaging on a microsecond time scales; nanosecond spectral imaging enables investigations of laser ablated matter, ablated surfaces, plasma plume propagation and the transformation of material properties.  These techniques, combined with the insight gained from the completion of 7 doctorals, the submission of 6 patent applications and numerous interactions with industry position the facility as a key resource for supporting and transforming precision manufacturing in Ireland.

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The facility is part of LightHOUSE and is developed as part of the Integrated Nanoscience Platform for Ireland, supported by the HEA under the PRTLI cycle 4 programme. The formal launch of the laser facility on Wednesday October 21st, was supported by Skillsnet project BestNET targeting photonics training for industry. Over 40 industrial attendees obtained key insights to the operation of and applications for the new laser sources and the other diagnostic tools which are part of the facility.    

For more information please contact  Alan Conneely or  Dr. Gerard O’Connor  ncla@nuigalway.ie

LightForum Meeting:
17th April 2008

This meeting will take place on April 17th in Galway. The theme of the meeting will be: Skills & Knowledge Development- Photonics in New Products and Manufacture”. The event will offer attendees an insight into the enormous potential of laser and optics technology to transform business, including an afternoon session which will provide practical information on how industry can access the significant photonic research resources available in this country. Further details will follow. Please contact Tony Flaherty if you wish to be put on the LightForum mailing list.

Annual LightForum Meeting:
October 18th 2007

LightHouse hosted it’s third annual LightFORUM meeting on October 18th in the Marriott Courtyard Hotel in Galway. The theme of the meeting was “Competitive Advantage through Photonics” and the event was a huge success, with over 65 attendees registering. They were treated to fascinating and stiumulating talks from a range of speakers, on optics, laser nano-structuring, industrial research strategies and employee training programmes.

Full fetails of the line-up for the day can be found here.

Brochure for meeting click here to download.

Links to speaker presentations (click to open PDF):
- Opening- Tony Flaherty
- What is LightFORUM? - Chris Dainty
- Nanotechnology National Opportunity - Dr. Diarmuid O’Brien
- Retuning the Growth Engine - Mike Devane
- Laser Nano-processing within NANOTEIRE - Dr Ger O'Connor
- Photonics Competence Centre- David Gillen
- BESTNet Skillnets Training Network - Fiona Parker
- Recent Advances in Laser Fabrication on a Micro- and Nanoscale at LZH - Andreas Ostendorf

Optics and Photonics Network - Photonics Ireland 2007 Post-Graduate Conference. September 24th - 26th 2007:

Photonics Ireland 2007 is the first conference organized by the Irish Optics and Photonics Network, and will be held from September 24 to 26 at the Galway Bay Hotel, Salthill, Galway. This all-Ireland conference will have 10 scientific sessions covering most aspects of photonics research in universities and institutes of technology, and will include a special Photonics Industry Session and a Poster Session.

Sixth International Workshop on Adaptive Optics in Industry and Medicine:

In mid June, 140 engineers and scientists from 25 countries converged on NUI Galway to participate in the Sixth International Workshop on Adaptive Optics in Industry and Medicine.  This was the largest ever of these international biennial meetings held around the World.

Click here for more information.

Adaptive Optics:
(Wednesday 16th May 2007, 10:30 – 3:30)

This is the second in a series of roundtable discussion meetings organised by lightHOUSE (www.nuigalway.ie/lighthouse). These informal meetings focus on the interchange of ideas and knowledge, in topics of relevance to industry.
Venue: NUI Galway
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Laser safety (1 day)
June 26th, 2007
The course is aimed at personnel who use lasers, or are responsible for the safe use of lasers, in their workplace. The course will be of particular relevance to safety officers, engineers, and technicians
Venue: NUI Galway
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Practical Optics
An Introduction to Optics and Optical Systems

17th and 18th April 2007
This two-day course is designed to provide an understanding of the basic principles of optics and optical systems for engineers and managers in industry and support agencies who may not have a background in optics. No prior knowledge of optics is required but it is recommended that attendees have a basic training in science or engineering.
Venue: NUI Galway
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Laser Micro-Machining
16th and 17th April 2007
This two-day course is designed to provide an understanding of the principles and applications of laser micro-machining, for engineers and managers in industry. No prior knowledge of laser applications is required but it is recommended that attendees have a basic training in science or engineering.
Venue: NUI Galway
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Laser Safety in the Workplace Safety Officers, Engineers, & Technicians
March 27th 2007
The course is aimed at personnel who use lasers, or are responsible for the safe use of lasers, in their workplace. The course will be of particular relevance to safety officers, engineers, and technicians.
Venue: NUI Galway
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An Introduction to Optical Design (2 day)
27th and 28th February 2007
This two-day course is designed to provide an understanding of the basic principles of optical design for engineers and managers in industry and support agencies who may not have a background in optics. No prior knowledge of optics is required but it is recommended that attendees have a basic training in science or engineering.
Venue: NUI Galway
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Laser safety (1 day)
February 20th, 2007
The course is aimed at personnel who use lasers, or are responsible for the safe use of lasers, in their workplace. The course will be of particular relevance to safety officers, engineers, and technicians
Venue: NUI Galway
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An Introduction to Optics and Optical Systems (2 day)
24th and 25th October, 2006
This two-day course is designed to provide an understanding of the basic principles of optics and optical systems for engineers and managers in industry and support agencies who may not have a background in optics. No prior knowledge of optics is required but it is recommended that attendees have a basic training in science or engineering. Read more
Laser safety (1 day)
July 12th, 2006
The course is aimed at personnel who use lasers, or are responsible for the safe use of lasers, in their workplace. The course will be of particular relevance to safety officers, engineers, and technicians
Venue: NUI Galway
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Laser based micro-machining ( 2 days)
April 26th & 27th, 2006
This course seeks to advance the knowledge base in industry of laser technologies. It provides engineers with an opportunity to develop or underpin current expertise of laser based manufacturing for future process development or R&D activities.
Venue NUI Galway
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Laser safety (1 day)
April 20th, 2006
The course is aimed at personnel who use lasers, or are responsible for the safe use of lasers, in their workplace. The course will be of particular relevance to safety officers, engineers, and technicians
Venue: NUI Galway
CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION
Laser safety (1 day)
April 19th, 2006
The course is aimed at personnel who use lasers, or are responsible for the safe use of lasers, in their workplace. The course will be of particular relevance to safety officers, engineers, and technicians
Venue: NUI Galway
CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION
Practical Optics (2 days)
March 14th / 15th, 2006
This is an introductory course in optics for engineers and managers who need an understanding of the elementary ideas of geometrical and wave optics
Venue: NUI Galway
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Laser safety (1 day)
February 9th, 2006
The course is aimed at personnel who use lasers, or are responsible for the safe use of lasers, in their workplace. The course will be of particular relevance to safety officers, engineers, and technicians
Venue: NUI Galway
CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION

Round-table discussions

Laser marking etching
Spring 2006
Review of laser marking techniques, opportunity to become familiar with industrial systems
Venue: TBC

Laser surface activation for improved biocompatibility
Summer 2006
Review of laser based techniques for modifying the biocompatibility of surfaces. Demonstration of technology
Venue: NUI Galway

Adaptive Optics
February 8th, 2006
Review of the principles and applications of adaptive optics. Includes a lab tour.
Venue: NUI Galway
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Laser drilling of polymer materials
Summer 2006
Review of laser ablation of polymers. Production of micron sized holes. Demonstration of technology.
Venue: TBC

Conference: Imaging the Retina
June 19th - 21st, 2006
This conference will bring together scientists engaged in the discovery of retinal function, clinical researchers engaged in the understanding and treatment of retinal disease, and engineers with expertise in advanced optical techniques in retinal imaging. Advances in the technology of optical imaging in the eye, such as optical coherence tomography (OCT), scanning laser ophthalmoscopy, two-photon and fluorescence imaging, and adaptive optics have opened up new opportunities to advance our understanding of retinal function and disease, and allowed new diagnostic techniques to be developed.
More details

Nanotechnologies for Optical Communications Systems
September 11th, 2006
Prof. Gareth Parry
Experimental Solid State Physics group
Imperial College London

Tidal power and ultra-low head hydro with no moving parts
September 18th, 2006
Dr. John Hassard
High Energy Physics Group
Imperial College London

Benjamin Franklin and his bifocals
September 25th, 2006
The continuing problem of finding the ideal solution to the optical problems of advancing years
Prof. Neil Charman
Optometry and Neuroscience
The University of Manchester, UK

Short wavelength semiconductor optoelectronic materials and devices - IOPI Colloquium
October 9th, 2006
Prof. Claus Klingshirn
Institut für Angewandte Physik
Universität Karlsruhe, Germany

Title to be confirmed
October 16th, 2006
Prof. Dr. Meinrat O. Andreae
Biogeochemistry Department
Max Planck Institute for Chemistry

Parametric angiographic descriptors: Scientific junk or worthwhile evidence
October 23rd, 2006
Prof. Usha Chakravarthy
Ophthalmology and Vision Science
Queen's University Belfast

Ocular microtremor - biophysics & measurement
November 6th, 2006Gerard Boyle
St James Hospital, Dublin

Biomass Burning and Impacts on Clouds and Climate
April 10th, 2006 POSTPONED
Meinrat O. Andreae
Max Planck Institute for Chemistry, Mainz

Launch of Centre for Applied Photonics (LightHOUSE).
January 2006


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