Welcome to Photobears!

We are the joint student chapter of the SPIE (International Society for Optical Engineering), OSA (Optical Society of America), and the IEEE Photonics Society at the University of California, Berkeley. The club is operated by students who are dedicated to advancing the field of optics. Our members are affiliated with several departments on campus including Electrical Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, Mechanical Engineering, Astronomy, Vision Science and Optometry. We are commited to promoting the optics community on campus. To become involved in PhotoBears, attend a PhotoBears meeting or contact the current members.

Photobears hosts two lightning talks on the first Monday of each month (with pizza!) to showcase the optics research being done by our members. We also hold a general planning meeting usually on the third Monday of each month. Please see the schedule below for the time and location of our events.

Upcoming events

Time & Location
Coded Illumination for Multidimensional Quantitative Phase Microscopy
Speaker: Michael Chen, UC Berkeley
May 8, 2019
12:30-1:30pm, 510 Soda hall.
Nanophotonics by Design: Reaching the Limits of Light-Matter Interactions
Speaker: Prof. Owen D. Miller
Yale University.
May 8, 2019
3-4pm, 212 Cory Hall.
Computational speckle structured illumination for high-content microscopy
Speaker: Li-Hao Yeh, UC Berkeley
May 9, 2019
9-10am, 540 A/B Cory Hall.
A Hierarchical Approach to the Design and Optimization of Silicon Photonics
Speaker: Andrew Michaels, UC Berkeley
May 13, 2019
3-4pm, 540 A/B Cory Hall.
Monolayer Transition Metal Dichalcogenide NanoLEDs: Towards High Speed and High Efficiency
Speaker: Kevin Han, UC Berkeley
May 14, 2019
2:30-3:30pm, 540AB Cory Hall.
Design and Physics of VCSELs for Emerging Applications
Speaker: Jonas Kapraun, UC Berkeley
May 14, 2019
2:30-3:30pm, 400 Cory hall.
Photobears Summer 2019 BBQ: Welcome reception of Prof Boubacar Kante and his group to UC Berkeley May 18, 2019
5-8pm, TBD

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