Today was researcher’s night at FORTH. Just like in pervious years there were hundreds of visitors. Exhibits included the award winning LEGO based optical tomography (video), a wonderful model of an eye with corrective lenses, and non-newtonian liquids.
Daniel came to work with us for a week to discuss new projects on quantum enhanced imaging. He is now running a cold-atom research group at UNAM in Mexico. Before that Daniel was a postdoc in our group from 2006 to 2010.
Our ESA Space-Optics project has reached a major milestone: We have finished the development of a novel beam collimation technique, which works allows us to adjust the waist of the laser beam emitted from a fibre coupler to an arbitrary position simply by maximising the peak intensity of the laser beam at some other position.
This is a fiber collimator manufactured from the ultra-low expansion material ZERODUR.
In order to make the coupler space-compatible it is manufactured from ultra-low-expansion ceramics (ZERODUR) and has no moving parts.
Phys.org has published a nice semi-popular article about the paper. The New Scientist has also written a rather popularized article about our atom laser.
Note that we have not been given access to any of these articles before publication and are not responsible for its rather imaginative content.
An article in Greek can be found in a number of newspapers, e.g. at Kerdos.gr and in.gr
Article at Kerdos and Article at In.gr