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Our OSA Student Chapter just returned from the Bushfields Science Academy Science Fair in Huntingdon. Our student chapter members were invited by Guy Holmes with Laser 2000 to act as roaming judges. During the event about 100 students were able present to judges their STEM research projects. At the end of the event medals were awarded to the top three groups. Poster topics at the event included special relativity and time travel into the future, marine life in the salt rich conditions of the dead sea, lasers and laser science. The students were judged on a few criteria: quality of research, communication skills, responses to questions, and impact of research. The winning presentation was one which described a machine learning approach to determining what type of structural modifications to make to buildings to survive adverse weather conditions -- the presenter described an approach where structural parameters were fed into a database and images from severe weather events were then used as training sets. The machine learning could then be used to predict other factors that led to a structures collapse. Talking with other judges at the time, it is easy to forget the people you are talking to are only 12 years old. We were incredible impressed with the quality and time put into the presentations. We were happy to contribute posters celebrating the role of LGBT+ and Women in Science.

OSA chapter members presenting posters celebrating Women in Science and LGBT+ in science. (Adrian, Andy, Rachel and Josh)
Full crew of event organisers

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Our Optical Society student chapter chapter members have been busy presenting their research these last few weeks. Here are the highlights of their adventures.

Andy and Adrian – International School of Light and Sciences Technologies

Adrian Fernandez and Andy Thrapp just recently returned from a trip to Santander, Spain. Where both received complete grants to attend the 2019 International School of Light Sciences and Technologies. The event was held in the Palacio De Magdalena, an extraordinary site overlooking the Bay of Biscay. During their visit Andy and Adrian got to meet Donna Strickland the 2018 Nobel Prize Winner in Physics. Donna gave a talk about the topic of her PhD “Chirped Pulse Amplification.” Andy and Adrian got to see many other notable speakers such as Kishan Dholakia, Michael Hamblin and Robert Huber. We are both very grateful we had the chance to attend and look forward to keeping up with all the people we met.

Adrian (left) and Andy (right) in Santander, Spain
Andy (left), Adrian (right) meeting Donna Strickland the 2018 Nobel Prize winner in Physics

Gianni – Oral Presentation at CLEO in Munich

Our OSA student chapter Vice President Gianni Nteroli was selected to deliver a talk on developments on using supercontinuum sources for high resolution multi-imaging instruments for biomedical applications. This project came about from a collaboration with NKT photonics. Research in this area is significant to develop imaging modalities which are capable of extracting both structural and functional information. Technologies like this will make way for the efficient monitoring of human tissue health. Imaging modalities such as Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) can be limited by noise degrading images, this can be compounded by sources introducing additional noise. Gianni discussed current challenges and research paths.

Gianni (OSA Vice President), Adrian Bradu (Academic - University of Kent) and Manuel Marques (Postdoc - University Kent) enjoying the city

Adrian – Poster Presentation in Barcelona

Our OSA student chapter Secretary Adrian Fernandez last week presented a poster at the student led International Network of Students (IONS) conference in Barcelona. Adrian’s work focused on master slave Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) a technique which is not widely known in the field of OCT.

Andy – Oral Presentation in Barcelona

Andy Thrapp our OSA student chapter President delivered a talk titled “Automatic motion compensation in Structured Illumination Microscopy.” The talk was around his research in optical sectioning microscope, and how any motion during a three frame acquisition process can lead to artefacts. Andy discussed approaches to correct those artefacts.

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