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Physics Program presents

Biomedical Optics: Using Light to Look Through Tissue

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

A lecture by
Michael Durst
Candidate for the position in Physics

Biomedical optics uses lasers, fluorescence, and other clever tools to extract images from beneath the surface of biological tissue.  While MRI and ultrasound imaging are fully capable of providing images from deep within the body, light-based microscopy provides superior resolution, allowing one to see details on the cellular level.  This talk will describe efforts to use optics to look beneath the surface of the body without making an incision.  Nonlinear optical microscopy techniques such as two-photon absorption, temporal focusing, and photothermal imaging will be discussed.  With applications in cancer research, nanoparticle characterization, fiber optic endoscopes, and in vivo imaging, these efforts demonstrate the exciting ways in which optical physics can be employed to enhance biomedical imaging.

Location: Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium