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Professor Austin Roorda Visits Tsinghua University Chapter

Author: Zhang Song

Professor Austin Roorda from University of California, Berkeley, gave a wonderful academic report titles "Adaptive Optics for the Human Eye" to the OSA members of Tsinghua University. Zhang Shulian, instructor of OSA Student Chapter, Tsinghua University and professor from the institute of optics and electronics, Department of Precision Instruments, presided over the lecture. Over 30 OSA members and more than 10 non-members attended the lecture.

This academic lecture was funded by OSA Traveling Lecturer Grant with easy access to application. We can either invite experts and scholars that OSA members are interested in, or select from OSA Traveling Lecturer list. This was the second Traveling Lecturer project organized by OSA Student Chapter of Tsinghua University and we benefited a lot from it. On one hand, it gives us an opportunity to learn about the latest trends of optics from big scholars, which broadens our horizons and open our minds. On the other hand, through the whole process—the initial contact with the professors, project fund application to OSA, making of publicity posters, and the later reception, communication and lecture organization, we've learned a lot about socializing and enhanced our organizational skills and the ability to communicate with foreign experts.

I had learned from a friend that Professor Austin Roorda is an expert in the field of adaptive optics. As we were all interested in adaptive optics and retinal imaging, I came up with the idea to invite him to give us a lecture. Professor Austin Roorda majored in visual science and physics and graduated in 1996 from the University of Waterloo, the No. 1 University of Canada in terms of academic quality. His doctoral thesis won Best Academic Paper at school. During the postdoctoral years at the University of Rochester, he was the first in the world to apply adaptive optics to the study of photoreceptor cone cells of the eye and have the research results published in Nature. He worked in the University of Houston from 1998 to 2004, when he developed the adaptive optics scanning laser for ophthalmic examination which was later replicated in many visual science laboratories and have been put to commercial usage. Ever since 2005, he served in the University of California, Berkeley as chairman of Visual Science Graduate Program. He is also the executive member for adaptive optics of the U.S. National Natural Science Foundation and won grant from the National Institutes of Health and Foundation Fighting Blindness. Besides, he won the Borish Outstanding Young Researcher Award by the American Academy and the Excellence in Research and Scholarship Award from the University of Houston. He is by all means a big fish in the field of adaptive optics.

During the lecture, Professor Roorda introduced to us the adaptive optics and its applications in retinal imagingin a simple way and patiently answered all the questions put forward by the active students.

This lecture was a success in that both members of OSA and non-members learned a lot. Many students came to know about OSA Student Chapter of Tsinghua University and hoped to join it in the future. There was also a student extremely interested in this field and hoped to apply for the doctoral program under Professor Roorda. This lecture gives us a great opportunity to communicate with foreign experts and reminds us to gain an international vision and catch up with the latest trends in international optics researches while doing our own studies.

After the lecture, Professor Zhang kindly invited Professor Roorda to visit his laboratory, which he accepted gladly. The main research direction of Zhang is the laser technology and precision measurement, including laser physics, laser devices, and laser application. In recent years, he particularly focuses on laser frequency splitting, tuning of laser cavity, laser feedback, laser life science and the application of laser to the measurement of displacement, optical internal stress, optical wave plate and refractive index. Most of the graduate students Zhang supervises are members of the OSA Student Chapter. They gave detailed introductions of their projects to Professor Roorda and hence got a lot of specific advices from Professor Roorda.

Here, I would like to thank OSA again for its support for this event! We will also take full advantage of OSA resources to organize more activities for the benefits of OSA members and let more people learn about optics and OSA.

Chapters in China
Beihang University Student Chapter
Beihang University, Beijing

Beijing Institute of Technology Chapter
Beijing Institute of Technology, Beijing

Beijing Jiaotong University OSA Chapter
Beijing Jiaotong University, Beijing

BUPT OSA Student Chapter
Beijing University of Posts & Telecommunications, Beijing

CNU OSA Students' Chapter
Capital Normal University, Beijing

CIOMP OSA Student Chapter
Chinese Academy of Sciences, Changchun Institute of Optics, Fine Mechanics and Physics, Changchun

CUST Student Chapter of OSA CUST
Changchun University of Science and Technology, Changchun

East China Normal University
East China Normal University, Shanghai

Peking University EECS Chapter
Peking University, Beijing

HIT OSA Student Chapter
Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin

HUST Optoelectronics
Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan

IOP-OSA Student Chapter
Chinese Academy of Sciences, Institute of Physics, Beijing

Jilin University OSA Student Chapter
Jilin University, Changchun

Ningbo University OSA Student Chapter
Ningbo University, Ningbo

OSA Nankai University Student Chapter
Nankai University, Tianjin

Nankai Physics OSA Student Chapter
Nankai University, Tianjin

Nanjing University of Posts and Telecom, Nanjing

NUAA Student Chapter of OSA
Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Nanjing

Nanjing University Student Chapter of OSA
Nanjing University, Nanjing

NUST OSA Student Chapter
Nanjing University of Science and Technology, Nanjing

Peking University
Peking University, Beijing

PKU ShenZhen Graduate School
Peking University, Beijing

SCNU Student Chapter of OSA
South China Normal University, Guangzhou

Sichuan University (Phosphor)
Sichuan University, Chengdu

Shanghai Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics Shanghai Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics, Shanghai studentchapter_siom@osachapter.org

Southeast University Student Chapter of OSA
Southeast University, Nanjing

SUSTC OSA Student Chapter
South University of Science and Technology of China, Shenzhen

Tsinghua-Berkeley Shenzhen Institute
Tsinghua-Berkeley Shenzhen Institute, Shenzhen City

Tianjin University OSA Student Chapter
Tianjin Univeristy, Tianjin

Tianjin University OSA Student Chapter
Tianjin Univeristy, Beijing

The Optical Society of UESTC
University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Chengdu

OSA/SPIE XIOPM Student Chapter
Xi'an Institute of Optics and Precision Mechanics, Xi'an City

OSA Xidian University Student Chapter
Xidian University, Xi'an

OSA SC at Zhejiang University
Zhejiang University, Hangzhou

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