The Wits team knocked the competition over at SAIP 2017 Physics Bowl this year with two from our group forming the “Bawsons” team. Armed with shower caps to keep their processors insulated and ‘blend in’ with the steam punk theme (or not), they dominated each round and finished with an inspiring top score.
Photograph: The happy ‘Bawsons’ receiving their hard-earned prizes from Dr. Herman Uys (Stellenbosch University) and a Bluestallion technologies representative. From left (in the shower caps): Stefan von Buddenbrock, Bienvenu Ndagano, Mitchell Cox and Harshna Jivan.
Five of our students won prizes in the Photonics division at the 62nd annual South African Institute of Physics (SAIP) conference hosted at Stellenbosch University. Jason Webber (not in photograph) also won an award in the Condensed Matter and Materials division and received an honourable mention for his oral presentation in the Nuclear, Particle and Radiation Physics.
Photograph: Prize winners in the photonics division with Prof. A. Forbes (Photonics division chair), Prof. A. Muronga (SAIP president) and Dr. R. Lieberman (SPIE immediate past president). See Bienvenu Ndagano and Mitchell Cox at the centre of the back row as well as Hend Sroor, Bereneice Sephton and Isaac Nape in the front row.
We’re proud to see Carmelo publish his first book! Read how he and Andrew explain the intricacies of shaping light with spatial light modulators, catering for beginners and those more versed in the subject here.
Tailoring complex light fields have sparked a lot of interest with its many exciting applications and innovations. We edited a special issue of Chinese Optics Letters with Qiwen Zhan to capture the latest, ground-breaking developments.
Hend, Prince and Mosima will be attending the Seigman School on Lasers from 6 – 11 August in Leon, Mexico.
Established in the honor of Antony E. Siegman, this school runs an annual week-long program, aimed at exposing up to 100 students to comprehensive subject matter on lasers and their applications. The programme is taught by internationally recognized academic and industry leaders in the fields of lasers and photonics, providing invaluable exposure and opportunities for the students and their work.
We’re excited to have our review paper on the creation and detection of optical modes with spatial light modulators among the top most cited and downloaded articles in 2016! Read the article in our publications section.