Palomar Space Telescope in the News
“Lucky Camera” takes sharpest ever images of stars (and it’s 50,000 times cheaper than Hubble)
The Lucky Imaging System (“Lucky”), developed by U.S. and U.K. astronomers, uses a new adaptive optics system which is able to take out much of the distortion from Earth’s atmosphere, in order to produce some of the best digital images from ground telescopes.
In fact, the website of the Lucky Imaging team states, “In the absence of the Earth's atmosphere, a telescope will produce sharp images of stars. Our atmosphere degrades this image—small variations in density on millisecond timescales cause the starlight to be deflected, and the images become a bit fuzzy. By using a high-speed camera, and choosing those images least affected by the atmosphere and combining them, we can form a higher resolution image than just adding all the images together.”
When the astronomers attached the Lucky system to the PALMmar Adaptive Optic (PALMAO) system, they found that its resolution was about twice as good as with the Hubble Space Telescope. Without the Lucky camera attached, the reflector telescope at Palomar is, on average, about ten times less sharp and detailed as the Hubble Space Telescope.
The images obtained so far are the “highest resolution direct images, about 50 milliarcsec FWHM [full width at half maximum], ever obtained either from the ground or from space in the visible at about twice the resolution of the Hubble Space Telescope.”
The technique could now be used to improve much larger telescopes such as those at the European Southern Observatory in Chile, or the Keck telescopes in the top of Mauna Kea in Hawaii. This has the potential to produce even sharper images.
“The images space telescopes produce are of extremely high quality but they are limited to the size of the telescope,” said Dr. Craig Mackay, from the Institute of Astronomy at the University of Cambridge, who led the research. “Our techniques can do very well when the telescope is bigger than Hubble and has intrinsically better resolution.”
CUNY CAT AWARDS $111K FOR EQUIPMENT PURCHASES
In May 2007, the Center for Advanced Technology at the City University of New York (CUNY CAT) inaugurated its Equipment Purchase Program, issuing an RFP for equipment purchases. The purpose of the CUNY CAT Equipment Purchase Program is to improve the scientific research infrastructure throughout the CUNY system, in order to attract company-sponsored research projects resulting in economic impact to New York State companies. The RFP was open to faculty members throughout CUNY.
Nineteen proposals were received in response. The following awards have beenannounced:
In order to more closely coordinate the efforts of administrative staff and the CAT Director, the CUNY CAT has established a satellite office at CUNY’s Queens College effective Wednesday, August 15th, 2007. The mailing address for this new CAT operations office will be:
CUNY Center for Advanced Technology in Photonics Applications
The CAT continues to maintain an office at City College which will be staffed by Ms. Yessika Zuniga, her telephone number is 212-650-8226 and her email remains zuniga[at]soe.ccny.cuny.edu.
New Scale Adds Distributors
New Scale Technologies has added distributors in the UK, Germany and Italy for its patented piezoelectric SQUIGGLE motors. The new distributors are SI Scientific Instruments GmbH (http://www.si-gmbh.de/) in Munich, Germany; Orlin Technologies Ltd. (http://www.orlin.co.uk/) in Ridgmont, Bedfordshire, England; and Optoprim SRL (http://www.optoprim.it/) in Monza, Italy.
The new distributors join New Scale's pan-European representative, Cedrat Technologies (http://www.cedrat.com/) in Meylan, France.
New Scale’s patented SQUIGGLE motor is the world’s smallest linear motor. With very few parts and no gears, SQUIGGLE motors are smaller, more precise, less expensive and more efficient than conventional electromagnetic motors. SQUIGGLE motors also operate reliably in extreme environments such as vacuum, cryogenic temperatures and high magnetic fields. Applications include tiny 'focus and zoom' optics in mobile phone cameras and other imagers; electronic locks and intelligent fasteners; nano-scale fluid control including lab-on-a-chip systems; medical devices including miniature drug pumps and endoscopes; automotive modules; lasers; aerospace and defense systems; cryogenic and MRI-compatible instruments; and consumer electronics including micro fuel cells.
UVANY Rochester Capital Forum
Successfully Raising Venture Capital:
Tuesday, September 18
The event will feature an interactive panel discussion. Area entrepreneurs who have successfully raised venture capital will talk about their experiences and strategies for attracting and closing an early stage venture round. The panel will provide insights on how to prepare for an upcoming round, what investors look for, what pitfalls to avoid and how to identify the best investors for your business. The evening will also offer an opportunity to personally network with Upstate and NYC capital providers; legal and accounting firms; and others interested in venture and private equity transactions.
Shephard's 16th Annual Night Vision
9th Annual Glass Cartel Clambake
Annual Event Draws Optics Industry Professionals from New York State and Beyond
Thursday, September 27, 2007, 6:30 PM
All payments must be made in advance, payable to Sydor Optics, 31 Jet View Dr, Rochester, NY 14624. Please forward to the attention of Jude Schnarr. (tel: 585-271-7300x105, fax: 585-271-7309) or Mike Naselaris (585-271-7300x107). You may also contact Jude or Mike for information about Hotel Accomodations.
Cash, checks or MasterCard/Visa accepted. Payments must be received by Tuesday, September 18.
Please note: no payments taken at the door.
Funds for Connecting
RFP Seeks Ideas for Business Problem-Solving Together With Other Business Leaders
Finger Lakes Wired is interested in connecting business leaders throughout the nine-county Finger Lakes region in order to support collaboration among businesses to assist in the solution to critical business issues or the development of new products or services.
The organization has budgeted $100,000 to fund multiple initiatives throughout the region for the period November 1, 2007 thru January 31, 2008. It is anticipated that several organizations will receive awards within the $100,000 and that all efforts will be coordinated to impact the region.
Go here to see the RFP and details. There will be an informational session on Friday, September 14, 2007, 1 - 2 p.m., Double Tree Hotel at 1111 Jefferson Road near Route 390 in Henrietta (a Rochester suburb).
Have an idea how this might possibly help our industry? Want to discuss it? Contact Tom Battley at 585-329-4029.
SBIR 07.3 Solicitation
A Little Time Still Left!
The DoD SBIR 2007.3 solicitation is open for proposal submission untill 6 a.m. EST September 19, 2007. Four DoD components -- the Department of the Air Force, the Department of the Navy, the Missile Defense Agency (MDA), and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) -- have R&D topics in this solicitation under which Phase I proposals are sought. The Solicitation, which contains detailed information on the parameters of the SBIR program and how to submit a proposal, and Topics are available at http://www.dodsbir.net/solicitation.
You may also search the topics by going to http://www.dodsbir.com/Topics.
Even Stars Struggle – Recommendations for Hiring Managers
Once you’ve hired a new employee, the first 90 days are critical in getting that employee up to speed and successful. Too many companies use the “Prove Yourself” method, offering little feedback and waiting to see if the new employee is as good as everyone thought. Or they just assume that their new employee will understand the job expectations, develop instant acceptance by co-workers, and assimilate into the company culture.
Even a Star will struggle if the expectations are murky and the responsibilities and relationships not well defined. This attitude of sink or swim many times results in a new highly talented employee becoming disillusioned or disconnected, or even worse, one who leaves after a short time. In this candidate short market, the effort cannot end with finding the right candidate and negotiating an acceptable compensation package. You already have a significant investment in this employee, and to ensure a positive ROI, you need to do everything possible to ensure their success and well-being.
As the Hiring Manager, the first 90 days should be focused on getting the employee up to speed as quickly as possible and integrating them into your team and company culture. This involves strong coaching, observation and evaluation. Here are some things you can do to help ensure success:
The time invested with a new employee in the first 90 days will pay back many times over in the employee’s success, attitude, and longevity. It makes all the difference when a new employee feels the company cares about them, wants them to be successful, and is committed to assisting in their development.
Copyright 2007, Rochester Regional Photonics Cluster, Inc.
New York Photonics and The Rochester Regional Photonics Cluster (RRPC) are not-for-profit organizations founded to promote and enhance the New York State photonics, optics and imaging industry by fostering the cooperation of business, academia and government.