Kathleen A. Richardson

Professor of Optics, Materials Science and Engineering at CREOL/College of Optics and Photonics at the University of Central FL

Dr. Kathleen Richardson is Pegasus Professor of Optics and Materials Science and Engineering and Florida Photonics Center of Excellence (FPCE) Professor at CREOL/College of Optics and Photonics at the University of Central FL, where she runs the Glass Processing and Characterization Laboratory (GPCL). She and her research team design, synthesize and characterize novel glass and glass ceramic materials, examining how structure/property relationships influence optical function and performance in bulk, planar and fiber materials. Her group is developing novel materials for broadband infrared optical systems, gradient refractive index optics, precision molded optics, optical phase change materials, evaluation of complex multi-material interactions in next-generation integrated opto-electronic chips and in optical nanocomposites for advanced chem-bio and detection applications.

1:00 - 1:30 PM

Day - 1 10 Feb

Seeing and Sensing the Future: Enabled by Infrared Glass Innovation

Technological advances in areas important to industry, defense and society are moving rapidly with requirements to see and sense in ways not thought possible before. To realize such advances, new materials with unique function can help make new components and systems smaller, lighter in weight, requiring less power and lower cost. Security and sensing systems must be versatile to work in a wide range of extreme environmental conditions such as smoke, fog or in space. Materials that transmit light in the infrared region of the electro-magnetic spectrum allows one to ‘see’ in these regions, often when visible imaging is not possible. This talk reviews general aspects of what infrared glasses and glass ceramics are and how their unique capabilities offer solutions to these challenges.