Subject: Polish Newsletter on Optics and Photonics – December 2021 – Candela Foundation & PPTF

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Polish Newsletter

on Optics and Photonics 

edition #1 (December 2021)

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Good afternoon!

Please find this very first edition of the Polish Newsletter on Optics and Photonics (PNOP). We collect and publish information on the activities of the optical and photonic community in Poland.

Enjoy your reading and let us know your feedback!

Candela Foundation

Polish Technological Platform on Photonics

PPTF in Board of Stakeholders Photonics21

In the pan-European elections last month the PPTF won a seat at the Board of Stakeholders of the Photonics21 technology platform. The Polish photonics industry organisation has for the first time become a member of this body representing over 3000 members of the largest alliance of companies, universities and research institutions cooperating for the development of photonics in Europe.

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2022 Siegman International School on Lasers in Poland

The University of Warsaw, in collaboration with Optica Foundation, will host Siegman International Summer School on Lasers – the leading school in the area of physics of lasers and their application in state-of-the-art research and high-tech industry. Registration is open until 15 January 2022!

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2022 – Year of Mieczysław Wolfke 

1 January 2022 marks the beginning of the Year of Professor Mieczysław Wolfke, an outstanding Polish physicist, precursor of holography and organiser of technical physics. On the centenary of Wolfke's appointment as professor at the Warsaw University of Technology a series of events will be organised presenting his legacy and contemporary achievements in the fields he was associated with: optics, low temperature physics, technology, defence and invention.

Source:  Photonics Society of Poland

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Job openings

Research Funding Manager

International Centre for Translational Eye Research

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Epitaxy Process Engineer

Vigo System

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Laser technology specialist

Saule S.A.

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Made in Poland 2021 awards for NLPQT

The National Laboratory of Photonics and Quantum Technologies project was awarded the Made in Poland 2021 award by the Polish Agency for Entrepreneurship during the 2nd Made in Poland Congress.
Source: Faculty of Physics, University of Warsaw

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New composition of the Working Group for KIS 9 Electronics and Photonics

On November 15, the Working Group on the Smart National Specialisation Electronics and Photonics (KIS 9) met – online – for the first time in the new composition. A new Presidium of the Group was elected with Tomasz Mirosław, PCO, as the Chairman.

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New members of PPTF

Two new members joined Polish Technological Platform on Photonics in November: Insoptic, a manufacturer of spectroscopy devices for plasma processes and Eagle Lasers, a manufacturer of high-power, high-speed laser cutters for industrial applications.


Photonics in EY Entrepreneurship of Year competition

The finalists of the 19th edition of the competition for entrepreneurs distinguished by their vision, innovative thinking and business successes were announced in November. Of the 12 Polish companies whose CEOs received nominations, 3 are photonics companies: Kimla, Plantalux and VIGO System. Congratulations!

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Jan Szczepanek – Innovator of Mazovia

Jan Szczepanek, Fluence employee and graduate of the Faculty of Physics, University of Warsaw, was awarded first place in the Innovative Scientist category. Congratulations!

Photo:  Rafał Chwalczuk

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Michał Tomza: How to train Schrödinger's cat?

Michał Tomza, winner of the National Science Centre (NCN) Award, gave a outreach lecture as part of a series organised by NCN. Michał was recognised for his theoretical description of interactions between ultracold atoms, ions and molecules. Congratulations!

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Publications highlights

Dual-Comb Lasers: Dual-Comb Femtosecond Solid-State Laser with Inherent Polarization-Multiplexing

Lasers & Photonics Review

Maciej Kowalczyk, Łukasz Sterczewski, Xuzhao Zhang, Valentin Petrov, Zhengping Wang, Jarosław Sotor

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Laser Emission of Thioflavin T Uncovers Protein Aggregation in Amyloid Nucleation Phase

ACS Photonics 

Piotr Hańczyć, Piotr Fita

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High-Throughput Monitoring of Bacterial Cell Density in Nanoliter Droplets: Label-Free Detection of Unmodified Gram-Positive and Gram-Negative Bacteria

Analytical Chemistry

Natalia Pacocha, Jakub Bogusławski, Michał Horka, Karol Makuch, Kamil Liżewski, Maciej Wojtkowski, and Piotr Garstecki

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Observation of second-order meron polarization textures in optical microcavities


Mateusz Król, Helgi Sigurdsson, Katarzyna Rechcińska, Przemysław Oliwa, Krzystof Tyszka, Witold Bardyszewski, Andrzej Opala, Michał Matuszewski, Przemysław Morawiak, Rafał Mazur, Wiktor Piecek, Przemysław Kula, Pavlos G Lagoudakis, Barbara Piętka, Jacek Szczytko

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PhotonHub Europe

PhotonHub Europe (PHE) is a Europe-wide support network for entrepreneurs interested in innovating with photonic technologies. Knowledge on technologies available, trainings, experiments and test-before-invest, business support, financing support and a wide network of contacts are provided free of charge to European companies and institutions. The PPTF as a national photonics hub is the Polish partner of PHE.

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PhotonHub Europe community in internet

PHE has launched an online community platform. The platform provides easy access to PhotonHub's offer and supports the development of an international community for photonics innovation. "PhotonHub Europe community" aims to facilitate contacts and share information within the European photonics community - and beyond.

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