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To a novice in optics or photonics, the idea of manipulating light may seem trivial. But from the perspective of Ashan Ariyawansa, a fifth-year doctoral student at the University of Rochester, the complexities of polarization and orbital angular momentum inspire awe. “It amazes me how much there is to be discovered in light more than 150 years after [James Clerk] Maxwell formulated his electromagnetic theory,” he said in an interview with Photonics Media.
During his undergraduate career, Ariyawansa was interested in becoming an astronomer. While participating in a summer research program at the Mount Wilson Observatory in California, he discovered the Center for High Angular Resolution Astronomy (CHARA) array — an…READ MORE