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Researchers have developed a new solution to tracking objects hidden behind scattering media by analyzing the fluctuations in optical “noise” created by their movement. In The Optical Society's journal for high impact research, Optica, researchers from the University of Central Florida (CREOL) demonstrate their technique by tracking the location of an object as it is moved within an enclosed box.

The Optical Society (OSA), the leading global professional association in optics and photonics, applauds OSA members Stanley Whitcomb, Gabriela González and David Reitze on their recogntion by The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) for their contributions to the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) and the discovery of gravitational waves in 2015. Dr. Whitcomb will be awarded the Henry Draper Medal and Dr. González and Dr. Reitze will be awarded the NAS Award for Scientific Discovery during an awards ceremony on 30 April.

A new reconfigurable device that emits patterns of thermal infrared light in a fully controllable manner could one day make it possible to collect waste heat at infrared wavelengths and turn it into usable energy

The Optical Society (OSA) invites student members to join their peers and luminaries at eight International OSA Network of Students (IONS) Conferences around the globe in 2017. IONS conferences are student-led, student-centric events hosted by leaders among OSA’s more than 350 student chapters in over 60 countries.

The OSA BioPhotonics Congress: Optics in the Life Sciences concluded in San Diego with over 300 attendees and a robust technical program covering the ever increasing role of optics in biology and medicine. Today’s optical technologies can be used for imaging and sensing everything from molecules to man. The OSA BioPhotonics Congress was comprised of five topical meetings highlighting the role of optics in the study and treatment of various challenges in the life sciences ranging from molecular level investigations to clinical treatment of patients. ​

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