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Solar power is both a clean and abundant energy source, producing electric power from photovoltaic cells and through large-scale thermal technology known as concentrating solar power. Experts believe the United States has the potential to greatly expand the use of this alternative energy source, while also creating jobs and strengthening energy security.
The Optical Society (OSA) and the Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI), in conjunction with the House Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Caucus, invite reporters to a congressional briefing to hear experts in the field discuss:
Confirmed speakers include:
Reporters who cover energy or science will leave this briefing with a better understanding of where the U.S. stands in the global solar energy market and what is needed to make solar energy a viable solution for U.S. energy needs.
For more information or to register to attend, contact Lyndsay Meyer at email@example.com or 202.416.1435.
New Terahertz Imaging Approach Could Speed Up Skin Cancer Detection
Researchers have developed a new terahertz imaging approach that, for the first time, can acquire micron-scale resolution images while retaining computational approaches designed to speed up image acquisition. This combination could allow terahertz imaging to be useful for detecting early-stage skin cancer without requiring a tissue biopsy from the patient.
Added: 17 Aug 2017
New Tool Aims to Make Surgery Safer by Helping Doctors See Nerves
During operations, it can be difficult for surgeons to avoid severing crucial nerves because they look so much like other tissue. A new noninvasive approach that uses polarized light to make nerves stand out from other tissue could help surgeons avoid accidentally injuring nerves or assist them in identifying nerves in need of repair.
Added: 16 Aug 2017
Relativistic Self-Focusing Gives Mid-IR Driven Electrons a Boost
Conventional particle accelerators can range from large room-sized devices to facilities multiple kilometers across. One of the ways that scientists have looked to reduce the size and expense of future accelerators is by developing laser –driven plasma acceleration. Such accelerators, however, are growing in size and complexity in order to maintain relevance for one of their applications—high energy physics. However, there are many applications that can use a lower energy and higher repetition rate accelerated beam. For the first time, scientists have observed the production of relativistic electrons driven by low-energy, ultrashort mid-infrared laser pulses.
Added: 15 Aug 2017
OSA Laser Congress Plenary to Highlight Ultrafast Laser Systems and Black Hole Detection
The OSA Laser Congress 2017 will feature the latest advancements in solid state laser developments and related technologies for use in free space laser communication, laser-based sensing and numerous industrial applications.
Added: 10 Aug 2017
New Optical Method Pinpoints Weak Spots in Jet Engine Thermal Coatings
Researchers have demonstrated, for the first time, that an optical analysis method can reveal weak areas in ceramic thermal barrier coatings that protect jet engine turbines from high temperatures and wear. The technique could be used to predict how long coatings would last on an airplane and might eventually lead to new thermal barrier coatings, making engines more efficient and cutting both the cost and pollution of air travel.
Added: 09 Aug 2017
The Optical Society Congratulates Ed White on Selection as Chair of the NPI
The Optical Society (OSA) commends the selection of Edward White, associate vice president of test, assembly and packaging and corporate outreach for AIM Photonics, as the next National Photonics Initiative (NPI) Steering Committee Chair. White will succeed Alan Willner, the Steven and Kathryn Sample Chair in Engineering University of Southern California and 2016 president of OSA. The National Photonics Initiative is an alliance of top scientific societies uniting industry and academia to raise awareness of photonics, and its impact on society.
Added: 04 Aug 2017
See the World Differently at FIO + LS 2017
Whether you are in an autonomous vehicle looking to avoid collisions with nearby objects, or sitting on Earth and trying to detect collisions of black holes in the furthest galaxies, the Frontiers in Optics + Laser Science APS/DLS (FIO + LS) plenary presentations will detail recent achievements in gravitational wave science and today’s LiDAR applications.
Added: 03 Aug 2017
The Optical Society Foundation Concludes Successful 2017 Innovation School
The Optical Society Foundation (OSAF) hosted early-career professionals during its first Innovation School from 23-27 July at OSA headquarters in Washington DC. The four-day program focused on honing ‘intrapreneurial’ skills through a series of interactive ‘ideation and customer validation’ exercises. In addition, the hands-on program was accompanied by presentations led by CEO’s, entrepreneurs and innovation leaders in the optics and photonics industry.
Added: 01 Aug 2017
The Optical Society Creates Optical Design Innovator Award
The Optical Society (OSA) is pleased to announce the creation of the Kevin P. Thompson Optical Design Innovator Award recognizing significant contributions to lens design, optical engineering or metrology by an individual at an early career stage. The inaugural award will be given in 2018.
Added: 26 Jul 2017
Sophisticated Medical Imaging Technique Proves Useful for Automotive Industry
Many of today’s cars are coated with paint that exhibits a metallic or glittery shine. The exact sparkle and color you see is determined by the distribution and characteristics of tiny metal flakes used in the paint. A new approach based on the medical imaging technique optical coherence tomography (OCT) provides the car industry with a practical way to automatically analyze these metal flakes, which until now have been difficult to image, in order to improve the efficiency of the automotive finishing process.
Added: 25 Jul 2017
Optics Leaders Announced as Visionary Speakers for 2017 FIO + LS Meeting
The Frontiers in Optics + Laser Science APS/DLS (FIO + LS) conference and exhibition provides a venue for leaders in the optics and photonics community to discuss the latest advances in the field. In 2017, the FIO + LS meeting has been thoughtfully redesigned and revised, offering attendees the best of past meetings while adding innovative elements to this year’s meeting. A new speaker category of visionary speakers have been added and will deliver presentations around the four conference themes
Added: 20 Jul 2017
Researchers Look Inside Dangerous Blood Clots with Optical Clearing Technique
A new technique that makes blood clots optically clear is allowing researchers to use powerful optical microscopy techniques to study the 3D structure of dangerous clots for the first time. Although blood clots stop bleeding after injury, clots that block blood flow can cause strokes and heart attacks.
Added: 17 Jul 2017