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The Optical Society (OSA), the leading global professional association in optics and photonics, today announced that OSA Fellow Eric Fossum and OSA Emeritus member George E. Smith, 2009 Nobel Laurate in Physics, will receive the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering (QEPrize) for work on Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor (CMOS) image sensor technology, also called ‘camera-on-a-chip’, for high-speed charge coupled devices (CCDs).

The Optical Society (OSA) is pleased to name the 2017 recipients of its prestigious technology awards and medals. The winners include: Martijn de Sterke, Esther Hoffman Beller Medal; Miles J. Padgett, Max Born Award; Paras Prasad, Michael S. Feld Biophotonics Award; Yeshaiahu Fainman, Joseph Fraunhofer Award/Robert M. Burley Prize; Larry Coldren, Nick Holonyak Jr. Award; J. Christopher Dainty.

Telecommunication experts estimate the amount of data stored “in the cloud” or in remote data centers around the world, will quintuple in the next five years. Whether it’s streaming video or business’ database content drawn from distant servers, all of this data is – and will continue in the foreseeable future to be – accessed and transmitted by lasers sending pulses of light along long bundles of flexible optical fibers.

The Optical Society (OSA) presented its 2017 Advocate of Optics recognition to National Science Foundation (NSF) Director, France A. Córdova on 7 February during OSA’s annual two-day Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C. Córdova was chosen as OSA’s 2017 Advocate of Optics for her “public policy leadership and efforts in support of the advancement of the science of light,” particularly her efforts in observational and experimental astrophysics.

Nearly one year ago today, the LIGO Collaboration announced the detection of gravitational waves, once again confirming Einstein’s theory of General Relativity. This important discovery by the Advanced Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (aLIGO) has spurred great interest in improving these advanced optical detectors. The mission of gravitational wave scientists worldwide is to make gravitational wave detection a routine occurrence. Scientists from the institute that developed the lasers used in Advanced LIGO have made significant progress to support that goal.

         

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