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In a new approach to invisibility cloaking, a team of French researchers has proposed isolating or cloaking objects from sources of heat—essentially “thermal cloaking.” This method, which the researchers describe in the Optical Society’s (OSA) open-access journal Optics Express, taps into some of the same principles as optical cloaking and may lead to novel ways to control heat in electronics and, on an even larger scale, might someday prove useful for spacecraft and solar technologies.

Testifying on Capitol Hill today, Optical Society (OSA) CEO Elizabeth Rogan called for sustained federal investments in research and development (R&D) funding for the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) FY 2013 budgets. Rogan testified before the U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice and Science, which has jurisdiction of NSF and NIST’s budgets.

The Optical Society (OSA) Corporate Associates and Layer123 have formed a new working partnership, intended to increase networking opportunities for the global optical communications industry. Through the partnership, the two organizations have launched “Executive Forum Europe,” which will take place at Layer123’s Terabit Optical & Data Networking conference in Cannes, France, April 17.

Ultrafast lasers, lasers that emit light pulses that are as short as a few femtoseconds, have enabled a wide-range of fundamental science and applications over the past two decades. To highlight recent state-of-the-art developments in femtosecond lasers, the Optical Society (OSA) today published a series of papers as part of an upcoming special Focus Issue on Modular Ultrafast Lasers in its open-access journal Optics Express. The issue is organized and edited by Wilson Sibbett and Tom Brown of the University of St Andrews in the United Kingdom, and focuses on developments based on solid-state, semiconductor and fiber lasers.

The Optical Society (OSA) is pleased to announce the formation of a new Local Section in Egypt. The Alhazen Egyptian OSA Local Section was recently approved by the OSA Member and Education Services Council and will serve the Cairo area. Professor Mohamed Abdel Harith of the National Institute of Laser Enhanced Science at Cairo University will serve as president of this section, which is a self-governing organization with its own officers and bylaws.

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