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The Optical Society (OSA) is pleased to announce that the Advanced LIGO Engineering Team is the winner of the 2016 Paul F. Forman Team Engineering Excellence Award. The discovery, which confirms Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity, is among the most significant in the last century of physics and was made possible by photonics technology, including the ultra-precise laser-based interferometers used to measure gravitational waves. The team will receive the award during the plenary session at OSA’s Annual Meeting, Frontiers in Optics (FiO) / Laser Science (LS), which takes place in Rochester, New York, USA on 19 October 2016. Team members from Caltech and LIGO Livingston Observatory will be accepting the award at FiO/LS.

Scientists have built a new sensor that can detect the potentially deadly E.coli bacteria in 15-20 minutes, much faster than traditional lab tests. E.coli can be transmitted in contaminated food and water, posing particular risks to children and the elderly. In the late spring of 2011 a serious outbreak of E.coli bacteria sickened thousands of people in Germany and killed more than 50.

The Optical Society (OSA) will host an Incubator meeting on the “Science and Applications of Nanolasers,” on Thursday, 8 September and Friday, 9 September 2016 at George Washington University in Washington, DC, USA.

Today, patients with cataracts can choose from several types of artificial lenses, which are surgically implanted in the eye to replace cloudy lenses that obstruct vision. A new vision simulator could help these patients see how the world would look with each type of implanted artificial lens, before they have surgery.

The Optical Society (OSA), the leading global professional association in optics and photonics, today will host the latest in its Light the Future program with speaker Susana Marcos, director of the Visual and Biophotonics Laboratory, Institute of Optics, CSIC, Madrid, Spain. The program will take place at the Latin America Optics and Photonics (LAOP), a premier international conference in Latin America promoting industry development in optics and photonics within Latin America, on Wednesday, 24 August 2016, 18:15 – 19:00 COT in Medellín, Colombia.

         

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