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Senator Charles Schumer, D-N.Y. and Congresswoman Louise Slaughter, D-N.Y. have introduced resolutions in the United States Senate and House of Representatives commemorating The Optical Society’s (OSA) centennial celebration. The resolutions reaffirm the crucial role that optics and photonics have played over the past 100 years and the influence they have on the U.S. economy and everyday lives. The resolutions also herald the importance of continued investment in fundamental optics and photonics research.

Multicore fibers (MCF) have attracted much attention in the fields of telecommunications, fiber lasers and medical endoscopes. MCF-based optical imaging techniques, which use a fiber bundle (each fiber acting like a discrete pixel to form the final pixelated image), are useful for investigating inside the human body in a minimally invasive way. Recently, there has been a growing interest in applying MCFs for high-power laser amplifiers and next-generation lensless endoscopes for in-vivo cancer diagnosis, which requires the capability of measuring and controlling the spatial, temporal and polarization states of the output light in MCFs in real-time.

Innovations from more than 600 scientific, technical and educational presentations will be highlighted during The Optical Society’s (OSA) 100th Annual Meeting, Frontiers in Optics (FiO) 2016 in Rochester, New York, United States. The annual program will be held from Monday, 17 October 2016 to Thursday, 20 October 2016 at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center. Co-located with Laser Science, the 32Nd Annual Meeting of the American Physical Society (APS) Division of Laser Science (DLS), the meeting will cover the breadth of optical science and engineering in four days of cutting edge content that highlights scientific breakthroughs and discoveries.

The Optical Society (OSA), the leading global professional association in optics and photonics, announced the addition of seven Nobel Laureates – Nicolaas Bloembergen, Robert F. Curl, Roy Glauber, John L. Hall, W.E. Moerner, William D. Phillips and David J. Wineland – to its Light the Future speaker series at FiO/LS featuring theoretical physicist and futurist Dr. Michio Kaku, City College of New York, NY, USA. The program will take place Thursday, 20 October 2016 from 11:00 – 13:30 (EDT) at the Frontiers in Optics Conference and Exhibit (FiO), the Society’s 100th OSA meeting at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center in Rochester, New York.

Interferometers have myriad uses, from detecting gravitational waves to teasing apart the interactions of molecules within our bodies. The instruments make such minute measurements by manipulating beams of light using an optical delay — an effect that's typically achieved by adding length to one of the beam's path, which slows the signal down. The development opens up new ways of analyzing light beams in space instead of time. Now, a team of research teams from the University of Central Florida, Florida, USA and the University of Rochester, New York, USA have found a way to introduce a delay that's unrelated to time

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