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  • OSA Applauds Progress in Establishing 2015 as the International Year of Light
    OSA Applauds Progress in Establishing 2015 as the International Year of Light
    05 June 2013
    The Optical Society (OSA) today commended the progress made in establishing 2015 as the International Year of Light, as optics leaders from around the world convened to present the aims of the initiative to representatives from United Nations Member States and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) at an informational meeting at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on May 16.

  • CLEO: 2013 Features New Research in UV Light for Food Storage, Printable Quantum Dot LEDs, and Smartphone Disease Detection
    CLEO: 2013 Features New Research in UV Light for Food Storage, Printable Quantum Dot LEDs, and Smartphone Disease Detection
    04 June 2013
    Next week, researchers and engineers from all areas of lasers and opto-electronics will convene for the Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO: 2013), the premier international forum for scientific and technical optics—from fundamental laser science to photonic applications and products. CLEO: 2013 builds on the long-established CLEO/QELS conference and its world-renowned peer-reviewed program. CLEO: 2013 offers high-quality content in five core event elements featuring breakthrough research and applied innovations in ultrafast lasers, energy-efficient optics, quantum electronics, biophotonics and more.

  • CLEO: 2013 - the Premier International Laser and Electro-Optics Event - to Take Place in San Jose Next Week
    CLEO: 2013 - the Premier International Laser and Electro-Optics Event - to Take Place in San Jose Next Week
    03 June 2013
    CLEO: 2013, the Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, is the premier international forum for scientific and technical optics—from fundamental laser science to photonic applications and products. CLEO: 2013 builds on the long-established CLEO/QELS conference and its world-renowned peer-reviewed program. CLEO: 2013 offers high-quality content in five core event elements featuring breakthrough research and applied innovations in ultrafast lasers, energy-efficient optics, quantum electronics, biophotonics and more.

  • OSA Senior Engineering & Applications Advisor Tom Hausken to Address Global State of Photonics at Photonics North 2013
    OSA Senior Engineering & Applications Advisor Tom Hausken to Address Global State of Photonics at Photonics North 2013
    31 May 2013
    Tom Hausken, senior engineering and applications advisor at the Optical Society (OSA), will deliver keynote remarks at Photonics North 2013, taking place June 3-5 in Ottawa, Canada. In his presentation, Hausken will summarize the market for photonics in North America and worldwide, present projections for 2013 and 2014, and provide updates on the Optoelectronics Industry Development Association’s (OIDA) advocacy activities and the U.S. National Photonics Initiative (NPI).

  • New Single Virus Detection Techniques for Faster Disease Diagnosis
    New Single Virus Detection Techniques for Faster Disease Diagnosis
    30 May 2013
    To test the severity of a viral infection, clinicians try to gauge how many viruses are packed into a certain volume of blood or other bodily fluid. This measurement, called viral load, helps doctors diagnose or monitor chronic viral diseases such as HIV/AIDS and hepatitis. However, the standard methods used for these tests are only able to estimate the number of viruses in a given volume of fluid. Now two independent teams have developed new optics-based methods for determining the exact viral load of a sample by counting individual virus particles.

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