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  • OSA Elects Alan E. Willner as 2014 Vice President
    OSA Elects Alan E. Willner as 2014 Vice President
    08 October 2013
    The Optical Society (OSA) is pleased to announce that its members have elected Alan E. Willner of the University of Southern California, USA as its 2014 vice president. Three directors at large were also chosen during this year's election: Anne Tropper of the University of Southampton, UK; Adam Wax of Duke University, USA; and Xi-Cheng Zhang of the Institute of Optics at the University of Rochester, USA.

  • A Better Breathalyzer
    A Better Breathalyzer
    08 October 2013
    Italian researchers have developed a novel idea for an inexpensive, portable breathalyzer whose color would change from green to red with higher alcohol concentrations. But unlike current color change-based devices, this sensor would be reusable and could also provide a precise digital readout.

  • Naked Jets of Water Make a Better Pollutant Detector
    Naked Jets of Water Make a Better Pollutant Detector
    03 October 2013
    When you shine ultraviolet light (UV) through water polluted with certain organic chemicals and bacteria, the contaminants measurably absorb the UV light and then re-emit it as visible light. Many of today’s more advanced devices for testing water are built to make use of this fluorescent property of pollutants; but the walls of the channels through which the water travels in these devices can produce background noise that makes it difficult to get a clear reading.

  • Optics and Photonics Technology Leaders, Researchers and Companies to Convene at  OSA’s Annual Meeting, Frontiers in Optics 2013
    Optics and Photonics Technology Leaders, Researchers and Companies to Convene at OSA’s Annual Meeting, Frontiers in Optics 2013
    03 October 2013
    Innovations from more than 740 scientific, technical and educational presentations will be highlighted during The Optical Society’s (OSA) 97th Annual Meeting, Frontiers in Optics (FiO) 2013, being held Oct. 6 - 10 in Orlando, Fla. Co-located with Laser Science XXIX, the 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 five days of cutting-edge content, as well as provide opportunities for networking and scientific exchange. Exhibits featuring leading optics companies will complement the in-depth educational programming and offer attendees a glimpse of the latest optics and photonics technologies and products.

  • Trailblazers in Optical Networking Set to Deliver Keynote Talks at OFC 2014
    Trailblazers in Optical Networking Set to Deliver Keynote Talks at OFC 2014
    02 October 2013
    OFC 2014, the world’s leading conference for optical communications and networking professionals, today announced its line-up of keynote speakers for the 2014 plenary session. On Tuesday, March 11, Ciena’s Gary Smith, Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs’ Robert W. Tkach, and MIT’s David Clark are slated to discuss the latest developments in optical communications technology, industry trends, and predictions about the field’s future growth.

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