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The Siegman International School on Lasers is a weeklong, immersive program, providing students with an in-depth learning environment on lasers and their applications from internationally recognized industry and academic leaders. The 2016 school will host 92 students (30% women) from 27 countries; 81% are being funded through OSA Foundation grants. During this week of learning, the students will be engaged in lectures, networking events, professional development programs, poster presentations and research sharing.

Researchers recently made the surprising discovery that a special class of materials called “hyperuniform materials” can be both dense and transparent. This work demonstrates a new way to control light and could lead to novel materials for many light-based applications including solar photovoltaics. Hyperuniform materials can be made of plastic or glass that contains light-scattering particles spaced in a disordered, but not completely random, pattern.

Optica, The Optical Society’s open access, online journal dedicated to rapidly disseminating the highest impact peer-reviewed research across the entire spectrum of optics and photonics, celebrates its two-year anniversary this month. As part of its continuing efforts to provide an open and trusted forum for innovative results in optics and photonics research, Optica will now offer authors a fourth type of paper submission called “Memorandum.”

The angular resolution of a telescope is the smallest angle between two objects that still can be resolved as separate things; in a telescope with high angular resolution, those objects can be very close together and yet still appear distinct.

Researchers have improved upon a new camera technology that can image at speeds about 100 times faster than today’s commercial cameras while also capturing more image frames. The new technology opens a host of new possibilities for studying extremely fast processes such as neurons firing, chemical reactions, fuel burning or chemicals exploding.


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