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The Optical Society (OSA) is pleased to announce nine new OSA Ambassadors for 2017. The OSA Ambassador program launched in 2016 to foster professional development and advocacy among early career professionals in the field of optics and photonics. OSA Ambassadors provide career advice, technical knowledge and mentorship through serving as a traveling lecturer for student chapters and local sections, supporting professional development events at local OSA meetings and engaging with their local communities.

Researchers have developed an infrared imaging system that could one day offer low-cost, real-time detection of methane gas leaks in pipelines and at oil and gas facilities. Leaks of methane, the primary component of natural gas, can be costly and dangerous while also contributing to climate change as a greenhouse gas.

An international team of researchers has developed a new blue-phase liquid crystal that could enable televisions, computer screens and other displays that pack more pixels into the same space while also reducing the power needed to run the device. The new liquid crystal is optimized for field-sequential color liquid crystal displays (LCDs), a promising technology for next-generation displays.

Vast amounts of data transmit across the Internet and telecommunications networks delivering, for example, real-time video calls from one cell phone to another – across the world. As people send and receive increasing amounts of data like ultra-high definition (4K, 8K) images over these largely optical fiber-based networks, and the demand for such increases, so too does the need for new technologies to transmit that data at enhanced speeds, with increased energy efficiency, and at lower cost. A promising way to do that is by using optical switches that relay signals carried by optical fibers from one circuit to another. One new technology in particular now offers significant improvement to the optical switches used by fiber optic networks.

The Optical Society (OSA) expresses concern over the 27 January 2017 Presidential Executive Order, “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States,” and the impact it will have on scientific freedom and the exchange of ideas. This order restricts the ability of scientists to enter the United States to study, attend a conference or to pursue research interests.

         

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