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Today’s high-speed wired communication networks use lasers to carry information through optical fibers, but wireless networks are currently based on radiofrequencies or microwaves. In an advance that could one day make light-based wireless communications ubiquitous, researchers from Facebook Inc.’s Connectivity Lab have demonstrated a conceptually new approach for detecting optical communication signals traveling through the air.

Organic compounds in wastewater, such as dyes and pigments in industry effluents, are toxic or have lethal effect on aquatic living and humans. Increasing evidence has shown that the organic contaminants discharged from electroplating, textile production, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals are the main reasons for the higher morbidity rates of kidney, liver, and bladder cancers, etc. Organic contaminants, especially methyl blue and methyl orange, are stable to light, heat or oxidizing agents and very difficult to remove by conventional chemical or biological wastewater treatment techniques.

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.”

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