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Researchers from Istituto Nazionale di Ottica (INO), within Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR), Italy have demonstrated a new compact spectroscopic instrument that offers a highly sensitive optical method for detecting radiocarbon dioxide concentration, which can be used to carbon date fossils and archaeological artifacts.

Trace contaminants in water are often measured by taking samples from the environment to a lab for analysis, which can lead to inaccurate results due to delayed and irregular sample collection or long-transportation and handling times. Thus, techniques enabling in-situ or real-time measurements of water contaminants are no doubt one of the major steps towards effective control of water quality.

The Optical Society, the leading global professional association in optics and photonics, is pleased to announce its participation in the 4th USA Science & Engineering Festival, the first and only national science festival. To educate and empower youth to take up an interest in optics and photonics, the society will have an interactive booth at the biannual festival, which will be held on 16-17 April 2016 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

This year’s OFC Conference and Exposition, held March 20-24 at the Anaheim Convention Center, featured 580 exhibiting companies, more than 1,160 peer- reviewed papers and exceeded 13,000 attendees, an increase from 2015. Mirroring a dynamic and growing industry, OFC continued its multi-year growth pattern with 10 percent growth in net square footage sold.

Researchers at the University of Ottawa observed that twisted light in a vacuum travels slower than the universal physical constant established as the speed of light by Einstein’s theory of relativity. Twisted light, which turns around its axis of travel much like a corkscrew, holds great potential for storing information for quantum computing and communications applications.


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