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Members of The Optical Society (OSA) joined colleagues from the National Photonics Initiative (NPI) and more than 300 scientists, engineers and graduate students on Capitol Hill today as part of the annual Congressional Visits Day (CVD), sponsored by the Science-Engineering-Technology Working Group. These conversations with lawmakers and their staff illustrate how science policy and federal investments in research and development (R&D) affect innovation, the economy, jobs and U.S. competitiveness.

With a miniaturized scanning sensor technology, Israel-based Consumer Physics earned this year’s top corporate honor in The Optical Society’s (OSA) Enabled by Optics Contest. This contest raises public awareness of the importance of optics and photonics technologies in furthering innovation and positively impacting society. It offers both a corporate and student competition, bringing pioneering optical technologies to light.

The Optical Society (OSA) will host an incubator meeting on Computational Modeling and Performance Metrics for Imaging System Design and Evaluation on Thursday, 14 April 2016 and Friday, 15 April 2016 at the OSA headquarters. Attendees to this incubator meeting will discuss the development of improved performance metrics, using computational modeling and direct image analysis, that tie better to the application and more accurately assess non-linear image enhancement algorithms.

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.

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