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  • Just How Secure is Quantum Cryptography?
    Just How Secure is Quantum Cryptography?
    28 May 2013
    Quantum communication systems offer the promise of virtually unbreakable encryption. Unlike classical encryption, which is used to send secure data over networks today and whose security depends on the difficulty of solving mathematical problems like the factoring of large numbers, most quantum encryption schemes keep the encryption key separate from the data. This approach ensures that an eavesdropper with access only to the data could not decipher the key. However, researchers have recently demonstrated that even quantum encryption may be susceptible to hacking.

  • Photonics Societies Unite to Announce the National Photonics Initiative
    Photonics Societies Unite to Announce the National Photonics Initiative
    23 May 2013
    The American Physical Society (APS), IEEE Photonics Society, Laser Institute of America (LIA), the Optical Society (OSA) and SPIE, the International Society of Optics and Photonics, today announced the launch of the National Photonics Initiative (NPI), a collaborative alliance seeking to unite industry, academia and government experts to identify and advance areas of photonics critical to maintaining U.S. competitiveness and national security.

  • OSA Foundation Receives $250,000 Donation from IPG Photonics for Siegman International School on Lasers
    OSA Foundation Receives $250,000 Donation from IPG Photonics for Siegman International School on Lasers
    23 May 2013
    The OSA Foundation has received a $250,000 donation from IPG Photonics (IPG) for the Siegman International School on Lasers Endowment. The gift provided by IPG will help permanently establish the program, modeled after the summer school program that first took place in 2011 at the Changchun Institute of Optics, Fine Mechanics and Physics (CIOMP). The donation will go toward providing world-class lecturers, important student travel grants and achievement awards as well as other general programming costs. In recognition of this significant contribution, IPG has been named co-founder of the school.

  • OSA Student Members Gather in Ottawa for IONS-NA 5 Conference on Optics
    OSA Student Members Gather in Ottawa for IONS-NA 5 Conference on Optics
    21 May 2013
    The International OSA Network of Students (IONSTM) will host the IONS-NA 5 conference—the first in Canada—at the University of Ottawa May 31 – June 2. The conference, organized by the Ottawa-Carleton OSA Student Chapter, will feature technical sessions and programming for graduate students in the field of optics and photonics. The Optical Society (OSA) sponsors the event.

  • Science Groups Launch National Photonics Initiative in an Effort to Advance the Field of Optics and Photonics
    Science Groups Launch National Photonics Initiative in an Effort to Advance the Field of Optics and Photonics
    21 May 2013
    Webinar to detail white paper recommendations for US funding and investment in photonics

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