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Researchers have demonstrated, for the first time, that laser light can be used to manipulate a glass optical fiber tapered to a sharp point smaller than a speck of dust, in the middle of an optical fiber with a hollow core. Amazingly, optical forces cause the sharp point, or “nanospike,” to self-align at the center of the hollow core, trapping it more and more strongly at the core center as the laser power increases.

The Optical Society (OSA) will host a webinar on 8 March as part of its ongoing efforts to educate the optics community and industry on the effects of proposed rule changes for export control reform. Webinar presentations will review the proposal, discuss the impact on the optics and photonics industry and outline how individuals can comment on the proposed rule before the 4 April deadline.

OFC 2016, the most comprehensive international event for both the science and business of optical communications, will host thousands of attendees from around the globe, more than 560 exhibiting companies from more than 65 countries and more than 1,100 technical and business presentations

Researchers working at ADVA Optical Networking in Meiningen, Germany, and the Technical University of Denmark have shown real-time transmission of 400Gbit/s (8x50G) over 100 kilometers, using the PAM-4 transmission format. Their system, which uses pulse-amplitude modulation with four discrete levels, significantly improves the cost, space and power efficiency for data center interconnect applications, providing a solution for distances up to 100km.

The Optical Society (OSA) commends Chairman Lamar Smith, (R-Tx) for holding today’s hearing on gravitational waves and research announced by the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO). The LIGO discovery of gravitational waves will impact the physical sciences for years to come and much of this discovery can be attributed to the use of advanced optical systems. This discovery reaffirms the crucial role that optics and photonics play in the most innovative discoveries in science today.

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