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  • OSA Elects Philip Russell as 2013 Vice President
    OSA Elects Philip Russell as 2013 Vice President
    16 October 2012
    The Optical Society (OSA) is pleased to announce that its members have elected Philip Russell of the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light and the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg in Germany as its 2013 vice president. Three directors at large were also chosen during this year's election: Susana Marcos of Instituto de Optica, CSIC, in Spain, Lynn E. Nelson of AT&T Labs in Middletown, N.J., and Gregory J. Quarles of B.E. Meyers and Co., Inc. in Redmond, Wash.

  •  Communications Technology Leaders Set to Deliver Keynote Talks at OFC/NFOEC 2013
    Communications Technology Leaders Set to Deliver Keynote Talks at OFC/NFOEC 2013
    12 October 2012
    The 2013 Optical Fiber Communications Conference and Exhibition/National Fiber Optic Engineers Conference (OFC/NFOEC),the world’s leading conference for optical communications and networking professionals, today announced its preliminary line-up of keynote speakers for the plenary session and Service Provider Summit programs. Caio Bonilha, president of Telbras in Brazil and Nick McKeown, professor of engineering and computer science at Stanford University, will present two of the keynote addresses during the OFC/NFOEC plenary session, the conference’s most widely attended event, planned for Tuesday, March 19.

  •  Eco-friendly Optics: Spider Silk’s Hidden Talents Brought to Light for Applications in Biosensors, Lasers,  Microchips
    Eco-friendly Optics: Spider Silk’s Hidden Talents Brought to Light for Applications in Biosensors, Lasers, Microchips
    11 October 2012
    Spiders use their silk to catch lunch. Now physicists are using it to catch light. New research shows that natural silk could be an eco-friendly alternative to more traditional ways of manipulating light, such as through glass or plastic fiber optic cables.

  • From Lectures to Explosives Detection: Green Laser Pointer Identifies Traces of Dangerous Chemicals in Real-Time
    From Lectures to Explosives Detection: Green Laser Pointer Identifies Traces of Dangerous Chemicals in Real-Time
    10 October 2012
    By using an ordinary green laser pointer, the kind commonly found in offices and college lecture halls, an Israeli research team has developed a new and highly portable Raman spectrometer that can detect extremely minute traces of hazardous chemicals in real time.

  • OSA Congratulates Physics Nobel Prize Winners
    OSA Congratulates Physics Nobel Prize Winners
    09 October 2012
    The Optical Society (OSA) today congratulated OSA Fellow David J. Wineland of the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and Serge Haroche of Collége de France for being awarded the 2012 Nobel Prize in Physics by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.

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