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  • Progressive Optics for Side Mirrors Ends Automobile Blind Spots without Distorting View
    Progressive Optics for Side Mirrors Ends Automobile Blind Spots without Distorting View
    28 January 2013
    A new optical prescription for automobile side-view mirrors may eliminate the dreaded "blind spot" in traffic without distorting the perceived distance of cars approaching from behind. As described in a paper published today in the Optical Society’s (OSA) journal Optics Letters, objects viewed in a mirror using the new design appear larger than in traditional side-view mirrors, so it’s easier to judge their following distance and speed.

  • Self-Assembling Silica Microwires May Herald New Generation of Integrated Optical Devices
    Self-Assembling Silica Microwires May Herald New Generation of Integrated Optical Devices
    23 January 2013
    Silica microwires are the tiny and as-yet underutilized cousins of optical fibers. If precisely manufactured, however, these hair-like slivers of silica could enable applications and technology not currently possible with comparatively bulky optical fiber. By carefully controlling the shape of water droplets with an ultraviolet laser, a team of researchers from Australia and France has found a way to coax silica nanoparticles to self-assemble into much more highly uniform silica wires.

  • Fourth Quarter 2012 Industry News Summary
    Fourth Quarter 2012 Industry News Summary
    11 January 2013
    OSA’s Corporate Associate Members closed out 2012 with exciting innovations, groundbreaking research and new partnerships. They even played a role in the U.S. presidential race (in true bipartisan fashion). We look forward to seeing the industry evolve in the coming year.

  • OSA Announces New Journal Editors, Unveils New Contemporary Cover Designs for 2013
    OSA Announces New Journal Editors, Unveils New Contemporary Cover Designs for 2013
    10 January 2013
    The Optical Society (OSA) today announced new editors-in-chief for two of its journals and revealed the new branding for of its highly-reputed subscription-based journals.

  • OSA Foundation Announces Success of Paul Bonenfant Scholarship Fundraising Campaign
    OSA Foundation Announces Success of Paul Bonenfant Scholarship Fundraising Campaign
    09 January 2013
    The OSA Foundation (OSAF) today announced the successful completion of the Paul A. Bonenfant Memorial Scholarship fundraising campaign, surpassing the total fundraising goal of $190,000. The need-based scholarship will enable undergraduate students enrolled in engineering or physical science programs to attend semester-abroad programs offered through their college or university.

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