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New Type of Smart Windows Use Liquid to Switch from Clear to Reflective

Researchers have demonstrated prototype windows that switch from reflective to clear with the simple addition of a liquid. The new switchable windows are easy to manufacture and could one day keep parked cars cool in the sun or make office buildings more energy efficient. The technology can also be used to make roof panels that keep houses cool in the summer and warm in the winter.

Added: 13 Dec 2017


NPI and NAS Host Panel Discussion on Future of Ultrafast Lasers in the U.S.

The National Academies of the Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NAS) and the National Photonics Initiative (NPI) will host a special panel discussion on the recent NAS reporter entitled “Reaching for the Brightest Light: Opportunities in the Science, Applications and Technology of Intense Ultrafast Lasers.”

Added: 13 Dec 2017


The Optical Society Congratulates 20 Members Elected as 2017 National Academy of Inventors Fellows

The National Academy of Inventors (NAI) has elected 20 Members of The Optical Society with the rank of NAI Fellowon 12 December 2017. This election brings the total of NAI Fellows to 912 from over 250 research universities and governmental and non-profit research institutes. The 2017 Fellows are named inventors on over 6,000 issued U.S. patents, bringing the collective number of U.S. issued patents held by all NAI Fellows to more than 32,000.

Added: 12 Dec 2017


Glass with Switchable Opacity Could Improve Solar Cells and LEDs

Using nanoscale grass-like structures, researchers at the University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania have created glass that lets through a large amount of light while appearing hazy. This is the first time that glass has been made with such high levels of haze and light transmittance at the same time, a combination of properties that could help boost the performance of solar cells and LEDs.

Added: 11 Dec 2017


Congressional Briefing on the Future of Lasers In America

The American Society for Mechanical Engineers (ASME) in Collaboration with the National Photonics Initiative (NPI) are hosting a Congressional briefing, “Lasers for America: Driving Advancements in Science, National Security, Manufacturing, Health and U.S. Competitiveness.”

Added: 11 Dec 2017


Innovative System Images Photosynthesis to Provide Picture of Plant Health

Researchers have developed a new imaging system that is designed to monitor the health of crops in the field or greenhouse. The new technology could one day save farmers significant money and time by enabling intelligent agricultural equipment that automatically provides plants with water or nutrients at the first signs of distress. With further development, the system has the potential to be used aboard unmanned aerial vehicles to remotely monitor crops.

Added: 07 Dec 2017


National Photonics Initiative Applauds Release of NAS Report on Intense Ultrafast Lasers

The National Photonics Initiative (NPI), an alliance of top scientific societies uniting industry and academia to raise awareness of photonics, today applauded a recent study entitled “Opportunities in Intense Ultrafast Lasers: Reaching for the Brightest Light” by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NAS) that was conducted at the request of the Department of Energy, the Office of Naval Research and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research to evaluate the current state of and future opportunities for high intensity ultrafast lasers and laser technologies, and assess the value of future high intensity laser science programs and facilities to the nation’s scientific research, security and economy.

Added: 07 Dec 2017


Recognize Experience, Professional Accomplishments and Service with OSA Senior Member Status

The Optical Society (OSA), the leading global professional association in optics and photonics, encourages well-established OSA Members to submit a request for the OSA Senior Member Designation. This special designation recognizes the experience and professional accomplishments of individuals in the science of light.

Added: 06 Dec 2017


The Optical Society and DPG Name Gerd Leuchs Winner of the 2018 Herbert Walther Award

The Optical Society (OSA) and the Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft (DPG) today announce that the 2018 Herbert Walther Award will be presented to Gerd Leuchs, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light, Erlangen and University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany. The award was given to Leuchs ‘for his pioneering and widespread scientific contributions ranging from ultrasmall focii of light to nonlinear optics, squeezed states of light and their application in metrology and quantum information, as well as for a continuing commitment to the physics community, quantum optics and his students and team members.’

Added: 30 Nov 2017


Innovative Microscope Poised to Propel Optogenetics Studies

A newly developed microscope is providing scientists with a greatly enhanced tool to study how neurological disorders such as epilepsy and Alzheimer’s disease affect neuron communication. The microscope is optimized to perform studies using optogenetic techniques, a relatively new technology that uses light to control and image neurons genetically modified with light-sensitive proteins.

Added: 29 Nov 2017


OFC 2018 Exhibit Floor Expands to 700 Exhibiting Companies, Marks Five Year Growth Trajectory

The Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exhibition (OFC), the world’s leading conference and exhibition for optical communications and networking professionals, is expected to continue its growth trajectory with more than 700 exhibitors from leading global companies and more than 15,000 attendees. OFC, being held 11-15 March at the San Diego Convention Center, California, USA, has increased in overall square footage by 44% and experienced a 21% growth in exhibitors and attendees in the last five years.

Added: 27 Nov 2017


The Optical Society Foundation Announces 2018 Innovation School

The Optical Society Foundation (OSAF) invites early-career professionals in the field of optics and photonics to attend The Innovation School at The Optical Society in Washington, D.C. from 22-26 July 2018. The four-day program aims to foster entrepreneurial thinking with interactive ‘ideation’ and customer validation exercises. Attendees will experience hands-on training focused on developing and launching innovative solutions and products. The program is essential for members of the optics and photonics community interested in expanding their collaborative abilities.

Added: 21 Nov 2017