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  • OSA Foundation Furthers Commitment To Optics Youth Education
    OSA Foundation Furthers Commitment To Optics Youth Education
    14 June 2012
    The OSA Foundation (OSAF) today announced the details of programs it will fund in the second half of 2012. The initiatives include new and continuing grants that support optics education and outreach activities and forward the OSAF’s goal to inspire future generations of science, engineering and business leaders.

  • OIDA Releases Report on Aggregation Networks and Data Centers
    OIDA Releases Report on Aggregation Networks and Data Centers
    07 June 2012
    The Optoelectronics Industry Development Association (OIDA) today announced the release of a new report titled “OIDA Workshops on Metrics for Aggregation Networks and Data Centers” – a roadmap for optical communications, based on quantitative, system-level metrics.

  • OSA, SPIE and MRS Announce 2012-2013 Congressional Science and Engineering Fellows
    OSA, SPIE and MRS Announce 2012-2013 Congressional Science and Engineering Fellows
    31 May 2012
    The Optical Society (OSA), SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, and the Materials Research Society (MRS) are pleased to announce their 2012-2013 Congressional Science and Engineering Fellows. Chris Schaffer, a professor at Cornell University, will serve as the Arthur H. Guenther Congressional Fellow co-sponsored by OSA and SPIE, and Mirvat Abdelhaq, a recent graduate of the University of Colorado, Boulder, will serve as the OSA/MRS Congressional Fellow. Each will serve one-year terms working as special legislative assistants on the staffs of congressional offices or committees in Washington, D.C.

  • Sensing the Infrared: Researchers Improve Infrared Detectors Using Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes
    Sensing the Infrared: Researchers Improve Infrared Detectors Using Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes
    23 May 2012
    Whether used in telescopes or optoelectronic communications, infrared detectors must be continuously cooled to avoid being overwhelmed by stray thermal radiation. Now, a team of researchers from Peking University, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and Duke University (USA) is harnessing the remarkable properties of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) to create highly sensitive, “uncooled” photovoltaic infrared detectors.

  • New Microscope Uses Rainbow of Light to Image the Flow of Individual Blood Cells
    New Microscope Uses Rainbow of Light to Image the Flow of Individual Blood Cells
    21 May 2012
    Blood tests convey vital medical information, but the sight of a needle often causes anxiety and results take time. A new device developed by a team of researchers in Israel, however, can reveal much the same information as traditional blood test in real-time, simply by shining a light through the skin. This optical instrument, no bigger than a breadbox, is able to provide high-resolution images of blood coursing through our veins without the need for harsh and short-lived fluorescent dyes.

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