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  • Next week, researchers and engineers from all areas of lasers and opto-electronics will convene for the Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO: 2013), the premier international forum for scientific and technical optics—from fundamental laser science to photonic applications and products. CLEO: 2013 builds on the long-established CLEO/QELS conference and its world-renowned peer-reviewed program. CLEO: 2013 offers high-quality content in five core event elements featuring breakthrough research and applied innovations in ultrafast lasers, energy-efficient optics, quantum electronics, biophotonics and more.


  • CLEO: 2013, the Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, is the premier international forum for scientific and technical optics—from fundamental laser science to photonic applications and products. CLEO: 2013 builds on the long-established CLEO/QELS conference and its world-renowned peer-reviewed program. CLEO: 2013 offers high-quality content in five core event elements featuring breakthrough research and applied innovations in ultrafast lasers, energy-efficient optics, quantum electronics, biophotonics and more.


  • Tom Hausken, senior engineering and applications advisor at the Optical Society (OSA), will deliver keynote remarks at Photonics North 2013, taking place June 3-5 in Ottawa, Canada. In his presentation, Hausken will summarize the market for photonics in North America and worldwide, present projections for 2013 and 2014, and provide updates on the Optoelectronics Industry Development Association’s (OIDA) advocacy activities and the U.S. National Photonics Initiative (NPI).


  • To test the severity of a viral infection, clinicians try to gauge how many viruses are packed into a certain volume of blood or other bodily fluid. This measurement, called viral load, helps doctors diagnose or monitor chronic viral diseases such as HIV/AIDS and hepatitis. However, the standard methods used for these tests are only able to estimate the number of viruses in a given volume of fluid. Now two independent teams have developed new optics-based methods for determining the exact viral load of a sample by counting individual virus particles.


  • The Optical Society (OSA) and Scholarly iQ today announced that OSA’s usage statistics for its portfolio of peer-reviewed journals have been upgraded and are now available using the new COUNTER Release 4 (R4) standards. These new standards, like the ones already in place, have been accepted by the scientific publishing industry worldwide and govern the recording and exchange of online usage data.

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