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  • The Optical Society (OSA) today expressed its condolences at the loss of John N. Howard, past president of OSA and founding editor of the journal Applied Optics.


  • Researchers from Nottingham Trent University's School of Science and Technology have partnered with the National Gallery in London to develop an instrument capable of non-invasively capturing subsurface details from artwork at a high resolution. Their setup, published in an Optics Express paper, will allow conservators and conservation scientists to more effectively peek beneath the surface of paintings and artifacts to learn not only how the artist built up the original composition, but also what coatings have been applied to it over the years.


  • A team of researchers from Rice University is developing a way to track vital signs non-invasively. In a paper published in The Optical Society (OSA) journal Biomedical Optics Express, they are refining an emerging technique that uses a video camera to monitor blood volume.


  • New in Optica, a team of applied physicists hopes to enable a new generation of phenomenally compact gyroscope-based navigation systems, among other intriguing applications.


  • The 2015 OFC Conference and Exposition concluded today at the Los Angeles Convention Center with 560 exhibitors, more than 1,100 presentations and 12,375 attendees from around the world. Marking a multi-year growth pattern, the exhibit floor grew 10 percent to 106,700 square feet year over year. Conference and exhibition programming provided attendees with valuable insights into the latest optical communications research (near- and long-term) and technology from more than a dozen topical areas (i.e. bandwidth demand, 100G/400G network design and optimization, 1 terabit (Tb) and beyond optical networking, and wavelength agile access networks).

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