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  • 2012 Corning Student Paper Competition Winner Announced
    2012 Corning Student Paper Competition Winner Announced
    06 March 2012
    The OSA Foundation and Corning Incorporated today announced Eric Rodrique Numkam Fokoua, of the University of South Hampton in the United Kingdom, the 2012 Corning Outstanding Student Paper Competition winner.

  • Anonymous Donor Agrees to Match Up to $50,000 of Donations to Paul Bonenfant Memorial Scholarship
    Anonymous Donor Agrees to Match Up to $50,000 of Donations to Paul Bonenfant Memorial Scholarship
    02 March 2012
    The OSA Foundation has announced a new challenge grant that will benefit the recently launched Paul A. Bonenfant Memorial Scholarship. An anonymous donor has agreed to a 1:1 match of any donation made after Feb. 14, up to $50,000. The total fundraising goal for the campaign is $190,000. The Foundation is challenging supporters to meet the $50,000 goal by the end of March.

  • Graphene-Based Optical Modulators Poised to Break Speed Limits in Digital Communications
    Graphene-Based Optical Modulators Poised to Break Speed Limits in Digital Communications
    01 March 2012
    In yet another astounding application of the “wonder material” graphene, scientists at the University of California, Berkeley discovered that it makes an excellent active media for optical modulators. Graphene-based modulators are expected to significantly enhance ultrafast optical communication and computing. The team will report on their findings at the Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exhibition/National Fiber Optic Engineers Conference (OFC/NFOEC) taking place next week in Los Angeles.

  • On the Path to 1 Terabit-Per-Second Networks
    On the Path to 1 Terabit-Per-Second Networks
    01 March 2012
    As IP traffic continues to increase and the router interface rate extends beyond 100 gigabits-per-second (Gb/s), future optical networks—ones that would achieve unprecedented speeds of 1 terabit-per-second (Tb/s)—will be required to support the rapid growth of data services with different capacities and patterns on the same optical platform.

  • BioPhotonic Solutions, Inc. Receives 2012 CLEO/Laser Focus World Innovation Award
    BioPhotonic Solutions, Inc. Receives 2012 CLEO/Laser Focus World Innovation Award
    29 February 2012
    The CLEO: 2012 co-sponsors (APS, IEEE Photonics Society, OSA) and Laser Focus World today announced BioPhotonic Solutions, Inc. as the winner of this year’s CLEO/Laser Focus World Innovation Award. The award recognizes the company "for the development of femtoAdaptiv™: the first ultrafast laser capable of adaptive pulse self-compression that delivers ultrashort (sub-10 fs) pulses at the focal plane of a microscope objective."BioPhotonic Solutions, Inc. will accept the award at the CLEO Plenary Session Tuesday, May 8 at 8 a.m. in the San Jose Civic Auditorium.

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