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  • 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.

  • The Optical Society Announces 2012 Class of Senior Members
    The Optical Society Announces 2012 Class of Senior Members
    15 May 2012
    The Optical Society (OSA) Board of Directors is pleased to announce the approval of 143 new Senior Members—an OSA membership distinction that provides well-established individuals with the opportunity to request a designation that recognizes their experience and professional accomplishments or service within the field of optics and photonics. The 143 Senior Members were announced at CLEO: 2012 in San Jose earlier this month. A listing of the newly inducted Senior Members appears below.

  • CLEO: 2012 Wraps Up in San Jose
    CLEO: 2012 Wraps Up in San Jose
    14 May 2012
    CLEO: 2012, concluded in San Jose last week after six days of technical and business programming highlighting the latest research and developments in the fields of lasers and electro-optics. Attendees heard presentations on ultrafast lasers, OCT, optical sensing, and nanophotonic devices from some of the top scientists, engineers, and business people around the world.

  • OSA and SPIE Honor R. Barry Johnson with 2012 Goodman Book Writing Award
    OSA and SPIE Honor R. Barry Johnson with 2012 Goodman Book Writing Award
    10 May 2012
    The Optical Society (OSA) and SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, announced this week that R. Barry Johnson of Alabama A&M University is the recipient of the 2012 Joseph W. Goodman Book Writing Award for Lens Design Fundamentals, Second Edition, a substantially revised and expanded update to the late Rudolf Kingslake’s 1978 First Edition.

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