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Researchers have demonstrated, for the first time, that laser light can be used to manipulate a glass optical fiber tapered to a sharp point smaller than a speck of dust, in the middle of an optical fiber with a hollow core. Amazingly, optical forces cause the sharp point, or “nanospike,” to self-align at the center of the hollow core, trapping it more and more strongly at the core center as the laser power increases.

The Optical Society (OSA) will host a webinar on 8 March as part of its ongoing efforts to educate the optics community and industry on the effects of proposed rule changes for export control reform. Webinar presentations will review the proposal, discuss the impact on the optics and photonics industry and outline how individuals can comment on the proposed rule before the 4 April deadline.

The Optical Society (OSA) commends Chairman Lamar Smith, (R-Tx) for holding today’s hearing on gravitational waves and research announced by the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO). The LIGO discovery of gravitational waves will impact the physical sciences for years to come and much of this discovery can be attributed to the use of advanced optical systems. This discovery reaffirms the crucial role that optics and photonics play in the most innovative discoveries in science today.

Researchers at the University of Bath, United Kingdom have created a new kind of laser capable of pulsed and continuous mid-infrared (IR) emission between 3.1 and 3.2 microns, a spectral range that has long presented a major challenge for laser developers. The achievement could aid in the development of new uses for mid-IR lasers, which are currently used in applications such as spectroscopy, environmental sensing and detecting explosives.

Researchers at Sun Yan-Sen University, China, have developed a new display with comfortable 3D visual effects. The device is based on a "super multi-view technique" which works to reduce viewer discomfort. The device also greatly decreases the required number of microdisplays, which makes a compact design possible.

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