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  • Two European Commissioners Named OSA Advocates of Optics
    Two European Commissioners Named OSA Advocates of Optics
    28 March 2012
    The Optical Society (OSA) today presented its 2012 Advocate of Optics recognition to European Commissioners Neelie Kroes of the Netherlands and Antonio Tajani of Italy. OSA CEO Elizabeth Rogan presented the honor to Kroes at the General Assembly meeting of Photonics 21 and to Tajani during a special presentation at European Commission headquarters. The pair was recognized for their efforts in making photonics part of the “Key Enabling Technologies” (KETs) in the European Union.

  • Researchers Discover a New Path for Light Through Metal: Novel Plasmonic Material May Merge Photonic and Electronic Technologies
    Researchers Discover a New Path for Light Through Metal: Novel Plasmonic Material May Merge Photonic and Electronic Technologies
    27 March 2012
    Helping bridge the gap between photonics and electronics, researchers from Purdue University have coaxed a thin film of titanium nitride into transporting plasmons, tiny electron excitations coupled to light that can direct and manipulate optical signals on the nanoscale. Titanium nitride’s addition to the short list of surface-plasmon-supporting materials, formerly comprised only of metals, could point the way to a new class of optoelectronic devices with unprecedented speed and efficiency.

  • Not Your Average Heat Shield: New 'Thermal' Approach to Invisibility Cloaking Hides Heat to Enhance Technology
    Not Your Average Heat Shield: New 'Thermal' Approach to Invisibility Cloaking Hides Heat to Enhance Technology
    26 March 2012
    In a new approach to invisibility cloaking, a team of French researchers has proposed isolating or cloaking objects from sources of heat—essentially “thermal cloaking.” This method, which the researchers describe in the Optical Society’s (OSA) open-access journal Optics Express, taps into some of the same principles as optical cloaking and may lead to novel ways to control heat in electronics and, on an even larger scale, might someday prove useful for spacecraft and solar technologies.

  • OSA CEO Testifies on Capitol Hill about Importance of R&D Funding
    OSA CEO Testifies on Capitol Hill about Importance of R&D Funding
    22 March 2012
    Testifying on Capitol Hill today, Optical Society (OSA) CEO Elizabeth Rogan called for sustained federal investments in research and development (R&D) funding for the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) FY 2013 budgets. Rogan testified before the U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice and Science, which has jurisdiction of NSF and NIST’s budgets.

  • OSA Corporate Associates and Layer123 Partner to Launch Executive Forum Europe
    OSA Corporate Associates and Layer123 Partner to Launch Executive Forum Europe
    20 March 2012
    The Optical Society (OSA) Corporate Associates and Layer123 have formed a new working partnership, intended to increase networking opportunities for the global optical communications industry. Through the partnership, the two organizations have launched “Executive Forum Europe,” which will take place at Layer123’s Terabit Optical & Data Networking conference in Cannes, France, April 17.

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