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Recent innovations in light emitting diodes (LEDs) have improved the energy efficiency of streetlights, but, until now, their glow still wastefully radiated beyond the intended area. A team of researchers from Taiwan and Mexico has developed a new lighting system design that harnesses high-efficiency LEDs and ensures they shine only where they’re needed, sparing surrounding homes and the evening sky from unwanted illumination. The team reported their findings today in the Optical Society's (OSA) open-access journal Optics Express.

The CLEO: 2013 co-sponsors (APS, IEEE Photonics Society, OSA) and Laser Focus World today announced KMLabs (Kapteyn-Murnane Laboratories) as the winner of this year’s CLEO/Laser Focus World Innovation Award.

OSA’s Corporate Associate Members have been busy in the first part of 2013, breaking barriers in research, receiving prestigious grants and awards, and hitting institutional milestones. We look forward to sharing more breakthrough technologies and industry accolades this spring.

The Optical Society (OSA) released a statement in support of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 funding levels proposed today by U.S. President Barack Obama for science-related agencies. The proposed budget would fund federal research and development programs at levels consistent with, or slightly above, spending levels from FY 2012 and 2013 including: $7.6 billion for the National Science Foundation (NSF), $754 million for the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), $5 billion for the Department of Energy Office of Science, and $2.9 billion for the Department of Defense’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).

A standard camera takes flat, 2-D pictures. To get 3-D information, such as the distance to a far-away object, scientists can bounce a laser beam off the object and measure how long it takes the light to travel back to a detector. The technique, called time-of-flight (ToF), is already used in machine vision, navigation systems for autonomous vehicles, and other applications, but many current ToF systems have a relatively short range and struggle to image objects that do not reflect laser light well. A team of Scotland-based physicists has recently tackled these limitations and reported their findings today in the Optical Society's (OSA) open-access journal Optics Express.


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