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  • Different types of compact, low-power portable sensors under development by three independent research groups may soon yield unprecedented capabilities to monitor ozone, greenhouse gases, and air pollutants. The three teams will each present their work at the Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO: 2012), to be held May 6-11, in San Jose, Calif.

  • Atomic clocks based on the oscillations of a cesium atom keep amazingly steady time and also define the precise length of a second. But cesium clocks are no longer the most accurate. That title has been transferred to an optical clock housed at the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Boulder, Colo. that can keep time to within 1 second in 3.7 billion years.

  • Like a coffee enthusiast who struggles to get a buzz from that third cup of morning joe, light-emitting diodes (LEDs) seem to reach a point where more electricity no longer imparts the same kick and productivity levels-off. Now a team of researchers from California and Japan has devised a new design for green and blue LEDs that avoids much of this vexing efficiency droop. The findings will be presented at the Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO: 2012), taking place May 6-11 in San Jose, Calif.

  • From making networks faster, to ensuring our food is safe, and even enabling novel medical procedures, OSA Corporate Associates started 2012 off at 400G speeds. If the first quarter is any indication, 2012 is sure to see a wide variety of exciting optics and photonics industry innovations.

  • Three Fellows of the Optical Society (OSA) were recently elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in recognition of their contributions to physics and engineering sciences and technologies, respectively. They were among 220 new members, including 203 fellows and 17 foreign honorary members.

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