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In today’s digital world it can be challenging to prevent photos, videos and books from being illegally copied and distributed. A new light-based technique is making it more practical to create secure, invisible watermarks that can be used to detect and prosecute counterfeiting.

For the first time, an optical clock has traveled to space, surviving harsh rocket launch conditions and successfully operating under the microgravity that would be experienced on a satellite. This demonstration brings optical clock technology much closer to implementation in space, where it could eventually allow GPS-based navigation with centimeter-level location precision.

The Optical Society (OSA) announced that John C. Mather was named an Honorary Member. Mather was chosen “The temperature of the Big Bang radiation was determined as 2.725 +/- 0.001K. According to the Nobel committee the COBE project can be regarded as the starting point of cosmology as a precision science.” The Optical Society’s Honorary Membership is the most distinguished membership status a society member may achieve and this status is confirmed by the OSA Board of Directors. Mather joins 48 distinguished Honorary Members.

Graphene’s unique properties can be both a blessing and a curse to researchers, especially to those at the intersection of optical and electronic applications. These single-atom thick sheets feature highly mobile electrons on their flexible profiles, making them excellent conductors, but in general graphene sheets do not interact with light efficiently.

The OSA Laser Congress concluded in Boston with 600 attendees, an extensive exhibition featuring leading laser manufacturers and a forum on trends in laser applications. The expanded congress included comprehensive, peer-reviewed technical sessions, a cutting-edge exhibition and an industry-focused “Executive Forum” program. Research topics incorporated into the technical program included: quantum cascade lasers, lasers for sensing and lasers for free space communications.


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