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  • IEEE Photonics Society Joins LaserFest as Founding Partner
    IEEE Photonics Society Joins LaserFest as Founding Partner
    18 December 2009
    The organizers of LaserFest, the celebration in 2010 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first working laser, announced today that the IEEE Photonics Society will be participating as a founding partner of the initiative.

  • Emil Wolf Outstanding Student Paper Competition Awardees Announced
    Emil Wolf Outstanding Student Paper Competition Awardees Announced
    24 November 2009
    The OSA Foundation is pleased to announce the first award winners of the Emil Wolf Outstanding Student Paper Competition. Debuting at the Optical Society’s (OSA) Annual Meeting, Frontiers in Optics (FiO), one recipient was chosen from each of the seven FiO subcommittees.

  • Invisibility Visualized
    Invisibility Visualized
    12 November 2009
    Scientists and curiosity seekers who want to know what a partially or completely cloaked object would look like in real life can now get their wish -- virtually. A team of researchers at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany has created a new visualization tool that can render a room containing such an object, showing the visual effects of such a cloaking mechanism and its imperfections.

  • Congressional Briefing Local Governments Make the Switch to Energy-Efficient Lighting
    Congressional Briefing Local Governments Make the Switch to Energy-Efficient Lighting
    06 November 2009
    The Optical Society (OSA), in conjunction with the House of Representatives’ Research & Development (R&D) Caucus, is hosting a Congressional briefing next week to discuss how solid-state lighting, such as light emitting diodes (LEDs), can significantly reduce the amount of energy used for residential, commercial and street lighting.

  • Photonics Included in List of Industries Targeted to Receive New Small Business Grants
    Photonics Included in List of Industries Targeted to Receive New Small Business Grants
    30 October 2009
    The US House of Representatives accepted an amendment yesterday by Rep. Suzanne Kosmas (D-Fla.) that would add photonics technology to the list of targeted industries eligible to receive federal grants under a new early-stage investment program.

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