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  • Tiny lasers get a notch up
    Tiny lasers get a notch up
    27 January 2009
    Tiny disk-shaped lasers as small as a speck of dust could one day beam information through optical computers. Unfortunately, a perfect disk will spray light out, not as a beam, but in all directions. New theoretical results, reported in the Optical Society (OSA) journal Optics Letters, explain how adding a small notch to the disk edge provides a single outlet for laser light to stream out.

  • OSA Foundation Partners with Rochester Local Section of OSA to Bring Optics Demonstrations to Worldwide Audience
    OSA Foundation Partners with Rochester Local Section of OSA to Bring Optics Demonstrations to Worldwide Audience
    14 January 2009
    The OSA Foundation (OSAF) announced today that its two-year partnership with the Rochester Local Section of OSA (ROSA) has resulted in the distribution of educational materials to more than 3,500 students in 17 countries through the groups’ Optics Education and Demonstrations Program.

  • Sean R. Bagshaw Joins OSA as Chief Information Officer
    Sean R. Bagshaw Joins OSA as Chief Information Officer
    09 January 2009
    The Optical Society (OSA) announced today that Sean R. Bagshaw has joined its staff as chief information officer (CIO). In this position, Bagshaw will oversee the information technology department and work with the executive team to enhance innovative technology at OSA.

  • Engineering Algae to Make Fuel Instead of Sugar
    Engineering Algae to Make Fuel Instead of Sugar
    17 December 2008
    In a paper in a special energy issue of Optics Express, the Optical Society’s (OSA) open-access journal, scientists at the University of California, Berkeley describe a method for using microalgae for making biofuel.

  • Enhancing Solar Cells with Nanoparticles
    Enhancing Solar Cells with Nanoparticles
    17 December 2008
    A paper in a special energy issue of Optics Express, the Optical Society’s (OSA) open-access journal, describes a relatively new approach to solar cells: lacing them with nanoscopic metal particles. As the authors describe in the article, this approach has the potential to greatly improve the ability of solar cells to harvest light economically.

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