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Day 1: OSA Materials for Optomechanical Actuation Incubator

By Michael Forkner, OSA & SPS | Posted: 26 June 2017

Optomechanical actuation is the act of turning light (electro-magnetic energy) into mechanical work. This most commonly calls to mind photovoltaics and solar cells. Solar cells take the energy of the sun and converts it into electricity, which then in turn can be used to do mechanical work. For the Materials for Optomechanical Actuation Incubator, the Hosts Chris Bardeen, University of California Riverside; Antti Makinen, Office of Naval Research; Peter A. Morrison, Office of Naval Research; and Ravi Shankar, University of Pittsburgh hope to explore other ways light can do mechanical work.  

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San Francisco: what to know before going to AIO 2017

By Cushla McGoverin | Posted: 23 June 2017

10 Interesting facts about San Francisco

1. San Francisco hasn’t always been San Francisco...

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Medical Imaging Speakeasy: Revolution through Optical Technologies

By Michael Forkner, OSA & SPS | Posted: 22 June 2017

Medical imaging technologies is a powerful growing market with ample room for growth and development. Recently, OSA hosted a panel on The Medical Imaging Revolution through the Speakeasy Science Program. The program, funded by a grant from the American Institute of Physics (AIP) and in partnership with the American Physical Society (APS), strives to increase communication between scientists and the public. The panel focused on new techniques and advances in biomedical imaging and how it will affect the medical industry for years to come.

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Day 2: Integrated Semiconductor Quantum Photonic Devices Incubator

By Michael Forkner, OSA & SPS | Posted: 20 June 2017

Day 2 of this Incubator kicked off with a session on Materials and Device Integration focusing on the challenges associated with creating entanglements between atoms and in materials on a larger scale. Read more about this exciting Incubator and about where the community is looking to go. 

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Day 1: Integrated Semiconductor Quantum Photonic Devices Incubator

By Michael Forkner, OSA & SPS | Posted: 19 June 2017

Day one of the Integrated Semiconductor Quantum Photonic Devices Incubator focused on Quantum Photonics with Solid-State Photon Sources and Spin Based Quantum Memories. 

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AIO 2017: Focus on Dr. Michael Schmidberger, OSRAM GmbH, Germany

By Cushla McGoverin | Posted: 19 June 2017

AIO Committee YP, Cushla McGoverin, interviews AIO 2017 Invited Speaker, Dr. Michael Schmidberger about his experiences in development of the world’s first broadband Infrared (IR) light emitting diode (LED) at OSRAM. Dr. Schmidberger will present at AIO on Tuesday, June 27 at 9:30am.

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Just in AIO 2017: Two panel sessions, “The View from the Ladder: Perceptions on the Future of Photonics” and “Start-ups, Incubators, Accelerators, Oh My!”

By Cushla McGoverin | Posted: 13 June 2017

AIO Committee YP, Cushla McGoverin, interviews AIO 2017 Invited Speaker and Panelist, Dr. Anna Rissanen about her experiences in development and commercialization of novel sensing applications. 
This year we will host two panel sessions. Greg Quarles (OSA Chief Scientist) will introduce the first session (“The View from the Ladder: Perceptions on the Future of Photonics” ) regarding the future of photonics.Another panel (“Start-ups, Incubators, Accelerators, Oh My!”), taps into the investor’s mindset to offer guidance for successfully pitching photonics technology. This panel will begin with an introduction by Dr. Laura Smoliar, co-founder of the Berkeley Catalyst Fund.

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“Ask Me Anything” and They Did! Top 5 Astrophysics Takeaways from Joss Bland-Hawthorn, ARC Laureate Fellow Professor of Physics and Director of the Sydney Institute for Astronomy (SIFA)

By Rebecca B. Andersen | Posted: 1 June 2017

After 15 years, the first Australian-built satellites were launched from Kennedy Space Center to the International Space Station. It was a uniquely proud moment for our country and my research team at the Sydney Institute for Astronomy, University of Sydney. I was pleased to participate in this Reddit Science Ask Me Anything with The Optical Society (OSA) and share my recent experiences with space exploration. Questions during the AMA ranged from my research, to science fiction and exploration of exoplanets. 

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AIO 2017: Focus on Dr. Arsen Hajian, Hindsight Imaging Inc, USA

By Cushla McGoverin | Posted: 31 May 2017

AIO Committee YP, Cushla McGoverin, interviews AIO 2017 Invited Speaker Dr. Arsen Hajian about his experiences at optical spectroscopy as the founder and CEO of Hindsight Imaging. Dr. Hajian will present at AIO on Monday, June 26 at 11am.

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The Art of Optics Outreach

By Danuta Sampson, 2017 OSA Ambassador, Australia | Posted: 30 May 2017

Science outreach is fun, not only for the participants, but also for the educators as well. Science draws out our curiosity and we all have natural curiosity. When you design and conduct an outreach event, you have to think carefully about how to turn science, optics for example, into something interesting and understandable for others; making it a good test of how well you know a topic.

At an outreach event, sometimes you lead a team of people and at other times you follow a leader. It teaches you how to be a good leader as well as a good team member and these skills are highly important for your career and in other areas of your life.

When you are able to participating in an outreach event, it can be a very rewarding experience. You get to see the big smiles, the enthusiasm, and the joy that you cannot help but smile yourself. It makes it all worth it when you receive thanks at the end of the event and it makes you believe that what you do is important, valued, and worth continuing.

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