June 2016

AIO 2016: Focus on Dr. Garrett Cole, Crystalline Mirror Solutions LLC, US

By Dr. Garrett Cole | Posted: 29 June 2016

What do you think people will learn from your talk as a take-home lesson?
I aim to give an overview of...

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Light Beyond the Lab: Putting Your Research Skills to Work

By Chad Husko, Argonne National Laboratory | Posted: 29 June 2016

This is the second in a series of blog posts I’m writing throughout 2016 in my role as OSA Ambassador. In case you missed my last post, you can find it here.
In this blog post I will discuss a recent trip across the border to Canada to attend the IONS-Quebec conference and to visit INRS-Montreal.
I’ll also give you a glimpse into some professional development pointers I’ve been sharing with the OSA community. In each new post I will comment on different aspects that appear in the live presentation. Today the topic will be ‘Communication skills.’ This is certainly à propos as this specifically came up in the talk of Jean Luc-Dumont (Principiae) at IONS-Quebec.

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A New Force of Awakening

By Harbin Institute of Technology OSA Student Chapter | Posted: 29 June 2016

At May 30th, Doctor Yue Yang from Jupiter Networks, United States arrived at Harbin Institute of Technology and presented to the HIT OSA Student Chapter and the national key laboratory of tunable laser a great report about his research direction: High-speed optical systems and networking functions using orbital-angular-momentum multiplexing. Dr. Yue got his bachelor degree and master degree from Nankai University in Tianjin, after that he continued his research in University of Southern California, and got his doctor degree from there. He focused his research direction to integrated electronics, free-space and fiber optics, optical communication and optical network. After his graduation, he has worked for several companies and now he works in Jupiter Networks, which is a network equipment company. It is a great honor for our HIT OSA Student Chapter to have the choice to invite such a famous researcher with rich work experience in his research direction.

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Putting Your PhD to Work

By Chad Husko, Argonne National Laboratory | Posted: 21 June 2016

The OSA Ambassador program
I’m excited to volunteer in the inaugural year of the OSA Ambassador program. Our goal is to further the professional development skills of our student and Young Professional members.

‘Putting your PhD to work’
To this end, I am focusing on the topic of ‘Putting your PhD to work.’
In brief, the skills learned during an optics degree in are in high demand in many areas outside of optics. My goal is to communicate to optical scientists and engineers about these tremendous opportunities outside academic and industrial career paths and how to seek them out. The following is a summary of the talk.

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The Cities of Lights: A Century of Optics in LEDs, NEON and Light

By Tracy Schario | Posted: 20 June 2016

Think about the world’s greatest travel destinations – London. Dubai. New York City. Tokyo. Now picture them dark. Would any of these places be the same without light? The Optical Society (OSA), a global association of scientists and engineers who make lasers, sensors, cameras, LED, virtual reality and many other technologies possible, is celebrating its 100th birthday. One of the most common applications of the science of light (aka optics and photonics) is – well – light.

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Machines Can Learn Ethics and Other Predictions for AI

By Julia Majors, Ph.D. | Posted: 17 June 2016

Futurist Ray Kurzweil and Nobel laureate Steven Chu discuss artificial intelligence and accelerating technology at The Optical Society’s “Light the Future” program at CLEO.

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Curious Minds Learn About Optics and Photonics

By SUSTC OSA Student Chapter | Posted: 16 June 2016

SUSTC OSA Student Chapter organized interactive lectures about optics for little kids in Jinxiu Elementary School (11 May), SUSTC Experimental 2nd Elementary School (18 May) and Qianhai Harbor Elementary School (20 May). In these three interactive lectures, 16 members from SUSTC OSA Student Chapter attended and organized the interactive lectures and more than 340 elementary kids participated in the lectures. The headmasters of the elementary school, professors and the college president from SUSTC thought highly of the activities and also attended each of the lectures. The activities guided the kid’s thought to optical knowledge embedded in our daily life. Students from SUSTC transferred the optical knowledge into simple and clear expression to make sure little kids could understand. 

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Discussing the Future

By Technical University of Denmark - Copenhagen Optic DTU | Posted: 16 June 2016

Photonics in 2048 workshop was organized on 13 May 2016 in Copenhagen successfully. The workshop was held under the supervision of DTU Fotonik Innovation agent Monika Luniewska Jensen and the presentations were judged by DTU Fotonik’s Director Lars–Ulrik Aaen Andersen. 

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Touring Labs

By Tel-Aviv University OSA Student Chapter | Posted: 14 June 2016

On Thursday, May 19th 2016, the Tel-Aviv University OSA student chapter conducted a one and a half hour event starting with tours in two optical labs followed by a social gathering, the second in a series called “OptiBEER”. The event included snacks, beer and hot drinks. As we did on the previous event, 16 participants were divided into two groups that toured both of the following labs:
1. The Nanoscale Electro Optics lab, Dr. Tal Ellenbogen’s group.
2.The Biomedical Optical Microscopy, Nanoscopy and Interferometry Research Group, Prof. Nathan Shaked’s group.
Each tour took about ~20 minutes, in which we saw how a metamaterial lens can correct for chromatic aberrations (in Dr. Ellenbogen’s lab), and how off-axis holography can be used for measuring the fitness of single sperm cells, which allows for higher success rate in In vitro fertilisation (in Prof. Nathan Shaked’s lab). The following social gathering was attended by about 30 students, we got some requests to join the mailing lists and the chapter, and saw familiar faces along with some new ones. Alongside the “regular” beer, we brought some home-brewed beer, which we branded “OSA student chapter”.

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AIO 2016: Focus on Dr. Torsten Frosch, Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology, Germany

By Sogol Borjian | Posted: 10 June 2016

Dr. Torsten Frosch, who was recently awarded the Bunsen-Kirchhoff award for Analytical Spectroscopy, will talk about Raman Spectroscopic Gas Sensing at AIO 2016. In the following interview, AIO Young Professional, Sogol Borjian, asks Dr Frosch about his work and his upcoming talk at AIO 2016. 

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Mencap-Lightwave: Outreach with Young Adults with Learning Disabilities

By University of Southampton Chapter and Rebecca Bellworthy | Posted: 2 June 2016

On Tuesday 17th May 2016, members of the University of Southampton’s Optics and Photonics Society (OPSoc) teamed up with Mencap Southampton for an Outreach event for 8 young adults with learning disabilities.

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A Full Lecturer Experience

By OSA Student Chapter "hbar OMEGA" | Posted: 2 June 2016

On April 13, our student chapter was very pleased to welcome OSA Traveling Lecturer Professor Malvin Carl Teich, professor emeritus at Boston University and Columbia University. He is well known for his seminal book “Fundamentals of Photonics”, co-authored by Bahaa E. A. Saleh. We were very impressed by his curriculum vitae that includes everything from fractal stochastic processes to the study of the information transmission in biological systems.

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