November 2016

Measuring the Universe with Optics

By Rebecca B. Andersen | Posted: 30 November 2016

OSA’s Centennial Light the Future speaker series traveled to China to the Asia Communications and Photonics Conference (ACP) in Wuhan on 3 November 2016.  Nobel Laureate, former U.S. Secretary of Energy and a fellow of The Optical Society, Dr. Steven Chu explained the history of gravitational discoveries and how they have been enabled by advancements in optics. 

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Day 2 of Exploring the Connections between Quantum & Classical Optics

By Tanya Malhotra, University of Rochester | Posted: 8 November 2016

The OSA Incubator Emerging Connections: Quantum and Classical Optics continued today more interesting talks and compelling discussions on understanding and challenging some of the traditionally accepted ideas associated with quantum systems.

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Latest Incubator Explores the Emerging Connections between Quantum & Classical Optics

By Tanya Malhotra, University of Rochester | Posted: 7 November 2016

The OSA Incubator Emerging Connections: Quantum & Classical Optics, 7-9 November 2016 in Washington DC, aims to identify and characterize the links and differences between the fields of classical and quantum optics. 

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From Engineer to Career: How to Become a Successful Professional

By Volker Sorger, George Washington University | Posted: 7 November 2016



Every student is concerned with one and the same detail: to get a good job and be a successful professional. The Arizona chapter invited me to not talk about my groups nanophotonic research which focuses on novel opto-electronic device physics, emerging material such as TMDs and TCOs, and plasmonics. Here, I was asked to talk about what it takes to be successful after graduation. I broke this question down into thee aspects:

  1. Knowing the Rules
  2. Knowing Yourself
  3. Starting your Path
We learn the details of physics, optics, and electronics in school. But we seldom learn rules of how-to-get-the-job, or what the other side looks for. Graduating from a top university essentially guarantees an interview, but it does not guarantee the job offer. Hence the question arises, how to get the offer? First of all, we need to recognize that all decision on hiring (after an interview) and promotions are made by humans, and not machines. In fact, 75% of hiring decisions are made based on ‘finding-a-good-match’, rather than technical skills. Interestingly, the situation is rather similar to dating; both sides find each other interesting, but are unsure whether they want to be proceed together. The job interview is therefore more likely like dating, and knowing the rules is key. 

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Lab Visits - An Investment That Is Worth It

By Chad Husko, Argonne National Laboratory | Posted: 2 November 2016

Dear OSA members,
 
This is the fourth in a series of blog posts I’m writing throughout 2016 in my role as OSA Ambassador. You can find earlier posts on visits to Barcelona and Quebec, and OSA FiberTech in Sydney.


 
In this post I will discuss a recent trip Down Under to visit our colleagues at the University of Queensland and Griffith University in Brisbane. This follows on from attending the OSA conference in Sydney.

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2nd Edition of FunOptics: Óptica Divertida

By OSA Campina Student Chapter | Posted: 1 November 2016



The 2nd Edition of FunOptics: Óptica Divertida, realized by OSA Campina Student Chapter, was held at Escola Dr. Hortêncio de Sousa Ribeiro (a state high school in our city, Campina Grande, Brazil) counting with the participation of 30 students of the 1st year of high school.

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