September 2016

A Meeting with Light

By OSA Student Chapter of Université Laval | Posted: 30 September 2016

During the 2015 International Year of Light, the OSA Student Chapter of Université Laval volunteered to create a fully autonomous exhibition presenting the basics of light to the people of Québec City. Made of two informative banners and 4 interactive modules each displaying an experiment related to both fundamental and technological aspects of light, the goal of “A Meeting with Light” was to illustrate the importance of light-related technologies and its role in daily life. 

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Light Up the Outback - Bright Lights for Bright Minds

By Macquarie OSA Student Chapter | Posted: 30 September 2016

In August, two physics PhD students from Macquarie University, Australia spent a week visiting regional and rural high schools around New South Wales. Eight different schools were visited over the course of 5 days, in a loop of almost 2000 kilometres. Over 450 students and their teachers participated in the sessions. Each visit to the schools had three parts. A short talk on optics or laser and communications was given first. The students then got the chance to interact with a range of optics experiments, including a thermal camera, Schlieren camera/mirror assembly, laser telephone, laser minigolf, laser music player, laser ray optics, diffraction grating glasses, and hand-held spectrometer. Just about every school had a different ‘favourite’ experiment, with students and teachers all getting involved. 

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Subwavelength Photonics Incubator: Day 2

By Hugh Podmore, York University, Canada | Posted: 23 September 2016

Day 2 of the subwavelength photonics Incubator featured talks focusing on photonic crystal cavities and metamaterials. The program concluded with a discussion on the exciting new possibilities and applications of subwavelength photonics and metamaterials towards the fields of bio-sensing, wearable devices, augmented reality and autonomous navigation. 

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Subwavelength Photonics Incubator Begins

By Hugh Podmore, York University, Canada | Posted: 22 September 2016

​The OSA Subwavelength Photonics Incubator, hosted by Pavel Cheben, National Research Council of Canada; Inigo Molina Fernandez, University of Malaga, Spain; David Smith, Duke University, United States and Weidong Zhou, University of Texas at Arlington, United States commenced today in Washington, DC. The Incubator features a meeting of leading minds across the fields of subwavelength photonics, photonic crystals, and metamaterials. Though closely related, these fields are often treated as separate disciplines; this Incubator seeks to create a collaborative environment wherein recent advances in each discipline can be integrated to produce new directions and new frontiers in subwavelength optics and photonics.

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An Eye on the Future of Vision

By Rebecca Andersen | Posted: 22 September 2016

During The Optical Society’s Light the Future centennial program in Medellín, Colombia on 24 August 2016, Susana Marcos, Instituto de Optica, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas, Spain, presented “An Eye to the Future of Vision.” At this 25 year anniversary, optical coherence tomography (OCT) has already delivered the ability to map the entire vascular network within the retina, down to the single capillary level. Thanks to the computing power of graphical processing units (GPUs), the real power of this 3D resolution is just starting to emerge by bringing the images to the surgeon live during an operation — in real time, using a variety of display methods.

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How to become a great peer reviewer

By OSA Publishing Staff | Posted: 21 September 2016

Developing the skills necessary to provide effective reviews can take time. Fortunately, OSA has several great resources available to help you become a better peer reviewer. Here are some tips and links that will help you enhance your contributions as an OSA peer reviewer.

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OSA Celebrates Peer Review Week 2016 #RecognizeReview

By OSA Publishing Staff | Posted: 19 September 2016

This week is Peer Review Week 2016, and OSA is proud to serve as a member of the Organizing Committee for the initiative. The theme of this year’s Peer Review Week is Recognition for Review, therefore it was natural for our celebration to begin by recognizing OSA’s many hard-working reviewers.

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My Summer Trip to India

By Vasudevan Lakshminarayanan, University of Waterloo | Posted: 16 September 2016

Over the summer I visited India, more specifically Kolkata, where I was a keynote speaker at the 3rd International Conference on Optoelectronics and Applied Optics (Optronix 2016). In addition, I visited with the OSA Student Chapter at the University of Engineering and Management/Institute of Engineering and Management in Kolkata.  I also visited the student chapter at the Indian Institute of Technology at Kharagpur.  This was a short, but very filled schedule.

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​OSA Science & Applications of Nanolasers Incubator: Day 2

By Shuai Sun, George Washington University | Posted: 9 September 2016

Day 2 of the Science & Applications of Nanolasers Incubator included a session on Exploring Near-Field Effects before finishing up with section Reassessing Our Motivation for Small Lasers. Following the final panel discussion, the hosts wrapped up the Incubator by leading a short discussion on general outlook for the future nanoscale light sources and discussed potential next steps for the group to ensure the presentations and discussion from this program continue to move forward.

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OSA Science & Applications of Nanolasers Incubator: Day 1

By Shuai Sun, George Washington University | Posted: 9 September 2016

The topic of the latest OSA Incubator: Science & Applications of Nanolasers has become one of the hottest topics in the optical field. The semiconductor lasers with wavelength scale or below has been applied onto many real world applications, such as photonic crystals, nanowires, metal claddings, etc. The size scaling and the energy efficiency scaling nowadays becomes the major targets in this research field. The goal of this Incubator is to forge connections between the diverse communities working on different approaches to nanolasers in order to identify fundamental goals and limits for nanolaser research, identify potential applications for nanolasers and identify a roadmap for nanolaser research that can bring the science closer to commercialization.

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Camp Rocks

By Yerevan State University & Nat'l Academy of Sciences | Posted: 7 September 2016

Camp “Physics and We: Lightning the Optics” was held on 8-12 of August in Byurakan, Armenia. More than 200 people applied for participation, and 40 of them were chosen based on their applications and online interviews. Participants were mainly students from various universities, as well as high school students of different regions of Armenia. First two days, 8th and 9th of August were focused on theoretical part of Optics and its applications in different fields: nanophysics, telecommunications, holography. Lecturers were from different institutions of Armenia: Gagik Buniatyan - director of LT-Pyrkal, Arthur Kirakosyan, Tigran Dadalyan, Ashkhen Arakelyan - Yerevan State University (YSU), Hayk Sarkisyan and David Hayrapetyan - Russian-Armenian University (RAU), Smbat Gogyan - Institute of Mathematics, NAS, as well as Vahe Tshitoyan - University of Cambridge, Tatevik Chalyan - University of Trento. In addition to the lectures, special workshop on “Mathematica” computational program and its applications in Physics, was held by Davit Hayrapetyan. During following three days, 10-12th of August, participants of the camp were divided into 6 groups based on their choices mentioned in application: Rocket engineering, CNC and 3D printing, Android applications and Physics, Robotics, Measuring equipment, Modeling of Physical Processes on Computer. Each group was supervised by a senior student. During camp, each group was working on particular project or problem. Most of the supervisors and organizers were members of OSA Armenian chapter’s. A visit to Byurakan Astrophysical Observatory was organized on 11th of August. Participants had opportunity to visit biggest telescope (2.6m diameter) of Armenia, museum of famous Armenian Astrophysicist Victor Hambardzumyan. At last but not at least, special lectures on contemporary problems of Astrophysics was held by director of observatory Hayk Harutyunyan, Tigran Magakian, Ruben Andreasyan, Abraham Mahtesyan.


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An Illuminating Experience

By Tianjin University OSA Student Chapter | Posted: 7 September 2016

In July 2016, Tianjin University OSA Student Chapter held the OSA Centennial Special Events- A Series of Optical Courses on OSA's 100th Birthday. We held the activities at Tianjin University affiliated elementary school and Yixing primary school. Preparations started in May and we had a lot of meetings to discuss the form of classroom, tested the lecture course, bought the experimental and demonstrated apparatus, we also bought dolls and a lot of prizes for primary students. 

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Understanding Multi-Photon Bio-Imaging

By Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, OSKAR | Posted: 6 September 2016

On the 29th of June 2016, Optics Students Karlsruhe e.V. (OSKar) hosted an OSA Traveling Lecturer at the Light Technology Institute (LTI), Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). The lecture program is sponsored by The Optical Society. This year we are honored to have invited the OSA Fellow, Professor Chris Xu from Cornell University, USA to fly to Karlsruhe, Germany and give a presentation on multi-photon bio-imaging to the students and professors in KIT. The professor was invited by OSKar’s president, Xiang Gao. They knew each other since 2014 summer in Peking, China and still keep in contact. Though the main focus of the talk was specialized on the improved multi-photon imaging techniques, there are many students and professors of different backgrounds and research areas who attended. Professor Xu showed us the latest achievement in his laboratory, i.e. the deep imaging down to millimeter below the surface of a living mouse’s brain by using 2 and 3-photon-absorption. In the images he showed, we could clearly see the structure and topology of the neurons, which were not yet discovered to such detailed level before. That should be attributed to the multi-photon in vivo bio-imaging methods. The audience was amazed by the excellent research work in Professor Xu’s group and attractive presentation style. 

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Going Back to the Basics

By Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi (I.I.T. Delhi) | Posted: 6 September 2016

The IIT Delhi OSA Student Chapter hosted OSA Ambassador Dr. Arti Agrawal from City University, London as a Traveling Lecturer. The talk was on Finite Element Method for Photonics and Optics. She covered some of the key principles of numerical methods (for photonics) and shown some examples of different classes of methods. She explained the basics of FEM and steps involved in the method, with some examples. She also discussed the principle of writing code for such a method as well as some tips on best usage of commercial software. The talk was attended by students from different background like Electrical Engineering, Engineering Physics and pure physics who belonged to all levels like BTech, Mtech, PhD etc as well as faculty members. The talk was very helpful for the students at our institute as it gave them insight into the applications of commercial software based on FEM in their respective research areas. She also interacted with the chapter members personally and gave them advice on their future research maneuvers. She also gave new and interesting ideas for our future chapter activities. Overall, the traveling lecture was a successful event for the students. Thank you to OSA for providing the Traveling Lecturer Program. 

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