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Highlights of the Siegman School in Barcelona

In July I had the opportunity to attend The Siegman International School on Lasers, held jointly by The OSA Foundation and the Technical University of Catalonia. To be more precise, the school was hosted by The Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO) in Castelldefels, a beautiful town located 25 km away from Barcelona, which borders the coast of the Mediterranean Sea. The school brought together...

Added: 30 Aug 2016


Women Who Make a Difference in Optics – Every Day

I’d love to fly like these women – figuratively and literally. As we reflect on the past 100 years of scientific progress throughout The Optical Society’s Centennial year, we celebrate the fact that women have not only been core to our society, but they have also been pioneers in science – particularly optics. We interviewed three OSA Presidents—Elsa Garmire (1993)...

Added: 12 Aug 2016


Optics Augments Reality and Brings 3D Medicine into Focus

    HEIDELBERG, GERMANY — Live 3D imaging is one of the hottest topics in optics today, transforming medical imaging capabilities and delivering the immersive experience behind augmented and virtual reality. During The Optical Society’s Light the Future centennial program in Heidelberg, Germany on 26 July, Dr. Joseph Izatt of Duke University and Microsoft’s...

Added: 12 Aug 2016


“Ask Me Anything” and They Did! My Dive into Reddit and Discussions on Today’s Optical Technologies

In early July, I ventured onto a platform of the internet that was completely new to me -- Reddit. While I have worked in high technology for my entire career, I do not participate much in social media – and a Reddit discussion was something that I never expected to host. That being said, I logged on that early July morning to a full list of questions in the queue. I was thrilled to see...

Added: 02 Aug 2016


Applied Industrial Optics Day 4

The final day of AIO 2016 kicked off with the “No way, It Can’t be That Small” session. Denis Donlagic (Univerza v Mariboru, Slovenia) presented “Micro-photonics Sensors Created Through Micromachining of Optical presented the technology behind”. Denis talked about the challenges in the micromachining of the optical fibers. He introduced the fiber doping...

Added: 29 Jul 2016


Applied Industrial Optics Day 3

Day 3 started with the AIO/LACSEA joint session, “The Joy of Industrial Photonics”, opened by Kajsa Larsson (Lund University, Sweden) with her talk on “Quantitative NO2 Measurements in an Industrial Sterilization Rig Using Laser Induced Fluorescence”. Initial NO2 measurements look promising and correlate with Monte Carlo simulations. Next, Lorenzo Cocola (CNR IFN UOS...

Added: 28 Jul 2016


Making the unimaginable possible.

AIO Young Professional, Sogol Borjian, interviews Nicole Reader about the intersection of fashion and optics. Ms Reader is an invited speaker at AIO 2016.What do you think people will learn from your talk as a take-home lesson? Learning key principles when bridging the gap from innovation to the ultimate user in unconventional markets.  What do you spend most of your time doing? Most of...

Added: 27 Jul 2016


Applied Industrial Optics Day 2

Applied Industrial Optics Day 2, Tuesday, July 26th 2016 The first session of AIO on Day 2, “ID Photonically”, was opened by Egidijus Auksorius (Institut Langevin, France) with a talk on “Internal Fingerprint Imaging with Full-Field Optical Coherence Tomography”. OCT in general seems to provide better images when surface is non-ideal. Full field OCT can acquire...

Added: 27 Jul 2016


Applied Industrial Optics Day 1

OSA’s Imaging and Applied Optics Congress kicked off with the Joint Opening Plenary Session. Michael Totzeck (Carl Zeiss AG, Germany) opened the Congress with “Trends, Advances and Prospects of Optical Imaging in Germany and Beyond”, an insight into the development of optical technologies in Germany and the role of lithography in the miniaturization of optics, the drive to...

Added: 25 Jul 2016


Successful meeting in Vancouver. Looking forward to seeing you in Advanced Photonics 2017 in New Orl

It is great to attend a meeting with specific focus on certain topics as Advanced Photonics, since it is easier to learn deeper into the topic and to build up network with the colleagues in this field. I indeed learnt a lot in this meeting, from novel materials, specialty fibers to optical sensing, etc.   I am particularly impressed by the invited talk by Dr. Mathias Kolle (MIT) about...

Added: 25 Jul 2016