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Low Level Light Therapy: the Path Forward

OSA’s 15th Incubator, focusing on Low Level Light Therapy (LLLT) also known as photobiomodulation (PBM) is up and running. LLLT/PBM describes the use of light therapy in the visible and near-infrared spectrum for stimulating biological responses. Extensive laboratory experiments and clinical trials have demonstrated PBM to be efficacious in tissue regeneration including the skin, muscle...

Added: 21 Aug 2014


The OSA Photovoltaics Meeting - Optics and Energy Needs

I have worked at Swinburne University of Technolgy in Australia as a senior scientist in the field of nanophotoncs solar cell since 2010. For people who are not familar with this field, basically we design nanostructures and nanomaterials to allow more light going into solar cells and help the light to be trapped inside the cells. This way, more electricity can be harvested from solar cells...

Added: 13 Aug 2014


Awesome Optics at AIO

The morning session of Day 4 - Awesome Optical Materials - was opened by Dr. Tigran Galstian (Universite Laval & LensVector). Tigran presented a liquid crystal-based motion-less adaptive optical system. This cost-effective approach has been successfully applied to mobile phone camera technology to enable autofocus, with future applications in LED lighting and ophthalmic products (contact...

Added: 24 Jul 2014


Day 3 at Applied Industrial Optics 2014

Day 3 of AIO 2014 was action-packed with two panel sessions and a joint session with the Imaging Systems and Applications meeting, in addition to three 'regular' AIO sessions.Dr Steven Dodge (Simon Fraser University) opened the first session of the day - 'Meaurement Makes Success' - with a presentation on Time-Domain Terahertz spectroscopy. Steven has used this...

Added: 17 Jul 2014


Applied Industrial Optics 2014: Summary of Day 1

Day 1 of AIO 2014 kicked off at 8:30am with the first session - 'Far and Away We See You'.  We heard from Dr Stewart Hager (Hager Environmental and Atmospheric Techno) about his work in replacing manned, single-line, Non-Dispersive IR systems, which are currently used for measurement of vehicle emission fumes, with EDAR (Emission Detecting and Reporting) technology. Similar to...

Added: 15 Jul 2014


Applied Industrial Optics 2014: Highlights from Day 2

Day 2 of AIO 2014 opened with the Joint Plenary Session, featuring speakers from Applied Industrial Optics (AIO), Imaging Systems and Applications (IS), and Laser Applications to Chemical, Security and Environmental Analysis (LACSEA). Dr Bernard Kress (Optics Lead at Google Glass, Google [X] Labs and AIO Plenary speaker), addressed a packed room about see-through optics for Head Mounted...

Added: 15 Jul 2014


Light Enables Tomorrow’s Technologies

Living in a high-tech world, we don’t always stop to think about what enables us to video chat across the globe, detect cancer or even play an interactive video game. In all of these cases, a key enabler is photonics—applying light (photons) to advance technologies.The Optical Society (OSA) has been a leader in the science of light for almost 100 years. As we approach the...

Added: 14 Jul 2014


How To Make the Most of AIO 2014

Before you leave for AIO, use OSA’s online itinerary planner to manage your schedule during the meeting. AIO 2014 is part of the Imaging and Applied Optics Congress, which means sessions from all six topical meetings run concurrently during the week. Don’t miss out on the talks you want to attend!

Added: 10 Jul 2014


The Body Optic - Molecular Probes Save Lives

Colorectal cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in the world; in fact, the American Cancer Society estimates 96,830 new cases of colorectal cancer cases in the United States for 2014 alone. Barratt’s Esophagus, which is strongly associated with esophageal adenocarcinoma, affects up to 10% of patients suffering from long-term acid reflux. Diseased areas can be...

Added: 01 Jul 2014


Nanophotonics at CLEO: 2014 - Two Important Talks

So much went on a CLEO:14! Here are two higlights.

Added: 16 Jun 2014