The Optical Society Blog

The Future of Transportation is Built with Optics Inside

The race to develop and deploy an autonomous vehicle is fast and furious. Enabling and empowering the next-generation of transportation is optics and photonics. Optical technologies have become essential in automotive applications such as head-up and inside vehicle displays. Luminar Technologies, Inc., a new company headed by CEO Austin Russell and OSA Fellow and CTO Jason Eichenholz, have...

Added: 04 May 2017


Optics Luminaries Honored at 2017 National Academy of Sciences 154th Annual Meeting

  Against the ornate backdrop of the National Academy of Sciences’ (NAS) Great Hall, Optical Society (OSA) members and guests honored the accomplishments of OSA members Stanley Whitcomb, Gabriela González and David Reitze for their contributions to the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) and the discovery of gravitational waves in 2015. For their research...

Added: 04 May 2017


You asked IBM Research scientist Jessie Rosenberg “anything” about silicon photonics

You asked IBM Research scientist Jessie Rosenberg “anything” about silicon photonics  Here’s what she said about flying qubits, wafer-scale photonic test systems, and moreSilicon photonics uses light, versus electricity, to send signals from a microchip. IBM engineers use these pulses of light to increase the connectivity and bandwidth between datacenters for faster data...

Added: 20 Apr 2017


AIO 2017: Focus on Dr. Hod Finkelstein, TruTag Technologies, USA

What do you think people will learn from your talk as a take-home lesson? The take-home lesson is that hyperspectral imaging is making giant strides towards becoming a ubiquitous technology. Despite the great challenges of snapshot hyperspectral imaging, the confluence of inexpensive embedded processing together with commercialization of technology which until now have been limited to high end...

Added: 19 Apr 2017


Traveling Lecturer: A Technical and Professional Visit

On March 22nd, I visited the Ningbo University Student Chapter of OSA in Ningbo, Zhejiang, China. The chapter is in the laboratory of Infrared Materials and Devices (LIMD) of Ningbo University, Key Laboratory of Photoelectric Materials and Devices of Zhejiang Province.More than 30 passionate professors and students attended the lecture where I first shared the importance and significant impact...

Added: 04 Apr 2017


An OSA Ambassador’s Journey: How I became an OSA Ambassador

My OSA journey started 10 years ago in 2007, when I first learned about The Optical Society. It was at a workshop when someone made an “About OSA” presentation for students at my University. While I cannot remember who the speaker was, I remember very clearly my feeling: It was like a breath of fresh air. The talk was about the numerous opportunities for students and student...

Added: 04 Apr 2017


Traveling Lecturer: A Truly Rewarding Experience

After almost one year following the initial contacts with the OSA Student Chapter at Malaviya National Institute of Technology (Jaipur, India), I was finally able to take part in the OSA Traveling Lecturer Program. I must say that it really was a fascinating experience, which will probably have an impact on the future of several people. The only real issues I had to face were those related to...

Added: 03 Apr 2017


Boston University Celebrates International Women's Day

On International Women’s Day, we celebrate the success women have achieved by empowering each other and have an opportunity to advocate for gender parity. Especially for women in Optics and STEM fields where women are unfortunately still underrepresented, this marks a special occasion to come together and express support, encouragement and inspiration to each other. On Wednesday, March 8,...

Added: 29 Mar 2017


Applied Industrial Optics 2017 (AIO) - Chair Dr. Arlene Smith shares her thoughts on the meeting.

Tell us a little about yourself. What is your background and how did you arrive at your current role?  My PhD is in Physics - specifically modeling partially coherent light sources used in lithography. When I graduated from my PhD I worked in a Biomedical Engineering Postdoc position developing miniature endoscopes for early cancer detection. About 18 months ago, I moved to industry to...

Added: 28 Mar 2017


Traveling Lecturer: Learning Beyond the Lab

Antigone presented her 'skill bill' lecture about the importance of developing additional skills during your education and career in order to further it. The reasons and the way of furthering were not the classical idea of financial gain or prestige but more about your personal best and what you as individuals would be happiest doing as well as how to further the quality of the work...

Added: 02 Mar 2017