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Reaching Out to the Local Community Around Us

To celebrate one hundred years of The Optical Society, the London Local Section launched an Optics Discovery Programme for London schools. Through our prior outreach work with the local community, we had identified that some schools lack resources to teach optics in an exciting and engaging way, which encouraged us to develop a new scheme to inspire teachers and students using the power of...

Added: 01 Dec 2016


Team Building Made Fun

International Leadership Workshop was first opportunity for our chapter to start an international cooperation. We invited our friends from Riga, Latvia OSA and SPIE Student Chapter to come to our city - Wrocław to exchange ideas, experiences and strengthen partnership between our chapters. We began with a small breakfast and then we were all ready for the soft-skill training workshops. We...

Added: 01 Dec 2016


Maze Runner

The Columbia OSA/SPIE student chapter participated in the NY MakerFaire in Flushing, NY on October 1 and 2, 2016. This was the second time our chapter presented our Laser Maze exhibit at the two-day event, where Makers—Arduino and Raspberry Pi enthusiasts—demonstrate their scientific contraptions powered by those feisty lil’ micro-controllers. Our group built a ten-foot long...

Added: 01 Dec 2016


Measuring the Universe with Optics

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. Bending Light...

Added: 30 Nov 2016


Day 2 of Exploring the Connections between Quantum & Classical Optics

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.   On the classical entanglement front, other applications were put forward for discussion during this second day. Examples included generation of...

Added: 08 Nov 2016


Latest Incubator Explores the Emerging Connections between Quantum & Classical Optics

 The OSA Incubator Emerging Connections: Quantum & Classical Optics aims to identify and characterize the links and differences between the fields of classical and quantum optics. This meeting commenced today on Nov 7, 2016 at Washington DC and is hosted by Joseph Eberly, Department of Physics and Astronomy at University of Rochester, USA; Elisabeth Giacobino, CNRS, Laboratori...

Added: 07 Nov 2016


From Engineer to Career: How to Become a Successful Professional

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...

Added: 07 Nov 2016


Lab Visits - An Investment That Is Worth It

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...

Added: 02 Nov 2016


2nd Edition of FunOptics: Óptica Divertida

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.   The goal of this event was to give opportunity to students who are not part of our university (UEPB) body to...

Added: 01 Nov 2016


The Next Hundred Years of Light: Seeing Far Further into the Universe

 Theoretical physicist and futurist, Dr. Michio Kaku, details his predictions for an optically-enabled future at FiO/LS 2016 Light The Future program Theoretical physicist and futurist, Dr. Michio Kaku envisioned light carrying human consciousness across the galaxy in his Light the Future keynote talk at Frontiers in Optics, the annual meeting of The Optical Society in Rochester, New York...

Added: 31 Oct 2016