Day 2: Small Eyes & Smart Minds Incubator

By Sandra A. Gutierrez Razo, University of Maryland | Posted: 6 October 2017

Yesterday during the Small Eyes & Smart Minds “Sensors & Systems” session experts discussed novel imaging techniques and hardware. 

The remainder of the Incubator showcased some human-centric imaging applications and discussed processing solutions. 

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Day 1: OSA Small Eyes & Smart Minds Incubator

By Sandra A. Gutierrez Razo, University of Maryland | Posted: 5 October 2017

The Small Eyes & Smart Minds Incubator is all about new imaging techniques, the computational work that makes them possible and the exciting applications this work can engender.

The hosts of this Incubator, Rama Chellappa, University of Maryland; Francisco Imai, Apple, Inc.; and A
shok Veeraraghavan, Rice University are seeking fundamental advances and new solutions to problems that are moving targets as consumer and industry demand for imaging increases. 

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Day 2: Materials for Optomechanical Actuation Incubator

By Michael Forkner, OSA & SPS | Posted: 27 June 2017

OSA’s Materials for Optomechanical Actuation Incubator brought together researchers from with varying backgrounds to discuss the applications and challenges behind implementing optomechanical actuators. On day two the speakers and hosts pulled together the different perspectives presented on day to and focused on some of the high-level problems facing the optomechanical community. 

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Day 1: OSA Materials for Optomechanical Actuation Incubator

By Michael Forkner, OSA & SPS | Posted: 26 June 2017

Optomechanical actuation is the act of turning light (electro-magnetic energy) into mechanical work. This most commonly calls to mind photovoltaics and solar cells. Solar cells take the energy of the sun and converts it into electricity, which then in turn can be used to do mechanical work. For the Materials for Optomechanical Actuation Incubator, the Hosts Chris Bardeen, University of California Riverside; Antti Makinen, Office of Naval Research; Peter A. Morrison, Office of Naval Research; and Ravi Shankar, University of Pittsburgh hope to explore other ways light can do mechanical work.  

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Day 2: Integrated Semiconductor Quantum Photonic Devices Incubator

By Michael Forkner, OSA & SPS | Posted: 20 June 2017

Day 2 of this Incubator kicked off with a session on Materials and Device Integration focusing on the challenges associated with creating entanglements between atoms and in materials on a larger scale. Read more about this exciting Incubator and about where the community is looking to go. 

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Day 1: Integrated Semiconductor Quantum Photonic Devices Incubator

By Michael Forkner, OSA & SPS | Posted: 19 June 2017

Day one of the Integrated Semiconductor Quantum Photonic Devices Incubator focused on Quantum Photonics with Solid-State Photon Sources and Spin Based Quantum Memories. 

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Day 2 of the Future Microscopy Incubator

By Ivo Leite, University of Dundee, UK | Posted: 14 December 2016

After settling in for day two of the Future Microscopy Incubator, the participants were divided into two groups for breakout discussions. For two hours, each group discussed the challenges and strategic aims to make future techniques in microscopy either “Faster & Smaller” or “Broader & Deeper.” By the end of the morning, the participants reconvened to present their conclusions from each breakout session.

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OSA Incubator Explores the Future of Microscopy at the Royal Society, Edinburgh

By Ivo Leite, University of Dundee, UK | Posted: 13 December 2016

The first international OSA Incubator - Future Microscopy: Merging Adaptive & Computational Imaging - took place today at the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Scotland, under the stern gaze of the nearby statue of James C. Maxwell. This meeting aims at discussing the future and challenges of emerging adaptive and computational imaging techniques in modern microscopy.


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Day 2 of Exploring the Connections between Quantum & Classical Optics

By Tanya Malhotra, University of Rochester | Posted: 8 November 2016

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.

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Latest Incubator Explores the Emerging Connections between Quantum & Classical Optics

By Tanya Malhotra, University of Rochester | Posted: 7 November 2016

The OSA Incubator Emerging Connections: Quantum & Classical Optics, 7-9 November 2016 in Washington DC, aims to identify and characterize the links and differences between the fields of classical and quantum optics. 

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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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​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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Day 2: Precision Measurements in Air Quality & Turbulence Incubator

By George Nehmetallah | Posted: 20 May 2016

The OSA Incubator on Precision Measurements in Air Quality & Turbulence: From Space-based Observations to Networked, Ground-based Point Sensors successfully brought researchers from industry, military, and national labs working in different application areas but sharing the same goals which are to mitigate, quantify, model, and predict pollution. The researchers discussed the viable and future techniques on how to develop high precision, high sensitivity, low cost, and portable sensors to quantify pollution caused by deteriorating air quality whether from GHGs, wildfires, anthropogenic and natural aerosols, and the myriad particulate air pollutants which drastically have a negative effect on the human well-being and the quality of life. They also laid out some recommendations on next steps for this community. 

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Precision Measurements in Air Quality & Turbulence Incubator: Day 1

By George Nehmetallah | Posted: 20 May 2016

Yesterday, kicked off the start of the OSA Incubator on Precision Measurements in Air Quality & Turbulence: From Space-based Observations to Networked, Ground-based Point Sensors, hosted by the Environmental Sensing Technical Group: Adam J. Fleisher, National Institute of Standards & Technology, United States; Partha Banerjee, University of Dayton, United States; and Jorge E. Pezoa, Universidad de Concepción, Chile. The goal of this meeting is to share information among the different researchers that have common interests, to foster future collaboration, to identify areas in need of further research, improve and miniaturize novel sensor technologies, and to develop strategies to incorporate computer models in monitoring, predicting, and measuring pollution and its effect on population. Another goal for this meeting is to bring together researchers from the defense, industry, national labs, and academia, to share their knowledge and their technologies and how to move towards future directions for developing robust simulation tools, low cost and portable pollution sensors.

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OSA Incubator Takes on Precision Measurements in Air Quality

By ​Partha P. Banerjee | Posted: 18 May 2016

According to the United Nations Environment Program, more than 1 billion people are exposed to outdoor air pollution annually. Urban air pollution is linked to up to 1 million premature deaths and 1 million pre-native deaths each year. Urban air pollution is estimated to cost approximately 2% of GDP in developed countries and 5% in developing countries. By organizing this Incubator on Precision Measurements in Air Quality & Turbulence, the leadership of the Environmental Sensing Technical Group hope to open the door to innovative and aggressive monitoring of air quality and predictions, leading to worldwide improvement of the quality of life.


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The computational modeling conversation continues…

By By Yansong Zhu, Johns Hopkins University | Posted: 15 April 2016

The final session from Day 1 of the Incubator was Performance Metrics/Task-based Assessment. Andrew Watson, from NASA Ames Research Center focused on visual performance metrics for imaging systems. He analyzed the problems of traditional models and discussed improvements that could be made using new approaches. His used examples of letters, aircraft, and watercraft to further illustrate his improvements. Next, Meredith Kupinski, from the University of Arizona, discussed model observation for image quality evaluation. She mentioned that image quality is statistical and can never be defined with a single image. The optimal observer for detection and estimation requires a full characterization of image statistics and characterizing image statistics usually requires an unrealistic quantity of sample images. She also gave some examples to show the performance of her model. After she concluded her discussion, the first day of Computational Modeling Incubator came to the end.

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​OSA Incubator on Computational Modeling & Performance Metrics for Imaging System Design & Evaluation – Day 1

By Yansong Zhu, Johns Hopkins University | Posted: 14 April 2016

During the OSA Incubator on Computational Modeling & Performance Metrics for Imaging System Design & Evaluation hosts Joseph Reynolds, from the Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate of the U.S. Army, and Christian Graff, from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, gave the overview of what they wanted to accomplish. The goal of this meeting is to share information among researchers in different fields with common problems, to foster future collaborations, to identify areas in need of further research, and to develop strategies for incorporating computer simulations in imaging device performance evaluation. Their hope was to bring together defense and medical imaging science communities to share methods, lessons learned, issues, and future directions for modeling and simulation of complex imaging systems. After the overview presentations, 

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OSA Optical Computing Incubator: Day 2

By Shuai Sun | Posted: 11 December 2015

Optical Computing Incubator
Day 1 continued…

The afternoon session on day 1 addressed optical computing algorithms and was presided over by Dr. Mark Neifeld, from the University of Arizona.  The focus of the session was on the identification of computational primitives and how their optical implementation is realized.  The central challenges in this area are:

  1. The identification of computationally meaningful primitives and their optical realization;
  2. The impact of error propagation in multistage architectures designed to solve challenging problems in computing and signal processing.

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OSA Optical Computing Incubator: Day 1

By Shuai Sun | Posted: 10 December 2015

Optical Computing Incubator

Welcome to Day 1 of the OSA Optical Computing Incubator, held at OSA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. 9-11 Dec 2015. The topic of this meeting, optical computing, is a merging computing technology uses photons generated by lasers or other light source for higher bandwidth and energy efficiency computation. For the past 60 years, Optical Computing has been a very attractive issue inspired by many related new technologies and nanophotonic devices. The goal for this Incubator is to bring together experts from nanophotonics, physics, computer architecture, computer science and mathematics to explore the current status and the problems that Optical Computing is currently facing, and the prospects of the future for this topic.

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OSA Levitated Optomechanics Incubator Part 2

By James Millen | Posted: 4 December 2015

Levitated Optomechanics Incubator Part 2

Day one continued…

To round out the earlier post, the final session from day 1 focussed on novel levitated systems. One of the hot developments in optomechanics is the coupling of atomic spin to mechanical motion, and Levi Neukirch from the University of Rochester, USA, introduced us to progress in controlling levitated nanodiamonds. Another way of coupling optomechanics to quantum systems is by using quantum dots, and we were introduced to a novel levitating quantum dot experiment by Yosuke Minowa, from Osaka University in Japan. Both of these systems are limited by absorbing the light which is used to levitate, and Bruce Kane from the University of Maryland USA proposed a solution, in his experiment levitating flakes of graphene in an electric trap.

We were all inspired by these new developments, and it’s very exciting to see levitated optomechanics moving away from optically levitated silica spheres.

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OSA Levitated Optomechanics Incubator

By James Millen | Posted: 3 December 2015

Manipulating Objects with Light
Welcome to day one of the OSA Levitated Optomechanics Incubator. Optomechanics is the study of the interaction of light with the mechanical motion of objects. Amazingly, mechanical resonators tens of microns in size have been cooled to their motional quantum ground state using light, and have even been placed in quantum superpositions of vibrational motion. By levitating mechanical oscillators, we can push optomechanics beyond the state-of-the-art.

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Adaptive Structured Illumination Incubator

By Marcia Lesky | Posted: 19 November 2015

  • What are the barriers for super-resolution at depth?
  • What are the fundamental limits in fibre imaging (resolution, correction, speed)?
  • What are the challenges of using structured illumination for in vivo imaging?

These are just a few of the questions that were explored at last week’s Adaptive Structured Illumination Incubator. Hosted by Meng Cui from Purdue University, US, and Kishan Dholakia and Michael Mazilu from the University of St. Andrews, UK, this Incubator used invited talks and moderated group discussion to allow experts to cross-fertilize ideas in applications of structured illumination throughout photonics.

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Optical Biosensors Incubator Meeting Day 2

By John Goertz | Posted: 11 November 2015

The second half of the Optical Biosensors Incubator deviated somewhat from the highly technical nature of the prior discussions. While several members did discuss progress in various scientific efforts, focus shifted to the broader topic of bringing biosensing technologies to market, and several discussions challenged all those in attendance to think critically on how the status quo relates to the practical, realistic future of the field.

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Optical Biosensors Incubator Meeting

By John Goertz | Posted: 10 November 2015

The OSA Optical Biosensors Incubator brings together the leading minds in the field to critically discuss key topics of central importance to this community: “labeled” as compared to “label-free” sensing, digital or single-molecule analyte detection, point-of-care applications, as well as commercialization of optical biosensors. As the Incubator got underway, opening remarks recalled the historical progress in the field starting with the light microscope to today’s optical gene chips to the potential of the liquid biopsy in the future. David Nolte, of Purdue University, gave the day’s first keynote presentation on biointerferometry. He discussed the various manufacturing techniques and optical techniques amenable to different styles of interferometry such as speckle, fringe analysis, phase-contrast, in-line and micro-diffraction interferometry.

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Compact EUV & X-ray Light Sources Workshop

By Marcia Lesky | Posted: 9 October 2015

This year’s International Workshop on Compact EUV & X-ray Light Sources located in lovely Maastricht, Netherlands has come to a successful conclusion with the attendees anxiously anticipating next year’s brand new Topical meeting.

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Next Steps for Label-free Optical Techniques in Diagnostics & Imaging

By Marcia Lesky | Posted: 22 September 2015

Last week’s Incubator on Label-free Optical Techniques for Biomedical Diagnostics & Imaging participants identified opportunities and challenges for label-free optical techniques and concluded with a clear call to continue the conversation. The hosts will continue to work with the participants to produce a white paper that will outline a prioritized list of recommendations to address the existing challenges and accelerate the translation of label-free optical techniques for clinical practice.

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Exploring the Challenges & Opportunities for Label-free Optical Imaging

By Marcia Lesky | Posted: 17 September 2015

This morning, OSA’s latest Incubator – the Incubator on Label-free Optical Techniques for Biomedical Diagnostics & Imaging: Challenges and Opportunities for Clinical Translation kicked-off. This meeting is hosted by Paul French, Imperial College, United Kingdom; Laura Marcu, University of California - Davis, USA; Robert J. Nordstrom, National Institute of Health, USA; Juergen Popp, Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology, Jena, Germany; and Brian Wilson, University Health Network, Canada.

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Photobiomodulation – Next Steps

By Johnathan George | Posted: 2 September 2015

Photobiomodulation group shot



The second day of the OSA’s Incubator on Photobiomodulation (PBM) began with a panel discussing the use of PBM in sports medicine. Ernesto Leal-Junior Ph.D., Professor, Nove Julho University, Sao Paulo, Brazil, talked about his lab’s attempt to systematically examine the modalities and mechanisms of PBM in sports rehabilitation. Edward Ryan, currently serving as a consultant to USA Basketball, and formerly Director of Sports Medicine at the U.S. Olympic Committee, described how his perception of PBM changed from the negative results he saw when he was first exposed to PBM in the early 90s to today when PBM is one of his preferred therapeutic modalities. He attributes the early challenges with PBM to a poor understanding of mechanisms and the inability to control treatment parameters with early devices – a topic that would be revisited later with a discussion of the need for clearer standards and regulatory guidance.

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Photobiomodulation – Overcoming the Hurdles

By Johnathan George | Posted: 1 September 2015

Group discussion


After a morning discussing how the technology, and community, have developed over the years, the afternoon of the Photobiomodulation Incubator began with a panel discussion on overcoming the hurdles facing Photobiomodulation (PBM). Panelists David Ozar Ph.D., Loyola University Chicago, Gail Siminovsky, CAE, Academy of Laser Dentistry, and Scot Faulkner, Kinexum Pharmaceuticals, discussed the ethical, organizational and leadership issues facing PBM. Their talks led to an open-ended brain storming session in which participants collected their ideas for the future of PBM and scored them by implementation difficulty and return on investment (ROI).

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Photobiomodulation – where it started and where is it going?

By Johnathan George | Posted: 31 August 2015

Juanita-Anders speaks on Photobiomodulation



Today’s kick-off of the OSA’s second Photobiomodulation (PBM) Incubator brings together scientists, practitioners, and industry to discuss the latest research, future, and hurdles for PBM’s acceptance as a mainstream medical therapy.

The day began with hosts Michael Hamblin Ph.D. and Donald Patthoff DDS introducing the goal of the Incubator: to come together to bring a coherent message about the scientific validity and potential for PBM. They said there will be an expectation of no spectators and an “all hands on deck” attitude at the Incubator, where all attendees are expected to participate.

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Solutions and Approaches to Break Opto-electronic Device Limitations

By Ke Liu | Posted: 15 May 2015

Starting from the first talk on general opto-electronic device limit and integration for silicon-based devices, presented by Thomas Koch here at the Nanophotonic Devices Incubator, the potential solutions for both the length minimization and power minimization were addressed. For example, Si photonics with high-index contrast and precision fabrication allow energy per bit to be further reduced using optical resonance enhancement for lower capacitance. Combining both resonant optical transition and resonant electronic transition (i.e. Q dot in a ring or nano-cavity), we may simply compound these effects (provided we remain outside strong coupling regime). However, some issues we still need to consider in the future, for instance, if a single-electron modulator is actually feasible, what are the statistical implications?

Electro-optic modulator (EOM) has been identified as one of the key drivers for optical communications. Because of the weak non-linear electro-optical properties of Silicon, such EOM require large footprints and higher power consumption. A dual cavity modulator device that uses a coupling modulation scheme breaks the energy-bandwidth limit, presented by Juejun Hu. The combination of 0.26 aJ energy per bit and >200 GHz optical 3 dB bandwidth positions the dual cavity EOM well beyond the performance domains attainable in classical intra-cavity EO modulators.

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Dream Frequency-comb Applications Become Reality

By Adam J. Fleisher | Posted: 21 November 2014

It’s been 15 years since the seminal papers demonstrating phase-stable self-referenced frequency combs invigorated the fields of optical metrology and precision molecular spectroscopy, from which numerous fundamental measurements in atomic, molecular, and optical physics have evolved. This achievement was recognized for its significance in 2005 when Theodor Hänsch, Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics, Garching, Germany, and John Hall, JILA, NIST and University of Colorado, USA were awarded half the Nobel Prize in Physics.

Since then, several dream frequency comb applications have recently become a reality. As summarized in the morning of day two by Ronald Holzwarth, Max Plank Institute for Quantum Optics, Garching, Germany, fiber-based optically flat frequency combs that span almost the entire visible spectrum with large mode spacing (~25 GHz) make fantastic astrocombs: calibration devices that when installed on-site at the world’s most powerful telescopes aid in the hunt for exoplanets similar in size and composition to Earth.

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Frequency combing through the noise

By Adam J. Fleisher | Posted: 21 November 2014

Following a full day of discussions at the OSA Incubator Meeting on Quantitative Modeling of Frequency-comb Sources, a few keys areas where theoretical models could aid in instrument design have been identified. Can global models beginning from first principles identify performance limits of frequency comb systems? Is there truly a need to move beyond current analytical models followed by brute-force numerical modeling using an application-dependent set of user-defined parameters to predict laser performance?

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Quantitative Modeling of Frequency-comb Sources

By Adam J. Fleisher | Posted: 20 November 2014

At their headquarters in Washington, DC The Optical Society is hosting another intimate Incubator bringing together experts in industry, academia, and federal research sectors to discuss relevant and emerging topics in optics and photonics. The focus of this Incubator meeting, running November 20-21, is on Quantitative Modeling of Frequency-comb Sources. As defined by meeting host Cutis Menyuk, University of Maryland-Baltimore County (UMBC), quantitative modeling of pulsed lasers should reproduce, or, better yet, actually predict experimental observations at the level of precision provided by the measurements themselves.

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Hot making cold with optics for energy

By Jonathan Tong | Posted: 20 November 2014

On the second day of the OSA Incubator on the Fundamental Limits of Optical Energy Conversion the discussion shifted towards control and use of thermal radiation for power generation and cooling.

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Developments in Optics for Energy Conversion

By Jonathan Tong | Posted: 18 November 2014

The first day of the Fundamental Limits of Optical Energy Conversion Incubator as full of intriguing talks on a myriad of topics related to optical energy conversion.

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OSA Incubator on the Fundamental Limits of Optical Energy Conversion

By Jonathan Tong | Posted: 13 November 2014

The conversion of light to electricity or heat is a crucial process towards developing more sustainable, environmentally friendly technologies that will offset our reliance on traditional fossil fuels. Indeed, the rapid growth in the photovoltaics industry in recent years is just one example that points towards the ever increasing role of light-based energy conversion technologies in the future landscape. However, current devices fall well short of true fundamental limits (Carnot, Landsberg); thus, there are still many aspects of optical energy conversion that need further exploration in order to develop higher performing, more efficient technologies.

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Low-Level Light in the Clinical Setting

By Elieza Tang | Posted: 22 August 2014

As the Low-Level Light Incubator continued, the focus turned to pre-clinical and laboratory studies that demonstrate the biostimulatory effects of photobiomodulation (PBM) and the possibility of LLLT to be used as a standard treatment modality in the clinical setting.

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Low Level Light Therapy: What Comes Next

By Elieza Tang | Posted: 22 August 2014

The agenda of this Low Level Light Incubator has taken a bottom up approach to light therapy. We began by establishing the foundation through explaining the basic mechanism and science of LLLT, then moving on to preclinical data and research and finally day two brought us to the application of LLLT in the clinical setting. Today the current use of LLLT for pain management, improving cognitive function in chronic traumatic brain injury and treatment of oral mucositis were addressed. In addition, a social and ethical session addressed the need to on develop a consensus on professional commitments for a new collaborative initiative in health care in order to bring LLLT to the forefront of clinical care.

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Low Level Light Therapy: the Path Forward

By Elieza Tang | Posted: 21 August 2014

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, nerves, bone, spinal PBM has been shown to produce an analgesic effect, anti-inflammatory effect and promote angiogenesis. The results from these controlled clinical trials and laboratory studies provides exciting and convincing evidence for the use of PBM as an efficacious, noninvasive treatment modality in the clinical setting. Many of these studies have demonstrated improved results and recovery with conditions such as traumatic brain injury, chronic wounds, spinal cord injury and many other injury models.

However, PBM has yet to be adopted by mainstream medicine. Why you ask? There are different answers based on who you ask.

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Perspective views from Industry & Government on Nanophotonics

By Ke Liu | Posted: 16 May 2014

Similar to the success of dense electronic component integration towards creating VLSI circuits, the photonic and optoelectronic industry is following similar integration schemes, terming the name “photonic integrated circuits” (PIC). However, all-Silicon PIC cannot currently complete all the functions. Alternatively, III-V platform, such as InP material system, still occupies a good position in the future. What are the viewpoints of industry and government to guide future research towards faster time-to-market?

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Fundamental and Physical Limitations of Opto-electronic Devices

By Ke Liu | Posted: 15 May 2014

Greetings from Washington, DC, and the OSA Nanophotonic Devices Incubator* meeting! Hosted by Volker J. Sorger, The George Washington University, United States; Jung Park, Intel Corporation, United States; Pablo A. Postigo, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas, Spain; Fengnian Xia, Yale University, United States, this two-day event gathers leading researchers from academia with the fields of integrated opto-electronic components & circuits, nanotechnology and nascent materials together with partners from industry and government for an open discussion regarding their research. Sponsors include the George Washington University, National Science Foundation and Thorlabs, Inc.

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Incubator meeting, Honest meeting

By Miaochan Zhi | Posted: 11 April 2014

The essence of this Incubator, as one host Mark Neifeld put it, is: honest effort to solve practical problems. The hosts repeatedly called on all attendees to have honest and candid discussions. The purpose of this meeting was truly to look for opportunities within CS and was cleverly structured to give pro and con views of those opportunities.  This lead to open and frank discussions which the attendees really took advantage of those discussion opportunities.

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Collaboration is the Key

By Miaochan Zhi | Posted: 11 April 2014

A major part of the meeting are the breakout group discussions. Participants were assigned to one of five potential application areas: Commercial Security Cameras for use in Homes, Businesses, Stadiums or Airports; UAV Surveillance Imaging; Near IR Imaging for Intra-cranial Bleeding Detection and Localization; Soldier-scale Situational Awareness; and Astronomical Imaging Applications.

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OSA Incubator: Implications of Compressive Sensing Concepts to Imaging Systems

By Miaochan Zhi | Posted: 10 April 2014

While the hot topic of DC in general might be the Cherry Blossom Festival, here at OSA headquarters we’re focusing on compressive processing.

First, what is an Incubator?  The OSA Incubator Program began in 2011 and this week’s OSA Incubator Implications of Compressive Sensing Concepts to Imaging Systems is the 13th Incubator to date. Each Incubator differs not only in topic but in program design and outcome. The hosts work with OSA to design a program that will best achieve their goals for the Incubator. Similarly, there are a variety of outcomes, these Incubators have been covered in OPN, have fueled authorship of a whitepaper (Scaling Terabit Networks) and one meeting – Freeform Optics – has already become an OSA Topical Meeting.

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OSA Topological Order with Photons Incubator: Facilitating Discussion of this Nascent Field

By Sean Kelley | Posted: 4 April 2014

Greetings from the 12th installment of OSA Incubator meetings, the OSA Topological Order with Photons Incubator! Hosted by Steven Girvin, Yale University, United States; Mohammad Hafezi, Joint Quantum Institute, United States; Karyn Le Hur, Ecole Polytechnique, France; Jacob Taylor, National Institute of Standards & Technology, United States; the meeting will span two days, involving formal talks, informal discussion, and impressive coffee consumption. Sponsors include the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, the Army Research Office, Joint Quantum Institute and the Physics Frontier Center.

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How do you make a topologically interesting system with light?

By Sean Kelley | Posted: 4 April 2014

Quantum superposition states are immensely delicate things - any interaction with the environment can cause them to decohere. This poses a significant problem for quantum computing, where information would need to be stored within quantum states for relatively long periods of time. A promising way to isolate a system exploits the topology of the system, known as 'topological protection'. A state that is topologically isolated from its environment would be perfectly shielded from the sort of noise and environmental imperfections that creep into quantum systems now.

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What lies ahead for topological photonic systems?

By Sean Kelley | Posted: 4 April 2014

The final day of the Topological Order with Photons Incubator saw several more proposals for systems that could support topological edge states. Metamaterials are a promising environment, and talks were given by Alex Kanikaev and Gennady Shvets on fabricating bianistropic metamaterials to emulate electron spins and topological insulators. Na Young Kim and Alberto Ano laid different schemes for creating lattices of exiton-polariton microcavities, as well as roadmaps for potentially seeing topological effects in these systems.

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Day 1 continued: Learning to See Through Walls

By David Norris | Posted: 7 March 2014

Is it possible to look inside an object using only light reflected off the front?  Can you transmit more light through an attenuating medium by making it even thicker?  Could a bank verify your identity using the pattern of light scattered off your teeth? 

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Day 2: Propagating Further

By David Norris | Posted: 7 March 2014

After a final session of talks on new developments in 3D imaging methods and funding opportunities, our host Jerome Mertz presented a timely summary of outstanding problems and possible solutions identified during this week's Incubator meeting:

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Day 1: Seeing Order in Disorder

By David Norris | Posted: 6 March 2014

Greetings from Washington, DC, and the OSA Controlled Light Propagation Incubator meeting! Hosted by Tom Bifano and Jerome Mertz, Boston University, USA; Sylvain Gigan, Institut Langevin, France; and Allard Mosk, University of Twente, Netherlands; today’s event brings leading researchers from the fields of biological imaging and adaptive optics together with partners from industry and government for a candid discussion of the technological breakthroughs, challenges, and goals that have materialized in the past few years.  This is the eleventh meeting in the OSA’s Incubator series, which was established in 2009 as a way to promote the growth and development of nascent fields within the broader optics and photonics research community.

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