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The Optical Society (OSA) Board of Directors is pleased to announce that 96 OSA members, representing 19 different countries, have been elected as the newest class of OSA Fellows. This year, the OSA Fellows Committee reviewed 177 nominations. Fellows are selected based on several factors, including specific scientific, engineering, educational and technological contributions, technical or industry leadership in the field as well as service to OSA and the global optics community. As a reflection of The Optical Society’s global reach, 60 percent of this year’s newly elected Fellows reside outside the United States.

Convertible video displays that offer both 2D and 3D imaging without the need of any eyewear offer greater convenience to users who would otherwise have to keep track of yet another accessory. Such autostereoscopic displays have already hit the TV market, but the underlying technology reveals its limitations at close viewing distances. Viewers typically must view these displays from a distance of around one meter (about three feet), eliminating any practical applicability to the smaller screens of mobile devices.

The Optical Society (OSA) will host an Incubator meeting on “Emerging Connections in Quantum and Classical Optics,” on Monday, 7 November and Tuesday, 8 November 2016 in Washington, DC, USA. This Incubators goals of these meeting are two-fold. First, the meeting looks to articulate what features of optics are classical and which are quantum. Meeting participants will discuss concepts, such as entanglement, polarization and complementarity, and understand what roles they have to play in optics.

For 100 years, the optical science community has been gathering to discuss the latest advances in all areas of the field of optics and photonics at The Optical Society’s Annual Meeting, Frontiers in Optics (FiO), co-located with Laser Science, the 32Nd Annual Meeting of the American Physical Society (APS) Division of Laser Science (DLS). The meeting has grown from its start as a local conference focused on topics such as photography and vision to new scientific thrusts of today such as developments in nonlinear spectroscopy and optical coherence tomography. The annual program was held 17-20 October 2016 at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center with an attendance of 2,300.

The Optical Society (OSA), the leading global professional association in optics and photonics, will host the latest in its centennial Light the Future speaker series on 3 November, 10:00 – 11:00 during the Asia Communications and Photonics Conference (ACP) in Wuhan, China. Nobel Laureate, former U.S. Secretary of Energy and a fellow of The Optical Society, Dr. Steven Chu will explore how optics has revolutionized scientific discoveries in energy and biomedicine, among other fields, and illustrate how optics and photonics will continue to impact technology.


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