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Vast amounts of data transmit across the Internet and telecommunications networks delivering, for example, real-time video calls from one cell phone to another – across the world. As people send and receive increasing amounts of data like ultra-high definition (4K, 8K) images over these largely optical fiber-based networks, and the demand for such increases, so too does the need for new technologies to transmit that data at enhanced speeds, with increased energy efficiency, and at lower cost. A promising way to do that is by using optical switches that relay signals carried by optical fibers from one circuit to another. One new technology in particular now offers significant improvement to the optical switches used by fiber optic networks.

The Optical Society (OSA) expresses concern over the 27 January 2017 Presidential Executive Order, “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States,” and the impact it will have on scientific freedom and the exchange of ideas. This order restricts the ability of scientists to enter the United States to study, attend a conference or to pursue research interests.

The Optical Society (OSA), the leading global professional association in optics and photonics, continues the tradition of the Light the Future speaker series. The speaker series, which began in OSA’s centennial year, was created to shine light on the special contributions and innovations in optics and photonics. Walter Isaacson, president and CEO of the Aspen Institute, a nonpartisan educational and policy studies institute based in Washington, DC, USA, will host the first Light the Future speaker series of the year.

Nearly one year ago, the LIGO Scientific Collaboration announced to the world that the team had confirmed detection of gravitational waves, thus impacting the physical sciences for years to come. The American Physical Society (APS) and The Optical Society (OSA), invite all members of local media and registered media attending the 2017 APS Winter Meeting to attend this very special discussion.

Enterprise networks and data centers continue to increase their demands for connectivity, with ever larger quantities of data expected to be transmitted in the foreseeable future. Over the past 20 years, fiber-optic technology has experienced tremendous success in bringing us a fast, globally-connected internet. Providing greater capacity for information transfer is key to meeting future needs. A recent advancement in fiber core structures promises to help us reach this goal more quickly.


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