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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.

Mankind has long been peering into the depths of the sea. From finding fish to avoiding rocks, the ability to see as far as possible through turbid water has been important for thousands of years. More recently, scientists are using sophisticated cameras to study sea floor geology and deep-sea animal behaviors but are continually challenged to get a clear picture of the remote fathoms of the ocean.

As data demands continue to grow, scientists predict that it’s only a matter of time before today’s telecommunication networks reach capacity unless new technologies are developed for transporting data. A new technique could help avert this bandwidth crunch by allowing light-based optical networks to carry more than one hundred times more data than is possible with current technologies.

         

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