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Researchers at the University of Bath, United Kingdom have created a new kind of laser capable of pulsed and continuous mid-infrared (IR) emission between 3.1 and 3.2 microns, a spectral range that has long presented a major challenge for laser developers. The achievement could aid in the development of new uses for mid-IR lasers, which are currently used in applications such as spectroscopy, environmental sensing and detecting explosives.

Researchers at Sun Yan-Sen University, China, have developed a new display with comfortable 3D visual effects. The device is based on a "super multi-view technique" which works to reduce viewer discomfort. The device also greatly decreases the required number of microdisplays, which makes a compact design possible.

The amount of data traffic on the internet and between servers in datacenters has exploded in the past few decades and shows no signs of slowing down. For example, Ethernet technology, used in small to medium-sized networks, has evolved from an original speed of 2.94 megabits per second to 100 gigabits per second, an increase of more than 3,000-fold. An IEEE 400 Gb/s Ethernet Task Force has been formed to take the standard up to 400 gigabits per second in the next year or so, and even this may not be enough for some especially data-heavy companies.

The impact of optics is all around us. Everything is connected to light ― and enabled by optics. But what will be the next breakthrough technology? Discover the power of optics with the Enabled by Optics Contest finalists

The Optical Society (OSA) is pleased to announce the creation of the OSA Ambassadors program, a new professional development benefit for student chapters and young professionals. The program launches with 10 Ambassadors who are emerging leaders within the field optics and photonics. The 2016 OSA Ambassadors will work to provide professional development, technical knowledge and mentorship to collegiate chapters and receive the distinguished honor of a lifetime distinction as an Ambassador.

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