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The Optical Society (OSA) announced that John C. Mather was named an Honorary Member. Mather was chosen “The temperature of the Big Bang radiation was determined as 2.725 +/- 0.001K. According to the Nobel committee the COBE project can be regarded as the starting point of cosmology as a precision science.” The Optical Society’s Honorary Membership is the most distinguished membership status a society member may achieve and this status is confirmed by the OSA Board of Directors. Mather joins 48 distinguished Honorary Members.

Graphene’s unique properties can be both a blessing and a curse to researchers, especially to those at the intersection of optical and electronic applications. These single-atom thick sheets feature highly mobile electrons on their flexible profiles, making them excellent conductors, but in general graphene sheets do not interact with light efficiently.

The OSA Laser Congress concluded in Boston with 600 attendees, an extensive exhibition featuring leading laser manufacturers and a forum on trends in laser applications. The expanded congress included comprehensive, peer-reviewed technical sessions, a cutting-edge exhibition and an industry-focused “Executive Forum” program. Research topics incorporated into the technical program included: quantum cascade lasers, lasers for sensing and lasers for free space communications.

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.

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