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CLEO:2016, the Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, is the premier international forum for scientific and technical optics—from fundamental laser science to photonic applications and products. CLEO:2016 builds on the long-established CLEO/QELS conference and its world-renowned peer-reviewed program. CLEO offers six days of technical sessions, special symposia, tutorials, business programming, exhibits and special events—all highlighting the latest research, applications and market-ready technologies in all areas of lasers and electro-optics.

Imagine a window with no need for cumbersome blinds — with a flick of a switch, the glass simply turns opaque. While the concept is not new, and researchers have already developed prototypes, “tunable windows” face expensive manufacturing challenges that have slowed their widespread commercial adoption. Now researchers have developed a novel technique to make windows turn cloudy that is easier — and potentially cheaper — to implement.

Members of the media are invited to join The Optical Society (OSA) for the second event in its Light the Future speaker series with special guest Mary Lou Jepsen.

The Optical Society (OSA) is pleased to name the 2016 recipients of its prestigious awards and medals. These award winners join an esteemed group of past recipients recognized by OSA for their outstanding contributions and leadership in the field of optics and photonics. Award ceremonies will be held throughout the year.

Researchers have demonstrated, for the first time, that laser light can be used to manipulate a glass optical fiber tapered to a sharp point smaller than a speck of dust, in the middle of an optical fiber with a hollow core. Amazingly, optical forces cause the sharp point, or “nanospike,” to self-align at the center of the hollow core, trapping it more and more strongly at the core center as the laser power increases.

         

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