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The Optical Society (OSA) is celebrating its Centennial in 2016 and the 20th anniversary of its participation in the AAAS Congressional Science and Technology Policy Fellowships Program. The Society’s first Congressional Fellow was in 1995-1996 in partnership the Materials Research Society (MRS). In 1999, The Optical Society offered a second fellowship in partnership with SPIE. Since its inception, OSA has sponsored 38 Congressional Fellows, who have worked in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives in a personal office or on a Congressional committee.

The photovoltaic (PV) cells in traditional solar cells convert sunlight efficiently within a narrow range of wavelengths determined by the material used in the PV cells. This limits their efficiency, as long wavelengths of sunlight are not converted at all and the energy of short wavelength light is largely wasted. Scientists have sought to increase the efficiency of photovoltaics by creating “multi-junction” solar cells, made from several different semiconductor materials that absorb at varying wavelengths of light. The problem is, such multi-junction cells are expensive to make.

Ray Kurzweil, inventor, author and futurist, discussed the law of accelerating returns for technology and its impact on business and society on 8 June 2016 during The Optical Society’s centennial Light the Future program at CLEO:2016 Conference and Expo in San Jose, California, USA. Dr. Steven Chu, Nobel laureate, former U.S. Secretary of Energy and OSA Fellow and Honorary Member, led the conversation with Kurzweil covering a range of issues from jobs to ethics.

The primary source of infrared radiation is heat — the radiation produced by the thermal motion of charged particles in matter, including the motion of the atoms and molecules in an object. The higher the temperature of an object, the more its atoms and molecules vibrate, rotate, twist through their vibrational modes, the more infrared radiation they radiate. Because infrared detectors can be “blinded” by their own heat, high-quality infrared sensing and imaging devices are usually cooled down, sometimes to just a few degrees above absolute zero.

The Optical Society (OSA) presents the 2016 Latin America Optics and Photonics Conference (LAOP), an international congress hosted by The Optical Society, with the primary objective of promoting optics and photonics related activities within the Latin American region. The conference includes a comprehensive technical program and features recognized experts in the fields of optics and photonics.


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