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The National Photonics Initiative (NPI) today applauded the US House of Representative for passing by unanimous consent S. 3084, the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act (America COMPETES) – a bill to invest in innovation and improve United States competitiveness through research and development.

An industry-academic collaboration has achieved the first optical coherence tomography (OCT) images of cubic meter volumes. With OCT’s ability to provide difficult-to-obtain information on material composition, subsurface structure, coatings, surface roughness and other properties, this advance could open up many new uses for OCT in industry, manufacturing and medicine. The achievement also represents important progress toward developing a high-speed, low-cost OCT system on a single integrated circuit chip.

The Optical Society (OSA) issued the following statement applauding the 21st Century Cures Act, which provides $6.3 billion in funding for advanced medical research and health care initiatives, including $4.8 billion for photonics-enabled areas of medicine, such as the Cancer Moonshot, the Precision Medicine Initiative and the BRAIN Initiative. The Act also includes provisions to reduce administrative burdens on researchers.

Researchers have created a new magnetic mirror-based device that could one day help cosmologists discover new details about ripples in space-time known as gravitational waves, particularly those emitted when the universe was extremely young.

The European X-ray Free-Electron Laser (XFEL) facility, near Hamburg, Germany, was built with one objective — to provide pulses of light short enough, bright enough, and of small enough wavelength to observe processes that would otherwise be too fast and/or too infrequent to measure in real-time.

         

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