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OFC 2017, the world’s leading conference and exhibition for optical communications and networking professionals, will unite the industry’s leaders and business professionals to discuss how to leverage optical innovations for next-generation 5G networks, Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), Virtual Reality (VR) and much more. OFC, being held 19-23 March in Los Angeles, California, USA, attracts attendees from more than 65 countries.

OSA Industry Development Associates (OIDA), a trade association operated as a division of The Optical Society, has published a forecast on global production rates of the optics and photonics industry. The forecast details a growth in sales of approximately 5 percent in 2017 from 2016 for optics and photonics-enabled products. OIDA estimates that 2016 production of these products came to $405 billion, approximately 2 percent below 2015.

The U.S. Department of State and the Department of Commerce published a Notice of Inquiry in the Federal Register to seek public opinion on Category XII of the United States Munitions List (USML) and proposed changes to the Commerce Control List (CCL) Category VI. The Optical Society (OSA) encourages members and constituents to review this comprehensive document and evaluate the potential impact on your business.

One hundred years elapsed between Albert Einstein’s prediction of gravitational waves and the stunning observation of the phenomenon, by a worldwide collaboration of more than 1,000 scientists using incredibly sensitive antennas built of mirrors and lasers. As is the case with many scientific achievements, this recent milestone in our understanding of the fabric of space-time draws upon innumerable theoretical, observational and technological innovations and iterations made along the way.

Researchers have developed a new type of optomechanical device that uses a microscopic silicon disk to confine optical and mechanical waves. The new device is highly customizable and compatible with commercial manufacturing processes, making it a practical solution for improving sensors that detect force and movement.

         

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