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Quantum-Encrypted Information Transmitted Over Fiber More than 600 Kilometers Long

Presented at FiO LS, Toshiba Europe Limited and University of Leeds researchers have developed a method of secure quantum communication that achieves transmission over long distances, with the potential to overcome present limitations in transmitting quantum-encrypted information.

Added: 21 Oct 2021


Chip-Based Optical Tweezers Levitate Nanoparticles in a Vacuum

Researchers have created tiny chip-based optical tweezers that can be used to optically levitate nanoparticles in a vacuum. In Optica, Optica Publishing Group’s journal for high-impact research, researchers at Purdue University and Pennsylvania State University report the first realization of on-chip optical levitation in a vacuum with an ultrathin metalens.

Added: 21 Oct 2021


Frequency Translating Add/Drop Filters Designed for On-Chip Light Manipulation

At the all-virtual FiO LS, researchers report the development of frequency translating add/drop filters based on electro-optically modulated photonic molecules. The new class of filters could open important new avenues for on-chip light manipulation.

Added: 19 Oct 2021


Photon-Pair Source with Pump Rejection Filter Fabricated on Single CMOS Chip

Presented at the 2021 Frontiers in Optics + Laser Science Conference (FiO LS), researchers from Boston University have developed a novel wavelength-tunable, silicon photon-pair source that incorporates both active photonic devices and feedback control circuits on a single CMOS chip.

Added: 14 Oct 2021


City Leaders Invited to Discover How Real-time Monitoring of Urban Greenhouse Gases Can Help Tackle Climate Change

The Cities are the Key to the Climate Solution Summit, organised by the Global Environmental Measurement and Monitoring (GEMM) Initiative, will showcase a pilot urban air quality monitoring project in Glasgow as the city hosts the COP26 climate change conference in November.

Added: 06 Oct 2021


Mid-IR Pulses Create Terahertz Fields That Can Directly Manipulate the optical Properties of Quantum

At the Optica, formerly OSA, Laser Congress Claudia Gollner from TU Wien in Austria will present new findings on an exceptionally strong terahertz (THz) field that can directly drive a large change in transmission of a visible probe pulse in quantum dots.

Added: 30 Sep 2021


New Laser Meets Demanding Requirements for Driving Cutting-Edge Attosecond Light Sources

At the Optica, formerly OSA, Laser Congress, Steffen Hädrich from Active Fiber Systems GmbH in Germany will present a new laser with a unique combination of few-cycle pulses at high average power, pulse energy and repetition rate and with stable carrier envelope phase (CEP) operation.

Added: 30 Sep 2021


Researchers Integrate Optical Devices Made of Multiple Materials onto Single Chip

In the Optica Publishing Group journal Optical Materials Express, researchers describe a highly accurate way to assemble multiple micron-scale optical devices extremely close together on a single chip. The approach could allow high-volume manufacturing of chip-based optical systems that would enable more compact optical communications devices and advanced imagers.

Added: 29 Sep 2021


New Imaging System Reveals Solar Panel Defects Even in Bright Sunlight

In the Optica Publishing Group journal Applied Optics, researchers from Nanjing University of Science and Technology in China describe how a unique combination of new hardware and software allows defects in solar panels to be clearly imaged and analyzed even in bright light.

Added: 27 Sep 2021


OSA Becomes Optica, the Society Advancing Optics and Photonics Worldwide

Today marks a historic day for OSA, as the organization changes its name to Optica, the society advancing optics and photonics worldwide. Its new name reinforces the society’s position as the leading forum for advancing light science and technology. It also reflects its diverse global community.

Added: 20 Sep 2021


New Technology Makes It Possible to See Clearly Through Murky Water

In Optics Express, Tianjin University researchers overcome the limitations of traditional polarimetric underwater imaging by developing a new method that can automatically produce clear images through murky water. The new technology could be useful for searching for drowning victims, documenting submerged archaeological artifacts and monitoring underwater farms.

Added: 16 Sep 2021


OSA Fellow Jun Ye Named Recipient of the Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics

The Optical Society (OSA) congratulates OSA Fellow Jun Ye on receiving the 2022 Breakthrough Prize. The Breakthrough Prize, now in its tenth year, awards scientists and mathematicians who have advanced their field with groundbreaking discoveries and novel technologies.

Added: 10 Sep 2021


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