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The Optical Society Presents the 2018 Charles Hard Townes Award

The Optical Society (OSA) is pleased to name Peter Fritschel, Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA the 2018 Charles Hard Townes Award recipient. Fritschel is recognized for advances in quantum-limited precision measurement in the Advanced LIGO detectors, leading to the first direct detection of gravitational waves.

Added: 19 Jun 2018


Anna Consortini Recognized with The Optical Society 2018 Robert E. Hopkins Leadership Award

The Optical Society (OSA) is pleased to name Anna Consortini, Università degli Studi di Firenze, Italy the 2018 Robert E. Hopkins Leadership Award recipient. Dr. Consortini is recognized for her outstanding dedication to promoting optics at an international level with very valuable leadership in institutions and scientific societies like International Commission for Optics (ICO), International Center for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), The Optical Society (OSA) and Italian Society of Optics and Photonics (SIOF).

Added: 14 Jun 2018


The Optical Society Applauds the House Science Committee’s Intent to Introduce Quantum Legislation

The Optical Society (OSA) applauds the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology Committee for announcing its intent to introduce quantum legislation. Yesterday, the committee released a fact sheet outlining the National Quantum Initiative Act of 2018. Support for quantum information science is an investment in the future for economic security. Some examples include its applications in communications, biophotonics and sensing.

Added: 13 Jun 2018


The Optical Society Announces 2018 Class of Senior Members

The Optical Society (OSA) Board of Directors is pleased to announce the approval of 169 new Senior Members — an OSA distinction that provides well-established individuals recognition for their experience and professional accomplishments within the field of optics and photonics.

Added: 13 Jun 2018


Transparent, Conductive Films Promising for Developing Flexible Screens

Researchers have demonstrated large-scale fabrication of a new type of transparent conductive electrode film based on nanopatterned silver. Smartphone touch screens and flat panel televisions use transparent electrodes to detect touch and to quickly switch the color of each pixel. Because silver is less brittle and more chemically resistant than materials currently used to make these electrodes, the new films could offer a high-performance and long-lasting option for use with flexible screens and electronics. The silver-based films could also enable flexible solar cells for installation on windows, roofs and even personal devices.

Added: 06 Jun 2018


Serial Entrepreneur and Laser Pioneer, Jason Eichenholz, to Deliver OSA Light the Future Keynote

The Optical Society (OSA), the leading global professional association in optics and photonics, will host the latest ‘Light the Future’ speaker series on 26 June, 8:00 – 9:00 A.M. ET during OSA’s Imaging Congress in Orlando, Florida. Co-founder and CTO of Luminar Technologies and a Fellow of The Optical Society, Jason Eichenholz will detail the critical role optics will play in shaping the future of navigation, passenger experience and the ultimate safety of the autonomous trip.

Added: 05 Jun 2018


The Optical Society Announces Plenary Program for 2018 OSA Imaging and Applied Optics Congress

The OSA Imaging and Applied Optics Congress will host two plenary presentations featuring virtual reality innovator, Paul Debevec, and exoplanet researcher, Laurent Pueyo.

Added: 31 May 2018


National Photonics Initiative Applauds Inclusion of New Quantum Resources in National Defense Author

The science and application of light, today applauded the Senate Armed Services Committee for including additional resources to support quantum technology research in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2019.

Added: 31 May 2018


OSA to Launch New Gold Open-Access Journal, OSA Continuum

The Optical Society (OSA) today announced it will begin publishing a new Open-Access journal, OSA Continuum, in September 2018. The new Journal will accept contributions from the broad optics and photonics community and will provide rapid dissemination of research articles meeting OSA’s high standards of accuracy, scientific rigor, and presentation standards without judgment of impact or significance.

Added: 30 May 2018


Novel Power Meter Opens the Door for In-Situ, Real-Time Monitoring of High-Power Lasers

Traditional laser power meters, however, are often bulky in size and slow in response time. Power measurements can also only be taken separately, interrupting the manufacturing process. Now, a group of researchers from National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Boulder, Colorado, have developed a smaller, faster and more sensitive laser power meter in the form of a folding mirror they call a “smart mirror.”

Added: 29 May 2018


Electron Tomography Technique Leads to 3D Reconstructions at the Nanoscale

Scientists recently found a way to harness the power of TEM to measure the structure of a material at the highest possible resolution – determining the 3D position of every individual atom.

Added: 23 May 2018


The Optical Society, Materials Research Society and SPIE Announce 2018-2019 Congressional Science an

The Optical Society (OSA), the Materials Research Society (MRS) and SPIE are pleased to announce the selection Benjamin Isaacoff and Dylan Rittman as 2018-2019 Congressional Fellows. The Congressional Fellows will each serve a 1-year term as special legislative assistants on the staffs of U.S. congressional offices or committees in Washington, D.C.

Added: 21 May 2018