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The Optical Society Names G. Michael Morris the 2020 David Richardson Medal Recipient

Past OSA President, G. Michael Morris, RPC Photonics, Inc. & Apollo Optical Systems, Inc., USA, named winner of the 2020 David Richardson Medal.

Added: 17 Feb 2020


The Optical Society Names Wilson Geisler the 2020 Edgar D. Tillyer Award Recipient

Wilson Geisler, University of Texas at Austin, USA named the 2020 Edgar D. Tillyer Award winner.

Added: 14 Feb 2020


The Optical Society Names Daniel J. Blumenthal 2020 C.E.K. Mees Medal Recipient

Daniel J. Blumenthal, University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB), USA named the 2020 C.E.K. Mees Medal recipient.

Added: 12 Feb 2020


The Optical Society Expresses Disappointment in Funding Cuts to Science in U.S. President Trump’s FY

The Optical Society (OSA) is disappointed that President Trump’s FY2021 budget fails to provide sufficient funding to U.S. science agencies to accelerate the pace of basic and applied research.

Added: 12 Feb 2020


Quantum Noise Generation Allows for Secure Wireless Transmissions

Ken Tanizawa and Fumio Futami, from Tamagawa University, Japan, propose a cipher system for quantum noise encryption and decryption applications. Tanizawa will present their technique at the Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exhibition (OFC), to be held 8-12 March 2020 at the San Diego Convention Center, California, U.S.A.

Added: 11 Feb 2020


The Optical Society Names Toshiki Tajima the 2020 Charles Hard Townes Award Winner

Toshiki Tajima, University of California Irvine, USA names the 2020 Charles Hard Townes Award winner.

Added: 10 Feb 2020


The Optical Society Awards the 2020 Joseph Fraunhofer Award/Robert M. Burley Prize Recipient

Jannick Rolland, University of Rochester, USA, named the recipient of the 2020 Joseph Fraunhofer Award/Robert M. Burley Prize.

Added: 07 Feb 2020


Generating Pseudo-Random Speckle Illumination Patterns Allows For High-Resolution Imaging

Using pseudo-random speckle patterns is an efficient way to image targets, but most approaches require bulky, expensive, complex and slow machinery. To apply this technique to biomedical imaging, such as ultra-thin endoscopy or in vivo neural imaging, a smaller device that can generate random speckles is needed.

Added: 05 Feb 2020


The Optical Society Names Nimmi Ramanujam the 2020 Michael S. Feld Biophotonics Award Recipient

OSA names Nimmi Ramanujam, Duke University, USA, the 2020 Michael S. Feld Biophotonics Award recipient.

Added: 04 Feb 2020


The Optical Society Awards Ursula Keller the 2020 Frederic Ives Medal/Jarus W. Quinn Prize

OSA announced that the 2020 Frederic Ives Medal/Jarus W. Quinn Prize will be presented to Ursula Keller, ETH Zurich, Switzerland.

Added: 03 Feb 2020


Researchers Combine X-rays and Laser Light to Image Sprays

Researchers have developed a new laser-based method that provides an unprecedented view of sprays such as the ones used for liquid fuel combustion in vehicle, ship and plane engines. The technique could provide new insights into these atomizing sprays, which are also used in a variety of industrial processes such as painting and producing food powders and drugs.

Added: 30 Jan 2020


Artificial Intelligence Predicts Treatment Outcome for Diabetes-Related Vision Loss

A new approach that uses artificial intelligence to analyze retinal images could one day help doctors select the best treatment for patients with vision loss from diabetic macular edema. This diabetes complication is a major cause of vision loss among working-age adults.

Added: 28 Jan 2020