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The Optical Society Names the 2018 William F. Meggers Award Recipient

The Optical Society (OSA) is pleased to name Warren S. Warren, Duke University, USA, the 2018 William F. Meggers Award recipient.

Added: 17 Aug 2018


The Optical Society Names 2018 C.E.K. Mees Medal Recipient

The Optical Society (OSA) is pleased to name Stanley Whitcomb, of the LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory) Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, USA, the 2018 C.E.K. Mees Medal recipient.

Added: 14 Aug 2018


Optical Pressure Detector Could Improve Robot Skin, Wearable Devices and Touch Screens

A new type of pressure sensor based on light could allow the creation of sensitive artificial skins to give robots a better sense of touch, wearable blood-pressure monitors for humans and optically transparent touch screens and devices.

Added: 14 Aug 2018


The Optical Society Announces the 2018 Emmet N. Leith Medal Recipient

The Optical Society (OSA) is pleased to name Asher Albert Friesem, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel, as the recipient of the 2018 Emmett N. Leith Medal.

Added: 10 Aug 2018


Machine Learning Technique Reconstructs Images Passing through a Multimode Fiber

Through innovative use of a neural network that mimics image processing by the human brain, a research team reports accurate reconstruction of images transmitted over optical fibers for distances of up to a kilometer.

Added: 09 Aug 2018


The Optical Society Names Inaugural Kevin P. Thompson Optical Design Innovator Award Recipient

The Optical Society (OSA) is pleased to name Ulrike Fuchs, asphericon GmbH, Germany as the first recipient of the Kevin P. Thompson Optical Design Innovator Award.

Added: 07 Aug 2018


The Optical Society Names 2018 Edgar D. Tillyer Award Recipient

The Optical Society (OSA) is pleased to name Martin S. Banks, University of California, Berkeley, USA, the 2018 Edgar D. Tillyer Award recipient. Dr. Banks is recognized for applying an innovative and rigorous scientific approach to make significant contributions in the fields of visual development, sensory cue combination and 3D vision.

Added: 31 Jul 2018


The Optical Society Names the 2018 R.W. Wood Prize Recipient

The Optical Society (OSA) is pleased to name Christopher Barty, University of California, Irvine, USA, the 2018 R.W. Wood Prize recipient. Dr. Barty’s innovations have enabled ultrafast and energetic intense lasers around the world.

Added: 26 Jul 2018


The Optical Society and Optical Society of Korea Name the 2018 Sang Soo Lee Award Recipient

The Optical Society (OSA) and the Optical Society of Korea (OSK) are pleased to name Cheng-Chung Lee, National Central University, Taiwan, the 2018 Sang Soo Lee Award recipient. Lee is recognized for guiding, educating, developing and inspiring the optical coating industry in Taiwan for more than 30 years and serving as a key figure in its growth and success.

Added: 25 Jul 2018


New Quantum Random Number Generator Could Improve Security for Portable Devices

Researchers have shown that a chip-based device measuring a millimeter square could be used to generate quantum-based random numbers at gigabit per second speeds. The tiny device requires little power and could enable stand-alone random number generators or be incorporated into laptops and smart phones to offer real-time encryption.

Added: 23 Jul 2018


Researchers Move Closer to Completely Optical Artificial Neural Network

Researchers have shown that it is possible to train artificial neural networks directly on an optical chip. The significant breakthrough demonstrates that an optical circuit can perform a critical function of an electronics-based artificial neural network and could lead to less expensive, faster and more energy efficient ways to perform complex tasks such as speech or image recognition.

Added: 19 Jul 2018


New Analysis Tool Could Bolster Development of Efficient Engines and Fuel

A newly developed analysis method can detect hydroxyl radicals (OH) with unprecedented sensitivity. Because OH is a critical component in the combustion processes that power most vehicles, the new approach could advance the development of novel types of engines and fuels that would be more efficient and environmentally friendly.

Added: 18 Jul 2018