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Chip-Based Optical Sensor Detects Cancer Biomarker in Urine

For the first time, researchers have used a chip-based sensor with an integrated laser to detect very low levels of a cancer protein biomarker in a urine sample. The new technology is more sensitive than other designs and could lead to non-invasive and inexpensive ways to detect molecules that indicate the presence or progression of a disease

Added: 04 Dec 2019


Fifteen OSA Members Named 2019 Fellows of the National Academy of Inventors

Fifteen members of The Optical Society (OSA) will join the ranks of the National Academy of Inventors, a professional distinction accorded to academic inventors who have demonstrated a spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development and the welfare of society.

Added: 04 Dec 2019


Researchers Substantially Boost Sensitivity of Terahertz Gas Analysis

In Optica, The Optical Society's (OSA) journal for high impact research, researchers led by Gaël Mouret from Université du Littoral-Côte d'Opale in France report a new high-performance optical cavity for terahertz frequencies. They used this cavity to demonstrate the first convincing cavity-enhanced spectroscopy performed with terahertz frequencies.

Added: 21 Nov 2019


Quantum Light Improves Sensitivity of Biological Measurements

In a new study, researchers showed that quantum light can be used to track enzyme reactions in real time. The work brings together quantum physics and biology in an important step toward the development of quantum sensors for biomedical applications.

Added: 18 Nov 2019


Researchers Capture Moving Object with Ghost Imaging

Researchers from the National University of Defense Technology in China have developed a way to capture moving objects with the unconventional imaging method known as ghost imaging. The new method could make the imaging technique practical for new applications such as biomedical imaging, security checks and video compression and storage.

Added: 13 Nov 2019


OFC 2020 Plenary Speakers Will Explore the Future of Optics Communications, 5G Innovations and Astro

A trio of world-renowned researchers will be the plenary speakers for the 2020 Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exhibition (OFC), the world’s largest conference and exhibition for optical communications and networking professionals, held 8 – 12 March 2020 at the San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, California, U.S.A.

Added: 13 Nov 2019


Low-Cost, Portable System Takes OCT Beyond Ophthalmology

Researchers have developed a way to perform optical coherence tomography (OCT) in hard-to-reach areas of the body such as joints. The advance could help bring this high-resolution biomedical imaging technique to new surgical and medical applications.

Added: 12 Nov 2019


Roel Baets Named 2020 John Tyndall Award Recipient

The Optical Society (OSA) and the IEEE Photonics Society have named Roel Baets, full professor at Ghent University in Belgium, the 2020 John Tyndall Award recipient. Baets is recognized “for seminal research in silicon photonics and for driving the foundry model in this field.”

Added: 12 Nov 2019


New Particle Analysis Technique Paves Way for Better Air Pollution Monitoring

A new technique for continuously monitoring both the size and optical properties of individual airborne particles could offer a better way to monitor air pollution.

Added: 11 Nov 2019


For Science’s Sake, the Government Must Approve FY20 Spending Bills

The Optical Society (OSA) CEO, Elizabeth A. Rogan, describes how congressional inaction on FY20 spending bills has serious consequences for scientific research in this op-ed posted on The Hill

Added: 07 Nov 2019


New Technology Poised to Lower Cost and Expand Applications for Transparent LED Screens

Connecting LEDs with transparent conductive circuits has made it possible to turn glass windows, walls and building exteriors into see-through displays that inform or entertain viewers with videos and images. A new approach to making these circuits could help lower the costs of transparent LED screens and allow the technology to be used on substrates that are flexible or curved.

Added: 04 Nov 2019


New Printer Creates Extremely Realistic Colorful Holograms

Researchers have developed a new printer that produces digital 3D holograms with an unprecedented level of detail and realistic color. The new printer could be used to make high-resolution color recreations of objects or scenes for museum displays, architectural models, fine art or advertisements that do not require glasses or special viewing aids.

Added: 31 Oct 2019