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Tiny Chip-Based Device Performs Ultrafast Modulation of X-Rays

Researchers have developed new x-ray optics that can be used to harness extremely fast pulses in a package that is significantly smaller and lighter than conventional devices used to modulate x-rays. The new optics are based on microscopic chip-based devices known as microelectromechanical systems (MEMS).

Added: 20 Apr 2021


OSA and IS&T Name Joseph Izatt the 2021 Edwin H. Land Medal Recipient

Optical Society (OSA) and the Society for Imaging Science and Technology (IS&T) name Joseph A. Izatt of Duke University, USA the 2021 Edwin H. Land Medal winner.

Added: 19 Apr 2021


Increasing Optical Fiber Capacity and Channel Data Rates in Submarine Communication Cables

Presented at the 2021 Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exhibition (OFC), researchers will present the results generated from a record-breaking transatlantic transmission across MAREA.

Added: 13 Apr 2021


Head-Mounted Microscope Captures Brain Activity in Freely Behaving Mice

At the 2021 OSA Biophotonics Congress: Optics in Life Sciences, researchers will present their developed head-mounted miniature microscope that can be used to image activity from the entire outer part of the brain, or cortex, in freely behaving mice.

Added: 12 Apr 2021


Statement by OSA CEO Elizabeth Rogan on U.S. President Biden’s FY2022 Budget Proposal

The Optical Society applauds funding increases for science and technology benefitting the global optics and photonics community in U.S. President Biden’s FY2022 budget request.

Added: 09 Apr 2021


Tissue-Integrated Microlasers Used to Measure Contraction in Beating Heart of Zebrafish

At the all-virtual 2021 OSA Biophotonics Congress, researchers will demonstrate that tiny lasers integrated into heart muscle cells or tissue can be used to acquire high-resolution measurements of contractility in heart muscle cells, live zebrafish and living heart tissue at locations several times deeper than other light-based techniques.

Added: 07 Apr 2021


Statement by OSA CEO Elizabeth Rogan on Discriminatory Acts Against Asian Pacific Islanders

The Optical Society (OSA) strongly denounces violence and discriminatory acts against Asian Pacific Islander communities.

Added: 30 Mar 2021


Researchers Capture First 3D Super-Resolution Images in Living Mice

Researchers have developed a new microscopy technique that can acquire 3D super-resolution images of subcellular structures from about 100 microns deep inside biological tissue, including the brain.

Added: 25 Mar 2021


The Latest Innovations in Optics and Photonics on Display at 3rd Virtual OIDA Technology Showcase

Innovators will demonstrate state-of-the-art products advancing the field of optics and photonics during the 3rd Virtual OSA Industry Development Associates (OIDA) Technology Showcase held 27-29 April 2021.

Added: 24 Mar 2021


New Imaging Technology Could Help Predict Heart Attacks

Researchers have developed a new intravascular imaging technique that could one day be used to detect coronary plaques that are likely to lead to a heart attack.

Added: 16 Mar 2021


Researchers Set New Resolution Record for Imaging the Human Eye

Researchers have developed a noninvasive technique that can capture images of rod and cone photoreceptors with unprecedented detail. The advance could lead to new treatments and earlier detection for retinal diseases such as macular degeneration, a leading cause of vision loss.

Added: 11 Mar 2021


OFC 2021 Conference and Exhibition to Host Global Visionaries, Technology Innovators in an Interactive, All-Virtual Format

The premier event in telecom and data center optics—the 2021 Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exhibition (OFC)-today announced it will convene in an interactive, all-virtual format, 06 – 11 June 2021.

Added: 10 Mar 2021