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The Optical Society Names 19 Recipients for 2020 OSA Awards

The Optical Society (OSA) is pleased to announce 19 recipients of 2020 awards and medals. Throughout the year, OSA will bestow a total of 25 awards honoring distinguished achievements.

Added: 27 Mar 2020


OSA Statement on the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act

With the impact of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) disrupting important scientific research that could lead to new discoveries and technologies to combat the pandemic, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act approved by the U.S. Congress provides critical resources to the optics and photonics community. Across the globe, researchers are racing to develop vaccines and therapeutics to contain the spread of the virus. This infusion of U.S. government funds to science agencies and research institutions will accelerate studies and testing capabilities, increasing our knowledge of the disease and improving treatment options.

Added: 27 Mar 2020


New Fabrication Approach Paves Way to Low Cost Mid-Infrared Lasers Useful for Sensing

For the first time, researchers have fabricated high-performance mid-infrared laser diodes directly on microelectronics-compatible silicon substrates. The new lasers could enable the widespread development of low-cost sensors for real-time, accurate environmental sensing for applications such as air pollution monitoring, food safety analysis, and detecting leaks in pipes.

Added: 26 Mar 2020


Volker Deckert Named Recipient of 2020 Ellis R. Lippincott Award

Volker Deckert, Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology, Jena, Germany, has been named the 2020 Ellis R. Lippincott Award recipient.

Added: 25 Mar 2020


The Optical Society & Optical Society of Korea Name Ajoy Ghatak 2020 Sang Soo Lee Award Recipient

Ajoy Ghatak, NASI (The National Academy of Sciences India), Prayagraj, India, named the 2020 Sang Soo Lee Award recipient.

Added: 23 Mar 2020


The Optical Society Names Tony F. Heinz the 2020 William F. Meggers Award Recipient

Tony F. Heinz, Stanford University and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, USA, named the 2020 William F. Meggers Award recipient.

Added: 20 Mar 2020


Chip-Based Devices Improve Practicality of Quantum-Secured Communication

Researchers have demonstrated new chip-based devices that contain all the optical components necessary for quantum key distribution while increasing real-world security. The fast and cost-effective platform is poised to facilitate implementation of extremely secure data communication that can be used to protect everything from emails to online banking information.

Added: 19 Mar 2020


Chip-Based Device Opens New Doors for Augmented Reality and Quantum Computing

Researchers have designed a new chip-based device that can shape and steer blue light with no moving parts. The device could greatly reduce the size of light projection components used for augmented reality and a variety of other applications.

Added: 19 Mar 2020


Precision Mirrors Poised to Improve Sensitivity of Gravitational Wave Detectors

Deformable mirrors, which are used to shape and control laser light, have a surface made of tiny mirrors that can each be moved, or actuated, to change the overall shape of the mirror. As detailed in The Optical Society’s (OSA) journal Applied Optics, Cao and colleagues have, for the first time, made a deformable mirror based on the bimetallic effect in which a temperature change is used to achieve mechanical displacement.

Added: 18 Mar 2020


New Telescope Design Could Capture Distant Celestial Objects with Unprecedented Detail

Researchers have designed a new camera that could allow hypertelescopes to image multiple stars at once. The enhanced telescope design holds the potential to obtain extremely high-resolution images of objects outside our solar system, such as planets, pulsars, globular clusters and distant galaxies.

Added: 18 Mar 2020


Long-Distance Fiber Link Poised to Create Powerful Networks of Optical Clocks

An academic-industrial team in Japan has connected three laboratories in a 100-kilometer region with an optical telecommunications fiber network stable enough to remotely interrogate optical atomic clocks. This type of fiber link is poised to expand the use of these extremely precise timekeepers by creating an infrastructure that could be used in a wide range of applications such as communication and navigation systems.

Added: 17 Mar 2020


New Low-cost Approach Detects Building Deformations with Extreme Precision in Real Time

A new camera-based method for measuring building deformations can detect small displacements from 10 meters away. The method could be useful for continuously detecting fast deformations in high-rise buildings, bridges and other large structures with the aim of adapting these structures to external forces.

Added: 16 Mar 2020