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Radio-Over-Fiber Compression Poised to Advance 5G Wireless Networks

A new study shows that a compression scheme for radio-over-fiber links could help solve this problem for a variety of 5G formats. Paikun Zhu from The Graduate School for the Creation of New Photonics Industries in Japan will present the new results at The Optical Society (OSA) 2020 Advanced Photonics Congress.

Added: 09 Jul 2020


Spectroscopy Approach Poised to Improve Treatment for Serious Heart Arrhythmia

Researchers have demonstrated that a new mapping approach based on near infrared spectroscopy can distinguish between fat and muscle tissue in the heart. This distinction is critical when using radiofrequency ablation to treat a serious heart rhythm problem known as ventricular tachycardia.

Added: 08 Jul 2020


Statement by The Optical Society (OSA) on U.S. Government Modifications to the Student and Exchange Visitor Program

The Optical Society (OSA) strongly opposes the decision by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to modify temporary exemptions for current and future nonimmigrant F-1 and M-1 visa students attending schools in the U.S. Under these new rules, nonimmigrant F-1 and M-1 students in the Student and Exchange Visitor Program are prohibited from taking a full online course load while remaining in the U.S.

Added: 08 Jul 2020


The Optical Society Announces 2020 Class of Senior Members

The Optical Society (OSA) Board of Directors is pleased to announce its 2020 class of new Senior Members. The Senior Member distinction, awarded this year to 178 OSA members, recognizes experience and professional accomplishment within the field of optics and photonics.

Added: 06 Jul 2020


Scientists Install Sensors in Glasgow, Scotland Schools to Monitor Greenhouse Gases in Real-Time

Scientists will install sensors in primary and secondary schools across Glasgow, Scotland to monitor levels of the greenhouse gas (GHG) carbon dioxide (CO2) which contribute to climate change.

Added: 30 Jun 2020


Quantum Entanglement Demonstrated Aboard Orbiting CubeSat

In a critical step toward creating a global quantum communications network, researchers have generated and detected quantum entanglement onboard a CubeSat nanosatellite weighing less than 2.6 kilograms and orbiting the Earth.

Added: 25 Jun 2020


Plug-and-Play Lens Simplifies Adaptive Optics for Microscopy

Researchers have developed a new plug-and-play device that can add adaptive optics correction to commercial optical microscopes. Adaptive optics can greatly improve the quality of images acquired deep into biological samples, but has, until now, been extremely complex to implement.

Added: 24 Jun 2020


All-Virtual 2020 OSA Advanced Photonics Congress Plenary to Feature Leaders in Quantum Technologies, Nanophotonics and Nonlinear Integrated Circuits

At the all-virtual 2020 OSA Advanced Photonics Congress, 13-16 July 2020, advances in quantum information processing technologies and nonlinear integrated circuits, implementation of quantum photonics, and new opportunities with nanophotonics will be presented by leaders in the field

Added: 17 Jun 2020


Quantum-Inspired Approach Dramatically Lowers Light Power Needed for OCT

Researchers have shown that a detection technology borrowed from quantum optics can be used to perform optical coherence tomography (OCT) with much lower light power than previously possible.

Added: 17 Jun 2020


Science Professional Societies Announce 2020-21 Congressional Science and Engineering Fellows

The Optical Society (OSA), the Materials Research Society (MRS) and SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, are pleased to announce the selection of Catherine Clark and Michelle Solomon as 2020-2021 Congressional Science and Engineering Fellows.

Added: 15 Jun 2020


Distinguished Plenary Speakers at the All-Virtual 2020 OSA Optical Sensors and Imaging Congresses

Spectroscopic sensing by laser techniques, new sensing approaches to spectroscopic and material-based gas sensors, images of a black hole and design strategies for sensor array cameras will be the themes of plenary talks at the all-virtual collocated 2020 OSA Optical Sensors and Sensing Congress, and 2020 OSA Imaging and Applied Optics Congress to be held 22 – 26 June.

Added: 04 Jun 2020


New Microscopy Method Provides Unprecedented Look at Amyloid Protein Structure

Neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s are often accompanied by amyloid proteins in the brain that have become clumped or misfolded. A newly developed technique that measures the orientation of single molecules is enabling optical microscopy to be used, for the first time, to reveal nanoscale details about the structures of these problematic proteins.

Added: 04 Jun 2020