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Experts in Laser-Atom Scaling, Frequency Combs and EUV Lithography to Headline All-Virtual OSA High-brightness Sources and Light-driven Interactions Congress

The all-virtual OSA High-brightness Sources and Light-driven Interactions Congress will feature three highly anticipated plenary talks on discoveries driving research and emerging technologies.

Added: 28 Oct 2020


Michal Lipson Named 2021 John Tyndall Award Recipient

Michal Lipson, Columbia University, USA has been named the 2021 John Tyndall Award recipient. Lipson, the first woman to receive the award since it was established in 1987, is recognized for “fundamental and technological advances in integrated photonic devices."

Added: 27 Oct 2020


Researchers Develop Simple Way to Capture High Quality 3D Images of Live Cells and Organisms

Researchers have developed a simple method for simultaneously acquiring images at different depths with a standard microscope. The new technique can be applied to a variety of microscopy methods, making it useful for a wide range of biological and biomedical imaging applications.

Added: 22 Oct 2020


OFC 2021, the Premier Annual Event for Telecom, Optical Communications and Data Center Optics, Reschedules to June 2021

Organizers announced today that OFC 2021, the premier event in telecom and data center optics, will now take place 6 – 10, June 2021, at the Moscone Center, San Francisco, California, USA. The exhibition will be held 8 – 10, June 2021.

Added: 15 Oct 2020


Single Laser Produces High-Power Dual Comb Femtosecond Pulses

Researchers will present a new approach that uses a single laser cavity to create two high-power optical frequency combs emitting high-power femtosecond pulses. Presented during the all-virtual 2020 OSA Laser Congress, 13-16 October. The presentation will take place Friday, 16 October at 08:30 EDT.

Added: 14 Oct 2020


5G Wireless Existential Business Plans, According to New Report by fibeReality, LLC

fibeReality, LLC announced in a newly published study that the 5G strategy of Verizon Wireless and other mobile network operators is simply about ensuring their sheer survival because of the intense concern of running out of adequate capacity in general, based on the burgeoning data requirements of their current and near-term customers.

Added: 13 Oct 2020


Ultrafast Fiber Laser Produces Record High Power

Researchers have developed an ultrafast fiber laser that delivers an average power more than ten times what is available from today’s high-power lasers. The technology is poised to improve industrial-scale materials processing and paves the way for visionary applications.

Added: 12 Oct 2020


Nanoscale Machines Convert Light into Work

Researchers have developed a tiny new machine that converts laser light into work. These optically powered machines self-assemble and could be used for nanoscale manipulation of tiny cargo for applications such as nanofluidics and particle sorting.

Added: 08 Oct 2020


The Optical Society Announces 2021 Fellows Class

The Optical Society (OSA) Board of Directors has elected 118 members, from 24 countries, to the society’s 2021 Fellows Class. Fellows are selected based on several factors, including contributions to education, research, engineering, business and the community. Women account for 19%, or 23 members of the new Class, which is the largest number of women ever elected in one year.

Added: 07 Oct 2020


Roger Penrose, Reinhard Genzel and Andrea Ghez Awarded 2020 Nobel Prize in Physics

Three scientists – Roger Penrose, Reinhard Genzel and Andrea Ghez – have been awarded the 2020 Nobel Prize in Physics for their discoveries involving the “darkest secrets of the universe.”

Added: 06 Oct 2020


Compact, Low-Cost System Provides Fast 3D Hyperspectral Imaging

Researchers report a new compact low-cost hyperspectral projector system that provides both depth information and hyperspectral images. The new system could be useful for autonomous driving systems, machine vision in industrial robotics, agricultural monitoring of crops, and monitoring material surfaces for wear and corrosion.

Added: 05 Oct 2020


3D Biometric Authentication Based on Finger Veins Almost Impossible to Fool

Biometric authentication, which uses unique anatomical features such as fingerprints or facial features to verify a person’s identity, is increasingly replacing traditional passwords for accessing everything from smartphones to law enforcement systems.

Added: 28 Sep 2020