News Releases

Welcome to the OSA News Releases page. This page contains news from The Optical Society, including research highlights from OSA's journals, conference news, award announcements and more. Sort releases by category below to see all the news releases in a particular area.

Members of the media, please contact the OSA Public Relations Team with questions or comments. You can also sign up to receive OSA news releases in your inbox.


The Optical Society (OSA) Mourns the Passing of Nobel Laureate Arthur Ashkin

The Optical Society (OSA) is deeply saddened by the passing of Nobel Laureate and OSA Honorary Member Arthur Ashkin, known for his extraordinary accomplishments in optical trapping.

Added: 25 Sep 2020

Researchers Combine Photoacoustic and Fluorescence Imaging in Tiny Package

Researchers have demonstrated a new endoscope that uniquely combines photoacoustic and fluorescent imaging in a device about the thickness of a human hair. The device could one day provide new insights into the brain by enabling blood dynamics to be measured at the same time as neuronal activity.

Added: 21 Sep 2020

Inaugural OSA Quantum 2.0 Conference Featured Specialized Talks on Emerging Technologies

The unique role of optics and photonics in driving quantum research and technologies was featured in presentations for the inaugural OSA Quantum 2.0 Conference held 14 – 17 September. The all-virtual event, presented concurrently with the 2020 Frontiers in Optics and Laser Science APS/DLS (FiO + LS) Conference, drew almost 2,500 registrants from more than 70 countries.

Added: 18 Sep 2020

All-Virtual FiO + LS Conference Explored Innovations in Quantum Science and AR/VR Technologies

The all-virtual 2020 OSA Frontiers in Optics and Laser Science APS/DLS (FiO + LS) Conference, held 14 – 17 September, featured engaging technical presentations that drew over 6,000 registrants from 90 countries. The conference was presented concurrently with the inaugural OSA Quantum 2.0 Conference.

Added: 18 Sep 2020

The OSA Foundation Announces Recipient of the 2020 Milton and Rosalind Chang Pivoting Fellowship

The OSA Foundation (OSAF) is pleased to name Nirmal Punjabi, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, India (IIT Bombay) as the 2020 recipient of the Milton and Rosalind Chang Pivoting Fellowship.

Added: 16 Sep 2020

Researchers Demonstrate Record Speed with Advanced Spectroscopy Technique

Researchers have developed an advanced spectrometer that can acquire data with exceptionally high speed. The new spectrometer could be useful for a variety of applications including remote sensing, real-time biological imaging and machine vision.

Added: 16 Sep 2020

Researchers 3D Print Tiny Multicolor Microstructures

Researchers have developed an automated 3D printing method that can produce multicolor 3D microstructures using different materials. The new method could be used to make a variety of optical components including optical sensors and light-driven actuators as well as multimaterial structures for applications such as soft robotics and medical applications.

Added: 16 Sep 2020

2-Photon Optical Clock Collaboration Awarded OSA’s 2020 Paul F. Forman Team Engineering Excellence Award

The 2-Photon Optical Clock Collaboration is named the 2020 Paul F. Forman Team Engineering Excellence Award winner.

Added: 16 Sep 2020

Silicon Photonics Pioneer Michal Lipson Elected 2021 Vice President of The Optical Society (OSA)

The Optical Society (OSA) is excited to announce that Dr. Michal Lipson, Eugene Higgins Professor at Columbia University, USA, has been elected by OSA members to serve as the society’s 2021 Vice President.

Added: 15 Sep 2020

The Optical Society Announces 2020 OSA Treasurer’s Award Recipient

The Optical Society (OSA) announced today that staff member Mary Wheeler, director, digital properties and information technology for OSA, has been awarded the 2020 OSA Treasurer’s Award.

Added: 15 Sep 2020

Optics and Photonics Luminaries Honored with the 2020 OSA Diversity and Inclusion Advocacy Recognition

The Optical Society (OSA) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2020 OSA Diversity and Inclusion Advocacy Recognition – Arti Agrawal, associate professor of engineering and IT, University of Technology Sydney, Australia; Jennifer Burris, chair of the department of physics and astronomy, Appalachian State University, USA; and the Department of Physics, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, USA.

Added: 15 Sep 2020

Milton Chang Named 2020 Honorary Member of The Optical Society

The Optical Society (OSA) has named Dr. Milton Chang, Managing Director, Incubic Management, USA, its 2020 Honorary Member. Honorary Membership is the most distinguished of all OSA Member categories and is awarded to individuals who have made seminal contributions to the field of optics.

Added: 15 Sep 2020