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New Imaging Tool Captures How Sound Moves Through the Chinchilla Ear

Researchers have developed a new device that can be used to visualize how sound-induced vibrations travel through the ear.

Added: 17 Oct 2018


Bioinspired Camera Could Help Self-Driving Cars See Better

Inspired by the visual system of the mantis shrimp—among the most complex found in nature--researchers have created a new type of camera that could greatly improve the ability of cars to spot hazards in challenging imaging conditions.

Added: 11 Oct 2018


Innovative Sensing Technique Could Improve Greenhouse Gas Analysis

An international team of researchers has used an unconventional imaging technique known as ghost imaging to make spectroscopic measurements of a gas molecule.

Added: 10 Oct 2018


The Optical Society Reaffirms Core Values of Inclusivity, Diversity in Science

The Optical Society (OSA) rejects all forms of sexism and sexist discrimination in keeping with one of our Core Values, inclusivity.

Added: 10 Oct 2018


New Display Design Could Make Lightweight, Compact Smart Glasses a Reality

Researchers have developed a fundamentally new approach to a see-through display for augmented reality, or smart glasses.

Added: 04 Oct 2018


Arthur Ashkin, Gérard Mourou, and Donna Strickland Awarded 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics

For groundbreaking inventions in the field of laser physics, Arthur Ashkin, Gerard Mourou, and Donna Strickland were awarded the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics.

Added: 02 Oct 2018


Joseph W. Goodman Named 2018 Honorary Member of The Optical Society

The Optical Society (OSA) has named Joseph W. Goodman, emeritus professor of electrical engineering at Stanford University, the 2018 Honorary Member of The Optical Society.

Added: 28 Sep 2018


Instrument Boosts Analysis of Small, Extremely Dark Materials

Researchers have developed a new instrument that can analyze light reflected from very small or extremely dark materials such as some meteorite samples and VANTABlack, the darkest manmade substance created.

Added: 26 Sep 2018


Optics & Photonics Science and Applications Intersect at 2018 FIO + LS

The 2018 Frontiers in Optics + Laser Science (FIO + LS) conference and exhibition concluded 20 September and featured the latest in optics and photonics research and technology. The FiO meeting was held in conjunction with Laser Science, a meeting sponsored by the American Physical Society’s Division of Laser Science (DLS).

Added: 21 Sep 2018


Fiber Optic Sensor Measures Tiny Magnetic Fields

Researchers have developed a light-based technique for measuring very weak magnetic fields, such as those produced when neurons fire in the brain.

Added: 19 Sep 2018


The Optical Society Elects Constance J. Chang-Hasnain as 2019 Vice President

The Optical Society (OSA) is pleased to announce that its members have elected Constance J. Chang-Hasnain, Associate Dean for Strategic Alliances, College of Engineering, and John R. Whinnery Distinguished Chair Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at University of California, Berkeley. Two directors-at-large were also chosen during this year's election: Sophie LaRochelle, Université Laval, Canada, and Svetlana Boriskina, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA.

Added: 18 Sep 2018


Adaptive Optics Facility Team Named Recipient of OSA’s 2018 Paul F. Forman Team Engineering Excellen

The Optical Society (OSA) is pleased to announce that the Adaptive Optics Facility on the Very Large Telescope at the European Southern Observatory’s Paranal Observatory, is the winner of the 2018 Paul F. Forman Team Engineering Excellence Award.

Added: 18 Sep 2018