The OSA Foundation, SPIE and CSIC co-publish English translation of Discovering Light
In partnership with SPIE and the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), we are proud to release a new resource for teaching children about the science of light: Discovering Light: Fun Experiments with Optics. The resources in this open-access book can spark a love for optics in today’s youth. Available in English and Spanish, it offers a variety of easy-to-follow experiments related to different optical phenomena and technologies. The content was created by OSA members including 2019 Ambassador María Viñas-Peña.
Added: 11 May 2021
Improvements to Free-Space Optical Networks Enable Wireless Transmission in Urban Settings
Free-space optical (FSO) communications has the potential for wide use in the license-free, interference-free transmission of data in unenclosed areas. A team of researchers will report on recent developments of real-time FSO transmission of 1,000 seconds of an ultrahigh-definition video stream between two buildings in Beijing during the the Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exhibition (OFC), being held virtually from 06 - 11 June 2021.
Added: 06 May 2021
The Optical Society Announces 2021 Ambassadors
The Optical Society (OSA) is pleased to announce the 2021 class of OSA Ambassadors.
The Ambassador program equips 10 exceptional early-career members to provide mentorship, training and inspiration to our global network of student members and chapters.
Added: 30 Apr 2021
Four OSA Fellows Elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Four Fellows of The Optical Society (OSA), including two former OSA presidents, have been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The honor is in recognition of their contributions to physics and engineering sciences and technologies.
Added: 23 Apr 2021
Researchers Use Laser Paintbrush to Create Miniature Masterpieces
Researchers are blurring the lines between science and art by showing how a laser can be used to create artistic masterpieces in a way that mirrors classical paints and brushes. The new technique not only creates paint-like strokes of color on metal but also offers a way to change or erase colors.
Added: 22 Apr 2021
Tiny Chip-Based Device Performs Ultrafast Modulation of X-Rays
Researchers have developed new x-ray optics that can be used to harness extremely fast pulses in a package that is significantly smaller and lighter than conventional devices used to modulate x-rays. The new optics are based on microscopic chip-based devices known as microelectromechanical systems (MEMS).
Added: 20 Apr 2021