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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


Researchers Produce Laser Pulses with Record-Breaking Intensity

Researchers have demonstrated a record-high laser pulse intensity of over 1023 W/cm2 using the petawatt laser at the Center for Relativistic Laser Science (CoReLS), Institute for Basic Science in the Republic of Korea.

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


Latency-Aware Optical Networking for Automated Deployment of 5G Services

Extremely low transmission latency is one of the key features promised by 5G communication networks. During a session at OFC 2021, researchers will demonstrate a latency-aware optical metro network with sophisticated monitoring and data analytics capabilities.

Added: 28 Apr 2021


Leaders in Optical Networking and Communications to Discuss Technology Advancements at All-Virtual OIDA Executive Forum 02 – 03 June 2021

The future of optical networking will be among key themes for the all-virtual OIDA Executive Forum to be held 02 – 03 June 2021. Leaders from top companies will participate in thought-provoking discussions on emerging technologies and business opportunities that will shape the network in coming years.

Added: 26 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


Groundbreaking Innovations in Science and Technology in Key Industry Growth Segments Will Drive OFC 2021 Virtual Programming and Exhibition

The 2021 Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exhibition (OFC), the premier event in telecom and optical networking and communication, will present unparalleled technical and business programming representing the entire ecosystem—from research to marketplace, during its interactive, all-virtual event, 06 – 11 June 2021.

Added: 21 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


OSA and IS&T Name Joseph Izatt the 2021 Edwin H. Land Medal Recipient

Optical Society (OSA) and the Society for Imaging Science and Technology (IS&T) name Joseph A. Izatt of Duke University, USA the 2021 Edwin H. Land Medal winner.

Added: 19 Apr 2021


Increasing Optical Fiber Capacity and Channel Data Rates in Submarine Communication Cables

Presented at the 2021 Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exhibition (OFC), researchers will present the results generated from a record-breaking transatlantic transmission across MAREA.

Added: 13 Apr 2021