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James Peebles, Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz Awarded 2019 Nobel Prize in Physics

The Nobel Prize in physics was awarded today to three scientists -- James Peebles, Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz -- for their contributions in deepening our knowledge of the universe.

Added: 08 Oct 2019

OSA Launches New Climate-Research Center in Collaboration with AGU and the University of Strathclyde

The Optical Society (OSA) applauds the launch of a new multidisciplinary climate-research center as part of the Global Environmental Measurement and Monitoring (GEMM) Initiative, OSA’s flagship international public policy effort.

Added: 07 Oct 2019

Elsa M. Garmire Named 2019 Honorary Member of The Optical Society

The Optical Society (OSA) has named Dr. Elsa M. Garmire, Sydney E. Junkins 1887 Professor Emeritus of Engineering at Dartmouth College, U.S.A., its 2019 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: 04 Oct 2019

Optical Imager Poised to Improve Diagnosis and Treatment of Dry Eye Disease

Researchers have developed a new non-invasive optical imaging system that promises to improve diagnosis and treatments for dry eye disease. Dry eye, which often causes irritation and blurred vision, occurs when there is instability in the inner layer of the tear film that protects the outside of the eye.

Added: 04 Oct 2019

Tunable Optical Chip Paves Way for New Quantum Devices

Researchers have created a silicon carbide (SiC) photonic integrated chip that can be thermally tuned by applying an electric signal. The approach could one day be used to create a large range of reconfigurable devices such as phase-shifters and tunable optical couplers needed for networking applications and quantum information processing.

Added: 02 Oct 2019

New Chip Poised to Enable Hand-Held Microwave Imaging

Researchers have developed a new microwave imager chip that could one day enable low-cost handheld microwave imagers, or cameras. Because microwaves can travel through certain opaque objects, the new imagers could be useful for imaging through walls or detecting tumors through tissue in the body.

Added: 26 Sep 2019

Laser-Based System Detects Fires Even in Dusty, Harsh Environments

Researchers have developed a new laser-based system that offers an efficient and low-cost way to detect fires in challenging environments such as industrial facilities or large construction sites. With further development, the system could eventually detect fires that are more than a kilometer away.

Added: 25 Sep 2019

Record-Fast Neutron Tomography Tracks Water Pathways into Plants

For the first time, researchers have captured neutron tomography images in about a second, nearly an order of magnitude faster than previously reported attempts. Until recently, long image acquisition times have been the major obstacle to using this non-invasive technique to study dynamic 3D processes such as the water exchange between roots and soil.

Added: 23 Sep 2019

FiO + LS 2019 Focus on Quantum Brings to Light Innovations in Research and Applications

The 2019 Frontiers in Optics + Laser Science (FIO + LS) conference and exhibition concluded 19 September with 1,300 registrants, nearly 100 technical sessions and over 800 technical presentations. s.

Added: 20 Sep 2019

Laser Prototype for Space-Based Gravitational Wave Detector

Researchers have announced a prototype for a laser at the heart of the first space-based gravitational wave observatory, known as the Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA) mission. The team’s new laser nearly meets the stringent requirements outlined for LISA’s instrumentation, representing an important step toward bringing the ambitious observatory program to fruition.

Added: 18 Sep 2019

Headwall Photonics, Inc., Special Projects Team Named Recipient of OSA’s 2019 Paul F. Forman Team E

The Optical Society (OSA) is pleased to announce that the Special Projects Team of Headwall Photonics Inc., U.S.A., has received the 2019 Paul F. Forman Team Engineering Excellence Award.

Added: 17 Sep 2019

The Optical Society (OSA) Elects Satoshi Kawata as 2020 Vice President

The Optical Society (OSA) is pleased to announce that its members have elected Dr. Satoshi Kawata, professor emeritus of Osaka University and honorary scientist at RIKEN, both in Japan, as the society’s 2020 Vice President.

Added: 17 Sep 2019