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CubeSats: Tiny Platforms for Orbiting Optics

Patricia Daukantas

Small, boxy satellites are ridesharing their way into outer space—and may lead to important advances in laser communications and cybersecurity.

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Birefringent Flower
Birefringent Flower

An arrangement of plastic flutes between a linear- and a circular-polarizer. The colors represent wavelength-dependent retardance paths that rotate the polarization orientation through different angles.  [Honorable mention, 2018 After Image photo contest.] 


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The Optical Society Announces New Editors-in-Chief for Two of its Core Journals

15 January 2019
The Optical Society (OSA) is pleased to announce two new editors-in-chief. Kurt Busch and James Leger have been appointed as the new editors-in-chi...

The Optical Society Announces New Editors-in-Chief for Two of its Core Journals

OIDA Workshop on Manufacturing and Building the Supply Chain for Integrated Photonics

15 January 2019
The OIDA Workshop at OFC, to be held 3 March in San Diego, Calif., U.S.A., will examine these capabilities, which include component design, fabrica...

OIDA Workshop on Manufacturing and Building the Supply Chain for Integrated Photonics

The Optical Society Announces the 2019 OIDA Executive Forum

15 January 2019
The Optical Society (OSA) in conjunction with OFC will hold the annual OIDA Executive Forum, an exclusive event for business leaders in networking ...

The Optical Society Announces the 2019 OIDA Executive Forum

Statement from The Optical Society on the Partial Shutdown of the U.S. Federal Government

02 January 2019
The Optical Society (OSA) urges U.S. government leaders to end the partial U.S. government shutdown that is negatively affecting many federal scien...

Statement from The Optical Society on the Partial Shutdown of the U.S. Federal Government

Industry Executive Sujatha Ramanujan Appointed to The Optical Society Board of Directors

27 December 2018
The Optical Society (OSA) Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Sujatha Ramanujan, an experienced industry executive, to...

Industry Executive Sujatha Ramanujan Appointed to The Optical Society Board of Directors

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Sub-ns timing accuracy for satellite quantum communications

JOSA B, Vol. 36 Issue 3, pp.B59-B64 (2019)
Satellite quantum communications have rapidly evolved in the past few years, culminating in the proposal, development, and deployment of satellite ...

Extension of the matched-filter algorithm to multiple guide star Shack–Hartmann wavefront sensor

Applied Optics, Vol. 58 Issue 4, pp.841-849 (2019)
The adaptive optics (AO) systems with multiple laser guide stars (LGSs) may significantly benefit in terms of hardware simplification from merging ...

Automated smFRET microscope for the quantification of label-free DNA oligos

Biomedical Optics Express, Vol. 10 Issue 2, pp.682-693 (2019)
Single-molecule FRET (smFRET) spectroscopy is a powerful tool for studying inhomogeneous dynamics in biological systems. However, because of the in...

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