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Day 2 of the OAM Incubator

Day one of the orbital angular momentum (OAM) Incubator concluded with a session on Communications. This session covered several types of optical communications and how we can begin to improve these systems. As day two began, the speakers started to connect many of yesterday’s different talks together like the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. The final topic, Sensing and...

Added: 10 Aug 2018


Propagation and Detection of Light Beams Carrying Orbital Angular Momentum

This week’s OSA Incubator, Propagation and Detection of Light Beams Carrying Orbital Angular Momentum, is exploring the science and applications of orbital angular momentum (OAM). OAM is a unique measurable phenomenon that light possesses when the wavefront has a helical twist. This relatively new phenomenon has rapidly been gaining interest since its discovery in 1992 by Les Allen...

Added: 09 Aug 2018


2018 Innovation School

The 2018 Innovation School kicked off on Sunday, 22 July. The school is a four-day intensive hands-on training course that is designed to teach aspiring innovators the skills they will need to pursue a career in innovation. The school covered idea formation and validation, different types of business models, customer discovery and much more. Top industry professionals were in attendance as...

Added: 31 Jul 2018


Creating an Inclusive Environment in Science

Scientists come from all different cultures, backgrounds, and experiences. There is no demographic restriction to scientific study; the only thing that truly matters is one's knowledge and motivation. Ideally scientists should recognize the importance of diversity on a level that would allow it to transcend barriers other disciplines may not have the opportunity to, although in reality...

Added: 11 Jul 2018


Rainbows: From Science to Activism

In 1978 Gilbert Baker created the first rainbow flag as a symbol for LGBT+ Pride. Baker wanted a flag that could be a symbol of the global LGBT+ community and he chose the rainbow because he believed the various colors were a good representation of the diversity in the community. Baker believed this natural and beautiful symbol had an undeniable power and was certain of the design from the very...

Added: 05 Jul 2018


Applied Industrial Optics Day 4

The final day of AIO began with...

Added: 29 Jun 2018


Applied Industrial Optics Day 3

Day 3 was topic diverse. The first AIO session was...

Added: 28 Jun 2018


Applied Industrial Optics Day 2

Out of the box would be the way to describe day 2 of the Imaging and Applied Optics Congress. The day began with...

Added: 27 Jun 2018


Applied Industrial Optics Day 1

Lights, camera, action. The 2018 Imaging and Applied Optics Congress kicked off with...

Added: 25 Jun 2018


Stretch Assignments: Getting Outside Your Comfort Zone

The reason many of us became scientists and engineers is because we enjoy solving hard problems.  Whether it is experimental design, hardware implementation or data analysis, we relish heading home at the end of the day (or night!) feeling like we thought a lot and made progress toward our goals.  As early career professionals, tackling difficult problems at the edge or just outside...

Added: 23 Jun 2018