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Government science outreach through OSA (Virtual) Congressional Visits Days!

In September 2020, I participated in the OSA Congressional Visits Day program and met with staff from U.S. Congressman Joe Morelle (D-NY) and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s (D-NY) offices.  Looking back on the experience, I’m proud of what I learned and the connections I gained. 

Added: 14 Jan 2021


The Path Forward for Science under a New Administration

As President-elect Joseph Biden fills key positions to address global challenges from COVID-19 to climate change, the scientific community is optimistic he will prioritize research and development. The Optical Society requests that President-elect Biden continue to expand government support for these key industries made possible by optics and photonics, the science of light.

Added: 11 Jan 2021


Exploring Optics At Home

Looking for fun family friendly optics related activities that you can do at home? You can explore optical illusions, make a pinhole viewer or experiment with lasers with OSA’s Optics At Home webinar series and find more experiments and activities at Optics4Kids. 

Added: 18 Dec 2020


OSA Industry Member Profile - Zurich Instruments

OSA Industry Development Associates (OIDA) member Zurich Instruments, Switzerland, is a test and measurement developer and manufacturer that puts customer service first. Founded in 2008 as a spin-off company, Zurich Instruments has grown into a successful and independent business. Jan Benhelm, the company’s CMO, offers insight into the company’s success and future growth.

Added: 16 Dec 2020


Marketing Optical Technologies in a Virtual Environment – the OIDA Technology Showcase

During the 2nd Virtual OIDA Technology Showcase held 1-3 December 2020, 29 companies, members of the OSA Industry Development Associates (OIDA) presented their cutting-edge technologies under six themes –instrumentation and metrology, imaging and microscopy, fiber optics and communications, services, precision optics and components and precision sources.

Added: 15 Dec 2020


Happy International Volunteer Day

As we celebrate International Volunteer Day on 5 December 2020, The Optical Society (OSA) wants to recognize and thank our outstanding volunteers who dedicate their time and expertise to enrich our Society and the entire optics and photonics community.

Added: 03 Dec 2020


OSA High-brightness Sources and Light-driven Interactions Congress: Innovations in Ultrafast Science

Comprised of three topical meetings, the all-virtual 2020 OSA High-brightness Sources and Light-driven Interactions Congress showcased applications in environmental measurements, consumer technologies and ultrafast science.

Added: 24 Nov 2020


2020 OSA Laser Congress Highlights Future Technologies and Applications

The all-virtual 2020 OSA Laser Congress, held 13 – 16 October, featured presentations on innovations in solid-state lasers and applications including the use of optics technologies in space. Speakers described how spaceborne LIDAR is measuring greenhouse gases, agricultural output, deforestation in the Amazon, carbon content in biosphere, and phytoplankton in the oceans.

Added: 20 Oct 2020


OPTICS IS ILLUMINATING THE PATH FORWARD

The global optics and photonics community is doing its part to fight the covid-19 pandemic. State-of-the-art optics technologies are detecting and tracking the virus, sterilizing surfaces and healthcare equipment, and sequencing the virus genome for developing effective vaccines.

Added: 20 Oct 2020


Virtual Reality Headsets that Maximize Visual Performance

Critical improvements for the next generation of displays and virtual reality (VR) headsets sparked lively discussions during the all-virtual OSA Incubator on Visual Perception in AR/VR on Thursday, 24 September.

Added: 05 Oct 2020