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Advice from an Industry Professional: OSA Ambassador Interview Series

​​Jelena Pesic, 2018 OSA Ambassador, conducts interviews with researchers in the field of industry. She asks a wide-range of questions regarding their inital interest in science, why they chose optics, to why industry is important. The fourth interview is with Annachiara Pagano, member of the technical staff/Senior Technology Expert at TIM in Italy.

Added: 12 Nov 2018


Day 2: Defects by Design Incubator

As the program came to a close it was clear that this Incubator has brought about a great amount of collaborative effort to tackle the challenges in this field, as well as highlighting new directions for further study.

Added: 30 Oct 2018


Day 1 – OSA Incubator Defects by Design: Quantum Nanophotonics in Emerging Materials

At the OSA Incubator: Defects by Design at the OSA Headquarters in Washington, D.C., top researchers in the field of optically-active material defects gathered to discuss efforts to predict and identify potentially useful quantum defects in new materials. Lending the incubator its subtitle “Quantum Nanophotonics in Emerging Materials.” Lee Bassett (University of Pennsylvania...

Added: 29 Oct 2018


A Global, Diverse and Inclusive OSA: Challenges and Opportunities

As a researcher I travel quite often. This year in particular, was my first year as an OSA Ambassador and I had the opportunity to travel much more than usual, to places where I had never been before.  This role as OSA Ambassador has allowed me to expand my network dramatically and gave me the incredible opportunity to connect with a great number of colleagues, mostly students, around the...

Added: 26 Oct 2018


Day 2 of the Metamaterial Films for In-Space Propulsion by Radiation Pressure Incubator

The OSA Incubator Metamaterial Films for In-Space Propulsion by Radiation Pressure wrapped up with breakout sessions for brainstorming ideas for different types of lightsail missions: Inner Solar System, Outer Solar System, and Laser Driven. Each group developed a roadmap for the development of solar sail technology and metamaterials to enable these types of missions. The integration of the two...

Added: 09 Oct 2018


Day 1 of the Metamaterial Films for In-Space Propulsion by Radiation Pressure Incubator

Optics and photonics has and continues to enable our understanding of the universe - and it is that fact that takes center stage at the OSA Incubator: Metamaterial Films for In-Space Propulsion by Radiation Pressure. Hosts  Grover Swartzlander, RIT; Les Johnson, NASA and Nelson Tabiryan, BeamCo designed this Incubator to bring three diverse groups together: aerospace...

Added: 08 Oct 2018


100 Scientists On An Island

What do you get when you gather about 100 laser scientists on a small island? You get a lot of geeky light jokes (pun intended), learning, discussions ranging from lasers, solitons, POTUS, gender issues to new anime. All in all you get one of the best laser schools ever conducted!I was lucky to be a part of the fifth Siegman International School on Lasers in the Island of Hven, Backafallsbyn in...

Added: 10 Sep 2018


2018 Siegman School; Enjoying Science in a Positive Atmosphere!

Italian guy, working in Poland, comes to Sweden for a summer school organized by OSA, a society founded in the USA. Really?! Is it actually true? Of course it is! Could it be more international than that? Probably, but at least this is my little story across Europe…I’m Mattia and in January I moved to Poland, to work as a Ph.D. student at Institute of Electronic Materials...

Added: 31 Aug 2018


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