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A Superposition State

2020 OSA Ambassador, Claire McLellan, shares her experiences mentoring students duing the COVID-19 pandemic and highlights her work in engineering quantum sensors in this Discover OSA blog article. 

Added: 28 Aug 2020


Critical Thinking Skills Necessary to Sort Through Misinformation on the Internet

Connectivity allows people to make progress on research, create new businesses and grow digital economies, according to Vint Cerf, widely known as a “Father of the Internet.” In a live interview during the OSA Subsea Optical Fiber Communications Mini Dive, Cerf discussed the future of the internet and expressed concerns with the increased level of misinformation spreading globally.

Added: 18 Aug 2020


Scientist to scientist: Make time to try The OSAF Innovation School

The Innovation School powered by the OSA Foundation introduces intrapreneurial and entrepreneurial scientists to the nuances of business. I attended their first virtual school 12 - 17 July 2020, which included the same successful elements as their in-person schools and occurred as The Optical Society (OSA) transitioned many meetings and events to virtual programs.

Added: 06 Aug 2020


Traveling the World from my Kitchen Chair: Experiences from a 2020 OSA Ambassador

I applied to become an OSA Ambassador and was granted that honor in 2020. I was immediately drawn to the OSA ambassador program as it provided me the opportunity to meet and motivate students and young professionals around the world by joining and leading them through technical discussions, professional development webinars, identifying opportunities for increased diversity and inclusion...

Added: 23 Jul 2020


The All-Virtual OSA Advanced Photonics Congress is a Wrap!

The first all-virtual OSA Advanced Photonics Congress has come to a successful conclusion. More than 3,700 registrants from 84 countries joined us for the congress held 13 – 16 July 2020 to engage with distinguished plenary speakers, presenters and volunteers.

Added: 20 Jul 2020


Diversity & Inclusion Advocacy Recognition: Reflections from the 2019 Winners

The Diversity & Inclusion Advocacy Recognition was created to acknowledge an individual and company, university, agency or organization that is working to foster greater appreciation, advancement and celebration of diversity and inclusion in the optics and photonics community. To apply or submit a nomination, fill out the application/nomination portal before the deadline of 13 July. In...

Added: 08 Jul 2020


Volunteer Cultivation Activities at the OSA Imaging & Sensing Congresses

The Optical Society (OSA) is a society fueled by its members and volunteers in the optics and photonics community. During OSA’s recent joint Imaging & Applied Optics Congress and Optical Sensors & Sensing Congress, three networking events explored several OSA volunteer opportunities. Taking advantage of the meeting breaks, these networking events were designed to help connect the...

Added: 08 Jul 2020


IONS OPUMA 2020: First online IONS conference retrospective

The IONS OPUMA 2020 conference, held 8 – 12 June 2020, was the first online student run conference sponsored by The Optical Society (OSA). Being the first online IONS was not a decision taken out of curiosity, but an initiative taken in response to the crisis of the Covid-19 global pandemic.

Added: 01 Jul 2020


OSA Industry Member Profile - Delta Optical Thin Film

OSA Industry Development Associates (OIDA) member Delta Optical Thin Film, Denmark, is the leading continuously variable filter manufacturer in the industry. Calling themselves “The Optical Filter Company,” Delta puts an emphasis on customization and the highest quality products.

Added: 18 Jun 2020


Covid-19 Impact on Optical Communications

The telecom market is expected to experience minimal growth by end of year despite a downturn due to the covid-19 pandemic. Lisa Huff, senior principal analyst, optical components, Omdia, UK. posits that the likelihood that the crisis will linger and trigger a global downturn in the sector is remote.

Added: 17 Jun 2020