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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


What More Can I do to Prepare for a Career in Industry

Committing to major career decisions can be tough in any stage of life, but especially for students. What field of optics do I want to study? Am I more interested in theory or experiments? What school should I attend? Which lab should I join? Should I switch labs? Should I pursue more education or a post-doc? Do I want to work in academia or industry?

Added: 31 Jul 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