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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


OIDA Member Profile - Multiphoton Optics

OSA Industry Development Associates (OIDA) member Multiphoton Optics, Germany is a leading developer of green technology in the 3D lithography space.

Added: 25 Sep 2020


It’s Not You, It’s Your Brain: Bringing Neuroscience to the 2020 FiO + LS Mid-Manager Summit

During the Advancing Mid-Managers Summit held 15 September 2020 at the 2020 Frontiers in Optics + Laser Science APS/DLS (FiO +LS) conference, attendees learned about some of the building blocks of neuroscience and neuroleadership as well as ways to apply the models to their specific leadership or leadership development situation.

Added: 22 Sep 2020


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