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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


#ShutDownSTEM Day

The Optical Society (OSA) is joining academic institutions and science and engineering societies in the grassroots movement #ShutDownSTEM on Wednesday, 10 June in support of Black Lives Matter. We ask you to join us in this day-long focus on racism in our community through education, action, and healing.

Added: 09 Jun 2020


All-virtual CLEO: is this part of the ‘new normal’?

The all-virtual 2020 Conference on Lasers and Electro-optic (CLEO) 18-22 May succeeded on many levels, erasing my doubts that such a meeting could take place via videoconferencing. The current global pandemic certainly presents major challenges to the way we live and work, but the impressively quick restructuring of CLEO 2020 from an event in San Jose, CA, U.S.A. to an all-virtual online meet...

Added: 08 Jun 2020


Navigating a Mid-Career Online Job Search after COVID-19

After 10 years running a startup commercializing computational imaging technology at InView Technology Corporation, CEO Lenore McMackin closed the doors. In this blog article, Lenore answers the question of “what do I do now?” and provides insights learned from an OSA Industry Development Associates (OIDA) webinar, titled, "OIDA Webinar Series: Wading Through the...

Added: 18 May 2020


CLEO Concludes: A Global Conference Extends its Reach by Going Virtual

Last week, the 2020 CLEO Conference on Lasers and Electro-optics was held in a first-ever, all-virtual format. Co-sponsored by the American Physical Society, IEEE Photonics Society, and The Optical Society (OSA), and managed by OSA, the conference reached almost 20,000 registrants.

Added: 17 May 2020


The Commercialization of Quantum Technologies: CLEO20 Special Event

Industry leaders discussed the path forward with research and development in a panel discussion on the OIDA Roadmap on Quantum Photonics held Wednesday, 13 May during the all-virtual 2020 CLEO Technical Conference.

Added: 13 May 2020


The Future of Ultrafast Lasers in the U.S.: CLEO Special Event Panel Discussion

The Brightest Light Initiative and the future of intense ultrafast lasers in the U.S. was the focus of a special event held Tuesday, 12 May during the all-virtual CLEO Technical Conference. More than 1,000 participants across the globe joined the panel discussion.

Added: 12 May 2020


Taking the dive into the unknown after we’re PhDone!

I applaud OSA for providing a virtual platform for informative content such as Isaiah Hankel’s Cheeky Scientist webinar.  This content helps ensure that OSA members can thrive in the new normal by having access to the tools, skills and experience from worldwide experts and, more importantly, it helps us stay connected with our peers.

Added: 24 Apr 2020