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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 first interview is with Andrew Lord (visiting professor at Essex University), Head of Optical Research in BT in the United Kingdom.  

Added: 20 Apr 2018


AIO 2018: Focus on Dr. Thomas Laurent, Eagleyard Photonics GmbH, Germany

Dr. Thomas Laurent graduated with a Diploma in Physical Chemistry. His first contact with laser diodes (literally) was when opening up a 5W Coherent Verdi Laser. Exactly that device ensured his PhD thesis researching ultrafast femtosecond processes – to which he was attracted ever since. He will be in Orlando talking about Qualifying Active Components for Space and LIDAR Applications.

Added: 17 Apr 2018


The New Era of Gravitational Wave Astrophysics

OSA’s Centennial Light the Future speaker series was created during The Optical Society’s Centennial in 2016 to highlight the optical sciences in our everyday lives. Speakers have included visionaries, futurists and Nobel Laureates. The series continues in 2018 lead by Professor Nergis Mavalvala, Curtis and Kathleen Marble Professor of Astrophysics, Massachusetts Institute of...

Added: 11 Apr 2018


Kurt Bernardo Wolf on Being Adaptable in the Pursuit of Science

In this installment of Senior Member Insights, we talk with Kurt Bernardo Wolf. Kurt is currently titular researcher in the Instituto de Ciencias Físicas, of the National University, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), at the Cuernavaca campus. Prior to the Instituto de Ciencias Físicas opening in 1985, he had worked at the Applied Mathematics institute in Mexico City, and lectured...

Added: 10 Apr 2018


AIO 2018: Focus on Dr. John W. Berthold, Davidson Instruments, Inc, USA

John W. Berthold received the B.A. degree in physics from Gettysburg College and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in optical sciences from the University of Arizona, Tucson. He has fifty years experience in optics research, thin film coatings, and sensors, and is internationally recognized for many contributions in the development of fiber optic sensors.  

Added: 09 Apr 2018


Tina Kidger on Success Through Confidence

For this installment of Senior Member Insights, we talk with Tina E. Kidger. Tina is currently European Events Consultant for Synopsys, and an emeritus member of the board of directors of the European Optical Society. Since 1982, she has also served as managing director of Kidger Optics Ltd. Tina is very active in the optics community and is a leading organizer and participant at international...

Added: 29 Mar 2018


2018 Applied Industrial Optics (AIO) Chair, Dr. Martin Garbos shares his thoughts on the meeting.

AIO is a great platform to meet people facing the same challenges or who might even have helpful answers for your problems since they have mastered them. Additionally, you can find great job opportunities here. We have had attendees who met their new employer at AIO in the past and they even seem to be very happy in their new jobs.  

Added: 26 Mar 2018


Optical Data Center Interconnect: More Capacity, Lower Power and Easier Operations

Back in February 2018, I wrote a pre-conference blog about the highly competitive nature of the Optical Data Center Interconnect (DCI) market and especially the optical DCI small form factor (SFF) appliance category. As the 2018 OFC Conference and Exhibition wraps up, I thought it would helpful to those trying to follow this market or make purchasing decisions to review the evolutions...

Added: 25 Mar 2018


Executive Forum 2018 Recap

The 2018 edition of the OIDA Executive Forum in advance of OFC has wrapped up, and it is hard to determine any one major theme of the program this year. Once again, this was a worthwhile event with perspectives given from a wide variety of industry movers and shakers. However, it seems that we are at an interesting point in the optical industry where requirements are somewhat fragmented and...

Added: 21 Mar 2018


Breaking the Optical Glass Ceiling – What comes after 400G/600G?

​Successive rounds of optical innovation and investment have delivered higher capacity networks with significantly decreased cost-per-bit transmitted.  In the near future, as we approach Shannon’s limit, gains will become more incremental, and the cost-per-bit of added capacity will become more linear. As an industry, will we be able to break through the optical glass ceiling to...

Added: 11 Mar 2018