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Maze Runner

The Columbia OSA student chapter participated in the NY MakerFaire in Flushing, NY on October 1 and 2, 2016. This was the second time our chapter presented our Laser Maze exhibit at the two-day event, where Makers—Arduino and Raspberry Pi enthusiasts—demonstrate their scientific contraptions powered by those feisty lil’ micro-controllers. Our group built a ten-foot long PVC...

Added: 01 Dec 2016


Measuring the Universe with Optics

OSA’s Centennial Light the Future speaker series traveled to China to the Asia Communications and Photonics Conference (ACP) in Wuhan on 3 November 2016.  Nobel Laureate, former U.S. Secretary of Energy and a fellow of The Optical Society, Dr. Steven Chu explained the history of gravitational discoveries and how they have been enabled by advancements in optics. 

Added: 30 Nov 2016


Day 2 of Exploring the Connections between Quantum & Classical Optics

The OSA Incubator Emerging Connections: Quantum and Classical Optics continued today more interesting talks and compelling discussions on understanding and challenging some of the traditionally accepted ideas associated with quantum systems.

Added: 08 Nov 2016


Latest Incubator Explores the Emerging Connections between Quantum & Classical Optics

The OSA Incubator Emerging Connections: Quantum & Classical Optics, 7-9 November 2016 in Washington DC, aims to identify and characterize the links and differences between the fields of classical and quantum optics. 

Added: 07 Nov 2016


From Engineer to Career: How to Become a Successful Professional

Every student is concerned with one and the same detail: to get a good job and be a successful professional. The Arizona chapter invited me to not talk about my groups nanophotonic research which focuses on novel opto-electronic device physics, emerging material such as TMDs and TCOs, and plasmonics. Here, I was asked to talk about what it takes to be successful after graduation. I broke this...

Added: 07 Nov 2016


Lab Visits - An Investment That Is Worth It

Dear OSA members,   This is the fourth in a series of blog posts I’m writing throughout 2016 in my role as OSA Ambassador. You can find earlier posts on visits to Barcelona and Quebec, and OSA FiberTech in Sydney.   In this post I will discuss a recent trip Down Under to visit our colleagues at the University of Queensland and Griffith University in Brisbane. This follows on...

Added: 02 Nov 2016


2nd Edition of FunOptics: Óptica Divertida

The 2nd Edition of FunOptics: Óptica Divertida, realized by OSA Campina Student Chapter, was held at Escola Dr. Hortêncio de Sousa Ribeiro (a state high school in our city, Campina Grande, Brazil) counting with the participation of 30 students of the 1st year of high school.

Added: 01 Nov 2016


The Next Hundred Years of Light: Seeing Far Further into the Universe

Theoretical physicist and futurist, Dr. Michio Kaku envisioned light carrying human consciousness across the galaxy in his Light the Future keynote talk at Frontiers in Optics, the annual meeting of The Optical Society in Rochester, New York, USA on 20 October 2016. A panel of seven Nobel Laureates followed Kaku's presentation. The Laureates looked at to a bright future on Earth as enabled...

Added: 31 Oct 2016


Night of the Stars (Noche de las Estrellas)

In August 12th, hundreds of people from our city joined the biggest astronomy event in the region, Night of the Stars - Pereira. The OSA Student Chapter of Chapter Interdisciplinary Optics participated in the LOC team and in various activities to expose the general public to science.

Added: 28 Oct 2016


Coming Back to the Down Under

​Hey there! This is the third in a series of blog posts I’m writing throughout 2016 in my role as OSA Ambassador. You can find earlier posts on visits to Barcelona and Quebec.   In this post I will discuss a recent trip Down Under to attend the OSA Photonics and Fiber Technology conference in Sydney. I worked at the University of Sydney for four years...

Added: 26 Oct 2016