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Day One of the Light, Energy and Environment Congress

Day one was a busy and exciting day. There were so many things happening. Four parallel sessions were up running. Many interesting talks were given from government officials, vice chancellor of Australian National University, famous professors and early career researchers about the energy issues and using the advanced photonics technology in solving the energy and environment challenges. I met...

Added: 02 Dec 2014

Things you can’t miss on Day One: OSA PV conference

Now we are on business here in Canberra. After a few thunderstorms last night, today’s weather is sunny and warm. It is perfect for the Conference!

Added: 01 Dec 2014

Starting Now: OSA Light, Energy and the Environment Congress

The Congress is starting today! With four featured topical meetings, the Congress is going to provide you the most comprehensive and advanced frontiers of optical technologies for energy production, transport, and usage. It’s going to be a feast for photonics lovers, who are longing to see the great impact of optics and photonics in the energy sector. As a researcher in the photonics...

Added: 01 Dec 2014

Dream Frequency-comb Applications Become Reality

It’s been 15 years since the seminal papers demonstrating phase-stable self-referenced frequency combs invigorated the fields of optical metrology and precision molecular spectroscopy, from which numerous fundamental measurements in atomic, molecular, and optical physics have evolved. This achievement was recognized for its significance in 2005 when Theodor Hänsch, Max Planck Institute...

Added: 21 Nov 2014

Frequency combing through the noise

Following a full day of discussions at the OSA Incubator Meeting on Quantitative Modeling of Frequency-comb Sources, a few keys areas where theoretical models could aid in instrument design have been identified. Can global models beginning from first principles identify performance limits of frequency comb systems? Is there truly a need to move beyond current analytical models followed by brute...

Added: 21 Nov 2014

Quantitative Modeling of Frequency-comb Sources

At their headquarters in Washington, DC The Optical Society is hosting another intimate Incubator bringing together experts in industry, academia, and federal research sectors to discuss relevant and emerging topics in optics and photonics. The focus of this Incubator meeting, running November 20-21, is on Quantitative Modeling of Frequency-comb Sources. As defined by meeting host Cutis Menyuk,...

Added: 20 Nov 2014

Hot making cold with optics for energy

On the second day of the OSA Incubator on the Fundamental Limits of Optical Energy Conversion the discussion shifted towards control and use of thermal radiation for power generation and cooling.

Added: 20 Nov 2014

Developments in Optics for Energy Conversion

The first day of the Fundamental Limits of Optical Energy Conversion Incubator as full of intriguing talks on a myriad of topics related to optical energy conversion.

Added: 18 Nov 2014

OSA Incubator on the Fundamental Limits of Optical Energy Conversion

The conversion of light to electricity or heat is a crucial process towards developing more sustainable, environmentally friendly technologies that will offset our reliance on traditional fossil fuels. Indeed, the rapid growth in the photovoltaics industry in recent years is just one example that points towards the ever increasing role of light-based energy conversion technologies in the future...

Added: 13 Nov 2014

Bumper Sticker Wisdom for Optics & the Nobel Prize for Math

"When I grow up I want to be a Mercedes" I read this on a bumper sticker of a small Maruti Suzuki car in India way back in the ‘80s. I thought it was cute and hilarious. I still do.

Added: 17 Sep 2014