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Day 2: Defects by Design Incubator

As the program came to a close it was clear that this Incubator has brought about a great amount of collaborative effort to tackle the challenges in this field, as well as highlighting new directions for further study.

Added: 30 Oct 2018


Day 1 – OSA Incubator Defects by Design: Quantum Nanophotonics in Emerging Materials

At the OSA Incubator: Defects by Design at the OSA Headquarters in Washington, D.C., top researchers in the field of optically-active material defects gathered to discuss efforts to predict and identify potentially useful quantum defects in new materials. Lending the incubator its subtitle “Quantum Nanophotonics in Emerging Materials.” Lee Bassett (University of Pennsylvania...

Added: 29 Oct 2018


Day 2 of the Metamaterial Films for In-Space Propulsion by Radiation Pressure Incubator

The OSA Incubator Metamaterial Films for In-Space Propulsion by Radiation Pressure wrapped up with breakout sessions for brainstorming ideas for different types of lightsail missions: Inner Solar System, Outer Solar System, and Laser Driven. Each group developed a roadmap for the development of solar sail technology and metamaterials to enable these types of missions. The integration of the two...

Added: 09 Oct 2018


Day 1 of the Metamaterial Films for In-Space Propulsion by Radiation Pressure Incubator

Optics and photonics has and continues to enable our understanding of the universe - and it is that fact that takes center stage at the OSA Incubator: Metamaterial Films for In-Space Propulsion by Radiation Pressure. Hosts  Grover Swartzlander, RIT; Les Johnson, NASA and Nelson Tabiryan, BeamCo designed this Incubator to bring three diverse groups together: aerospace...

Added: 08 Oct 2018


Day 2 of the OAM Incubator

Day one of the orbital angular momentum (OAM) Incubator concluded with a session on Communications. This session covered several types of optical communications and how we can begin to improve these systems. As day two began, the speakers started to connect many of yesterday’s different talks together like the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. The final topic, Sensing and...

Added: 10 Aug 2018


Propagation and Detection of Light Beams Carrying Orbital Angular Momentum

This week’s OSA Incubator, Propagation and Detection of Light Beams Carrying Orbital Angular Momentum, is exploring the science and applications of orbital angular momentum (OAM). OAM is a unique measurable phenomenon that light possesses when the wavefront has a helical twist. This relatively new phenomenon has rapidly been gaining interest since its discovery in 1992 by Les Allen...

Added: 09 Aug 2018


2018 Innovation School

The 2018 Innovation School kicked off on Sunday, 22 July. The school is a four-day intensive hands-on training course that is designed to teach aspiring innovators the skills they will need to pursue a career in innovation. The school covered idea formation and validation, different types of business models, customer discovery and much more. Top industry professionals were in attendance as...

Added: 31 Jul 2018


Applied Industrial Optics Day 3

Day 3 was topic diverse. The first AIO session was...

Added: 28 Jun 2018


Integrated Photonics in the Mid-IR Incubator

The Integrated Photonics in the Mid-IR Incubator, 20-22 May 2018, hosted by Garo Khanarian, Consultant; Robert Norwood, University of Arizona; and Brandon Shaw, US Naval Research Laboratory was created to explore the optical, electrical and mechanical processes and components that must be integrated onto a photonic chip to create a chip-based architecture that will enable new...

Added: 22 May 2018


Big Data in Cultural Heritage Imaging Incubator - Day 2

The second day of the OSA Incubator on Big Data in Cultural Heritage Imaging focused on an in-depth discussion on the sessions from the day before including: spectroscopic macro or rempote mapping modalities; large data set analysis tools; and micro imaging modalities. The group was also hosted by the National Gallery of Art for a tour of their lab! 

Added: 07 May 2018