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AIO 2019: What is Applied Industrial Optics?

Applied Industrial Optics (AIO) is a multidisciplinary meeting that focuses on innovative photonics research and its commercial impact.  The meeting is largely comprised of high quality invited speakers from diverse backgrounds speaking on a variety of topics.While the program committee strives to... 

Added:26 Feb 2019


Girls (also) wanna have fun in the lab! Nobel Laureate Donna Strickland dixit.

The United Nations (UN) #February11 commemorates the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, in an effort to attract girls and women to STEM areas. Yes, girls are curious about science, the same way boys do too. Yet why are there fewer women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math)? Why are the numbers not changing as fast as we would like?

Added:12 Feb 2019


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 fourth interview is with Annachiara Pagano, member of the technical staff/Senior Technology Expert at TIM in Italy.

Added:12 Nov 2018


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


A Global, Diverse and Inclusive OSA: Challenges and Opportunities

As a researcher I travel quite often. This year in particular, was my first year as an OSA Ambassador and I had the opportunity to travel much more than usual, to places where I had never been before.  This role as OSA Ambassador has allowed me to expand my network dramatically and gave me the incredible opportunity to connect with a great number of colleagues, mostly students, around the...

Added:26 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


100 Scientists On An Island

What do you get when you gather about 100 laser scientists on a small island? You get a lot of geeky light jokes (pun intended), learning, discussions ranging from lasers, solitons, POTUS, gender issues to new anime. All in all you get one of the best laser schools ever conducted!I was lucky to be a part of the fifth Siegman International School on Lasers in the Island of Hven, Backafallsbyn in...

Added:10 Sep 2018


2018 Siegman School; Enjoying Science in a Positive Atmosphere!

Italian guy, working in Poland, comes to Sweden for a summer school organized by OSA, a society founded in the USA. Really?! Is it actually true? Of course it is! Could it be more international than that? Probably, but at least this is my little story across Europe…I’m Mattia and in January I moved to Poland, to work as a Ph.D. student at Institute of Electronic Materials...

Added:31 Aug 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


What More Can I do to Prepare for a Career in Industry

Committing to major career decisions can be tough in any stage of life, but especially for students. What field of optics do I want to study? Am I more interested in theory or experiments? What school should I attend? Which lab should I join? Should I switch labs? Should I pursue more education or a post-doc? Do I want to work in academia or industry?

Added:31 Jul 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


Creating an Inclusive Environment in Science

Scientists come from all different cultures, backgrounds, and experiences. There is no demographic restriction to scientific study; the only thing that truly matters is one's knowledge and motivation. Ideally scientists should recognize the importance of diversity on a level that would allow it to transcend barriers other disciplines may not have the opportunity to, although in reality...

Added:11 Jul 2018


Rainbows: From Science to Activism

In 1978 Gilbert Baker created the first rainbow flag as a symbol for LGBT+ Pride. Baker wanted a flag that could be a symbol of the global LGBT+ community and he chose the rainbow because he believed the various colors were a good representation of the diversity in the community. Baker believed this natural and beautiful symbol had an undeniable power and was certain of the design from the very...

Added:05 Jul 2018


Applied Industrial Optics Day 4

The final day of AIO began with...

Added:29 Jun 2018


Applied Industrial Optics Day 3

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

Added:28 Jun 2018


Applied Industrial Optics Day 2

Out of the box would be the way to describe day 2 of the Imaging and Applied Optics Congress. The day began with...

Added:27 Jun 2018


Applied Industrial Optics Day 1

Lights, camera, action. The 2018 Imaging and Applied Optics Congress kicked off with...

Added:25 Jun 2018


Stretch Assignments: Getting Outside Your Comfort Zone

The reason many of us became scientists and engineers is because we enjoy solving hard problems.  Whether it is experimental design, hardware implementation or data analysis, we relish heading home at the end of the day (or night!) feeling like we thought a lot and made progress toward our goals.  As early career professionals, tackling difficult problems at the edge or just outside...

Added:23 Jun 2018


AIO 2018: Interesting Facts about Orlando, Florida

Orlando, Florida: 10 Interesting facts and 5 things to do   

Added:20 Jun 2018


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 third interview is with Sébastien Bigo, leader of the IP and Optical Networking Research Group at Nokia Bell Labs in France. 

Added:13 Jun 2018


AIO 2018: Another New Exciting and Interactive Dimension to Applied industrial Optics 2018

Applied Industrial Optics 2018 continues its tradition of having a program presented by individuals from widely varying sectors. New to AIO 2018 will be demonstrations of the technologies presented as part of the program. Attendees will have the chance to see a cryogenic system, a VECSEL laser, adaptive lenses, an optical coherence tomography system, fiber optic sensing systems, sensor probes...

Added:11 Jun 2018


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 third interview is with Sébastien Bigo who is leading the IP & Optical Networking Research Group in NOKIA Bell Labs in France. 

Added:01 Jun 2018


Sharing My True Excitement for the Inaugural International Day of Light

The International Day of Light (IDL) is a global initiative that provides an annual focal point for the continued appreciation of light and the role it plays in science, culture and art, education, and sustainable development, and in fields as diverse as medicine, communications, and energy. IDL is a worldwide event to help achieve the goals of United Nations Educational, Scientific and...

Added:31 May 2018


AIO 2018: Focus on Dr. Chris Hessenius, TPhotonics Inc, USA

Dr. Hessenius believes OSA Imaging and Applied Optics Congress is a unique meeting due to the emphasis placed on transferring research into real world applications. Often times researchers are focused on lab work and forget the needs that are driving their work. Interacting with others that could use your expertise or perhaps provide additional insight is very exciting.  

Added:30 May 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


AIO 2018: Focus on Dr. Cheng Zhang, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), USA

Cheng Zhang is a CNST/UMD Postdoctoral Researcher in the Nanofabrication Research Group. He received a B.E. in Electrical Engineering from Shandong University, China in 2010, and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from University of Michigan-Ann Arbor in 2016.   

Added:14 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


Big Data in Cultural Heritage Imaging Incubator - Day 1

For the last 20 years, advanced Imaging techniques have been applied to the study of art objects revealing incredible novelties and helping conservators and art historians in their understanding of the composition and history of the objects. The OSA Incubator Big Data in Cultural Heritage Imaging provides participants the opportunity to discuss the state of the art in using imaging...

Added:03 May 2018


An Insightful Experience at OSA Leadership

​Dr. Ivan P. Kaminow was a pioneer in the area of telecommunications and was passionate about mentoring early career professionals and the OSA Ivan P. Kaminow Early Career Professional Prize has been constituted in his memory. I remember waking up in the first week of January and seeing the email from OSA that announced the award, a truly fantastic start to the year for me! It is an incredible...

Added:02 May 2018


AIO 2018: Focus on Dr. Stefano Bonora, INFM-CNR, Padova, Italy

Dr Bonora has developed a research line in the design, realization and application of deformable mirrors. During this activity he collaborated with many foreign and Italian institutes supplying them adaptive optics systems for ultrafast laser compression and shaping, for high power laser focusing and medical imaging.

Added:30 Apr 2018


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 second interview is with Matthias Gunkel, Senior Network Architect with Deutsche Telekom in Germany.

Added:30 Apr 2018


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


Pavel Peterka on the Importance of Collaboration

For this installment of Senior Member Insights, we talk with Pavel Peterka. Pavel is currently a senior research scientist at the Institute of Photonics and Electronics of the Czech Academy of Sciences. Since 2007, he has taught a one-semester course on fiber lasers and amplifiers at the Czech Technical University in Prague.  

Added:27 Feb 2018


Joel Villatoro on Being Open to Opportunity

In this installment of Senior Member Insights we talk with Joel Villatoro. Joel is currently an Ikerbasque research professor at the University of the Basque Country, Bilbao, Spain. Prior to joining the University of the Basque Country, Joel was a research fellow in industrial photonics at Aston Institute of Photonic Technologies, Birmingham, U.K., and a researcher at the Institute of...

Added:27 Feb 2018


Luminar Technologies’ Co-Founder & CTO Jason Eichenholz, Welcomes Questions in this Ask Me Anything!

Creating LiDAR your life can depend on, Luminar uses advanced LiDAR sensors to measure millions of points per second, and put that resolution where it matters most. This allows Luminar sensors to see not just where objects are, but what they are — even at distance. Co-Founder and CTO, Jason Eichenholz is a serial entrepreneur and pioneer in laser, optics and photonics product...

Added:18 Feb 2018


Judith Dawes on Juggling Leadership and Teaching

In this instalment of Senor Member Insights, we talk with Judith Dawes, professor of physics at Macquarie University, where she chairs the Faculty Women in STEM committee and is a member of the university senate. Judith has recently been elected treasurer of Science and Technology Australia, and until 2017, was a chief investigator of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for...

Added:13 Feb 2018


Driving Diversity, Closing the Gap: Celebrating International Day for Women and Girls in Science

The fourth industrial revolution dawns upon us and with that evokes a quintessential question, how do we, as women and girls in science, seek opportunities and be influential during this shift of science, technology and innovation? We are currently in an era where science and physical systems are fusing to develop emerging technology that is based on artificial intelligence, robotics, Internet...

Added:11 Feb 2018


Neset Akozbek on the Power of Persistence

For this installment of Senior Member Insights, we talk with Neset Akozbek, a senior research scientist at AEgis Technologies Group Inc in Huntsville, Ala., USA, where he leads a small R&D group in applied research and advanced technology development in nanophotonics. In addition, Neset is a defense contractor at the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research and Engineering Center, supporting...

Added:30 Jan 2018


Cloud Data Center Evolution - From 0 to 400G

Cloud services and consumer products that rely on Cloud Data Centers have created a rapid evolution in Data Center capabilities. As services like the Internet of Things (IoT), audio/video content delivery, big data processing and social media continue to demand greater speeds, the Cloud Data Center industry is making strides to create solutions that are energy efficient and easily expandable...

Added:19 Jan 2018


Kung-Hsuan Lin on Navigating a Research Career in Academia

In this installment of Senior Member Insights, we talk with Kung-Hsuan Lin, associate research scientist at Institute of Physics, Academia Sinica (IoPAS), Taiwan, and an adjunct deputy chief editor of the Taiwan popular-sciences magazine Science Monthlyand the newspaper SciTech Reports.  Before joining IoPAS, he held positions in the physics department of National Taiwan Normal...

Added:16 Jan 2018


Pursuing a Passion for Teaching with Anca Sala

For this installment of Senior Member Insights, we talk with Anca Sala. Anca is currently professor and dean of the College of Engineering at Baker College in Michigan, USA, where she has introduced several new degree programs, including a program in photonics and laser technology for which she obtained support from the National Science Foundation. She was recognized as 2016 Educator of the...

Added:02 Jan 2018


Opening New Doors

I’m delighted and honored to take up the role of OSA President. I know that I follow many illustrious holders of this office, not least my immediate predecessor, Eric Mazur (Harvard University, USA), who has left his mark on the governance, diversity and global character of The Optical Society. I thank him for his service and estimable contributions to the organization.

Added:01 Jan 2018


Education & Next Steps for Illumination Optics Day 2

While the first day of the OSA Illumination Optics Incubator focused on the state of illumination optics science and technology, today’s session focused on the community, education and next steps.   We also had, special guest OSA Science Advisor Tom Hausken from CA. Can you find him in this group shot?

Added:17 Nov 2017


Day 1 Illumination Optics Incubator

The Illumination Optics Incubator was designed to focus on ways to create a thriving community between researchers and industry in the field of illumination optics. Experienced professionals covering the whole value creation chain: optical design theory and optimization, optical design and software, manufacturers of injection molded optical parts and metallized reflectors, LED manufacturers and...

Added:17 Nov 2017


The Importance of Science Communication

Science communication plays an increasingly important role in our society, but today’s PhD students have few formal training opportunities. The Communicating Science workshop for graduate students, formally known as ComSciCon, was created to help fill this gap by teaching science communication skills to graduate students from across a wide variety of scientific disciplines in an intensive...

Added:11 Oct 2017


Day 2: Small Eyes & Smart Minds Incubator

Yesterday during the Small Eyes & Smart Minds “Sensors & Systems” session experts discussed novel imaging techniques and hardware.  The remainder of the Incubator showcased some human-centric imaging applications and discussed processing solutions. 

Added:06 Oct 2017


Day 1: OSA Small Eyes & Smart Minds Incubator

The Small Eyes & Smart Minds Incubator is all about new imaging techniques, the computational work that makes them possible and the exciting applications this work can engender.  The hosts of this Incubator, Rama Chellappa, University of Maryland; Francisco Imai, Apple, Inc.; and Ashok Veeraraghavan, Rice University are seeking fundamental advances and new solutions to problems that...

Added:05 Oct 2017


Creating Thought Provoking Presentations at the 2017 Siegman School

Writing articles and giving presentations is the essence of scientific work. To make science is to communicate our findings to our peers and the public. But how do we do it in an efficient, understandable and friendly manner? This is a serious problem that a lot of scientists, young and old, struggle with. At the Siegman School on Lasers this year, in León, México, we had the opportunity to...

Added:02 Oct 2017


Optical Interconnects in Data Centers: What’s Next?

As technology advances at an ever-increasing pace, the potential applications for optics continue to grow and fuel new discoveries. To highlight the breakthrough work being done in optics, the committee invited nine "Visionary Speakers" to share their knowledge. One of them, Marc Taubenblatt (above) of IBM Corp. sketched out some of those frameworks, particularly for data centers.

Added:28 Sep 2017


Quantum Technology: The Business Side

One of the meeting’s three “Visionary Speakers” keynote talks on Wednesday included plenty of interesting science, but also focused on the business and political issues emerging as quantum technology drives toward real applications. The speaker was OSA Fellow Wilhelm Kaenders, the cofounder of TOPTICA Photonics AG, Germany, and he stressed that he intended to provide a...

Added:20 Sep 2017


The Dilemmas of a “Post-fact” World

Given what seems an ever more polarized and uncertain political environment, scientists increasingly grapple with the need to persuade policymakers and the public about the importance of the work that science does. In a morning session at the 2017 Frontiers in Optics meeting, Rush Holt, the CEO of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), suggested that scientists...

Added:20 Sep 2017


Prospecting the Coming Automotive Revolution

In his plenary talk, Jason Eichenholz, the cofounder and CTO of Luminar Technologies, USA, took audience members on a tour of the advanced lidar technologies necessary to make the autonomous-vehicle dream a reality.

Added:20 Sep 2017


Keys to Successful Proposals for Research

Program officers and senior officials with four major funding agencies in the United States and Europe gave FiO 2017 attendees an inside look at their programs, and at some of the keys to putting in a successful proposal for optics and photonics research.

Added:20 Sep 2017


From VR and AR to "Mixed Reality"

Right now, virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) largely occupy different domains: VR seeks to immerse users in an entirely separate world, while AR overlays additional data, images and experiences onto the real one. But Scott McEldowney of Oculus Research, USA, sees a future in which those strands will come together. Devices almost as lightweight as an ordinary pair of eyeglasses...

Added:20 Sep 2017


Self-Driving Cars: A Complex Photonic Supply Chain

In addition to the formidable technical requirements for autonomous vehicles, the self-driving-car revolution will create new and highly complex supply chains and new educational and workforce needs. Ira Moskowitz, the director of advanced-manufacturing programs with the Innovation Institute at the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, USA, believes these developments will present huge...

Added:20 Sep 2017


OSA Headquarters Gets a New Nameplate

OSA marked the first day of Frontiers in Optics 2017 in a particularly meaningful way: By formally dedicating its newly renovated headquarters building in Washington, D.C., in honor of Jarus W. Quinn, who served as the society’s first executive director from 1972 to 1994.

Added:20 Sep 2017


Fixing the Leaky Pipeline

Dozens of industry leaders, researchers, students and other optics professionals came together at OSA’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., in the second “Global Women of Light” symposium. The all-day event, co-sponsored by the OSA Foundation and Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Entrepreneurship (WiSTEE Connect), focused on the best ways to boost the presence of...

Added:20 Sep 2017


An Opportunity I'll Never Forget

Traveling to Centro de Investigaciones en Optica (CIO) in Leon, Guanajuato for the 2017 Siegman School on Lasers this August was a great experience.  There were about 70 of us from 20+ countries, and 11 luminaries sharing with us a wide range of applications and phenomena of lasers.  I arrived with a need to apply lasers for measurement and I left with new views on lasers, great...

Added:13 Sep 2017


Ask ‘Dear Abbie’ Anything on Digital Holography – A Reddit Science “Ask Me Anything” with the Naval Research Laboratory’s Dr. Abbie Watnik

Every day I work on the cutting edge of science and technology and I love it. Our team at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, works specifically with advanced optical imaging technologies which work to help map the ocean floor. It is my passion for the science and for mentoring others to help to navigating the maze of challenges, opportunities and achievements in the field. Have a question on...

Added:08 Sep 2017


Choosing the Right Research Group for Your PhD

The PhD journey is incredibly rewarding but also filled with many roadblocks and frustrations along the way. Unlike undergraduate studies, where the curriculum is set, the PhD program is much less defined. You are thrown into the research group without well-defined responsibilities and expectations and you are expected to figure it out along the way. Here a few things, based on recent...

Added:09 Aug 2017


Day 4: Applied Industrial Optics

The final day of AIO 2017 kicked off with...

Added:30 Jun 2017


Day 3: Applied Industrial Optics

So much happened today at AIO, just some titles were “Imaging Radiation Dose and Molecules in Human Radiation Therapy for Cancer”, “A Low Cost Optical Imaging Device based on a single Moving Detector for Breast Cancer Detection”, “Spectral Imaging for Quantitative Phase Contrast”, “Adventures in Underwater Microscopy”, “Planar Beam-steering...

Added:29 Jun 2017


Day 2: Applied Industrial Optics

The first session of AIO on Day 2, “Fabulous-Perot Sensing and Sources”, was opened by ...

Added:28 Jun 2017


Day 2: Materials for Optomechanical Actuation Incubator

OSA’s Materials for Optomechanical Actuation Incubator brought together researchers from with varying backgrounds to discuss the applications and challenges behind implementing optomechanical actuators. On day two the speakers and hosts pulled together the different perspectives presented on day to and focused on some of the high-level problems facing the optomechanical community. 

Added:27 Jun 2017


Day 1: ​Applied Industrial Optics

OSA’s Imaging and Applied Optics Congress kicked off with the Joint Opening Plenary Session. Mohan Trivedi (University of California San Diego, USA) opened the conference with “Humanity, Intelligent vehicles LISA Research Agenda”, an insight into the intelligent vehicles future and the long term goal of human cohabitation with intelligent robots. Next, John Schwartzman...

Added:27 Jun 2017


Day 1: OSA Materials for Optomechanical Actuation Incubator

Optomechanical actuation is the act of turning light (electro-magnetic energy) into mechanical work. This most commonly calls to mind photovoltaics and solar cells. Solar cells take the energy of the sun and converts it into electricity, which then in turn can be used to do mechanical work. For the Materials for Optomechanical Actuation Incubator, the Hosts Chris Bardeen, University of...

Added:26 Jun 2017


San Francisco: what to know before going to AIO 2017

10 Interesting facts about San Francisco 1. San Francisco hasn’t always been San Francisco...

Added:23 Jun 2017


Medical Imaging Speakeasy: Revolution through Optical Technologies

Medical imaging technologies is a powerful growing market with ample room for growth and development. Recently, OSA hosted a panel on The Medical Imaging Revolution through the Speakeasy Science Program. The program, funded by a grant from the American Institute of Physics (AIP) and in partnership with the American Physical Society (APS), strives to increase communication between scientists and...

Added:22 Jun 2017


Day 2: Integrated Semiconductor Quantum Photonic Devices Incubator

Day 2 of this Incubator kicked off with a session on Materials and Device Integration focusing on the challenges associated with creating entanglements between atoms and in materials on a larger scale. Read more about this exciting Incubator and about where the community is looking to go. 

Added:20 Jun 2017


Day 1: Integrated Semiconductor Quantum Photonic Devices Incubator

Day one of the Integrated Semiconductor Quantum Photonic Devices Incubator focused on Quantum Photonics with Solid-State Photon Sources and Spin Based Quantum Memories. 

Added:19 Jun 2017


AIO 2017: Focus on Dr. Michael Schmidberger, OSRAM GmbH, Germany

AIO Committee YP, Cushla McGoverin, interviews AIO 2017 Invited Speaker, Dr. Michael Schmidberger about his experiences in development of the world’s first broadband Infrared (IR) light emitting diode (LED) at OSRAM. Dr. Schmidberger will present at AIO on Tuesday, June 27 at 9:30am.

Added:19 Jun 2017


Just in AIO 2017: Two panel sessions, “The View from the Ladder: Perceptions on the Future of Photonics” and “Start-ups, Incubators, Accelerators, Oh My!”

AIO Committee YP, Cushla McGoverin, interviews AIO 2017 Invited Speaker and Panelist, Dr. Anna Rissanen about her experiences in development and commercialization of novel sensing applications.  This year we will host two panel sessions. Greg Quarles (OSA Chief Scientist) will introduce the first session (“The View from the Ladder: Perceptions on the Future of Photonics&rdquo...

Added:13 Jun 2017


“Ask Me Anything” and They Did! Top 5 Astrophysics Takeaways from Joss Bland-Hawthorn, ARC Laureate Fellow Professor of Physics and Director of the Sydney Institute for Astronomy (SIFA)

After 15 years, the first Australian-built satellites were launched from Kennedy Space Center to the International Space Station. It was a uniquely proud moment for our country and my research team at the Sydney Institute for Astronomy, University of Sydney. I was pleased to participate in this Reddit Science Ask Me Anything with The Optical Society (OSA) and share my recent experiences with...

Added:01 Jun 2017


AIO 2017: Focus on Dr. Arsen Hajian, Hindsight Imaging Inc, USA

AIO Committee YP, Cushla McGoverin, interviews AIO 2017 Invited Speaker Dr. Arsen Hajian about his experiences at optical spectroscopy as the founder and CEO of Hindsight Imaging. Dr. Hajian will present at AIO on Monday, June 26 at 11am.  

Added:31 May 2017


The Art of Optics Outreach

Science outreach is fun, not only for the participants, but also for the educators as well. Science draws out our curiosity and we all have natural curiosity. When you design and conduct an outreach event, you have to think carefully about how to turn science, optics for example, into something interesting and understandable for others; making it a good test of how well you know a topic. At an...

Added:30 May 2017


​Just in AIO 2017: Keynote Speaker, Dr. Tish Shute, Futurewei (Huawei), USA

AIO 2017 Keynote Speaker, Dr. Tish Shute, the Director, AR/VR, Corporate Technology Strategy, Futurewei (Huawei USA) will talk about XR and the future of communications: from silicon to human photonics. Dr. Shute will present at AIO on Tuesday, June 27.

Added:24 May 2017


Finding My Home at OSA

The idea of writing this post came from an informal conversation with OSA President, Eric Mazur, during Winter Leadership Meeting this past January. This is about how my good friend Dr. Alvaro Casas Bedoya and I were able to turnaround a difficult situation and finish our physics degrees, using the advantages of OSA’s student membership. 

Added:18 May 2017


AIO 2017: Focus on Dr. Brian Pogue, DoseOptics, LLC, USA

Cushla McGoverin, interviews AIO 2017 Invited Speaker Dr. Brian Pogue, the president of DoseOptics, about his experience at radiation therapy imaging and Cherenkov radiotherapy dosimetry. Dr. Pogue will present at AIO on Wednesday, June 28.

Added:09 May 2017


My First Trip as an OSA Ambassador

I arrived in Beijing on 20 April after a 23 hour long trip. While I was tired from the travel, I met with Aixin Zhang, PhD student at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Institute of Physics (IOP) and President of the OSA Student Chapter who took me to IOP. I was welcomed by Professor Ling-An Wu, Chapter Advisor, and was impressed by the huge building and hospitality of all the professors and...

Added:08 May 2017


The Future of Transportation is Built with Optics Inside

The race to develop and deploy an autonomous vehicle is fast and furious. Enabling and empowering the next-generation of transportation is optics and photonics. Optical technologies have become essential in automotive applications such as head-up and inside vehicle displays. Luminar Technologies, Inc., a new company headed by CEO Austin Russell and OSA Fellow and CTO Jason Eichenholz, have...

Added:04 May 2017


Optics Luminaries Honored at 2017 National Academy of Sciences 154th Annual Meeting

Optical Society (OSA) members and guests honored the accomplishments of OSA members Stanley Whitcomb, Gabriela González and David Reitze for their contributions to the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) and the discovery of gravitational waves in 2015. For their research achievements, Dr. Whitcomb received the Henry Draper Medal and Dr. González and Dr. Reitze were...

Added:04 May 2017


You asked IBM Research scientist Jessie Rosenberg “anything” about silicon photonics

Silicon photonics uses light, versus electricity, to send signals from a microchip. IBM engineers use these pulses of light to increase the connectivity and bandwidth between datacenters for faster data transfer over longer distances. But silicon photonics isn’t just for datacenters. IBM sees the technology helping improve everything from IoT sensors to quantum photonics.

Added:20 Apr 2017


AIO 2017: Focus on Dr. Hod Finkelstein, TruTag Technologies, USA

Dr. Finkelstein has over twenty years of technology development, manufacturing and operations experience.  Prior to joining TruTag Technologies, he was Director of Technology Development for Illumina, Inc., a leading genomic analysis and DNA sequencing company, where he led the development and productization of advanced sequencing products and technologies.

Added:19 Apr 2017


Traveling Lecturer: A Technical and Professional Visit

On March 22nd, I visited the Ningbo University Student Chapter of OSA in Ningbo, Zhejiang, China. The chapter is in the laboratory of Infrared Materials and Devices (LIMD) of Ningbo University, Key Laboratory of Photoelectric Materials and Devices of Zhejiang Province.   

Added:04 Apr 2017


An OSA Ambassador’s Journey: How I became an OSA Ambassador

My OSA journey started 10 years ago in 2007, when I first learned about The Optical Society. It was at a workshop when someone made an “About OSA” presentation for students at my University. While I cannot remember who the speaker was, I remember very clearly my feeling: It was like a breath of fresh air. The talk was about the numerous opportunities for students and student...

Added:04 Apr 2017


Traveling Lecturer: A Truly Rewarding Experience

After almost one year following the initial contacts with the OSA Student Chapter at Malaviya National Institute of Technology (Jaipur, India), I was finally able to take part in the OSA Traveling Lecturer Program. I must say that it really was a fascinating experience, which will probably have an impact on the future of several people. The only real issues I had to face were those related to...

Added:03 Apr 2017


Boston University Celebrates International Women's Day

On International Women’s Day, we celebrate the success women have achieved by empowering each other and have an opportunity to advocate for gender parity. Especially for women in Optics and STEM fields where women are unfortunately still underrepresented, this marks a special occasion to come together and express support, encouragement and inspiration to each other. On Wednesday, March 8,...

Added:29 Mar 2017


Applied Industrial Optics 2017 (AIO) - Chair Dr. Arlene Smith shares her thoughts on the meeting.

What do you think makes AIO meeting a remarkable meeting?  The program is mostly invited talks, which enables the Committee to focus on enabling leaders in the field to share their knowledge. The Committee members display great dedication in working to make the meeting the best...

Added:28 Mar 2017


Traveling Lecturer: Learning Beyond the Lab

Antigone presented her 'skill bill' lecture about the importance of developing additional skills during your education and career in order to further it. The reasons and the way of furthering were not the classical idea of financial gain or prestige but more about your personal best and what you as individuals would be happiest doing as well as how to further the quality of the work. 

Added:02 Mar 2017


Traveling Lecturer: Meeting Dr. Sorger

The Traveling Lecturer Program through our OSA Student Chapter (UArk Laserbacks) was a great success. Dr. Sorger's visit was productive, as he was able to spend time meeting various professors and students throughout the University of Arkansas Physics Department, and his talk was very relevant and interesting to many researchers on campus. Students and faculty also benefitted from the...

Added:02 Mar 2017


Traveling Lecturer: Traveling to New and Unknown Places

When I was first contacted by NISER student chapter officer, Samir Kumar, to visit as a traveling lecturer, I must admit I have never even heard of NISER, or the city in which it is located, Bhubaneswar, India. I was glad that we were eventually able to find a date for me to attend.   

Added:27 Feb 2017


Traveling Lecturer: Late Night Conversations turn to Collaboration

A few month ago I was in Rochester, NY for FiO2016. The meeting agenda was so busy, like always it is. Although tired, the day always ended with a group of us chatting in the hotel lobby about optics, science and life. As if all of us wanted to draw as much as possible on the opportunity of being there. A few months later, I received an invitation to visit the Lund OSA Chapter in Sweden. I had...

Added:27 Feb 2017


Traveling Lecturer: An Experience to Remember

It was my first - hopefully not the last - experience as OSA traveling lecturer, which was very enriching both scientifically, personally and from the cultural pooint of view. Although I had been in India before, this time I interacted with students in different places (Mumbai, Chandigarh and Delhi). The students were very pro-active during the talks, as well as the professors who attended...

Added:27 Feb 2017


Traveling Lecturer: On the Trail of the Wild Hog

They call them the fly-over states. The middle of the country (US that is). But, that such a statement is clearly wrongly placed, I experienced first hand.

Added:13 Feb 2017


2017 Special Program Grant Recipients - Round 1

OSA would like to congratulate the following student chapters and local sections on receiving the Special Program Grant. This grant awards up to $1,500 USD for high impact youth education/community outreach or professional development events. Chapters and sections went through a vigorous application and review process and we are thrilled with this first round of winners and their...

Added:05 Jan 2017


Escaping The Weather To Learn More About Optics

The University of Oregon Student Chapter of the OSA lit up the University of Oregon campus on Saturday, December 3rd for the first ever Optics Holiday Bash. Student members organized an outreach event to celebrate The Optical Society’s 100th anniversary in 2016 with funding from the Centennial Special Events Grant. The purpose of the outreach activity was to engage the community by...

Added:14 Dec 2016


Day 2 of the Future Microscopy Incubator

After settling in for day two of the Future Microscopy Incubator, the participants were divided into two groups for breakout discussions. For two hours, each group discussed the challenges and strategic aims to make future techniques in microscopy either “Faster & Smaller” or “Broader & Deeper.” By the end of the morning, the participants reconvened to present...

Added:14 Dec 2016


Stereoptics: a 3D-OSA

‘Stereoptics: a 3D-OSA’ was born as an attempt to make an interactive and attractive workshop to show different ideas: stereoscopic vision, linear and circular polarization, and 3D-cinema technologies. With this main target, we developed a workshop where different notions were explained in order to build a whole story about light perception, visual optics and polarization. We...

Added:13 Dec 2016


OSA Incubator Explores the Future of Microscopy at the Royal Society, Edinburgh

The first international OSA Incubator - Future Microscopy: Merging Adaptive & Computational Imaging - took place today at the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Scotland, under the stern gaze of the nearby statue of James C. Maxwell. This meeting aims at discussing the future and challenges of emerging adaptive and computational imaging techniques in modern microscopy.  

Added:13 Dec 2016


Engaging CCNY with Photons

On December 5th, I visited the OSA City College of New York (CCNY) Student Chapter in New York, USA. The visit was hosted by CCNY OSA Student Chapter advisor Professor Robert Alfano, president Nicholas Proscia. Furthermore, I had the great opportunity to had 1:1 meetings with professors Robert Alfano, and Vinod Menon before and after my talk. We shared the latest academic/industrial trend...

Added:09 Dec 2016


Branching Out and Making Connections

One of the main reasons that I pursued an academic position is my passion for mentoring and encouraging students in engineering and science. Unfortunately, the further that I progress in my career, the less time I have to spend time with students outside of my research group. Conferences can be very rushed, making it challenging to really connect with new colleagues. While Department seminars...

Added:06 Dec 2016


Celebrating the OSA Centennial with the Lightwave Roadshow

The Lightwave Roadshow is the University of Southampton chapter's student-led outreach education programme. The Roadshow traces its root back to 1998 when it was established to provide hands-on optics experiments for young children under the age of 10 in classes or fairs for families. More recently, the programme has expanded its scope to work with school pupils up to the age of 18, as well...

Added:06 Dec 2016


An Push For Photonics

On 10 November 2016, the Michigan Technological University (MTU) Student Chapter of OSA hosted a campus-wide outreach event with invited speakers representing a broad range of career paths within the field of photonics. Attending students had the opportunity to interact one-on-one with industry contacts and academic researchers across multiple disciplines. Student resumes and CVs were furnished...

Added:01 Dec 2016


OSA ITS Goes to School (OIGoS)

OSA ITS Goes to School (OIGoS) is a new program from OSA ITS Student Chapter for high school students in Surabaya city. This successful program contains workshop program about some current and future development of optics/photonics that is specially designed for Senior High School student with interesting teaching ways and some optical devices experiments. We have successfully visited some...

Added:01 Dec 2016


The Escaping Room

Instituto de Óptica-CSIC Student Chapter’s big activity this year was a new outreach workshop called “OPTICS IN THE WORLD”, which we designed and executed thanks to the OSA Centennial Special Events Grant. This was an outreach workshop consisting of a number of educational workshops and displays based in optics technology, as well as a recreational/learning activity called The...

Added:01 Dec 2016


Reaching Out to the Local Community Around Us

To celebrate one hundred years of The Optical Society, the London Local Section launched an Optics Discovery Programme for London schools. Through our prior outreach work with the local community, we had identified that some schools lack resources to teach optics in an exciting and engaging way, which encouraged us to develop a new scheme to inspire teachers and students using the power of...

Added:01 Dec 2016


Team Building Made Fun

International Leadership Workshops was first opportunity for our chapter to start an international cooperation. We invited our friends from Riga, Latvia OSA and SPIE Student Chapter to come to our city - Wrocław to exchange ideas, experiences and strengthen partnership between our chapters. 

Added:01 Dec 2016


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


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


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


Playing with Light

The OSA Student Chapter Torino, on September 30th 2016, started the TOP-LUX initiative in the framework of the European Researcher’s Night 2016. The TOP-LUX (TOrino Photonics – Leveraging YoUth eXcellence) initiative, with which the OSA Student Chapter Torino aims at creating a series of educational events among schools of the Piemonte region, followed by a contest between them...

Added:07 Oct 2016


OPTO-Meeting 2016

The OPTO-Meeting 2016 was held at Gdańsk University of Technology, Poland, between 6th-9th July 2016. There were 84 participants from 6 countries: students, young researchers, and professors. The organizing committee consisted of: Aleksandra Wieloszyńska, Agnieszka Szreder, Aleksandra Kamińska, Wojciech Den, Anna Sękowska, Michał Trojanowski, Mateusz Ficek, Maciej Wróbel. Our sponsors were: OSA...

Added:07 Oct 2016


Running Our Own Conference

In July, the University of Aveiro OSA Student Chapter fully organized, for the first time, a two days’ conference. In fact, it is not the first time our Student Chapter participates in the organization of an event, but always in collaboration with other Chapters or other persons. This time, the organization was entirely our responsibility. The conference, which was called &lsquo...

Added:07 Oct 2016


Waves and Structured Materials

On June 3rd 2016, a large number of optics faculty, students and industry leaders descended on UNC Charlotte for a special one-time workshop on “Waves and Structured Materials”. The workshop was designed to be informal and allow plenty of time for discussion and networking with those who attended. The keynote invited speakers were Dr. Phil Russell, Max Planck Institute who spoke on...

Added:06 Oct 2016


A Meeting with Light

During the 2015 International Year of Light, the OSA Student Chapter of Université Laval volunteered to create a fully autonomous exhibition presenting the basics of light to the people of Québec City. Made of two informative banners and 4 interactive modules each displaying an experiment related to both fundamental and technological aspects of light, the goal of “A Meeting with Light...

Added:30 Sep 2016


Light Up the Outback - Bright Lights for Bright Minds

In August, two physics PhD students from Macquarie University, Australia spent a week visiting regional and rural high schools around New South Wales. Eight different schools were visited over the course of 5 days, in a loop of almost 2000 kilometres. Over 450 students and their teachers participated in the sessions. Each visit to the schools had three parts. A short talk on optics or laser and...

Added:30 Sep 2016


Subwavelength Photonics Incubator: Day 2

Day 2 of the subwavelength photonics Incubator featured talks focusing on photonic crystal cavities and metamaterials. The program concluded with a discussion on the exciting new possibilities and applications of subwavelength photonics and metamaterials towards the fields of bio-sensing, wearable devices, augmented reality and autonomous navigation. 

Added:23 Sep 2016


Subwavelength Photonics Incubator Begins

​The OSA Subwavelength Photonics Incubator, hosted by Pavel Cheben, National Research Council of Canada; Inigo Molina Fernandez, University of Malaga, Spain; David Smith, Duke University, United States and Weidong Zhou, University of Texas at Arlington, United States commenced today in Washington, DC. The Incubator features a meeting of leading minds across the fields of...

Added:22 Sep 2016


An Eye on the Future of Vision

During The Optical Society’s Light the Future centennial program in Medellín, Colombia on 24 August 2016, Susana Marcos, Instituto de Optica, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas, Spain, presented “An Eye to the Future of Vision.” At this 25 year anniversary, optical coherence tomography (OCT) has already delivered the ability to map the entire vascular network...

Added:22 Sep 2016


How to become a great peer reviewer

Developing the skills necessary to provide effective reviews can take time. Fortunately, OSA has several great resources available to help you become a better peer reviewer. Here are some tips and links that will help you enhance your contributions as an OSA peer reviewer.

Added:21 Sep 2016


OSA Celebrates Peer Review Week 2016 #RecognizeReview

This week is Peer Review Week 2016, and OSA is proud to serve as a member of the Organizing Committee for the initiative. The theme of this year’s Peer Review Week is Recognition for Review, therefore it was natural for our celebration to begin by recognizing OSA’s many hard-working reviewers.

Added:19 Sep 2016


My Summer Trip to India

Over the summer I visited India, more specifically Kolkata, where I was a keynote speaker at the 3rd International Conference on Optoelectronics and Applied Optics (Optronix 2016). In addition, I visited with the OSA Student Chapter at the University of Engineering and Management/Institute of Engineering and Management in Kolkata.  I also visited the student chapter at the Indian...

Added:16 Sep 2016


​OSA Science & Applications of Nanolasers Incubator: Day 2

Day 2 of the Science & Applications of Nanolasers Incubator included a session on Exploring Near-Field Effects before finishing up with section Reassessing Our Motivation for Small Lasers. Following the final panel discussion, the hosts wrapped up the Incubator by leading a short discussion on general outlook for the future nanoscale light sources and discussed...

Added:09 Sep 2016


OSA Science & Applications of Nanolasers Incubator: Day 1

The topic of the latest OSA Incubator: Science & Applications of Nanolasers has become one of the hottest topics in the optical field. The semiconductor lasers with wavelength scale or below has been applied onto many real world applications, such as photonic crystals, nanowires, metal claddings, etc. The size scaling and the energy efficiency scaling nowadays becomes the major targets...

Added:09 Sep 2016


Camp Rocks

Camp “Physics and We: Lightning the Optics” was held on 8-12 of August in Byurakan, Armenia. More than 200 people applied for participation, and 40 of them were chosen based on their applications and online interviews. Participants were mainly students from various universities, as well as high school students of different regions of Armenia. First two days, 8th and 9th of August...

Added:07 Sep 2016


An Illuminating Experience

In July 2016, Tianjin University OSA Student Chapter held the OSA Centennial Special Events- A Series of Optical Courses on OSA's 100th Birthday. We held the activities at Tianjin University affiliated elementary school and Yixing primary school. Preparations started in May and we had a lot of meetings to discuss the form of classroom, tested the lecture course, bought the experimental and...

Added:07 Sep 2016


Understanding Multi-Photon Bio-Imaging

On the 29th of June 2016, Optics Students Karlsruhe e.V. (OSKar) hosted an OSA Traveling Lecturer at the Light Technology Institute (LTI), Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). The lecture program is sponsored by The Optical Society. This year we are honored to have invited the OSA Fellow, Professor Chris Xu from Cornell University, USA to fly to Karlsruhe, Germany and give a presentation on...

Added:06 Sep 2016


Going Back to the Basics

The IIT Delhi OSA Student Chapter hosted OSA Ambassador Dr. Arti Agrawal from City University, London as a Traveling Lecturer. The talk was on Finite Element Method for Photonics and Optics. She covered some of the key principles of numerical methods (for photonics) and shown some examples of different classes of methods. She explained the basics of FEM and steps involved in the method, with...

Added:06 Sep 2016


Highlights of the Siegman School in Barcelona

In July I had the opportunity to attend The Siegman International School on Lasers, held jointly by The OSA Foundation and the Technical University of Catalonia. To be more precise, the school was hosted by The Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO) in Castelldefels, a beautiful town located 25 km away from Barcelona, which borders the coast of the Mediterranean Sea. 

Added:30 Aug 2016


Women Who Make a Difference in Optics – Every Day

The Optical Society has been home to many innovations in its 100-year history – and many bright women innovators. But what’s the future of women in optics?

Added:12 Aug 2016


Optics Augments Reality and Brings 3D Medicine into Focus

Live 3D imaging is one of the hottest topics in optics today, transforming medical imaging capabilities and delivering the immersive experience behind augmented and virtual reality. During The Optical Society’s Light the Future centennial program in Heidelberg, Germany on 26 July, Dr. Joseph Izatt of Duke University and Microsoft’s Bernard Kress gave an insider’s...

Added:12 Aug 2016


Applied Industrial Optics Day 4

The final day of AIO 2016 kicked off with...

Added:29 Jul 2016


Applied Industrial Optics Day 3

Day 3 started with...

Added:28 Jul 2016


Applied Industrial Optics Day 2

The first session of AIO on Day 2, “ID Photonically”, was opened by...

Added:27 Jul 2016


Applied Industrial Optics Day 1

OSA’s Imaging and Applied Optics Congress kicked off with the...

Added:25 Jul 2016


Successful meeting in Vancouver. Looking forward to seeing you in Advanced Photonics 2017 in New Orleans.

It is great to attend a meeting with specific focus on certain topics as Advanced Photonics, since it is... 

Added:25 Jul 2016


Working In Optics

The career event “Working in Optics in Berlin” took place on 15 June at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and was funded by the OSA Ambassador Program. It was organized by Aline Dinkelaker, OSA Ambassador, and the student chapter BerlinOptik. More than 80 participants registered to attend the event, with participants from each of the three universities in Berlin as well as from...

Added:25 Jul 2016


Exposing Science to Those All Around

The Oxford Optics and Photonics Society (OxOPS) joined forces with the Oxford Hands-on-Science (OxHOS) society to realise an unprecedented Science roadshow in the UK. A tour in Oxfordshire (first week) and South Wales (second week) visiting schools and public venues with plenty of Science experiments was carried out with massive success! Thanks to the OSA Centennial Special Events Grant, the...

Added:19 Jul 2016


Keeping a Tradition

Each year the NES/OSA participates in several outreach events to demonstrate the role optics plays in everyday life. Sharing knowledge of optics applications has been an ongoing effort since the mid-1970s evolving over time. Our current approach is to join public STEM EXPOs and Science Fairs. Massachusetts has a statewide system of science fairs split into six regions. Each region hosts middle...

Added:19 Jul 2016


Capture Science

We ran a community photo competition called “Capture Science - Earth, Space and Weather” as a sequel to the IYL “Luminescence” photo competition, where we asked entrants to explore the science of the incredible world around us through a photo and accompanying caption explaining the underlying scientific concept(s). Almost 200 entries were received across four age...

Added:19 Jul 2016


Advanced Photonics Conference in Vancouver

Advanced Photonics 2016 - Vancouver, Canada - Day 1  I am attending Advanced Photonics in Vancouver. I was also at the past Advanced Photonics Conference in Boston 2015 but this year is really special as ....

Added:19 Jul 2016


A Gaze at the Moon

During Science Week, along with the “Instituto de Investigación en Comunicación Óptica” (IICO) and the Science Faculty we carried out various activities related to the centennial of The Optical Society. Our OSA chapter organized an astronomical night and a telescope workshop with the participation of children, undergraduate and graduate students, as well as teachers of the...

Added:15 Jul 2016


Creating the Next Generation of Curious Minds

The CICESE OSA student chapter organized an event where the main purpose was to make science in general and optics in particular seem less intimidating and more approachable. Different local elementary schools were invited to CICESE on June 10 and June 17 and more than 75 elementary kids attended the event between these two dates. The participants received lectures given by members of the...

Added:15 Jul 2016


AIO Co-Founder and 2016 Program Chair, Dr Jess V. Ford, shares his thoughts on the AIO meeting.

AIO will stretch your mind about photonics applications and help you develop a network of friends that will help you overcome any hurdle in taking your technology from the lab bench to the marketplace.  We also have the best after conference parties and discussions.

Added:14 Jul 2016


Life after ICFO: A PhD is Not Enough

On June 2nd 2016, the ICONS student chapter hosted Prof.Giovanni Volpe (Assistant Professor, Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey) a former ICFOnian as a part of OSA´s Ambassador and Traveling Lecturer Programs. The visit of Professor Volpe was beneficial in multiple ways. Being a former ICFOnian, Professor Volpe was able to gives us first-hand experience about life after a PhD in photonics...

Added:05 Jul 2016


Traveling Around India

I had the opportunity to travel to India as a travelling lecturer in April. In visiting 3 cities and several chapters (holding joint events) I had some amazing experiences. 

Added:05 Jul 2016


Going Back Where It All Began

On June 2-3 2016, I have visited the OSA Student Chapter at ICFO - the Institute of Photonic Sciences in Barcelona, Spain. I was hosted by the Vice-President of the Student, Kavitha Kalavoor, and I had the opportunity to meet several of the other Officers of the Student Chapter.

Added:05 Jul 2016


AIO 2016: Focus on Dr. Garrett Cole, Crystalline Mirror Solutions LLC, US

What do you think people will learn from your talk as a take-home lesson? I aim to give an overview of...

Added:29 Jun 2016


Light Beyond the Lab: Putting Your Research Skills to Work

This is the second in a series of blog posts I’m writing throughout 2016 in my role as OSA Ambassador. In case you missed my last post, you can find it here.   In this blog post I will discuss a recent trip across the border to Canada to attend the IONS-Quebec conference and to visit INRS-Montreal.   I’ll also give you a glimpse into some...

Added:29 Jun 2016


A New Force of Awakening

At May 30th, Doctor Yue Yang from Jupiter Networks, United States arrived at Harbin Institute of Technology and presented to the HIT OSA Student Chapter and the national key laboratory of tunable laser a great report about his research direction: High-speed optical systems and networking functions using orbital-angular-momentum multiplexing. Dr. Yue got his bachelor degree and master degree...

Added:29 Jun 2016


Putting Your PhD to Work

The OSA Ambassador program I’m excited to volunteer in the inaugural year of the OSA Ambassador program. Our goal is to further the professional development skills of our student and Young Professional members.‘Putting your PhD to work’ To this end, I am focusing on the topic of ‘Putting your PhD to work.’   In brief, the skills learned during an optics...

Added:21 Jun 2016


Curious Minds Learn About Optics and Photonics

SUSTC OSA Student Chapter organized interactive lectures about optics for little kids in Jinxiu Elementary School (11 May), SUSTC Experimental 2nd Elementary School (18 May) and Qianhai Harbor Elementary School (20 May). In these three interactive lectures, 16 members from SUSTC OSA Student Chapter attended and organized the interactive lectures and more than 340 elementary kids participated in...

Added:16 Jun 2016


Discussing the Future

Photonics in 2048 workshop was organized on 13 May 2016 in Copenhagen successfully. The workshop was held under the supervision of DTU Fotonik Innovation agent Monika Luniewska Jensen and the presentations were judged by DTU Fotonik’s Director Lars–Ulrik Aaen Andersen. 

Added:16 Jun 2016


Touring Labs

On Thursday, May 19th 2016, the Tel-Aviv University OSA student chapter conducted a one and a half hour event starting with tours in two optical labs followed by a social gathering, the second in a series called “OptiBEER”. The event included snacks, beer and hot drinks. As we did on the previous event, 16 participants were divided into two groups that toured both of the following...

Added:14 Jun 2016


AIO 2016: Focus on Dr. Torsten Frosch, Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology, Germany

Dr. Torsten Frosch, who was recently awarded the Bunsen-Kirchhoff award for Analytical Spectroscopy, will talk about Raman Spectroscopic Gas Sensing at AIO 2016. In the following interview, AIO Young Professional, Sogol Borjian, asks Dr Frosch about his work and his upcoming talk at AIO 2016. 

Added:10 Jun 2016


Mencap-Lightwave: Outreach with Young Adults with Learning Disabilities

On Tuesday 17th May 2016, members of the University of Southampton’s Optics and Photonics Society (OPSoc) teamed up with Mencap Southampton for an Outreach event for 8 young adults with learning disabilities.

Added:02 Jun 2016


A Full Lecturer Experience

On April 13, our student chapter was very pleased to welcome OSA Traveling Lecturer Professor Malvin Carl Teich, professor emeritus at Boston University and Columbia University. He is well known for his seminal book “Fundamentals of Photonics”, co-authored by Bahaa E. A. Saleh. We were very impressed by his curriculum vitae that includes everything from fractal stochastic processes...

Added:02 Jun 2016


Imaging and Applied Optics in Heidelberg?

The Imaging and Applied Optics Congress is 25 - 28 July 2016 in Heidelberg, Germany. We hope you’ll join us there. Here are some Interesting Facts about this wonderful place: (1)The first evidence of human life in Europe was found in Heidelberg. A jaw-bone which is the earliest evidence found of human life in Europe, known today as the “Heidelberg Man”...

Added:25 May 2016


Day 2: Precision Measurements in Air Quality & Turbulence Incubator

The OSA Incubator on Precision Measurements in Air Quality & Turbulence: From Space-based Observations to Networked, Ground-based Point Sensors successfully brought researchers from industry, military, and national labs working in different application areas but sharing the same goals which are to mitigate, quantify, model, and predict pollution. The researchers discussed the...

Added:20 May 2016


An Ongoing Success - UMD OSA Student Chapter Hosts Annual Poster Competition

On April 8th, 2016 the University of Maryland hosted its sixth annual Poster Competition in Optics and Photonics. The event is sponsored by the UMD OSA Student Chapter, the National Capitol Section of OSA, IEEE-Baltimore, and IEEE-Washington/Northern Virginia. We were very excited to host Dr. John Gillaspy, program director from the National Science Foundation as our guest speaker. He gave a...

Added:20 May 2016


A Forum to Celebrate and Exchange Ideas

The XIOPM Student Chapter of The Optical Society held an event on April 27-29 titled, “National Doctoral Academic Forum on Optics and Photonics,” to commemorate The Optical Society’s Centennial. To join the celebration, professors at University of Auckland, University of Science and Technology of China, National Tsing Hua University and students from around 30 universities and...

Added:20 May 2016


A Mini-Congress in Partnership with Alfa Foundation

One of the OSA UANL Student Chapter main compromises and objectives is to develop and invite young minds into the science world. This time we took lead and looked forward to organize an Educational Congress for talented high school students. As the last event organized by the Officers Board 2015-2017 this was the main event of the season.

Added:20 May 2016


A Lecture Series Filled with Opportunity

The graduate students in the school of Optometry and Vision Science at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) have an immense passion in exploring the application of optics in their research activities. With this passion, The Optical Society (OSA) QUT Student Chapter was established in the year 2012. This year QUT OSA Student Chapter organized their first ever OSA lecture series to mark the...

Added:20 May 2016


Precision Measurements in Air Quality & Turbulence Incubator: Day 1

Yesterday, kicked off the start of the OSA Incubator on Precision Measurements in Air Quality & Turbulence: From Space-based Observations to Networked, Ground-based Point Sensors, hosted by the Environmental Sensing Technical Group: Adam J. Fleisher, National Institute of Standards & Technology, United States; Partha Banerjee, University of Dayton, United States; and Jorge E...

Added:20 May 2016


OSA Incubator Takes on Precision Measurements in Air Quality

According to the United Nations Environment Program, more than 1 billion people are exposed to outdoor air pollution annually. Urban air pollution is linked to up to 1 million premature deaths and 1 million pre-native deaths each year. Urban air pollution is estimated to cost approximately 2% of GDP in developed countries and 5% in developing countries. By organizing this Incubator on ...

Added:18 May 2016


Starting a New Tradition

Our chapter organized the 1st annual conference on Micro & Nano-scale Science for Addressing Grand Challenges: Advancing Technology with Light at Purdue University. The conference featured talks by graduate students and postdocs working in the broad field of nanotechnology. The talks covered several topics including: quantum photonics, thermal science, life science, sustainable energy and...

Added:13 May 2016


Leading PhD Students to the Path of Industry

According to a study by The Royal Society, less than 1% of current PhD graduates will become tenured professors. Moreover, approximately 30% of PhD graduates will be unemployed upon graduation. To combat a more competitive job market and fewer academic jobs, Washington State University’s OSA/SPIE student chapter focuses on professional development. Through OSA’s Traveling Lecturer...

Added:13 May 2016


What is Applied Industrial Optics?

Applied Industrial Optics (AIO) is a unique conference where industrial professionals are asked to speak about their work, which typically is never published, unless as a patent. While many industrial societies have conferences that approach this format, the Optics and Photonics industry typically only has trade shows, such as CLEO and Photonics West. For industrial participants, these events...

Added:05 May 2016


Interacting with the Next Generation of Scientists

Since it is a long flight from Sydney to India I decided to combine visits to two different student chapters in a single trip. Arriving in Kolkata late on a Wednesday evening, I spent the Thursday morning at the Central Glass and Ceramic Research Institute (CGCRI) in Kolkata, a very impressive organization,  and then on by train to Dhanbad, the location of the Indian School of Mines (ISM)....

Added:02 May 2016


Enthusiastic Young Minds Create an Ecosystem of Learning

59th international conference for students of physics and natural sciences “Open Readings 2016” gathered more than 300 enthusiastic young minds in order to create an ecosystem of learning and sharing the experience. The conference took place on 15-18th of March in Vilnius, Lithuania and connected students from all over Europe working in a variety of thrilling topics: from optics and...

Added:28 Apr 2016


Optical Enrichment Activity at Alomim School

The optical enrichment activity was conducted on 8 April 2016 as part of an open day at school to expose the students to different fields of interest. The students that attended the optical activity chose this activity out of other options available to them that day.In this activity, we exposed the class to the white light wonders using the OSA Optics Suitcase and explained the motivation of...

Added:28 Apr 2016


Spark Your Dream - Celebrating OSA's Centennial

Our chapter decided to organize a series of youth education activities named “Spark Your Dream” to celebrate the OSA’s 100th birthday. We wanted to impart our knowledge to help younger students in order to foster their interests in optics and science in general to broaden their horizon. We wanted to make the younger students understand what OSA has to offer through these...

Added:28 Apr 2016


Awarding New Ideas

OSA Student Chapter of Malaviya National Institute of Technology Jaipur conducted a student oriented conference titled, 'OSA Young Student Congress on Photonic Technologies' on April 16-17, 2016. It was a one and a half day event which began in the afternoon of April 16 and ended in the evening of April 17. We received around 30 papers from students at our institute as well as from...

Added:27 Apr 2016


Cultivating Success with Other Student Chapters

Beijing Jiaotong University OSA Student Chapter held a series of events from April 21st to April 22nd, titled "Biomedical Sensing and Optical Fiber Sensing Seminar" as well as the "BJTU OSA/SPIE Student Chapter Symposium", to commemorate The Optical Society’s 100th anniversary. We invited Professor Alex Vitkin (University of Toronto, Fellow of OSA and SPIE, the SPIE...

Added:27 Apr 2016


2016 USA Science and Engineering Festival

On 15-17 April 2016, The Optical Society (OSA) participated in the 2016 USA Science and Engineering Festival in Washington, DC. This festival is a bi-annual event to advance STEM education and inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers. There were 1,000 participating organizations with over 3,000 hands-on activities for attendees to learn more about science. We partnered with our...

Added:26 Apr 2016


A Lecturer Down Under

On Thursday March 17th 2016, we had the pleasure of hosting Dr. Yuri Kivshar, from the Nonlinear Physics Center at the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia, through the OSA Traveling Lecturer Program. Dr. Kivshar works for the physics and astronomy department at San Francisco State University in San Francisco California. 

Added:26 Apr 2016


The 11th Annual Materials and Optics Poster Competition

This year the Clemson University OSA Student Chapter held a poster competition for undergraduate and graduate students for Clemson University and surrounding universities. The event was held on campus at the Madren Conference Center and co-sponsored by the Clemson University Student Chapter of Materials Research Society. This year we had 43 posters and 30 judges in attendance. Each poster was...

Added:26 Apr 2016


The computational modeling conversation continues…

The final session from Day 1 of the Incubator was Performance Metrics/Task-based Assessment. Andrew Watson, from NASA Ames Research Center focused on visual performance metrics for imaging systems. He analyzed the problems of traditional models and discussed improvements that could be made using new approaches. His used examples of letters, aircraft, and watercraft to further illustrate his...

Added:15 Apr 2016


​OSA Incubator on Computational Modeling & Performance Metrics for Imaging System Design & Evaluation – Day 1

During the OSA Incubator on Computational Modeling & Performance Metrics for Imaging System Design & Evaluation hosts Joseph Reynolds, from the Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate of the U.S. Army, and Christian Graff, from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, gave the overview of what they wanted to accomplish. The goal of this meeting is to share information...

Added:14 Apr 2016


An Exchange of Diverse Topics and New Ideas

Big Data Photonics Workshop 2016: “Trends Shaping the Future of Photonics” was organized at Carnesale Commons in University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) on 25 March 2016 by Jalali-Lab at UCLA jointly with Technical University of Denmark (DTU). The workshop drew 85 participants from USA, Denmark, and around the globe. The workshop was sponsored by Innovation Center Denmark...

Added:13 Apr 2016


Symposium on Optics

On February 8th and 9th 2016, the KU Leuven OSA student chapter organized a broad symposium on optics. With invited speakers from several European countries, we were able to address a large variety in audience. This was clear from the diverse backgrounds of the students that attended the symposium, ranging from biomedical sciences and (bio)chemistry, to optical engineering. However, all...

Added:12 Apr 2016


Motivating to Pursue Your Dreams

Professor Kishan Dholakia’s visit was really a great experience for the students of International School of Photonics. His lectures were really informative and impressive speaking on the scale of his presentation skills. There were three illuminating lectures, each of them being interesting in its own ways as the titles: 1. Lights, Camera, Action: Optics in Healthcare, 2. Shaped Beams and...

Added:12 Apr 2016


Husband and Wife Team

On the 25th of January 2016, the Technion OSA chapter hosted Professor Margaret Murnane and Professor Henry Keptyn, ultrafast science pioneers and it was a huge success and all thanks to the Traveling Lecturer Program. 

Added:12 Apr 2016


An Impactful Experience

It was a great pleasure for the Oxford OSA student chapter to host Professor Sanders. He was a most experienced OSA ambassador, open to engaging with all of our chapter members as well as other students from the Department and very keen to support the activities of our society. We have been a chapter for 3 years and are still trying to find ways to increase our membership base and expand our...

Added:12 Apr 2016


Discussing Thin Films

We invited Dr. George Atanasoff who is a recognized professional in the field of Optical Engineering and a member of Optical Society of America for over 20 years. Dr. Atanasoff started his career as university professor in Physics. Later he gradually transitioned his career into the industry, managing large industrial R&D departments and federal programs for variety of applications, such as...

Added:12 Apr 2016


Recruiting the Future

During the first week of the Spring Semester, OSA UANL Student Chapter organized an Invitational Session on the UANL Physics building main Hall. Officers and Student members offered an attractive talk about the experience, benefits and responsibilities of being an OSA member in order to invite graduate and undergraduate students to join the OSA UANL Student Chapter as an OSA Student member...

Added:08 Apr 2016


Learning From Our Peer

The lecture started with an introduction from St. Petersburg State University of Aerospace Instrumentation OSA chapter president, Vasily Kazakov. He talked about the research group from the department of Radio Engineering, Electronics and Communications and their outreach activities. Then he gave the floor to Arseny Zhdanov, PhD student of University of South Florida, who started his...

Added:01 Apr 2016


Sharing My Experience With Others

Amazed from the flow of students on bicycle and the majesty of Thermotechnical Institute immerse into the Arenberg park … this was the start of the marvelous experience as a Traveling Lecturer at OSA/SPIE Student Chapter at KU Leuven.

Added:25 Mar 2016


OIDA Workshop on Integrated Photonics High Volume Packaging

Progress continues on the design and clean room fabrication of integrated photonics, and companies have commercialized products based on integrated photonics on both the InP and silicon platforms.  There is growing awareness that the chip fabrication is less of a barrier to commercialization, and attention is increasingly turning to the cost of the overall package. This cost includes the...

Added:20 Mar 2016


Enrich Your Understanding of Science & the Light

After long-term exploration and unremitting efforts, we have built cooperation with the local school, Hangzhou Changhe High School. In order to expand our chapter's influence and bring benefits to more students, this year, we established contact with two new partners, Chaoshan Central Primary School and local Youth Homes. During these activities, we taught the students some knowledge of...

Added:16 Mar 2016


OSA Optical Computing Incubator: Day 2

Optical Computing Incubator Day 1 continued…   The afternoon session on day 1 addressed optical computing algorithms and was presided over by Dr. Mark Neifeld, from the University of Arizona.  The focus of the session was on the identification of computational primitives and how their optical implementation is realized.  The central challenges in this area are:   ...

Added:11 Dec 2015


OSA Optical Computing Incubator: Day 1

Optical Computing Incubator Welcome to Day 1 of the OSA Optical Computing Incubator, held at OSA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. 9-11 Dec 2015. The topic of this meeting, optical computing, is a merging computing technology uses photons generated by lasers or other light source for higher bandwidth and energy efficiency computation. For the past 60 years, Optical Computing has been a very...

Added:10 Dec 2015


OSA Levitated Optomechanics Incubator Part 2

Levitated Optomechanics Incubator Part 2Day one continued… To round out the earlier post, the final session from day 1 focussed on novel levitated systems. One of the hot developments in optomechanics is the coupling of atomic spin to mechanical motion, and Levi Neukirch from the University of Rochester, USA, introduced us to progress in controlling levitated nanodiamonds. Another way...

Added:04 Dec 2015


OSA Levitated Optomechanics Incubator

Manipulating Objects with Light   Welcome to day one of the OSA Levitated Optomechanics Incubator. Optomechanics is the study of the interaction of light with the mechanical motion of objects. Amazingly, mechanical resonators tens of microns in size have been cooled to their motional quantum ground state using light, and have even been placed in quantum superpositions of vibrational...

Added:03 Dec 2015


Adaptive Structured Illumination Incubator

What are the barriers for super-resolution at depth?What are the fundamental limits in fibre imaging (resolution, correction, speed)?What are the challenges of using structured illumination for in vivo imaging?These are just a few of the questions that were explored at last week’s Adaptive Structured Illumination Incubator. Hosted by Meng Cui from Purdue University, US, and...

Added:19 Nov 2015


Optical Biosensors Incubator Meeting Day 2

The second half of the Optical Biosensors Incubator deviated somewhat from the highly technical nature of the prior discussions. While several members did discuss progress in various scientific efforts, focus shifted to the broader topic of bringing biosensing technologies to market, and several discussions challenged all those in attendance to think critically on how the status quo relates to...

Added:11 Nov 2015


Optical Biosensors Incubator Meeting

The OSA Optical Biosensors Incubator brings together the leading minds in the field to critically discuss key topics of central importance to this community: “labeled” as compared to “label-free” sensing, digital or single-molecule analyte detection, point-of-care applications, as well as commercialization of optical biosensors. As the Incubator got underway, opening...

Added:10 Nov 2015


Compact EUV & X-ray Light Sources Workshop

This year’s International Workshop on Compact EUV & X-ray Light Sources located in lovely Maastricht, Netherlands has come to a successful conclusion with the attendees anxiously anticipating next year’s brand new Topical meeting.

Added:09 Oct 2015


Next Steps for Label-free Optical Techniques in Diagnostics & Imaging

Last week’s Incubator on Label-free Optical Techniques for Biomedical Diagnostics & Imaging participants identified opportunities and challenges for label-free optical techniques and concluded with a clear call to continue the conversation. The hosts will continue to work with the participants to produce a white paper that will outline a prioritized list of recommendations to address...

Added:22 Sep 2015


Exploring the Challenges & Opportunities for Label-free Optical Imaging

This morning, OSA’s latest Incubator – the Incubator on Label-free Optical Techniques for Biomedical Diagnostics & Imaging: Challenges and Opportunities for Clinical Translation kicked-off. This meeting is hosted by Paul French, Imperial College, United Kingdom; Laura Marcu, University of California - Davis, USA; Robert J. Nordstrom, National Institute of Health, USA; Juergen...

Added:17 Sep 2015


Photobiomodulation – Next Steps

  The second day of the OSA’s Incubator on Photobiomodulation (PBM) began with a panel discussing the use of PBM in sports medicine. Ernesto Leal-Junior Ph.D., Professor, Nove Julho University, Sao Paulo, Brazil, talked about his lab’s attempt to systematically examine the modalities and mechanisms of PBM in sports rehabilitation. Edward Ryan, currently serving as a...

Added:02 Sep 2015


Photobiomodulation – Overcoming the Hurdles

 After a morning discussing how the technology, and community, have developed over the years, the afternoon of the Photobiomodulation Incubator began with a panel discussion on overcoming the hurdles facing Photobiomodulation (PBM). Panelists David Ozar Ph.D., Loyola University Chicago, Gail Siminovsky, CAE, Academy of Laser Dentistry, and Scot Faulkner, Kinexum Pharmaceuticals, discussed...

Added:01 Sep 2015


Photobiomodulation – where it started and where is it going?

  Today’s kick-off of the OSA’s second Photobiomodulation (PBM) Incubator brings together scientists, practitioners, and industry to discuss the latest research, future, and hurdles for PBM’s acceptance as a mainstream medical therapy.The day began with hosts Michael Hamblin Ph.D. and Donald Patthoff DDS introducing the goal of the Incubator: to come together to...

Added:31 Aug 2015


Cool Materials: Day 4 of AIO 2015

 The final day of AIO 2015 kicked off with the 'Cool Materials' session. Chauncey Graetzel (Optotune Switzerland AG, USA) presented the technology behind 'Tunable Lenses, Miniature Laser Speckle Reducers and their Applications to Innovative Optical Systems'. The Optotune approach provides compact zoom and focus at high speeds and low dispersion compared to...

Added:17 Jun 2015


Optics in detecting threats, patents and more: AIO Day 3

 Derryck Reid (Heriot-Watt University, UK) opened Day 3 at the Joint Session with LS&C and AIO with a presentation on his work in the area of 'Chemical Sensing Using Broadband Mid-IR Femtosecond OPOs'. Femtosecond OPOs offer high spatial and spectral brightness, good spatial coherence, and are efficient and robust. Derryck described the application of these sources in...

Added:11 Jun 2015


What you can do with spectroscopy and more - AIO Day 2

 Thomas Tague (Brucker Optics Inc, USA) opened the first Applied Industrial Optics session on Day 2 - Dr Photon to the Rescue - with a talk on 'Novel Applications of Molecular Spectroscopy to Heritage and Biomedical Fields of Study'. Thomas described the in-situ analyses of graffiti pigments in rock paintings at Hueco Tanks State Park using Raman and X-Ray...

Added:10 Jun 2015


Applied Industrial Optics Day 1

The first session of AIO 2015 - 'Flutonics Palooza' - was opened by Dominic Murphy (Pie Photonics Ltd, Ireland) with a talk titled 'Optical Wavefront Interferometry - Evolution, Challenges and Opportunities'. Dominic spoke on the challenges facing detection systems regarding information (throughput, sensitivity) and form (simplicity, size), and the advantages, such as...

Added:09 Jun 2015


11 Reasons to Love the Applied Industrial Optics Meeting

The countdown to the meeting begins!  Eleven – Actually there are twelve sessions scheduled during AIO 2015, featuring 22 invited and 9 contributed talks. Short videos from AIO 2015 industrial sponsors will be shown in the meeting room before and after each session. The Congress Joint Poster Session with over 40 posters is on Tuesday, 19:00 - 20:30.Ten – Stops from the...

Added:04 Jun 2015


Solutions and Approaches to Break Opto-electronic Device Limitations

Starting from the first talk on general opto-electronic device limit and integration for silicon-based devices, presented by Thomas Koch here at the Nanophotonic Devices Incubator, the potential solutions for both the length minimization and power minimization were addressed. For example, Si photonics with high-index contrast and precision fabrication allow energy per bit to be further reduced...

Added:15 May 2015


Emerging Applied Imaging Technologies at AIO

The sessions at this year's AIO meeting feature emerging technologies.New this year, AIO is hosting Joint Sessions with two topical meetings: Adaptive Optics (AO) and Application of Lasers for Sensing and Free Space Communication (LS&C).At the time of writing, two invited speakers are confirmed for the AIO-AO Joint Session. Jaeyoun Kim (Iowa State University) will present on "The...

Added:14 May 2015


A Conversation with Dr. Michele Ostraat, AIO 2015 Keynote

 Dr. Michele Ostraat is the Downstream Research Center Leader for Aramco Research Center-Boston and the Applied Industrial Optics 2015 Keynote Speaker. She will present on "Optical Materials and Systems for Nondestructive Testing in the Oil and Gas Industry." Dr Ostraat, thank you for participating in this interview. To start, can you give me a brief history of your...

Added:04 May 2015


The Hierarchy of Network Connections

I’ve often seen at conferences how well known scientists and people who deliver keynote addresses, plenary, and invited talks are surrounded by eager interlocutors. The people who are perceived as powerful (directors of research centres, heads ofdepartments, presidents of organisations and such like) have a powerful pull on the throng of attendees.These important figures are in great...

Added:22 Mar 2015


Summary and outlook for Light, Energy and the Environment Congress

As a researcher working in the photonics field, I found this Congress was extremely useful. I attended many solar energy related conferences before and I had been always struggling to understand the technique jargons in solar cell research. And I wouldn’t bother to record so many details on thin-film deposition, which are highly equipment dependent. This time I am very glad to find that...

Added:15 Dec 2014


Day Four: Nobel Laureate addressed Solar Energy in a Sustainable World

In the first plenary session of the Congress today, the Nobel Laureate, Professor Steven Chu presented a talk on “Solar Energy in a Sustainable World”. He reminded the audience that almost all energy formats including fossil fuel, wind, fission, geothermal energy are ultimately derived from the sun. He also raised the very important but often neglected point that from system point...

Added:15 Dec 2014


Day Three: Panel Discussion-the Future of Energy with Light

Day three of the Congress started with a very fascinating talk given by Toshihiko Iwasaki, Konica Minolta, Japan. He reviewed comprehensively the status of OLED lighting activities at KONICA MINOLTA as well as the advancements in OLED materials and systems. He also presented the latest development on all-phosphorescent white OLED device, progress on solution-processed OLED technologies and the...

Added:15 Dec 2014


Highlights for Day Two: Light, Energy and Environment Congress

On the second day of the Congress, a number of talks attracted my attention. I would like to share some of them.

Added:03 Dec 2014


Things you can’t miss on Day Two

On the second day of the Congress, there are a few interesting talks that I will recommend. The first series of invited talks are about advances in highly efficient organic light emitting devices (OLED) that will be in the morning session. Using different nanostructure designs the lightening efficiency can be improved significantly. The second series of invited talks are about the surface...

Added:03 Dec 2014


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


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


Final Thoughts on AIO 2014....and the Best Talk Winner!

Some time has passed since another successful AIO, with 2014 seeing the meeting’s highest attendance to date.  Looking back over three and half days of sessioning, I have tried to select my favorite talks. I have narrowed the longlist down to two – the committee-voted Best Talk at AIO 2014, and a personal favorite.

Added:17 Sep 2014


Low-Level Light in the Clinical Setting

As the Low-Level Light Incubator continued, the focus turned to pre-clinical and laboratory studies that demonstrate the biostimulatory effects of photobiomodulation (PBM) and the possibility of LLLT to be used as a standard treatment modality in the clinical setting.

Added:22 Aug 2014


Low Level Light Therapy: What Comes Next

The agenda of this Low Level Light Incubator has taken a bottom up approach to light therapy. We began by establishing the foundation through explaining the basic mechanism and science of LLLT, then moving on to preclinical data and research and finally day two brought us to the application of LLLT in the clinical setting. Today the current use of LLLT for pain management, improving cognitive...

Added:22 Aug 2014


Low Level Light Therapy: the Path Forward

OSA’s 15th Incubator, focusing on Low Level Light Therapy (LLLT) also known as photobiomodulation (PBM) is up and running. LLLT/PBM describes the use of light therapy in the visible and near-infrared spectrum for stimulating biological responses. Extensive laboratory experiments and clinical trials have demonstrated PBM to be efficacious in tissue regeneration including the skin, muscle...

Added:21 Aug 2014


The OSA Photovoltaics Meeting - Optics and Energy Needs

I have worked at Swinburne University of Technolgy in Australia as a senior scientist in the field of nanophotoncs solar cell since 2010. For people who are not familar with this field, basically we design nanostructures and nanomaterials to allow more light going into solar cells and help the light to be trapped inside the cells. This way, more electricity can be harvested from solar cells...

Added:13 Aug 2014


Awesome Optics at AIO

The morning session of Day 4 - Awesome Optical Materials - was opened by Dr. Tigran Galstian (Universite Laval & LensVector). Tigran presented a liquid crystal-based motion-less adaptive optical system. This cost-effective approach has been successfully applied to mobile phone camera technology to enable autofocus, with future applications in LED lighting and ophthalmic products (contact...

Added:24 Jul 2014


Day 3 at Applied Industrial Optics 2014

Day 3 of AIO 2014 was action-packed with two panel sessions and a joint session with the Imaging Systems and Applications meeting, in addition to three 'regular' AIO sessions.Dr Steven Dodge (Simon Fraser University) opened the first session of the day - 'Meaurement Makes Success' - with a presentation on Time-Domain Terahertz spectroscopy. Steven has used this...

Added:17 Jul 2014


Applied Industrial Optics 2014: Summary of Day 1

Day 1 of AIO 2014 kicked off at 8:30am with the first session - 'Far and Away We See You'.  We heard from Dr Stewart Hager (Hager Environmental and Atmospheric Techno) about his work in replacing manned, single-line, Non-Dispersive IR systems, which are currently used for measurement of vehicle emission fumes, with EDAR (Emission Detecting and Reporting) technology. Similar to...

Added:15 Jul 2014


Applied Industrial Optics 2014: Highlights from Day 2

Day 2 of AIO 2014 opened with the Joint Plenary Session, featuring speakers from Applied Industrial Optics (AIO), Imaging Systems and Applications (IS), and Laser Applications to Chemical, Security and Environmental Analysis (LACSEA). Dr Bernard Kress (Optics Lead at Google Glass, Google [X] Labs and AIO Plenary speaker), addressed a packed room about see-through optics for Head Mounted...

Added:15 Jul 2014


Light Enables Tomorrow’s Technologies

Living in a high-tech world, we don’t always stop to think about what enables us to video chat across the globe, detect cancer or even play an interactive video game. In all of these cases, a key enabler is photonics—applying light (photons) to advance technologies.The Optical Society (OSA) has been a leader in the science of light for almost 100 years. As we approach the...

Added:14 Jul 2014


How To Make the Most of AIO 2014

Before you leave for AIO, use OSA’s online itinerary planner to manage your schedule during the meeting. AIO 2014 is part of the Imaging and Applied Optics Congress, which means sessions from all six topical meetings run concurrently during the week. Don’t miss out on the talks you want to attend!

Added:10 Jul 2014


The Body Optic - Molecular Probes Save Lives

Colorectal cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in the world; in fact, the American Cancer Society estimates 96,830 new cases of colorectal cancer cases in the United States for 2014 alone. Barratt’s Esophagus, which is strongly associated with esophageal adenocarcinoma, affects up to 10% of patients suffering from long-term acid reflux. Diseased areas can be...

Added:01 Jul 2014


Nanophotonics at CLEO: 2014 - Two Important Talks

So much went on a CLEO:14! Here are two higlights.

Added:16 Jun 2014


Three Simple Steps to Networking Sucess at AIO 2014

Behind-the-scenes preparations for AIO 2014 are well underway.  As I obsessively check the Seattle weather forecast and celebrate the end of sessioning (a committee member benefit!), I’m reminded what makes this meeting unique. In this blogpost, I want to raise a topic that is near-essential for career progression, but can strike fear into the hearts of the introverted. I want to...

Added:16 Jun 2014


CLEO:2014 -- The fractal conference

The CLEO conference is this week and this time I presented a short course: SC410, Finite Element Modelling Methods for Photonics and Optics. However, as always, there is more than a presentation to make. There are several talks I am looking forward to hearing (not including the ones I haven’t yet marked out in the conference planner):David Payne’s plenary on “Fibers and the...

Added:11 Jun 2014


Nanophotonics at CLEO:2014

Some sessions of interest to nanophotonics at CLEO:2014.Sensing for chiral molecule using metasurface Dr. Yang Zhao (FM3K.6) have an interesting talk. As there is serious demand to determine the chirality of molecules for achieving enantiomer-pure chiral drugs, many researches have been carried out to use optical chirality for sensing chiral molecules. However, when the amount of molecules is...

Added:10 Jun 2014


Focus on Google Glass at Applied Industrial Optics

I love my smartphone.When I started university, mobile phones were relatively new. I turned 18 and got my first phone – a Nokia with both calling and texting capabilities.  A few years later, I upgraded to a newer model. This one had a built-in FM radio and the keypad had a blue backlight. It was the high-tech wave! But I think we all know how technology has progressed since then.

Added:28 May 2014


Perspective views from Industry & Government on Nanophotonics

Similar to the success of dense electronic component integration towards creating VLSI circuits, the photonic and optoelectronic industry is following similar integration schemes, terming the name “photonic integrated circuits” (PIC). However, all-Silicon PIC cannot currently complete all the functions. Alternatively, III-V platform, such as InP material system, still occupies a...

Added:16 May 2014


Fundamental and Physical Limitations of Opto-electronic Devices

Greetings from Washington, DC, and the OSA Nanophotonic Devices Incubator* meeting! Hosted by Volker J. Sorger, The George Washington University, United States; Jung Park, Intel Corporation, United States; Pablo A. Postigo, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas, Spain; Fengnian Xia, Yale University, United States, this two-day event gathers leading researchers from academia with...

Added:15 May 2014


Some counterintuitive lessons learned from the OSA BIOMED meeting

With the conclusion of another BIOMED meeting, I once again left Miami impressed by the many excellent talks, clever imaging solutions, and novel biological insights.  I’ve appreciated the opportunity to share my thoughts about the conference through this blog, and in conclusion, I thought I would highlight three things that I was rather surprised to learn.

Added:06 May 2014


What’s New in Applied Optics Research? AIO 2014

Applied Industrial Optics (AIO), now in its 5th year, focuses on research which utilizes optics and photonics technology to solve real-world problems. This year, speakers and attendees who are engaged in applied research will descend on Seattle in mid-July, to get a taste of what’s new in applied optics research. or the next three months, I will be blogging about the topics and speakers...

Added:05 May 2014


Seeing the blood flow that helps us see

The quality of the posters at the the OSA biomedical optics conference this year has been exceptionally high and over the last three days I came across a number of projects that warranted highlighting in the blog. Some of these include the work of Jessica Kishimoto and Prof. Keith St. Lawrence at Western University on the application of diffuse correlation spectroscopy and ultrasound imaging to...

Added:30 Apr 2014


Optical Tomographers Beware!

To all of you optical tomography researchers reading this: admit it, you’re a bit of a gadget geek. The last thing you want is to let your expensive, fancy equipment come into contact with your imaging subjects, especially animals. That’s the real reason why you keep building all of your systems in “non-contact” geometries. Well, according to Shelley Taylor from Prof...

Added:30 Apr 2014


The integration of optical technologies to manipulate and monitor biological samples

This morning at the BIOMED meeting, there were back-to-back talks in the Optical Molecular Biophysics / Neurophotonics session that highlighted the unique insights that can be obtained by integrating different optical technologies. Anna-Karin Gustavsson from Dr. Caroline Adiels group gave an interesting talk that integrated multifluidics, optical trapping, and NADH autofluorescence measurements...

Added:29 Apr 2014


Speeding up multi-photon microscopy

As someone with strong research interests in multiphoton microscopy (MPM), I was excited to hear Dr. Peter So’s plenary talk on Day 3 of the BIOMED meeting. Dr. So provided an overview of the development of his multiphoton tissue cytometry equipment over the years, and its applications in neurobiology. MPM has emerged as key tool in neuroscience to non-invasively image deeper within the...

Added:29 Apr 2014


The OSA BIOMED Meeting Day 1: Things are heating up in Miami

Greetings from Miami! BIOMED has gotten off to great start with a pair of plenary talks by Dr. Xingde Li and Dr. Adam Wax. As I mentioned in a previous post, Dr. Li has been developing and refining endomicroscopic probes to facilitate non-linear optical microscopy in hard to reach places such as the kidney, intestine, and cervix. Dr. Wax, on the other hand, has taken a different approach to...

Added:28 Apr 2014


The Binding Finding of a Fluorescence Lifetime

In this afternoon’s session on Luminescence and Absorption on Cellular and Tissue Levels, Prof. Victor Chernomordik gave an overview of the extensive work he and his colleagues have been undertaking to make fluorescence molecular imaging more quantitative. Much of their work has focused specifically on how to quantify human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2) concentrations (a key...

Added:27 Apr 2014


The Early Photon Gets the Worm

One of the biggest problems with using light to analyze biological tissue is that photons in the visible and near-visible spectrum have a very high probability of scattering multiple times as they propagate through the tissue. This is a well-known problem that restricts high-resolution optical microscopy to tissue thicknesses of only a few microns. It has also led researchers to develop...

Added:25 Apr 2014


Are You Being Heard in the Optics and Photonics Community?

In case you missed it - International Women’s Day comes about in March every year, and much like many years there was bit of hype around it. The occasion is used by various women’s organisations, policymakers and governments to raise awareness of issues connected to women. The media is an important component in this ever-growing to-do. And commerce is never far behind in exploiting...

Added:21 Apr 2014


Incubator meeting, Honest meeting

The essence of this Incubator, as one host Mark Neifeld put it, is: honest effort to solve practical problems. The hosts repeatedly called on all attendees to have honest and candid discussions. The purpose of this meeting was truly to look for opportunities within CS and was cleverly structured to give pro and con views of those opportunities.  This lead to open and frank discussions...

Added:11 Apr 2014


Collaboration is the Key

A major part of the meeting are the breakout group discussions. Participants were assigned to one of five potential application areas: Commercial Security Cameras for use in Homes, Businesses, Stadiums or Airports; UAV Surveillance Imaging; Near IR Imaging for Intra-cranial Bleeding Detection and Localization; Soldier-scale Situational Awareness; and Astronomical Imaging Applications.

Added:11 Apr 2014


OSA Incubator: Implications of Compressive Sensing Concepts to Imaging Systems

While the hot topic of DC in general might be the Cherry Blossom Festival, here at OSA headquarters we’re focusing on compressive processing.First, what is an Incubator?  The OSA Incubator Program began in 2011 and this week’s OSA Incubator Implications of Compressive Sensing Concepts to Imaging Systems is the 13th Incubator to date. Each Incubator differs not only in topic but...

Added:10 Apr 2014


The Role of Chance in Biomedical Imaging

Much of my work as a postdoctoral trainee at Tufts University has focused on utilizing endogenous sources of optical contrast to assess tissue development and disease. To this end, our lab has utilized non-linear optical microscopy to non-destructively characterize tissue organization and metabolic function with an emphasis on understanding and detecting stem cell differentiation and...

Added:07 Apr 2014


OSA Topological Order with Photons Incubator: Facilitating Discussion of this Nascent Field

Greetings from the 12th installment of OSA Incubator meetings, the OSA Topological Order with Photons Incubator! Hosted by Steven Girvin, Yale University, United States; Mohammad Hafezi, Joint Quantum Institute, United States; Karyn Le Hur, Ecole Polytechnique, France; Jacob Taylor, National Institute of Standards & Technology, United States; the meeting will span two days, involving formal...

Added:04 Apr 2014


How do you make a topologically interesting system with light?

Quantum superposition states are immensely delicate things - any interaction with the environment can cause them to decohere. This poses a significant problem for quantum computing, where information would need to be stored within quantum states for relatively long periods of time. A promising way to isolate a system exploits the topology of the system, known as 'topological protection'...

Added:04 Apr 2014


What lies ahead for topological photonic systems?

The final day of the Topological Order with Photons Incubator saw several more proposals for systems that could support topological edge states. Metamaterials are a promising environment, and talks were given by Alex Kanikaev and Gennady Shvets on fabricating bianistropic metamaterials to emulate electron spins and topological insulators. Na Young Kim and Alberto Ano laid different schemes...

Added:04 Apr 2014



Salt and Pepper (Noise): Key Ingredients for Imaging Blood Flow

We’ve all experienced that “salt-and-pepper”, or white noise when our favorite television show cuts out on us. Well it turns out that similar “speckle” patterns are also seen when projecting laser light onto biological tissue, owing to interference patterns of the monochromatic light source. Now you might say, “so what!” and that’s probably what...

Added:25 Mar 2014


A Woman's Place is in the Lab

As a female engineer, one becomes accustomed to being a minority: in the lecture theatre, in the graduate lab and in the workplace.  We have come a long way from the days when women scientists were an anomaly, but the number of women choosing STEM courses and careers at the undergraduate and graduate level still lags behind our male counterparts.  But to grow female representation in...

Added:24 Mar 2014


Day 1 continued: Learning to See Through Walls

Is it possible to look inside an object using only light reflected off the front?  Can you transmit more light through an attenuating medium by making it even thicker?  Could a bank verify your identity using the pattern of light scattered off your teeth? 

Added:07 Mar 2014


Day 2: Propagating Further

After a final session of talks on new developments in 3D imaging methods and funding opportunities, our host Jerome Mertz presented a timely summary of outstanding problems and possible solutions identified during this week's Incubator meeting:

Added:07 Mar 2014


Day 1: Seeing Order in Disorder

Greetings from Washington, DC, and the OSA Controlled Light Propagation Incubator meeting! Hosted by Tom Bifano and Jerome Mertz, Boston University, USA; Sylvain Gigan, Institut Langevin, France; and Allard Mosk, University of Twente, Netherlands; today’s event brings leading researchers from the fields of biological imaging and adaptive optics together with partners from industry and...

Added:06 Mar 2014


Reducing Drug Trial Costs with Imaging Technology

95% of new cancer therapeutics fail to make it past Phase II clinical trials. This means that while it should only cost about $50 million per drug for FDA approval, incorporating the cost of failures leads to an estimated cost of $1 billion per drug (1), with a recent Forbes article suggesting that this number is considerably higher (2).So why are so many drugs failing in clinical trials?

Added:04 Mar 2014


Rydberg Atoms: Two’s Company, Three’s Still Company

Once relegated to the margins of atomic physics research as basically tunable microwave antennas (albeit with enviable success), highly excited “Rydberg” atomic states have experienced a resurgence of interest in the past decade at the hands of the quantum information community, owing to their giant polarizability and long natural lifetime.  In particular, the strong long-range...

Added:28 Feb 2014


How to fit a laser-scanning microscope into a 2mm diameter tube

Optical microscopy can provide high-resolution images of cellular morphology and matrix organization, which can be utilized to diagnose disease or trauma. However, achieving an adequate signal-to-noise ratio at imaging depths exceeding 1mm is very challenging.  As a result, the initial clinical applications for optical microscopy techniques have largely focused on skin pathology. ...

Added:28 Feb 2014


Pushing the limits of imaging resolution and penetration depth

The development of labeling techniques capable of providing customizable molecular specificity has made optical microscopy a fundamental technique in the biomedical research, and the standard compound microscope remains a fixture in just about any clinic or biomedical lab. The popularity of optical microscopy was also driven by the ability to provide resolution at the cellular level that...

Added:28 Feb 2014


It takes blood, sweat, and SERS to image single cells

Throw out those old dusty fluorescent molecules and welcome in the next generation of optical contrast agents. SERS (Surface Enhanced Raman Scattering/Spectroscopy) nanoparticles are sophisticated new contrast agents that offer some distinct advantages over conventional fluorescent molecules for investigating molecular biology.

Added:20 Feb 2014


Will the future be crowd-sourced? Open Source Appropriate Technology

I recently came across an article on Open Source Appropriate Technology (OSAT). How did I never think of this myself? Why have I never heard or read about it before? OSAT is all about developing technology in an open source environment (similar to Free and Open Source Software – or FOSS) keeping in mind the social, economic, political, environmental, ethical and cultural needs of the...

Added:19 Feb 2014


Where would biomedicine be without optics?

Much of the emphasis in biomedical optics research has been placed on the clinical translation of our technologies -- and rightfully so!  As my fellow blogger Dr. Ken Tichauer indicates, the potential impact in the clinic is great and the future remains bright.  But as we gear up for OSA BIOMED 2014 in Miami, I will be excited to learn about some of the latest applications in basic...

Added:10 Feb 2014


Quantum Information Goes Splat on Causality's Windshield

Physicists sleep well at night comforted in the fact that information can’t travel faster than light, but determining where exactly the causality police write the speeding ticket in various systems can be tricky to pin down.  In an invited talk at QIM 2014, my colleague Paul Lett from NIST and the Joint Quantum Institute will present new measurements showing just how this speed limit...

Added:06 Feb 2014


Photoimmunotherapy (PIT) busts open the doors for drug delivery

Over the last decade alone, it is estimated that over $200 billion has been spent just by governments to fund cancer research [1]. Despite this enormous investment, the recently released 2014 World Heath Organization (WHO) Cancer Report suggests that cancer incidence rates and deaths from cancer are on the rise, both in more developed and less developed nations.

Added:06 Feb 2014


5 Reasons We Can’t Wait for Quantum Information & Measurement (QIM) 2014

Greetings from Washington, DC, home of OSA headquarters, NIST, and the Joint Quantum Institute!  In less than two short months we’ll be converging on Berlin like a swarm of photon-hungry locusts for the 2014 Quantum Information and Measurement (QIM) meeting, the latest in the OSA’s conference series for all things quantum and measurable.  But ahead of that time, I...

Added:30 Jan 2014


Beginning of a new era? Recent advances in biomedical optics light the way to long-awaited clinical translation

For decades biomedical optics has been touted as an ideal tool for diagnosing, monitoring and/or treating a vast array of health conditions owing to low-cost instrumentation, use of non-ionizing radiation, and incomparable sensitivity. All great characteristics; nonetheless, adoptions of optical devices in the clinic have been few and far-between. One could blame regulations, the high cost of...

Added:29 Jan 2014


Silicon Photonics: Present & Future Perspective at IPR

III-V/silicon hybrid lasers, silicon-itself lasers and III-V/silicon photonic integrated circuits (PIC) - in general, silicon photonics is the research area moving forward at a great speed over the last couple of years. Why such a great speed? Because a number of ever-demanding applications like optical interconnects, long haul communication systems, and conventional CMOS technology need added...

Added:28 Jun 2013


Photonics Integration and its future at Advanced Photonics 2013

At the time of peak in technological development, isn’t it frustrating to hear that most of the computers used in our daily lives do nothing more than wait for the data? It is sad, but true, that your Intel® Core™ i5 Processor with high-speed RAM or state of the art liquid cooling system will not help you much to overcome this problem. This is because our computer speed is...

Added:19 Mar 2013


Label-free imaging: What is it good for? Absolutely most things!

Say it again! And while one of the plenary talks in the Opening General Session given by Sunny Xie (Monday, April 15th, 8:00 to 9:45am in the Ali’Ii Ballroom) titled "Label-Free Vibrational Imaging for Medicine" might be a little less funky, I am sure it will be equally as entertaining.Dr. Xie is the Mallinckrodt Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Harvard...

Added:14 Mar 2013


Silk or Polyester? How Optics Can Help Determine an Answer

I love silk.  Many clothes in my wardrobe are made of 100% silk.  This is an extension of my love of all things natural. Also, it is due to the fact that I lived in Hangzhou, China which is very famous for silk.

Added:29 Jan 2013


"Harnessing Light" at Nonlinear Optics

After I gave a seminar at UT Austin, Professor Mike Downer said to me during the dinner: "I would like to give you an advice. When you give a talk, you should start with a grand challenge question."

Added:14 Dec 2012


Photonics and Numerical Modeling: A look at Maxwell's Equations

Thinking of photonics often conjures up pretty pictures of experiments with laser light and lab-coat clad scientists working with protective goggles on. The mental images usually in some way involve multi-million dollar equipment being used to produce exciting, cutting-edge results.

Added:22 Oct 2012


Harnessing Light Report: Findings and Interpretations

The National Research Council (NRC) of the U.S. National Academies of Science released a much-awaited draft report on optics in August to much fanfare.  OSA issued a statement supporting the work, as did its sibling societies.  (You can download a free copy of the report here and see OSA’s roundtable discussion of it here.) Now, what does it mean?

Added:28 Sep 2012