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Exploring Diversity and Visibility

#WeAreOSA is a new series of podcasts and blogs featuring inspirational stories and perspectives from scientists and engineers improving the world. In this We Are OSA podcast, we explore diversity, visibility, and intersectionality through the unique perspectives of three OSA members – Timothy Imogore, Klaus Jaeger, and Sile Nic Chormaic.

Added:06 May 2021


Connecting the Optics and Photonics Community – OSA’s Approach to Digital Conferences

This article looks at how OSA connected the optics and photonics community when the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic disrupted conferences globally. Our meetings bring together the best minds at every stage of their careers.

Added:22 Apr 2021


OSA Celebrates Volunteer Month

From today's volunteer leaders, to the early career ambassadors preparing to lead us into the future, volunteers shape the entire fabric of The Optical Society. Read about ways to get involved with the society and hear current volunteers share their experiences.

Added:16 Apr 2021


Mentoring Future Leaders

#WeAreOSA is a new series of podcasts and blogs featuring inspirational stories and perspectives from scientists and engineers improving the world. In this We Are OSA podcast, we explore the unique rapport between a mentor and mentee with first-hand stories from two OSA members – Chris Dainty, 2011 OSA President, and Arlene Smith, 2020 OSA Board of Directors.

Added:23 Mar 2021


Luminar Technologies Co-Founder and CTO Jason Eichenholz Discusses a Milestone for the Company

In this OSA podcast episode, Luminar Technologies Co-Founder and CTO Jason Eichenholz explains the importance of Luminar Technologies going public and what it means for the company’s LIDAR technology and automotive industry. Eichenholz describes the alternative pathway towards becoming public and opportunities to deliver the software for self-driving cars to market.

Added:09 Mar 2021


A Century of Pioneering Publishing

As scientific publishing has evolved, one thing has remained constant: OSA is a pioneer and a long-standing curator of trusted and authoritative peer-reviewed content. While there are many noteworthy stories in our publications history, this article looks at a few examples of how OSA enabled its members to experiment and test novel ideas with its diverse community.

Added:02 Mar 2021


Tackling COVID-19 with Light

#WeAreOSA is a new series of podcasts and blogs featuring inspirational stories and perspectives from scientists and engineers improving the world.

Added:04 Feb 2021


Nurturing Talent

We Are OSA is a new series of podcasts, blogs and articles featuring inspirational stories from scientists & engineers.  In this We Are OSA podcast, OSA Ambassadors share how they inspire & mentor optics & photonics students across the world.

Added:26 Jan 2021


Virtual Reality Headsets that Maximize Visual Performance

Critical improvements for the next generation of displays and virtual reality (VR) headsets sparked lively discussions during the all-virtual OSA Incubator on Visual Perception in AR/VR on Thursday, 24 September.

Added:05 Oct 2020


A Superposition State

2020 OSA Ambassador, Claire McLellan, shares her experiences mentoring students duing the COVID-19 pandemic and highlights her work in engineering quantum sensors in this Discover OSA blog article. 

Added:28 Aug 2020


Scientist to scientist: Make time to try The OSAF Innovation School

The Innovation School powered by the OSA Foundation introduces intrapreneurial and entrepreneurial scientists to the nuances of business. I attended their first virtual school 12 - 17 July 2020, which included the same successful elements as their in-person schools and occurred as The Optical Society (OSA) transitioned many meetings and events to virtual programs.

Added:06 Aug 2020


Traveling the World from my Kitchen Chair: Experiences from a 2020 OSA Ambassador

I applied to become an OSA Ambassador and was granted that honor in 2020. I was immediately drawn to the OSA ambassador program as it provided me the opportunity to meet and motivate students and young professionals around the world by joining and leading them through technical discussions, professional development webinars, identifying opportunities for increased diversity and inclusion...

Added:23 Jul 2020


The All-Virtual OSA Advanced Photonics Congress is a Wrap!

The first all-virtual OSA Advanced Photonics Congress has come to a successful conclusion. More than 3,700 registrants from 84 countries joined us for the congress held 13 – 16 July 2020 to engage with distinguished plenary speakers, presenters and volunteers.

Added:20 Jul 2020


IONS OPUMA 2020: First online IONS conference retrospective

The IONS OPUMA 2020 conference, held 8 – 12 June 2020, was the first online student run conference sponsored by The Optical Society (OSA). Being the first online IONS was not a decision taken out of curiosity, but an initiative taken in response to the crisis of the Covid-19 global pandemic.

Added:01 Jul 2020


All-virtual CLEO: is this part of the ‘new normal’?

The all-virtual 2020 Conference on Lasers and Electro-optic (CLEO) 18-22 May succeeded on many levels, erasing my doubts that such a meeting could take place via videoconferencing. The current global pandemic certainly presents major challenges to the way we live and work, but the impressively quick restructuring of CLEO 2020 from an event in San Jose, CA, U.S.A. to an all-virtual online meet...

Added:08 Jun 2020


Navigating a Mid-Career Online Job Search after COVID-19

After 10 years running a startup commercializing computational imaging technology at InView Technology Corporation, CEO Lenore McMackin closed the doors. In this blog article, Lenore answers the question of “what do I do now?” and provides insights learned from an OSA Industry Development Associates (OIDA) webinar, titled, "OIDA Webinar Series: Wading Through the...

Added:18 May 2020


Taking the dive into the unknown after we’re PhDone!

I applaud OSA for providing a virtual platform for informative content such as Isaiah Hankel’s Cheeky Scientist webinar.  This content helps ensure that OSA members can thrive in the new normal by having access to the tools, skills and experience from worldwide experts and, more importantly, it helps us stay connected with our peers.

Added:24 Apr 2020


Getting involved with OSA

I have been a member of OSA since 2010, when I joined the University of Southampton student chapter council. As a council member, I had the opportunity to organise events to bring the local optics student community together as well as to speak to grade school students about the joy of optics as part of our outreach activities. Taking a leadership role and engaging with the community served to...

Added:31 Mar 2020


Becoming an OSA council student representative

Nearly 10 years ago, I was offered the opportunity to represent all OSA student members and help shape the future of new OSA member programs. This dramatically changed my life and career perspective as I was directly influencing and endorsing new initiatives.

Added:08 Nov 2019


Applied Industrial Optics Meeting: An Enlightening Day 2 in Review

Day 2 of Applied Industrial Optics (AIO) jumped right into a highly interactive tutorial offered by Sujatha Ramanujan, managing director of Luminate, an optics and photonics accelerator. Her insight into key components required to start a successful business were put directly into practice by the audience with multiple team activities.

Added:10 Jul 2019


The 15th International Gathering of Optics and Photonics Educators: ETOP2019

Since 1988, educators from around the world have met every two years at the international ETOP (Education and Training in Optics and Photonics) conference to share and learn best practices for teaching optics and photonics . This year’s ETOP, hosted by Université Laval and the Centre d’Optique, Photonique et Laser in Québec City, Québec, Canada, was attended by over 175 educators...

Added:19 Jun 2019


Effective Presentations

For anyone at any career stage who wants to improve their presentation skills, some tips and suggestions for crafting an effective presentation. Presentations are not just great opportunities to explain your results to a broader community, but also moments for you to get in touch again with the big picture of your scientific work

Added:07 Jun 2019


Laser Fun Day at University of Arizona

The OSA Student Chapter of the James C. Wyant College of Optical Sciences at the University of Arizona organized the ninth annual Laser Fun Day featured a number of optics and photonics demonstrations. 

Added:22 May 2019


Day 1: OSA Agri-Photonics Incubator

The OSA Agri-Photonics Incubator started this morning, 13 May 2019, at OSA Headquarters bringing together experts in precision agriculture technology development, plant biology, regulatory work and industry. Over the next day and a half, presentations and discussions among the attendees will explore how modern optical sensing technologies, especially current spectroscopic techniques, can be...

Added:13 May 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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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 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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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