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All-Virtual OSA Biophotonics Congress Introduces Solutions to Challenges in Biomedical Research

The OSA Biophotonics Congress: Optics in the Life Sciences held 12 – 16 April 2021, featured presentations on technologies transforming biomedical imaging, clinical investigations and more. Over 460 registrants from 37 countries participated in talks highlighting the role of optics in making instrumentation and relevant tools available to biological researchers, clinicians, surgeons...

Added:21 Apr 2021


Leaders Explore Emerging Challenges for Integrating Photonics and Electronics in Data Centers

The virtual OIDA Workshop on Developments in Co-Packaging Technologies for Data Centers explored how technologies can address emerging application requirements for future data centers.

Added:13 Apr 2021


Critical Thinking Skills Necessary to Sort Through Misinformation on the Internet

Connectivity allows people to make progress on research, create new businesses and grow digital economies, according to Vint Cerf, widely known as a “Father of the Internet.” In a live interview during the OSA Subsea Optical Fiber Communications Mini Dive, Cerf discussed the future of the internet and expressed concerns with the increased level of misinformation spreading globally.

Added:18 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


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


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


GDPR: One Year Later

On 25 May 2018, the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into effect. Through this path-breaking legislation, the EU sought to add a layer of privacy and data protection to a wide range of internet users. And OSA—along with a wide range of other organizations—faced a scramble to meet the demands of the sweeping new GDPR rules.So how has the effort...

Added:13 Jun 2019


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


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


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


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


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


​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


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


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


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


"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