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Meint Smit Named 2022 John Tyndall Award Recipient

Meint Smit, Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands, has been named the 2022 John Tyndall Award recipient for “leadership in building a photonic integration ecosystem, and pioneering contributions to key photonic devices including the arrayed waveguide grating.”

Added: 23 Nov 2021


Researchers Fabricate Complex Optical Components from Fluids

Researchers have developed a way to create freeform optical components by shaping a volume of curable liquid polymer. The new method is poised to enable faster prototyping of customized optical components for a variety of applications including corrective lenses, augmented and virtual reality, autonomous vehicles, medical imaging and astronomy.

Added: 18 Nov 2021


Optica Announces Its 2022 Fellows Class

The Optica (formerly OSA) Board of Directors recently elected 106 members from 24 countries to the Society’s 2022 Fellow Class. Fellows are selected based on several factors, including distinguished contributions to education, research, engineering, business and serving the community.

Added: 18 Nov 2021


Joseph H. Eberly Named 2021 Honorary Member of Optica

Optica (formerly OSA) has named Joseph H. Eberly, Andrew Carnegie Professor of Physics and Professor of Optics at the Institute of Optics, University of Rochester, USA, as a 2021 Honorary Member.

Added: 08 Nov 2021


Optics and Photonics Industry Leaders Honored with the 2021 Optica Diversity and Inclusion Advocacy Recognition

Optica (formerly OSA), the society advancing optics and photonics worldwide, is pleased to announce the winners of the 2021 Optica Diversity and Inclusion Advocacy Recognition – Fujitsu Network Communications, USA and the Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO), Spain.

Added: 04 Nov 2021


California and Scottish Leaders Convene during COP26 to Discuss Optical Sensor Network to Reduce Emissions and Improve Air Quality

Senior governmental officials from Scotland and California met today during COP26 to discuss how optical greenhouse-gas-monitoring instruments can play a key role in supporting reduced emissions in cities.

Added: 03 Nov 2021


Policymakers to Gain Access to Real-Time Data and Forecasts about Local Impacts of Climate Change and Air Pollution

Leading scientific societies Optica (formerly OSA) and the American Geophysical Union (AGU) are spearheading a new initiative that will give local policymakers access to critical real-time greenhouse gas (GHG) and pollution emission data and accurate model forecasts.

Added: 02 Nov 2021


Optica Foundation Announces the Amplify Scholarship for Black Scientists

The Optica Foundation announces a new opportunity for Black scientists and engineers: The program provides visibility, community and resources for 10 Black scientists annually via financial support of US$7,500.

Added: 02 Nov 2021


Optica Announces New Vice President and Directors-at-Large

The membership of Optica, formerly OSA, the leading organization for the advancement of optics and photonics worldwide, has elected Gerd Leuchs, director emeritus at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light, Germany, as the society’s 2022 Vice President.

Added: 02 Nov 2021


High-Speed Laser Writing Method Could Pack 500 Terabytes of Data into CD-Sized Glass Disc

Researchers have developed a fast and energy-efficient laser-writing method for producing high-density nanostructures in silica glass. In Optica, Optica Publishing Group’s journal for high-impact research, the research team believes this method could pack 500 Terabytes of data into CD-sized glass disc.

Added: 28 Oct 2021


Chip-Based Quantum Microcomb Creates Entanglement Between Optical Fields

At the all-virtual FiO LS, researchers from the University of Virginia, USA will present a tiny optical frequency comb designed for quantum information protocols that can provide a scalable physical platform for continuous-variable quantum computing.

Added: 26 Oct 2021


Virtual Histology Approach Lays Groundwork for Tissue Analysis During Surgery

In the Optica Publishing Group journal Optics Letters, researchers have developed the first method to successfully produce label-free hematoxylin and eosin histology imaging for use during surgery.

Added: 26 Oct 2021


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