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Glass-like shells of diatoms help turn light into energy in dim conditions
A new study has revealed how the glass-like shells of diatoms help these microscopic organisms perform photosynthesis in dim conditions. A better understanding of how these phytoplankton harvest and interact with light could lead to improved solar cells, sensing devices and optical components.
Added: 22 Nov 2022
New Photonics Research to Solve for Environmental Challenges
Optica Foundation 20th Anniversary Challenge recipients are working to solve environmental challenges with new photonics research, including improving CO2 monitoring, water sensing and harnessing the power of heat for energy production.
Added: 15 Nov 2022
Optica Announces 2023 Fellows Class
Announcing the 2023 Class of Optica Fellows, celebrating 109 members from 24 countries for their outstanding contributions to business, education, research, engineering, and service to Optica and our community.
Added: 08 Nov 2022
Optica Community story features Native American physicist
In the newest installment of the Optica Community series, Native American physicist Franklin Dollar shares his experiences as a first generation college student transitioning from a tight-knit community to UC Berkeley.
Added: 26 Oct 2022
New way to make telescope mirrors could sharpen our view of the universe
Researchers have developed a new way to use femtosecond laser pulses to fabricate the high-precision ultrathin mirrors required for high-performance x-ray telescopes. The technique could help improve the space-based x-ray telescopes used to capture high-energy cosmic events involved in forming new stars and supermassive black holes.
Added: 20 Oct 2022
Donna Strickland Named Optica Honorary Member
Optica awards Donna Strickland with its most distinguished member category, Honorary Membership, for her pioneering research and exceptional leadership in the field of optics.
Added: 19 Oct 2022