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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

Optica honors Alain Rousset with Advocate of Optics recognition

Alain Rousset, President of the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region of France, is recognized as an Advocate of Optics for his enthusiastic support of the optics and photonics industry in the Bordeaux area.

Added: 21 Nov 2022

Rainer Blatt named 2023 Herbert Walther Award recipient

Announcing the 2023 recipient of the Herbert Walther Award, Rainer Blatt, for his outstanding contributions to quantum science and scientific leadership to young scientists.

Added: 17 Nov 2022

Holographic artist Setsuko Ishii featured in Optica Community campaign

The latest Optica Community story celebrates Tokyo artist Setsuko Ishii who combined her dual passions for physics and painting to become one of the world’s most prolific hologram artists.

Added: 16 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 Quantum Industry Summit at iXblue, a Groupe Gorgé Company

The Optica Quantum Industry Summit, held with iXblue, will address applications in which a paradigm shift is expected, including quantum communication, sensing and more.

Added: 31 Oct 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

Optica’s Laser Congress to uncover advances in laser beam combining, high power fiber lasers, advances in remote sensing and more

The Optica Laser Congress and Exhibition will be held 11 – 15 December 2022 at the Barcelona International Convention Centre in Barcelona, Spain. The congress will feature three co-located meetings, special sessions, and three plenary talks. 

Added: 24 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

Announcing the Theodor W. Hänsch Prize in Quantum Optics

Menlo Systems, Hamamatsu Photonics and Thorlabs to sponsor quantum optics award named for Menlo co-founder Theodor W. Hänsch.

Added: 19 Oct 2022

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