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Mathematician, physicist and entrepreneur Stephen Wolfram chats with Optica Leadership

Stephen Wolfram, the computational innovator behind Mathematica, Wolfram|Alpha and the Wolfram Language, joined Optica Leadership to discuss his career and his thoughts on technologies of the future.

Added: 12 Mar 2024

Optica celebrates World Engineering Day

From biophotonics and quantum computing to renewable energy and material science, optical engineers harness the power of light to change the world. We join UNESCO in celebrating the World Engineering Day for Sustainable Development and recognizing the contributions of the engineers of Optica who are shaping a brighter future.

Added: 04 Mar 2024

Synopsys to acquire Ansys

Two familiar names in the optical design software space are to join forces. Synopsys, which owns Code V, OptSim and other optical design tools, is acquiring simulation and analysis software developer Ansys, the firm behind the Speos, Zemax OpticStudio and Lumerical brands.

Added: 28 Feb 2024

The UK re-joining Horizon Europe signals a commitment to collaboration

The UK re-joins the €95.5bn Horizon Europe programme in a move many scientists have been holding their breath for, signalling that the UK and Europe are ready to collaborate more closely again on research.

Added: 08 Sep 2023

Empowering Community Solutions to Climate Challenges: Optica and AGU’s GEMM Initiative Collaborate w

Optica through the GEMM Initiative—a joint international project with the American Geophysical Union (AGU)—has joined hands with AGU’s Thriving Earth Exchange (Thriving Earth) to promote community science efforts that provide tools and solutions to community priorities related to climate change and environmental issues.

Added: 06 Sep 2023

Edwin Land and the Birth of Instant Photography

Photography can show us who we are, and make permanent the ephemeral stories carried by light. From the two-tone heliography to modern smartphones, the story of photography is a story of innovation. It’s the story of optics

Join us in celebrating World Photography Week and reflect on a monumental photography development: ...

Added: 16 Aug 2023

Positive peers and the power of shared experiences

As emerging optics and photonics community leaders, Optica Ambassadors provide career advice, technical knowledge, and mentorship to students and early career professionals by supporting professional development events at meetings and engaging with their global communities. 

Added: 24 Jul 2023

Lasers on the Moon and beyond

Humans will soon return to the Moon, accompanied by photonics technology enabling communications capabilities unimagined 54 years ago during the first Moon landing. Free-space optical communications, where laser transmitter light is transmitted through open air or space, will be a cornerstone to upcoming space missions that have their eyes on the Moon and, later, Mars. 

Added: 10 Jul 2023

Why are we talking about the talent shortage in quantum, and what can we do about it?

Quantum information science and technology (QIST) is poised to change the world, but harnessing its potential requires a breadth and depth of talent that is difficult to recruit and retain. What can we do about it?

Added: 22 Jun 2023

At the quantum limit of gravitational wave detection

At Optica Quantum 2.0, Victoria Xu, the inaugural recipient of the Theodor W. Hänsch Prize in Quantum Optics, presented her work in quantum optics to fundamentally improve metrology through large-scale interferometers and advanced gravitational wave detection.

Added: 22 Jun 2023

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