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    OSC Turns 50

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  • Long-Reach Analog Photonics for Military Applications

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    Compressive Sensing Demystified

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Boosting Laser Gain by Adding Loss

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A clever coupled system and some complex math leads to a counterintuitive result. view article »


This Just In: Special Relativity Still Works

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In back-to-back results in basic physics, lasers enable confirmation of time dilation with unprecedented accuracy and a previously elusive observation to test predictions of QED. view article »


Mirrors Without Metals

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A layer of tiny tellurium cubes, each with a subwavelength edge length, forms an all-dielectric metasurface for reflecting infrared light. view article »


3-D Prisons for Photons

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University of Twente scientists developed a model for a resonant nanocavity inside a 3-D inverse-woodpile photonic band gap crystal. view article »


Nonlinear Microscopy Identifies Breast Cancer In Situ

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A new imaging technique could enable more accurate breast tumor removal during surgery, reducing the need for painful and costly additional procedures. view article »


Brightening Up Nanophotonic Light Sources

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A “plasmonic nanopatch antenna” configuration brings a thousand-fold increase in emission rate of fluorescent molecules. view article »

R&D Funding Opportunities

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AGENCY: U.S. Department of Defense | DUE
FUNDING: Unspecified | ELIGIBILITY: Unrestricted

This BAA solicits proposals against a broad range of night vision technologies. view article »


AGENCY: NSF of South Africa and The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research | DUE
FUNDING: Varied | ELIGIBILITY: Dutch and South African PIs

The Netherlands and South Africa have a joint interest in promoting and strengthening scientific cooperation in Astronomy (including Enabling Technologies for Astronomy). view article »


AGENCY: U.S. Air Force | DUE
FUNDING: Unspecified | ELIGIBILITY: Unrestricted

This Open BAA encourages a flow of supplementary and/or complementary technologies for electromagnetic metamaterials. Such technologies may include active electronic matching networks, frequency selective structures, and periodic structure with engineered dispersion, including photonic band-gap materials, acoustic metamaterials. ONLY WHITE PAPERS ARE REQUESTED AT THIS TIME. view article »


AGENCY: NIH | DUE
FUNDING: $150,000 for Phase I, $1,000,000 for Phase II | ELIGIBILITY: U.S. small business concerns

Accelerate the advanced development and clinical implementation of reliable, reproducible, highly specific and sensitive imagining diagnostic devices for dental caries, periodontal disease, cracked teeth, and pulp vitality. view article »


AGENCY: Australian National Health and Medical Research Council | DUE
FUNDING: $100,000 | ELIGIBILITY: Australian Chief Investigators

Aims to provide assistance to Australian researchers to participate in multinational research collaborative projects with international researchers that have been selected for funding under the EC’s Horizon 2020 Health, Demographic Change and Wellbeing calls. view article »


AGENCY: Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research | DUE
FUNDING: € 185,000 per half year | ELIGIBILITY: Tenured scientist

The programme is for Dutch researchers who want to cooperate with colleagues in Taiwan. It offers the opportunity of a short stay in Taiwan or a joint seminar in the Netherlands or Taiwan. view article »


AGENCY: Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research | DUE
FUNDING: 185,000 euro per half year | ELIGIBILITY: Tenured scientist

The programme Cooperation Japan is for Dutch researchers who want to cooperate with colleagues in Japan. It offers the possibility of a joint seminar in the Netherlands or Japan or a JSPS fellowship in Japan. view article »


AGENCY: Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research | DUE
FUNDING: € 185,000 per half year | ELIGIBILITY: Tenured scientist

Each year NWO makes two prizes available to senior German researchers who are nominated by Dutch researchers. The Von Humboldt Stiftung in Bonn makes two prizes available for senior Dutch researchers. view article »


AGENCY: Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research | DUE
FUNDING: 185,000 euro per half year | ELIGIBILITY: Tenured scientist

This is a grant for a short stay in China of a Dutch scientist, or in the Netherlands of a Chinese scientist, for all scientific disciplines except social and behavioural sciences and humanities. Joint Chinese-Dutch seminars can be funded. view article »


AGENCY: Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research | DUE
FUNDING: 50,000 euro per year | ELIGIBILITY: Proposals should be jointly submitted by a Dutch and Indian researchers.

Researchers from India and the Netherlands can apply for funding for individual visits and seminars. view article »


AGENCY: Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research | DUE
FUNDING: 2,000 euros | ELIGIBILITY: Researchers who hold an appointment at a Dutch university or an NWO approved research institute

The grant funds travel to developing countries, for example, and give lectures, run courses, or help with projects like large telescope construction. view article »


AGENCY: Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research | DUE
FUNDING: Unspecified | ELIGIBILITY: Researchers from all national and international scientific institutions

NeCEN aims to provide the means to resolve and characterise the detailed structures of life through the use of advanced cryo-electron microscopy. view article »


AGENCY: NSF | DUE
FUNDING: $2.5 million - $5 million | ELIGIBILITY: See full announcement

The Theory Institute in AMO Physics will be a center to advance theoretical AMO physics and lead in motivating and explaining new experimental work in AMO and other areas of science. view article »


AGENCY: NSF | DUE
FUNDING: Unspecified | ELIGIBILITY: Unrestricted

Program will support for data-enabled science, community research networks, and new computational infrastructure, as well as for support next-generation computing, focusing on cyber-infrastructure for the disciplines supported by the NSF Physics Division. view article »


AGENCY: European Commission | DUE
FUNDING: €125,000,000 | ELIGIBILITY: See full announcement

Reinforce Europe's stronghold positions in these areas and to capture opportunities arising in new growth markets driven by advances in relevant technologies. view article »


AGENCY: European Commission | DUE
FUNDING: €97,400,000 | ELIGIBILITY: Standard eligibility criteria

The challenge is to achieve, by 2020, the full range of technological capabilities needed for delivering a broad spectrum of extreme scale HPC systems. view article »


AGENCY: U.S. National Science Foundation | DUE
FUNDING: Not listed | ELIGIBILITY: Unrestricted

The Electronics, Photonics, and Magnetic Devices program seeks to improve the fundamental understanding of devices and components based on the principles of micro- and nanoelectronics, photonics, magnetics, optoelectronics, electromechanics, electromagnetics, and related physical phenomena. view article »


AGENCY: NSF | DUE
FUNDING: Unspecified | ELIGIBILITY: Unrestricted

Support for theoretical and computational research in atomic structure, molecular structure of small molecules, electron, and atomic collisions, photoionization and photodetachment of electrons from atoms and small molecules, time-dependent interactions with atoms and small molecules, quantum optics, ultracold phenomena in Bose and Fermi gases, and quantum information. view article »


AGENCY: NSF | DUE
FUNDING: TBA | ELIGIBILITY: Unrestricted

The program supports science aimed towards answering questions about the nature of space and time, the gravitational attraction at atomically small and cosmological large distances and the use of gravitational waves to explore the universe. view article »


AGENCY: European Commission | DUE
FUNDING: €1,000,000 | ELIGIBILITY: See full announcement

Innovation voucher programmes are well established support instruments for SMEs in many countries and regions in Europe. view article »


AGENCY: NSF | DUE
FUNDING: Unspecified | ELIGIBILITY: Unrestricted

The program encompasses four sub-areas: Precision Measurements, Atomic and Molecular Dynamics, Atomic and Molecular Structure, and Optical Physics. view article »


AGENCY: European Commission | DUE
FUNDING: €450,000,000 | ELIGIBILITY: See full announcement

Advanced Grants are designed to support excellent Principal Investigators at the career stage at which they are already established research leaders with a recognised track record of research achievements. view article »


AGENCY: European Commission | DUE
FUNDING: €450,000,000 | ELIGIBILITY: Advanced researchers

Advanced Grants are designed to support excellent Principal Investigators at the career stage at which they are already established research leaders with a recognized track record of research achievements. This action is open to researchers of any nationality who intend to conduct their research activity in any Member State or Associated Country. view article »


AGENCY: European Commission | DUE
FUNDING: €80,000,000 | ELIGIBILITY: Standard eligibility criteria

The COFUND scheme aims at stimulating regional, national or international programmes to foster excellence in researchers' training, mobility and career development, spreading the best practices of Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions. view article »


AGENCY: U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Department of Defence | DUE
FUNDING: $2M to $4M, 1 award | ELIGIBILITY: Public and State controlled institutions of higher edu.

A unique feature of this CoE should be the opportunity to study and integrate sensors, sensor output processing and fusion, algorithms, and applications to control airframes. view article »

Industry News

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Trumpf reports record profits--the highest in the company’s 90-year history. view article »


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The Nobel Prize awards for chemistry and physics are both in the photonics field. view article »


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Market report says global retail price of LED lamps fell, while lumens-per-dollar ratio of LED lamps increased. view article »


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The lighting, healthcare and consumer technology conglomerate makes a major strategic shift, in a move similar to JDSU's earlier this month. view article »


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Optical networking equipment giant JDSU to split into two companies in response to increased market complexity. view article »


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The acquisition will expand Fibercore’s portfolio in the oil and gas sector, in addition to their presence in medical, aerospace, defense and telecom fields. view article »

Painlessly Managing Your Workload

POSTED Thu, 02 Oct 2014 12:30:00 GMT

Arti Agrawal I felt like I had spent the whole summer working without a vacation, and still my to-do list seemed endless. After spending a few days feeling frustrated and stressed at my lack of progress, I started reading up on how people manage to more>>

How to Tell Your Advisor That You're Leaving Academia

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Jena Pitman-Leung, Ph.D. This post is based on content that has already appeared on the Propel Careers website. It is reproduced here with the author’s kind permission.Many people enter into a Ph.D. program or postdoctoral fellowship thin more>>

Effectively Personalizing Your Resume

POSTED Tue, 26 Aug 2014 14:46:00 GMT

Arlene Smith I recently attended a career-themed panel discussion at an OSA Topical Meeting. Scientists and engineers from industry and academia were represented in the panel and the audience, so this was a great opportunity to hear from both sides more>>

Helpful STEM Resources for Young Women

POSTED Thu, 21 Aug 2014 13:00:00 GMT

On this blog and elsewhere, there has been considerable discussion of the dearth of women in STEM-related careers. A number of major tech companies (Google, Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo and eBay, among others) recently released reports on the diversity o more>>

Learning to Improve (and Enjoy) Your Public Speaking

POSTED Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:53:00 GMT

Antonio Benayas Over the course of your career, one of the tasks you will likely face is speaking in public. This makes some people very nervous because the audience’s attention is focused solely on you. Public speaking is something you will l more>>

Bright Futures Q&A: Anna Garry

POSTED Wed, 30 Jul 2014 12:56:00 GMT

OPN: Tell us a bit about your current position and how you got there. I work at ETH Zurich for a Swiss National Science Foundation-funded network whose research focus is on molecular and ultrafast science and technology. My job is to develop scienti more>>

Fluorescence Lifetime Spectroscopy and Imaging: Principles and Applications in Biomedical Diagnostics

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This is a self-contained book in which the physics and the analytical methods are carefully worked out in detail. view article »


Fringe Pattern Analysis for Optical Metrology: Theory, Algorithms and Applications

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This book provides great insights into the principles and practical applications of classical and advanced interferometry in optical metrology, and it presents the main algorithms for recovering the modulating phase from single or multiple patterns. view article »


Optical Code Division Multiple Access: A Practical Perspective

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This book delivers more than its title seems to promise.This book could serve as a text for a course on optical communications networks. view article »


Compact Semiconductor Lasers

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This book provides a comprehensive description and analysis of compact semiconductor lasers. view article »


Light: The Physics of the Photon

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Light takes the reader on a journey through the myriad models of various aspects of light, including detailed mathematical and physical descriptions. view article »


Introduction to Modern Digital Holography: With Matlab

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This book fills an important gap in holography literature, presenting some of the most exciting developments of the past 20 years in the area of digital holography. view article »

OPN Video

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Yichen Shen and colleagues at MIT have, for the first time, demonstrated a system that can filter light of any wavelength based on its propagation direction. This video shows the system in action -- as the sample is rotated, it behaves like a mirror in all... view video »


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In 2013, researchers at the National Institute of Optics in Florence, Italy, pioneered a new form of lens-free, infrared digital holography that can record holograms out of the focus plane and then numerically focus the image afterward. The technique may... view video »


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This special issue of Optics & Photonics News highlights the most exciting peer-reviewed optics research to have emerged over the past 12 months. Our panel of editors reviewed close to 80 submitted summaries from scientists all over the globe. They selected... view video »


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Like many cities, Rochester has faced challenging economic times in recent years. But despite the downsizing of Kodak—which was a key employer for years—Rochester has sustained a healthy rate of growth, thanks to its long tradition of excellence in... view video »


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Rochester has a long history as a global center for imaging and optics research.  Early companies such as Kodak and Bausch & Lomb, along with the University of Rochester and its Institute of Optics, have played an important role in stimulating the city... view video »


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This special issue of OPN highlights the most exciting peer-reviewed optics research to have emerged over the past 12 months. This year's issue includes 30 summaries representing the work of more than 150 authors from 15 countries. view video »

 
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