• Optics in 2014

    Optics in 2014

    This special issue of Optics & Photonics News highlights the most exciting peer-reviewed optics research to have emerged over the past 12 months.

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  • After Image Photo Contest Winners

    After Image Photo Contest Winners

    Congratulations to the winners of OPN’s 9th annual After Image photo contest! And thanks to each of you who submitted one of the nearly 70 amazing photos we received.

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  • Edible Optics

    Edible Optics

    Five years have passed since Stephen R. Wilk wrote about edible lasers for OPN. This month he takes a look at edible optics—lenses, prisms, films and even optical fibers made of sugar and salt.

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From Leaves and Spider Webs to Optoelectronic Networks

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Natural structures form the foundation for design of materials with reportedly superior optoelectronic properties. view article »


Unclonable Quantum Key Can Protect Credit Cards

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A photon-based authentication may soon be available to keep identification and credit cards secure. view article »


Laser Shock Imprinting of 3-D Crystalline Metallic Nanostructures

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Scientists have developed an easier, cost-effective method for creating 3-D crystalline metallic nanostructures using a bench-top system for laser shock imprinting. view article »


Seeing (Infra)Red: A Nonlinear Solution

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The human ability to sense IR light as a visual signal is finally explained, as a two-photon-absorption process. view article »


Billions and Billions of 2-D Frames Per Second

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A new ultrafast camera system can capture 2-D image sequences of ultrashort laser pulses. view article »


Nanomaterial-Based Approach to Prosthetic Retina Design

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A new, nanomaterial-based approach for retinal photostimulation. view article »

R&D Funding Opportunities

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: European Commission | DUE
FUNDING: €7,000,000 | ELIGIBILITY: European Union

This topic is a major element for the implementation of EU-Brazil cooperation in the area of future networks and e-infrastructures. view article »


AGENCY: European Commission | DUE
FUNDING: €25,000,000 | ELIGIBILITY: European Union

Research should be undertaken to review the emerging fractionated observation system concepts. The required technology challenges as regards interfacing, synchronisation, formation flying, precision thrusting and pointing, communication within the constellation or with ground stations are to be identified. 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: European Commission | DUE
FUNDING: €148,370,000 | ELIGIBILITY: European Union

The Leadership in Enabling and Industrial Technologies (LEIT) part of Horizon 2020 will support the development of technologies underpinning innovation across a range of sectors. view article »


AGENCY: U.S. Department of Defense | DUE
FUNDING: Total program: $38,000,000 | ELIGIBILITY: Unrestricted

The award is intended to support both applied (preclinical) research and clinical trials addressing TBI within specific Focus Areas of pain management, hearing loss/dysfunction, balance disorders, tinnitus, vision, or physical rehabilitation. view article »


AGENCY: European Commission | DUE
FUNDING: €15,000,000 | ELIGIBILITY: European Union

This call includes actions aimed at supporting sustainable agriculture and forestry management processes providing public goods and innovative products for sustainable growth; fostering innovation (including social innovation) in rural areas for inclusive growth; and enhancing innovation in the bio-based industry for smart growth. 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: European Commission | DUE
FUNDING: €80,500,000 | ELIGIBILITY: European Union

The e-Infrastructures activity , as a part of the Research Infrastructures programme, focuses on ICT-based infrastructures and services that cut across a broad range of user disciplines. view article »


AGENCY: European Commission | DUE
FUNDING: €97,000,000 | ELIGIBILITY: European Union

The objective is to ensure the implementation and operation of the ESFRI and other worldclass research infrastructures, including the development of regional partner facilities; integration of and access to national research infrastructures; and the development, deployment and operation of e-infrastructures. view article »


AGENCY: European Commission | DUE
FUNDING: €370,000,000 | ELIGIBILITY: European Union

The Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions are open to all domains of research and innovation addressed under the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, from basic research up to market take-up and innovation services. 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: 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: 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 »

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Industry News

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EMCORE announced the closing of the previously announced sale of its space PV business to SolAero Technologies. view article »


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U.S. Congress has included the RAMI bill in the $1 trillion Omnibus Appropriations bill for FY 2015. view article »


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Corning (USA) plans to acquire the fiber optics business of Korea-based Samsung Electronics view article »


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Global sensor systems manufacturer FLIR announced that a 7-year-long dispute with Raytheon has been settled in their favor. view article »


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The global optical imaging market is expected to reach $1.67 billion by 2019. view article »


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First Solar announced an anticipated reduction of investment tax credits for solar power in late 2016 will create a strong demand, but warned of a subsequent slow down in 2017. view article »

Bright Futures Q&A: Michelle Xu

POSTED Mon, 27 Oct 2014 16:51:00 GMT

 OPN: Many people in science initially envision themselves in an academic career. Was that your initial goal? If not, what career trajectory were you envisioning for yourself?I did not initially consider an academic career because I was told tha more>>

How to Give a Great Research Presentation

POSTED Thu, 23 Oct 2014 20:16:00 GMT

Andrea Brear 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.How many times have you sat through a research presentation either nodding off or squin more>>

Painlessly Managing Your Workload

POSTED Thu, 02 Oct 2014 13:30:00 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

POSTED Thu, 28 Aug 2014 21:21:00 GMT

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 15:46:00 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 14:00:00 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>>

Introduction to Aberrations in Optical Imaging Systems

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This book is about wave theory of aberrations and includes the complete mathematical theory of aberrations. view article »


Introduction to Nonlinear Optics

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This highly recommended paperback was first published in 2011. In spite of the title, this book is physically and mathematically rigorous and is intended for graduate students. view article »


The Quantum Theory of Nonlinear Optics

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This highly-recommended textbook and reference is suitable for graduate students and researchers with background knowledge of advanced quantum mechanics and classical electrodynamics. view article »


Quantum Mechanics: An Experimentalist’s Approach

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This highly-recommended book, which covers non-relativistic and relativistic quantum theory, is unique in its pedagogical approach and suitable for first-year graduate students. view article »


Electromagnetic Scattering by Particles and Particle Groups: An Introduction

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The author has two goals: first, to present the physical and mathematical principles behind the scattering and absorption of various types of electromagnetic radiation by particles and particle groups (such as the atmosphere, clouds etc.), and second, to unify all these phenomena into a single consistent branch of physical optics. I believe he has shown it can be done. view article »


Optical Methods for Solid Mechanics: A Full-Field Approach

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The textbook brings together contributions from researchers and experts around the world, beginning with a description of basic optics and gradually advancing to topics such as image processing, phase decoding, digital image correlation, interferometry and profilometry 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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