• Laser Fusion: The Uncertain Road to Ignition

    Laser Fusion: The Uncertain Road to Ignition

    In early 2014, the U.S. National Ignition Facility announced that it had achieved a fusion reaction that produced net positive energy. Fusion scientists have applauded that step—but the path to sustainable fusion energy remains a long and uncharted one.

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  • Diamond Raman Lasers

    Diamond Raman Lasers

    Scientists are using high-purity synthetic diamonds to create novel devices that offer increased laser power, brightness and wavelength reach.

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  • Optical Networks Come of Age

    Optical Networks Come of Age

    Big data and insatiable consumer demand for broadband are driving a new generation of intelligent, programmable, energy-efficient networks—powered by optical switching—to support Internet services reaching terabit-per-second speeds.

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Controlling Majoranas for Next-Gen Quantum Computing

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New method to detect Majorana fermions may have big implications for next-gen quantum computing. view article »


Doing Quantum Optics with Sound

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A Swedish research team has coupled propagating phonons to an artificial atom, opening new opportunities for harnessing quantum phenomena. view article »


A Sharper View of Biological Tissues

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A new adaptive-optics technique, using nonlinear feedback, can image through murky surroundings without a reference point. view article »


Paranal VLT Telescope Reveals Star Cluster’s Secret

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Astronomers use ESO's VLT to observe Li abundance in M54, the most distant measurement of this type to date. view article »


New Material Combination for Nanophotonic Circuits

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New integrated nanophotonic circuit design could lead to computer chips that deliver information at the speed of light. view article »


Building a Single-Photon Cannon

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An international team channels single photons into a photonic crystal waveguide, with efficiencies approaching 100 percent. 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: Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research | DUE
FUNDING: 2.0M Euro | ELIGIBILITY: Consortium of public and private partners

NWO and DeitY, India's Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, invite researchers in India and the Netherlands together with industrial partners to participate in the Indo-Dutch Joint Research Programme for ICT. view article »


AGENCY: European Commission | DUE
FUNDING: €16,000,000 | ELIGIBILITY: See full announcement

This call includes topics on nanotechnologies, advanced materials, production and support actions for the deployment of KETs. view article »


AGENCY: European Commission | DUE
FUNDING: €80,000,000 | ELIGIBILITY: See full announcement

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: European Commission | DUE
FUNDING: €80,000,000 | ELIGIBILITY: Doctoral and Fellowship programmes

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: 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. Department of Energy | DUE
FUNDING: Unspecified | ELIGIBILITY: Unrestricted

Applications for new awards and renewals for research in the SC-NNSA Joint Program in High-Energy-Density laboratory plasmas. view article »


AGENCY: European Commission | DUE
FUNDING: €15,000,000 | ELIGIBILITY: Standard eligibility criteria

Frontier research often generates unexpected or new opportunities for commercial or societal application. The ERC Proof of Concept Grants aim to maximise the value of the excellent research that the ERC funds, by funding further work to verify the innovation potential of ideas arising from ERC funded projects. PoC Grants are therefore on offer only to PIs whose proposals draw substantially on their ERC funded research. view article »


AGENCY: European Commission | DUE
FUNDING: €15,000,000 | ELIGIBILITY: Standard eligibility criteria

The objective is to provide funds to enable ERC-funded ideas to be brought to a pre-demonstration stage where potential commercialisation opportunities have been identified. view article »


AGENCY: European Commission | DUE
FUNDING: €3,000,000 | ELIGIBILITY: See full announcement

Make Europe the best place in the world for collaborative research on future and emerging technologies. view article »


AGENCY: European Commission | DUE
FUNDING: €3,000,000 | ELIGIBILITY: Standard eligibility criteria

The challenge is to make Europe the best place in the world for collaborative research on future and emerging technologies that will renew the basis for future European competitiveness and growth, and that will make a difference for society in the decades to come. view article »


AGENCY: NSF | DUE
FUNDING: $300,000 to $600,000 | ELIGIBILITY: Unrestricted

Basic research and innovation in photonics that is very fundamental in science and engineering is needed to lay the foundation for new technologies beyond those that are mature and ready for application in medical diagnostics and therapies. Advances are needed in nanophotonics, optogenetics, contrast and targeting agents, ultra-thin probes, wide field imaging, and rapid biomarker screening. view article »


AGENCY: NSF | DUE
FUNDING: $300,000 to $600,000 | ELIGIBILITY: Unrestricted

Fundamental research in engineering areas related to nano-biosensing. view article »


AGENCY: European Commission | DUE
FUNDING: €190,000,000 total budget | ELIGIBILITY: See full announcement

The ECSEL Joint Undertaking is established for the implementation of the Joint Technology Initiative on 'Electronic Components and Systems for European Leadership.' 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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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 »


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Market research report estimates that the solar PV market will average 8.3% CAGR from 2013 to 2019, led by China. view article »


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The staff and equipment of the Commercial Products Group of BNS has moved to the Meadowlark facility in Frederick. view article »


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A new laser at Washington State University will enable research on shock waves. view article »


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Ushio announced plans to acquire the LED, red, violet and part of the IR laser diode operations of Oclaro Japan. view article »

How to Tell Your Advisor That You're Leaving Academia

POSTED Thu, 28 Aug 2014 20:21:00 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 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>>

How to Use Your Business Card

POSTED Mon, 21 Jul 2014 13:58:00 GMT

Arti Agrawal “Here’s my card.” How often is this sentence uttered at conferences, meetings and other networking events? The ubiquitous business card is a marvelous thing, and its repertoire of functions is expanding beyond just pro more>>

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 »


Quantum Field Theory for the Gifted Amateur

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This wonderful and exciting book is optimal for physics graduate students. view article »


Laser Safety: Tools and Training, Second Edition

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This new edition provides the Z136.8 Research Laser Standard and offers updates and an explanation of eye exposure limits, e.g., maximum permissible exposure (MPE). view article »


Fiber Optic Communications: Fundamentals and Applications

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The distinctive contribution of this book is that it incorporates recent developments, specifically channel multiplexing techniques where attention is given to orthogonal frequency-division multiplexing (OFDM). view article »


The New Visual Neurosciences

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This huge book (1,675 pages, 112 chapters and 13 associate editors,) is a companion to the editors’ previous two-volume text, The Visual Neurosciences (MIT Press, 2003). view article »


How the Ray Gun Got Its Zap: Odd Excursions into Optics

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This interesting book is a collection of 45 essays originally published in Optics & Photonics News and Spectrograph. 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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