• Optoelectronics in Flatland

    Optoelectronics in Flatland

    Initially energized by the isolation of graphene more than a decade ago, research in 2-D materials is exploding, taking advantage of emerging materials with different strengths that can be combined to create new nanophotonic devices.

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  • Materials and Photonics: Some Recent Developments

    Materials and Photonics: Some Recent Developments

    An understanding of nonlinear phenomena and their relationship with materials is spurring creation of novel devices, techniques and schemes to control light-matter interactions. Here’s a look at a few recent advances.

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  • Compact X-ray and Extreme-Ultraviolet Light Sources

    Compact X-ray and Extreme-Ultraviolet Light Sources

    Bringing the brightness and power of vast synchrotron and free-electron laser sources to the scale of the local lab and clinic marks an important next frontier—and could transform the landscape of X-ray science and technology.

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  • Breaking the Limits of Optical Energy Conversion

    Breaking the Limits of Optical Energy Conversion

    Attendees of a recent OSA Incubator Meeting explored new strategies to overcome the limits of optical energy conversion in conventional solar-fueled engines.

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  • Optics in 2015

    Optics in 2015

    Is your peer-reviewed optics research among the most exciting to emerge over the past 12 months? We want to hear about it!

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Lobster-Eye Imager Measures Solar Wind

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Results are in from the first space flight of a wide field-of-view soft X-ray imager using lobster-eye optics. view article »


Perovskite Photovoltaics: Cheaper Than We Think?

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In a “cradle-to-grave” life-cycle assessment, perovskite photovoltaics show quick energy return, but still need to clear some environmental hurdles. view article »


N.Y.-Based Group to Build U.S. Photonics Hub

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AIM Photonics, a new public-private partnership in integrated photonics manufacturing, will leverage more than US$0.6 billion in funds. view article »


Better LED Color Through (Soft) Chemistry

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French researchers find potential route to improved color balance by tweaking the ratio of oxidation states in a single material. view article »


Mixed Signals from a Quantum Guidepost

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The Bell inequality, long viewed as a marker of the quantum-classical boundary, fails an experimental test. view article »


A New Platform for Point-of-Care Diagnostics?

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Device integrates nanoplasmonics and microfluidics to provide sensitive detection of a range of biomolecules, in a portable package. view article »

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


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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 »


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The US Army Business Interface Office is looking to identify and develop technologies for the purpose of generating future armament systems. view article »


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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: The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research | DUE
FUNDING: €2,000 | ELIGIBILITY: Dutch university researchers

Dutch astronomers can offer instruction, lectures or scientific support to students and astronomers in developing countries from a few days to several weeks. view article »


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FUNDING: €180,000 | ELIGIBILITY: European Union

Recognition and celebration of women who have benefitted from EU research and innovation funding and who have combined their scientific excellence with an aptitude for business in setting up innovative enterprises and brought innovations to the market. view article »


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This call aims to support early-stage joint science and technology research for radically new future technological possibilities. view article »


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FUNDING: €215,000,000 | ELIGIBILITY: European Union

Enhance the potential of experienced researchers wishing to diversify their individual competence through advanced training, international and intersectoral mobility. view article »


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The DARPA Microsystems Technology Office is soliciting research proposals in the development of novel technologies for high-performance miniature inertial sensors. view article »


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The primary aim of this Work Programme is thus to enhance the resilience of our society against natural and man-made disasters. view article »


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FUNDING: €50,210,000 | ELIGIBILITY: European Union

Proposals should investigate the dependencies on communication networks and ICT components (including SCADA and IACS systems). view article »


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FUNDING: $750,000 to $3,000,000 | ELIGIBILITY: U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents

Projects will target the design and manufacturing of novel solar collectors with the ability to significantly reduce the solar field contribution to the overall levelized cost of energy of the CSP plant. view article »


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FUNDING: €20,000,000 | ELIGIBILITY: European Union

Provide funds to enable ERC funded ideas to be brought to a pre-demonstration stage where potential commercialization opportunities have been identified. view article »

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California solid-state lighting developer to continue as stand-alone company view article »


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Contractor announces headquarters, branch locations, reorganization plans. view article »


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IOP’s top Innovation Award goes to photonics crystal founder Yablonovitch. view article »


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Palo Alto camera hopeful Light announces critical production partner in China. view article »


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Israeli medical laser producer acquired after IPO on the Nasdaq only a year ago. view article »


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Industry association forecasts long-term growth to reach €615 billion by 2020. view article »

Bright Futures Q&A: Michelle Xu

POSTED Mon, 27 Oct 2014 15:51:00 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

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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 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

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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>>

Statistical Optics, 2nd Ed.

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I recommend this updated, comprehensive textbook and reference for its clear writing, detailed mathematical derivations, physical insights, reworked figures, extensive references, problem sets with solutions, mathematical appendices and an index. view article »


Visible Light Communication

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This book is one of a very few about VLC, written by and for a technical audience, primarily researchers in the field. view article »


Guided Wave Optics and Photonic Devices

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This book is based on a three-week course held in India in 2011. It has 20 chapters covering a wide range of topics, from the basics of optical fibers and guided wave optics to biophotonics. view article »


Military Laser Technology and Systems

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This volume seeks to convey the physical principles underpinning laser-based military systems, to foster the reader’s appreciation of the fundamental requirements, potential performance and limitations of such systems. view article »


Nonlinear Optics and Photonics

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This is the most complete account of nonlinear optics published in recent years. The book presents and explains very clearly the work of brilliant scientists in this area in the last half century. view article »


Optical Fiber Sensors: Advanced Techniques and Applications

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The book provides a fundamental understanding of the design, operation and practical applications of fiber-optic sensing systems. 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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