• Scaling Optical Fiber Networks: Challenges and Solutions

    Scaling Optical Fiber Networks: Challenges and Solutions

    Increases in consumer demand and machine-to-machine network traffic are creating big challenges for letting optical communications continue to scale cost-effectively. Meeting those demands will require new forms of optical parallelism.

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  • ROADMs: Reconfigurable Optics for Agile Networks

    ROADMs: Reconfigurable Optics for Agile Networks

    Flexible, dynamic wavelength routing has already helped drive vast gains in optical network capacity—and the capabilities of wavelength routing’s core element, the ROADM, continue to evolve.

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  • LIGO: Finally Poised to Catch Elusive Gravitational Waves?

    LIGO: Finally Poised to Catch Elusive Gravitational Waves?

    After a seven-year upgrade project incorporating cutting-edge lasers and optics, the Advanced Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory could start directly detecting gravitational waves as early as next year.

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A Ph.D. Student Addresses #TheDress Debate with Optics

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A student uses spectroscopy to reconcile her different perceptions of #TheDress. view article »


Retinal Hot Spot Inspires Solar Cell Design

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The fovea centralis, Grand Central for the eye’s cone cells, suggests a design for better light trapping in photovoltaics. view article »


Creating a Terahertz Filter—with an Inkjet Printer

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University of Utah team demonstrates “versatile technique” for designing THz plasmonic filters and fabricating them with off-the-shelf equipment. view article »


Optical Nanoantennas Square Up the Light

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Researchers from Australia have designed tiny cube-shaped optical antennas for directing visible and near-infrared light through nano-electromechanical systems. view article »


ZnO Nanowires for High-Performance UV Detectors

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New on-chip nanowire UV detectors are 10,000 times more sensitive than their flat-film counterparts. view article »


Simulating Superconductors in an Optical Lattice

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An analog model of matter, with lasers standing in for the crystal lattice, buttresses a key mathematical description of high-temperature superconductivity. 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. Department of Defense | DUE
FUNDING: Unspecified | ELIGIBILITY: Unrestricted

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


AGENCY: European Commission | DUE
FUNDING: €3,000,000 | ELIGIBILITY: European Union

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


AGENCY: U.S. Department of Defense | DUE
FUNDING: $75,000,000 total program | ELIGIBILITY: Nonprofits with 501(c)(3) status

The purpose of this Notice is to announce the U.S. Government's intent to launch a competition for the seventh Institute for Manufacturing Innovation. view article »


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

Promote international and inter-sector collaboration through research and innovation staff exchanges, and sharing of knowledge and ideas from research to market. 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: €561,000,000 | ELIGIBILITY: European Union

The objective is to reinforce Europe's stronghold positions in electronics, microsystems and embedded systems, and to capture opportunities arising in new growth markets. view article »


AGENCY: Netherlands Science Foundation | DUE
FUNDING: k€ 256, 4 years | ELIGIBILITY: Dutch university researchers

Doctoral research projects in computational sciences, relevant to the energy-related themes within the top sectors of energy and chemistry. 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: U.S. Department of Defense | DUE
FUNDING: Up to $700,000 | ELIGIBILITY: Unrestricted

DARPA is soliciting innovative research proposals that fulfill the goal of developing the next generation of transductional materials and devices. view article »


AGENCY: The World Academy of Sciences | DUE
FUNDING: Unspecified | ELIGIBILITY: 35 yrs or younger, not a Chinese citizen

Two hundred students from all over the world, including 60 from developed countries, will be sponsored to travel to China for PhD studies for up to 4 years. 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: European Commission | DUE
FUNDING: €585,000,000 | ELIGIBILITY: European Union

Support excellent Principal Investigators at the career stage at which they may still be consolidating their own independent research team or program. view article »


AGENCY: European Commission | DUE
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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Industry News

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Lumentum and Viavi Solutions to enable more agility, simplicity. view article »


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Proposed center in County Durham to develop light-based medical therapies. view article »


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Numbers confirm recovery of European photonics market. view article »


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Newport expects the acquisition to advance their industry hold in and development of ultrafast lasers. view article »


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Corning announces plans to acquire the assets of hyperspectral imaging provider NovaSol. view article »


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Optech forecasts worldwide market for industrial laser systems will continue to grow in 2015. 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

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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 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>>

Modern Plasmonics

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This monograph provides an excellent introduction of the present state-of-the-art in the field of plasmonics at a level appropriate for graduate students and researchers. view article »


Laser Beam Shaping: Theory and Techniques, Second Edition

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This second edition addresses the theory and practice of very important techniques for lossless laser beam shaping. view article »


Singular and Chiral Nanoplasmonics

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This book brings together contributions from several groups of international researchers who succeed in capturing and conveying the excitement associated with two specific aspects of plasmonics-enhanced light-matter interactions: chiro-optical effects and vortical effects. view article »


Essential Principles of Image Sensors

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This book covers the basic principles of image sensors from semiconductor devices to sensor physics to image processing fundamentals. view article »


Quantum Chance: Nonlocality, Teleportation and Other Quantum Marvels

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As the title indicates, this book explores the quantum subtleties, i.e., entanglement and quantum nonlocality, of the world on a small scale. view article »


Atomic Physics: Precise Measurements and Ultracold Matter

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This highly recommended, clearly written, carefully illustrated and referenced book is suitable for advanced undergraduate and graduate students. The authors carefully explain the theory, experiments and applications that have been successful in precision measurements (based on the use of the optical frequency comb) and in atomic physics (based on advances in laser cooling). 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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