• Augmented Reality: Easy on the Eyes

    Augmented Reality: Easy on the Eyes

    One stumbling block for the promise of 3-D AR displays is visual fatigue. New approaches combining integral imaging and freeform optics could help overcome that challenge.

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  • Harnessing On-Chip SBS

    Harnessing On-Chip SBS

    Stimulated Brillouin scattering—a familiar nonlinear effect in macroscopic systems such as fiber optics—is finding new applications in communication, quantum manipulation and microwave filtering in an era of integrated photonics.

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  • Meet OSA’s 2015 Fellows

    Meet OSA’s 2015 Fellows

    OSA is pleased to announce the new Fellow Members for 2015. From among 151 candidates, 76 OSA members were elected for their significant contributions to the advancement of optics and photonics, as confirmed by the Board of Directors at its meeting in October 2014.

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Creating an Optical Möbius Strip

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International research team creates an unusual topology by manipulating polarization from a green laser. view article »


Flipping Signals from Photonic Crystals

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Opaline nanostructures hybridized with cesium change their internal reflectivity and flip their reflection spectrum upside down. view article »


Charles Townes, Laser Pioneer, Dies at Age 99

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Nobel Laureate and OSA Fellow packed an active and fruitful career into a life spanning nearly a century. view article »


New Quantum Interface Enhances Data Transfer

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The ion-trap interface could one day link quantum processors to fiber optic communication channels. view article »


A Bullseye for Brighter Metamaterials

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Researchers design a grating that achieves a twenty-fold increase in light extraction from a layered metamaterial. view article »


Photon Footrace: Slowing Down Light in Free Space

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By spatially structuring light beams, scientists eke out measurable differences in photon propagation speeds across a fixed distance. 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: 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: 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: 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: U.S. Department of Defense | DUE
FUNDING: $6,527,000 total program | ELIGIBILITY: Unrestricted

The purpose of this applied research topic is to identify, understand, and resolve key issues associated with the operation of a free space optical quantum key distribution system that functions in a maritime environment. 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: €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 »


AGENCY: European Commission | DUE
FUNDING: €430,000,000 | ELIGIBILITY: European Union

Support excellent Principal Investigators at the career stage at which they are starting their own independent research team or program. 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 »

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Industry News

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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 »


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Israeli Ministry of Defense taps firm to develop the next generation of the country's Digital Army Project. view article »


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A recent market report indicates that the boom will be driven by regulatory exemptions from the FAA in 2015. view article »


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The company will use the funding to continue development of its LightPath specimen analyzer and its EnLight molecular imaging fiberscope. view article »


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A new market report highlights increased competition and commoditization in packaged-LED market. 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

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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 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>>

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 »


Introduction to Numerical Programming: A Practical Guide for Scientists and Engineers Using Python and C/C++ (Series in Computational Physics)

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This could be a good reference for a one- or two-semester course for advanced undergraduate students or for graduate students in science or engineering. view article »


Essentials of Nonlinear Optics

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The authors have used their two decades of teaching experience to write this introductory book on nonlinear optics. view article »


Diffractive Nanophotonics

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The authors have offered a comprehensive and accessible reference for computational methods in diffractive nanophotonics. view article »


Handbook of Optical Microcavities

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This edited volume provides a snapshot of the achievements and challenges of the development and application of optical microcavities. 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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