OPN is spending the week at the OSA Frontiers in Optics (FiO) meeting in Washington, D.C. We’re putting our dispatches from the meeting on this page. You can also find content from the meeting at OSA’s YouTube channel, the society’s public-affairs newsroom, and the FIO/LS blog.

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Policy

The National Quantum Initiative: What’s Next?

An expert stakeholder panel at FiO+LS 2018 discussed the nascent NQI’s priorities in education, international cooperation and binding a sometimes fragmented science community. [20 September 2018, 09:15]

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Careers

Learning the “Rules of Engagement”

A lively after-hours session at FiO+LS 2018 focused on the “soft” social skills that can lead to professional success. [19 September 2018, 17:00]

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VR/AR

Mixing Reality

A Microsoft Hololens team member explained the optics that goes in to mapping and bending virtual realities. [19 September 2018, 15:45]

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Lasers

Powerful Lasers, Exotic Science

In an expansive plenary talk at FIO+LS 2018, Gerard Mourou took audience members to the realms of the petawatt and the zeptosecond. [19 September 2018, 07:30]

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Automotive

Many Optical Avenues to One Autonomous-Vehicle Goal

FiO+LS 2018’s special automotive track explores sensing technologies and emerging autonomous vehicle applications. [18 September 2018, 15:30]

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Computing

Computing’s Future, Along Three Paths

At FiO+LS 2018, a plenary talk by IBM scholar Heike Riel explored how 3-D chip design, neuromorphic architectures, and quantum approaches will all inform next-gen computers. [18 September 2018, 11:15]

Teri Odom at FiO+LS 2018
Nanophotonics and Plasmonics

Through the Nano-Optics Looking Glass

At FiO+LS 2018, a Visionary Speakers talk by Teri Odom demonstrated that, for lenses and lasers, there’s still “plenty of room at the bottom.” [18 September 2018, 07:15]

Automotive

Scoping Out the Road to Automotive Lidar

The experience of commercializing a previous, analogous automotive feature—night-vision technology—has some lessons for today’s lidar aspirants. [17 September 2018, 13:30]

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Diversity

Collaborative Career Advancement

The third Global Women of Light symposium offered career strategies for promoting female leadership in STEM. [16 September 2018, 17:00]