Optical Society of America

The Optical Society of America (OSA) is a scientific society of professional members dedicated to the research, development and study of optics and photonics, a specialized field of Physics and Engineering. Based on the science of light, optics and photonics are present in all aspects of every-day life. In medicine the CAT, MRI and PET scans are an example of the work OSA promotes. Other examples include security and defense in the detection of chemical, biologics, radiation and the like. Telecommunications and consumer electronics would not be possible without the work OSA promotes. OSA publishes peer-review studies and research in its array of journals, including but not limited to Journal of The Optical Society A & B, Applied Optics, Applied Spectroscopy, Journal of Optical Networking, Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics, Journal of Display Optics and Chinese Optics Letters. OSA has a news release and highlight of new discoveries section on the OSA web site. Media inquiries are welcome

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Giving LEDs a cozy, warm glow

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Supersonic laser-propelled rockets

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A new approach to on-chip quantum computing

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