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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New record set for data-transfer speeds

Researchers at IBM have set a new record for data transmission over a multimode optical fiber, a type of cable that is typically used to connect nearby computers within a single building or on a campus. The achievement demonstrated ...

dateFeb 25, 2014 in Telecom
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A step closer to a photonic future

The future of computing may lie not in electrons, but in photons – that is, in microprocessors that use light instead of electrical signals. But these so-called photonic devices are typically built using customized methods ...

dateFeb 19, 2014 in Optics & Photonics
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Predicting landslides with light

Optical fiber sensors are used around the world to monitor the condition of difficult-to-access segments of infrastructure—such as the underbellies of bridges, the exterior walls of tunnels, the feet of dams, long pipelines ...

dateSep 29, 2014 in Optics & Photonics
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First 3-D movies of living sperm

To improve their chances of success, in vitro fertilization (IVF) clinics need to assess the viability of the sperm they use. Now doctors may soon have a new technique to help them sort the good sperm cells from the less ...

dateFeb 11, 2014 in Cell & Microbiology
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