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Tabletop Particle Physics: Precision Measurements Aid the Search for New Particles

By Catherine Meyers | Posted: 21 September 2018

 

Mention particle physics, and many people think of enormous atom smashing machines like the Large Hadron Collider, whose 27 kilometers of track lie buried under the Swiss-French border and cost billions of dollars to build. In the Thursday morning talk “Tabletop Probes for TeV Physics,” visionary speaker David DeMille of Yale University encouraged a different perspective.

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Bringing the Quantum Internet to Life

By Chris Gorski | Posted: 21 September 2018

 

Before a publicly available quantum network or internet can be built, researchers and other stakeholders must establish standards and meet a host of other challenges. At the Thursday session entitled "Quantum Communications and the Future Quantum Internet," a quartet of presenters detailed their efforts to make quantum networks a reality.

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On the Creation of Realistic Virtual Experiences

By Nala Rogers | Posted: 20 September 2018

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Imagine mapping the world with an array of pinhole cameras. That's essentially how our eyes make sense of things, sampling a new set of angles each time we move our heads, said Mark Bolas, a professor of interactive media at the University of Southern California, who is currently on leave to work on the Hololens team at Microsoft. In the Wednesday morning visionary lecture "Bending Light to Bend Reality," Bolas explained how a computer can use the same approach to build 3D models—then tweak those models to manipulate a person's reality.

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Understanding the National Quantum Initiative Act

By Yuen Yiu | Posted: 19 September 2018

On Wednesday, more than a hundred attended a panel session to learn about the recent bill introduced to Congress for advancing quantum research and technology in the U.S. Last week, the House of Representatives passed the National Quantum Initiative Act, which will allocate $1.275 billion to “accelerate the development of quantum information science and technology applications” for the next 10 years. A hearing by the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources has been scheduled for Sept. 25.

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The Future of Lasers: Approaching the Exawatt Scale

By Catherine Meyers | Posted: 19 September 2018

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Imagine a laser so powerful that it can break down a vacuum and make particle-antiparticle pairs pop into existence. This technology sounds like science fiction, but is now on the horizon according to Gérard Mourou of the École Polytechnique in France, who gave the second of two plenary talks on Tuesday morning.

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From Night Vision to LIDAR: An Automotive Perspective

By Nala Rogers | Posted: 18 September 2018

LIDAR may soon provide drivers with new, clear views of what's coming down the road. But for the engineers developing this technology, the road to success is still full of hidden hazards. In the first visionary lecture of the OSA 2018 meeting, Jan-Erik Källhammer drew on his own hard-won success with automotive night vision technology to offer tips and predictions for automotive LIDAR developers.

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Entrepreneur -- That’s French for Crazy Person

By Yuen Yiu | Posted: 18 September 2018

 

Sujatha Ramanujan from Luminate Accelerator, a startup accelerator program based in Rochester, New York, that focuses on optics, photonics and imaging technology companies, gave a crash course on how to start your own business on the theater floor Tuesday morning.

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Nanophotonics: Compact, Tunable and Multifunctional

By Yuen Yiu | Posted: 17 September 2018

 

On Monday, visionary speaker Teri Odom from Northwestern University helped kicked off the week with a talk on nanophotonics, delivered to a morning crowd of more than 200 in the International Ballroom at the Washington Hilton. Nanophotonics is a rapidly growing field of optics research in which scientists and engineers experiment with structures that are sometimes smaller than the diffraction limit. Recent milestones include a metalens comprised of nanostructures that can focus all colors of the rainbow equally and an electrically tunable metalens that can change its focal length.

 

 

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Metasurfaces Offer New Way to Manipulate Light

By American Institute of Physics | Posted: 13 September 2018

Metasurface materials are essentially flat optical elements made of a dense array of nanoscale optical antennas that can receive and redirect incident light. While their primary use so far is for shaping optical wavefronts—to focus light, actively redirect beams, and create holograms—they can also be used to detect and emit light with new levels of control. In a compact form factor, metasurface materials can be easily integrated with electronics and stacked, and this opens the door to new types of imaging and solid-state lighting systems.

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Quantum Communication for the Masses?

By American Institute of Physics | Posted: 12 September 2018

Have you ever wondered what makes quantum communication so different than its classical counterpart that we use on all of our devices today?

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Engineering Complex ‘On Demand’ Metasurface Responses

By American Institute of Physics | Posted: 12 September 2018

The number of possible configurations for nano-optics and structured nanomaterials is so vast—an almost endless landscape of different metasurfaces made of dielectrics, semiconductors, or metals. No single class of materials or light-manipulating structures can solve all problems, and the abundance of possible configurations means that there may be many undiscovered nanomaterials out there with the exact properties that specific applications need.

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Chirped Pulse Amplification Expands Realm of Lasers

By American Institute of Physics | Posted: 11 September 2018

During a remarkably short period of time (a femtosecond), a chirped pulse amplification (CPA) technique produces laser light with unfathomably large peak power—on the order of 104 times the power of all of the world’s power plants combined.

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The Most Exciting New Frontiers in Information Technology

By American Institute of Physics | Posted: 10 September 2018

What new paradigms of cognitive hardware technologies and quantum computing are coming to help accelerate the future of computing and make the best use of artificial intelligence (AI)?

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Quantum Race for a Networked World

By American Institute of Physics | Posted: 7 September 2018

Quantum technology is poised to transform today’s imaging, communications, networking, and sensing technologies by leaps and bounds—enabling, for instance, cameras that can see around corners, powerful new computers and unbreakable encryption, sensitive gravity detectors and miniature atomic clocks.

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Practical Photonic Technologies in Communication, Biomedical and Energy Applications

By Rebecca Andersen | Posted: 29 September 2017

Vladimir M. Shalaev, Purdue University and Birck Nanotechnology Center, USA

Visionary Presentation:
Vladimir M. Shalaev, Purdue University and Birck Nanotechnology Center, USA

 

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Digital Lighting Trends in Automotive Applications: Bits, Bytes and Photons

By Rebecca Andersen | Posted: 29 September 2017

Michael Godwin, OSRAM Opto Semiconductors, USA

Visionary Presentation:
Michael Godwin, OSRAM Opto Semiconductors, USA

 

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A Global Mix of Researchers Featured at the Postdeadline Paper Session

By Joshua Miller | Posted: 25 September 2017



Research presented in the sessions has been published in OSA Journals and is available for download by FIO + LS Technical Attendees.

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Optical Interconnects in Data Centers: What’s Next?

By Stewart Wills | Posted: 25 September 2017


 

As technology advances at an ever-increasing pace, the potential applications for optics continue to grow and fuel new discoveries. To highlight the breakthrough work being done in optics, the committee invited nine "Visionary Speakers" to share their knowledge. One of them, Marc Taubenblatt (above) of IBM Corp. sketched out some of those frameworks, particularly for data centers.

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The Daily Wrap - Friday, 22 September 2017

By FiO Staff | Posted: 22 September 2017

How Many Attended? Will the Plenary Videos be Available? How to Download the Tech Digest.  

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The Daily Wrap - Thursday, 21 September 2017

By FiO Staff | Posted: 21 September 2017

When Quantum Technology Drives Toward Real Applications. 

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