Jobs in telecom may be scarce, but some optics professionals are finding creative ways to try to turn their careers around.
Cavity ring-down spectroscopy has the potential to revolutionize environmental and agricultural monitoring, industrial process control and the detection and identification of hazardous materials.
Scholars in medieval Islam held optical knowledge superior to that of any other culture of the time.
As networks move to speeds of 10 Gbit/s and beyond per wavelength channel, it is no longer sufficient to test components for loss. Precise characterization of dispersion properties is also a necessity.
In tomorrow’s fiber optic networks, a new generation of quantum-dot-based semiconductor optical amplifiers may well be the linear amplifier of choice.
Optics InfoBase, OSA’s online
repository of optics knowledge,
allows access to 47,000 journal
articles. Here, Kathleen
Youngworth, a recent doctoral
graduate from the Institute
of Optics in Rochester, N.Y.,
explains how the service works.
Affixing images in Word
documents is a source of
confusion for many Microsoft
Office users. There may be problems
with placement, text wrapping
and captioning. Luckily,
most of these problems can be
addressed by following a series
of steps involving insertion
The author's laser setup was done in clean-room conditions and at constant temperature. So what was causing his beam to degrade?
Congressional Visits Day is an annual event sponsored
by a coalition of three dozen scientific,
engineering, educational and business
organizations. It sends scientists and their
allies to Capitol Hill in an attempt to
boost federal support for research.More
than 200 people participated this year,
including about 15 from OSA and the
International Society for Optical