UNESCO proclaims May 16th as the International Day of Light

By e-EPS. Published on 20 November 2017 in:
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PARIS, 14 November 2017: The 39th Session of the UNESCO General Conference has today proclaimed the date of May 16th as the International Day of Light. The proclamation of this annual International Day will enable global appreciation of the central role that light and light-based technologies play in the lives of the citizens of the world in areas of science, technology, culture, education, and sustainable development.

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Editorial – Light to Enlighten

By Victor R. Velasco. Published on 23 November 2015 in:
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In our role as researchers and teachers we work to increase the knowledge, use it and transmit it to new generations of scientists.

At the same time, our global citizenship is often confronted with technical, cultural, ethical and social issues needing scientific knowledge not available to the average citizen. Direct engagement with the public helps us to understand their interest for science and their doubts and concerns.

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Researchers from China Obtain High-quality InGaAs/GaAsSb Superlattice Structures

By AAPPS Bulletin. Published on 25 June 2015 in:
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IInGaAs/GaAsSb superlattice structure is very attractive in photodetectors and light emitting devices. However, the growth of high quality GaAsSb alloys is a challenge. Recently, a research team from the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) has successfully obtained high quality InGaAs/GaAsSb superlattice structures based on a broad analysis of growth mechanisms [1].

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The first ever photograph of light as both a particle and wave

By EPFL. Published on 30 March 2015 in:
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Light behaves both as a particle and as a wave. Since the days of Einstein, scientists have been trying to directly observe both of these aspects of light at the same time. Now, scientists at EPFL have succeeded in capturing the first- ever snapshot of this dual behavior.
Quantum mechanics tells us that light can behave simultaneously as a particle or a wave. However, there has never been an experiment able to capture both natures of light at the same time; the closest we have come is seeing either wave or particle, but always at different times. Taking a radically different experimental approach, EPFL scientists …

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Read about light!

By e-EPS. Published on 24 February 2015 in:
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A selection of publications on light by Physics World, EPL, Journal of Optics, the Amercian Physical Society, Springer and Elsevier.

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EPS Young Minds at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light

By Selda Iyi, Christian R. Mueller. Published on 20 December 2013 in:
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The second Autumn Academy at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light took place from 30 September to 2 October 2013. The aim of this two-and-a-half day event was to introduce Bachelor and Master students to the fast moving field of optical sciences including topics such as quantum information processing, meta-materials, nano-optics, photonic crystal fibres, nonlinear optics, imaging and sensing. The response was excellent. From more than 70 applications, the EPS Young Minds section of Erlangen, Germany selected 26 students and invited them to Erlangen for a packed…

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Featured in EPN

By e-EPS. Published on 20 December 2013 in:
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Most recent highlights from EPN:
An eye-witness report on how the CD came about by Jacques Heemskerk
Physics funding at the German Research Foundation by Karin Zach
The scientific consensus on climate change – Combating a two-decade campaign attacking by John Cook
How does light move? – Determining the flow of light without destroying interference by M.D. Davidović and A.S. Sanz

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Honours abound for physicists in 2013

By John Dudley. Published on 29 January 2013 in:
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In the New Year’s Honours List of the United Kingdom, Professor Peter Higgs, Emeritus Professor of Theoretical Physics at the University of Edinburgh was appointed to the Order of the Companions of Honour, and two Fellows of the Institute of Physics were made Knights Bachelor – Professor Keith Burnett, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sheffield, and Professor David Payne, Director of the Optoelectronics Research Centre at the University of Southampton. Professor Burnett has carried out many pioneering studies in quantum optics and has been recognised for his services to science and higher education. Professor Payne was recognized for his services…

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EPS launches new science of light research prize

By Ian Randall. Published on 26 September 2012 in:
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A new prize for Research into the Science of Light has been launched by the Quantum Electronics & Optics Division [QEOD] of the European Physical Society [EPS]. The award – which is to be given biennially – will recognise recent excellent research, by up to three individuals, in the field of electromagnetic science.

The award will be presented to its winner(s) during a prize ceremony at the EPS Nanometa Conference, which is to be held, in Seefeld, on 3-6 January 2013. The prize will consist of an engraved glass medal, a certificate…

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