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Optics in Ancient China

By Ling-An Wu, Gui Lu Long, Qihuang Gong, Guang-Can Guo. Published on 22 October 2015 in:
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The early contributions of ancient China to optics predate those of Euclid, but are little known in the west. During the Warring States period, 2400 years ago in China, Mo Zi, a philosopher, thinker and scientist, stated explicitly the concepts of linear optics: the straight line propagation of light, reflection of light by planar, concave and convex mirrors, and the pinhole camera. Refraction of light was also discovered then, and the refractive index of water was measured to be 1.25, which is very close to the modern value of 1.33. These are recorded in the Book of Mo Zi. In the early Western Han Dynasty, Liu An, King of Huai-Nan, also compiled several works, where novel optical devices are …

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Optics in the Land of Morning Calm

By Luc Bergé. Published on 20 August 2015 in:
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The Optical Society of Korea [OSK] held its annual meeting from 13-15 July 2015 in Gyeongju, the ancient capital of Korea located in the south of the country. This conference brought together physicists working in optics and laser-matter interaction. While most of participants came from Asia, some traveled from the US and Europe to celebrate both the 25th Anniversary of OSK and the International Year of Light. Presidents and official representatives of many learned societies (The Optical Society – OSA, IEEE, SPIE, EPS, the Japanese Society of Applied Physics) willingly answered the invitation of the OSK managers to address this meeting and debated the future of light in the world and more particularly in Korea.

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Light Prize announced – QEOD & IUPAP prizes open

By e-EPS. Published on 27 November 2014 in:
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EPS QEOD prize for Research into the Science of Light
The Quantum Electronics and Optics Division of the European Physical Society is delighted to announce the 2015 winner of the Prize for Research into the Science of Light. This Prize is awarded every two years and recognises recent work by one or more individuals for scientific excellence in the area of electromagnetic science in its broadest sense, across the entire spectrum of electromagnetic waves. The award is accompanied by an engraved glass medal, a certificate, and a monetary sum of 2000 euros…

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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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PHOTOPTICS 2014

By Bénédicte Huchet. Published on 25 October 2013 in:
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The 2nd International Conference on Photonics, Optics and Laser Technology [PHOTOPTICS 2014] will be held from 7-9 January 2014 in Lisbon, Portugal.

The conference will cover both theoretical and practical aspects of laser photonics and optics. Eminent keynotes speakers have been invited including two members of the European Physical Society: Alberto Diaspro from the Italian Institute of Technology, who will speak on the fluorescence optical microscopy at the nanoscale; and Markus Pollnau…

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