Optics

BCC Research offers 15 percent discount to ACerS members

By Faye Oney / April 10, 2018

BCC Research is offering a 15% discount on market research reports for ACerS members. ACerS members can take the discount off of an annual membership or individual research reports.

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Custom silica, silica-titania inks offer new possibilities for 3-D-printed optical glass

By Faye Oney / April 6, 2018

Researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory have broken the “3-D printed glass barrier” by developing a direct ink writing method to 3-D print optical glass that uses silica and silica titania from sol-gel.

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3-D printing high-quality, low-cost optical lenses in under four hours

By Faye Oney / April 3, 2018

A research team developed a 3-D printing process to make a high-quality, low-cost optical lens that could be fabricated a lot quicker than conventional methods and used in a number of applications for the optical and medical industries.

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IJAGS April issue has new leadership at helm

By Faye Oney / March 29, 2018

Have you checked out the April issue of IJAGS? This issue is the first containing content fully curated by Mario Affatigato, professor of physics at Coe College and new IJAGS editor-in-chief.

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ACerS elects Oleg Mazurin as Honorary Member

By Faye Oney / February 16, 2018

ACerS Board of Directors recently elected prominent glass scientist Oleg Mazurin as an Honorary Member of ACerS. Mazurin’s contributions to glass science include hundreds of journal publications, 15 books, and a glass database.

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Materials science advances could light up new LED technologies

By April Gocha / February 13, 2018

Residential LEDs use at least 75% less energy and last 25 times longer than incandescent bulbs, but R&D challenges still exist for LED lighting. However, new materials research continues to push LED technologies further forward.

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Video: Science nonfiction—Scientists create real-life 3-D volumetric displays floating in air

By April Gocha / February 7, 2018

Science fiction has officially become nonfiction—scientists have developed a method to create real-life floating displays projected into the air. “We refer to this colloquially as the Princess Leia project,” lead scientist Daniel Smalley says.

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Rethinking optical fiber glasses and what it will take to pump more data into our phones

By Eileen De Guire / January 15, 2018

Optical fiber networks form the backbones of wireless communication and data transmission, but scattering nonlinearities limit transmission. A series of four new open-access papers introduce a unified materials approach to finding new and better optical fiber glasses without intrinsic nonlinearities.

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Brittle starfish offers lessons in creating durable ceramics

By Faye Oney / December 12, 2017

Scientists have discovered that a brittle starfish has the capability to create a durable “tempered” ceramic material while underwater. Its process is similar to the creation of tempered glass, but without the heating and cooling process.

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To infinity and beyond—This glass is going places after building world’s largest telescope

By April Gocha / November 10, 2017

The Giant Magellan Telescope, when completed and operational in 2023, will be the world’s largest telescope—but to build a giant, incredible telescope, you first need to build giant, incredible mirrors. And that process is currently underway at the Richard F. Caris Mirror Lab at the University of Arizona.

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