Weekly Highlights on Optics and Photonics — Dec 24th

What’s going on in the photonics field is our main matter of concern and keeping you posted about all news is the main goal of this weekly post. However, today we also want to wish Happy Holidays to everybody.

Once that this has been said, here we go with our news selection, that this week covers many different fields and developments for the scientific community. Don’t miss them:

  1. Engineering High-dimensional Quantum States

An adaptive optimization protocol engineers arbitrary high-dimensional states to enable quantum information tasks that require finding optimal values of experimental parameters under noisy conditions. Read more about the research made by Sapienza Università di Roma here👇

2. Integrated Photonics Meet electron Microscopy

Swiss and German scientists, from The École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne and from University of Göttingen, have achieved efficient electron-beam modulation using integrated photonic (circuits that guide light on a chip). The experiments could lead to entirely new quantum measurement schemes in electron microscopy. You can read the entire paper, published by Nature, here.

3. University of Central Florida (UCF) Develops the World’s First Optical Oscilloscope

The innovation could be a game-changer for communication technologies, such as phones and internet connections. “Fiber optic communications have taken advantage of light to make things faster, but we are still functionally limited by the speed of the oscilloscope. Our optical oscilloscope may be able to increase that speed by a factor of about 10,000”, said one of the researchers, Michael Chini.

4. James Webb Space Telescope launches into space

It is the largest and most powerful space telescope ever launched into space: the James Webb Space Telescope. The device is expected to provide groundbreaking insights into scientific remote sensing and the early history of the universe — and perhaps even discover life in space. On board: high-precision mirrors manufactured at the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering IOF in Jena, Germany.

If everything goes as planned, NASA will park the James Webb Space Telescope in an orbit a million miles away from Earth. This will allow the telescope’s infrared optics to get the clearest views yet of the universe, according to AZPM news.

Last, but not least, we want to share this Nature Podcast with you to⃣ celebrate holidays and the end of the year.

Happy holidays to everyone! We wish you all the best and see you in 2022 😊

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