The Australian Optical Society 


The official news magazine of the Australian Optical Society

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  • 06 Nov 2018 5:26 PM | Yiqing Lu (Administrator)

    The second issue of AOS News for 2018 has a report on the International Day of Light inauguration ceremony in Paris, an item about the invention of polymer bank notes and looks back at the first Australian laser conference that took place forty years ago. There are details about how the new NSW physics curriculum no longer contains details of women’s contributions to the field and our ‘Optics in Everyday Life’ section looks at the Zeno paradox in optics.

  • 20 Jun 2018 9:35 PM | Yiqing Lu (Administrator)

    In the first issue of AOS News for 2018 we have a number of articles ranging from details of conferences that took place at the end of 2017 to an item about the inventor of popular science. There is also a report on smartphone image sensors and an article about how fractals can be used in photonics and energy storage. Our ‘Optics in Everyday Life’ section looks at mirages and Tony Klein has come up with a brief quiz as something new.

  • 02 Feb 2018 12:21 PM | Anonymous

    In the final issue of AOS News for 2017 read details of outreach work with remote communities and an item about Marie Curie’s place as a role model for modern female scientists. There is also news from SPIE and the general optics community in Australia, and our ‘Optics in Everyday Life’ section looks at the history and evolution of camera lenses. There is also a report on the number of papers on laser physics and photonics published in Australia that investigates how well we’re doing compared to the rest of the world.

    AOS News Dec 2017.pdf

  • 05 Sep 2017 9:10 AM | Anonymous

    In the latest issue of AOS News read about the visit of Australian born Nobel Prize winner Aleksandr Prokhorov’s grandson, about the latest Science meets Parliament event and learn all about moiré patterns. All this and much more can be found in this edition of AOS News!

    AOS News Jul 2017.pdf

  • 11 Aug 2017 5:12 PM | Anonymous

    In the first issue of AOS News for 2017 we have a report on the 2016 AOS WH Beattie Steel Medal presentation to Tony Klein as well as news of a new initiative looking to increase female engagement in science. There is an item about imaging low earth-orbit satellites as well as a report on bioinspired photonic nanomaterials and the exciting possibilities these bring. Our ‘Optics in Everyday Life’ section looks at the history of ring lasers.

    AOS News Apr 2017.pdf

  • 11 Aug 2017 5:04 PM | Anonymous

    In the final issue of AOS News for 2016 read reports on some of the activities that took place as part of the celebrations for the 100th anniversary of the Optical Society (OSA) and an article from one of the winners of the 2016 Warsash Science Communication Prize, Xiaorui Zheng. Katie Chong and Xiaorui both won the prize, but Katie already reported on her work in the last issue of AOS News. Other items in this issue include a report on the student-led IONS KOALA meeting that took place in Melbourne recently and an article on how optics is being used in cultural heritage. Our ‘Optics in Everyday Life’ section looks at the life and work of Augustin Fresnel.

    AOS News Dec 2016.pdf

  • 17 Nov 2016 7:46 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    In the latest issue of AOS News read reports on activities taking place during National Science Week to remember Aleksandr Prokhorov and from the Science Meets Parliament event in Canberra. There is also an item about a lecture series at QUT as part of the OSA centennial celebrations and an article from the winner of the AOS 2015 postgraduate student prize, Katie Chong, on shaping light with optics. Other items in this issue include an article on using diffractive imaging in stress analysis and our ‘Optics in Everyday Life’ section looking at colour vision deficiencies.

    AOS News Oct 2016.pdf
  • 16 Sep 2016 10:31 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Welcome to another issue of AOS News. We have a range of articles for this issue, with a report on some of the international outreach that took place last year as part of the Year of Light and an article from the winner of the 2015 Geoff Opat Early Career Award, Marcus Doherty, on quantum microscopes. Other items in this issue include a summary of the challenges involved in bringing new optical devices into surgery and an article on using optical fibres for medical sensing. Our ‘Optics in Everyday Life’ section looks at solar halos and how they are formed, and there is also an article describing the use of nanophotonics to colour surfaces. I hope you enjoy reading them all. As usual, please let me know if you have any suggestions for anything you would like to see in AOS News or have any articles or other items you would like to submit.

    AOS News Jul 2016.pdf

  • 16 Sep 2016 10:26 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Welcome to another issue of AOS News. We have a range of articles, with details of some of the International Year of Light events that took place last year and a report on the KOALA conference as well as articles on graphene oxide films and astrophotonics. Other items in this issue include an article about Australia’s involvement in the gravitational wave discovery and our Optics in Everyday Life’ section, which looks at periscopes. I hope you enjoy reading them all.

    AOS News Apr 2016.pdf

  • 16 Sep 2016 10:18 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Welcome to the final issue of AOS News for 2015. I’d like to thank everyone who contributed articles and news items throughout the year to AOS News. In particular I’d like to thank Tony Klein, who always manages to supply a fascinating item for the Optics in Everyday Life section, and Stephen Collins and Ann Roberts who have great suggestions for news items and for people to approach for articles. Baohua Jia has done an excellent job of dealing with the financial and membership side of things, after taking over from Simon Fleming as Honorary Treasurer, so thanks to her as well. As you will see in this issue, Shelley Martin has also been a great help on the financial side for many years, and has continued to assist this year whilst transferring over to Baohua, so thanks a lot to Shelley as well.

    AOS News Dec 2015.pdf

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