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  • Christopher Dainty Elected VP of US Optics Society

Photonics.com
Nov 2008
ChrisDainty.jpgThe Optical Society of America (OSA) has announced that OSA Fellow and professor Christopher Dainty of the National University of Ireland, Galway, (NUI Galway) has been elected as its 2009 vice president. Dainty holds the chair of applied physics in the School of Physics at the NUI Galway, has been active in the global optics community for several decades and was recently elected to membership in the Royal Irish Academy. His research interests include optical imaging, scattering and propagation; he has co-authored or edited six books, approximately 140 peer-reviewed papers and 220 conference presentations. Dainty has been an OSA member since 1971 and is a two-time past member of its board. He has served on the Computational Optical Sensing and Imaging Program Committee, Adaptive Optics: Analysis and Methods Program Committee, and the Signal Recovery and Synthesis Program Committee. Dainty also served as the secretary-general and president of the International Commission for Optics, as well as president of the European Optical Society. He currently is a member of the board of the Photonics 21 European Technology Platform and is also on the external/scientific advisory boards of The Center for Adaptive Optics (Santa Cruz, Calif.) and The Institute of Photonic Sciences (Barcelona, Spain). As OSA vice president, Dainty will automatically become president-elect in 2010 and then the society's president in 2011, followed by a one-year term as past president.


GLOSSARY
adaptive optics
Optical components or assemblies whose performance is monitored and controlled so as to compensate for aberrations, static or dynamic perturbations such as thermal, mechanical and acoustical disturbances, or to adapt to changing conditions, needs or missions. The most familiar example is the "rubber mirror,'' whose surface shape, and thus reflective qualities, can be controlled by electromechanical means. See also active optics; phase conjugation.
photonics
The technology of generating and harnessing light and other forms of radiant energy whose quantum unit is the photon. The science includes light emission, transmission, deflection, amplification and detection by optical components and instruments, lasers and other light sources, fiber optics, electro-optical instrumentation, related hardware and electronics, and sophisticated systems. The range of applications of photonics extends from energy generation to detection to communications and...
scattering
Change of the spatial distribution of a beam of radiation when it interacts with a surface or a heterogeneous medium, in which process there is no change of wavelength of the radiation.
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