News 2016

20 October 2016: Prof. Mourad received his OSA fellow award

 Elected as OSA fellow in 2015, Prof. Mourad Zghal received his Award during the 2016 FIO/LS conference which was held in Rochester Riverside Convention Center,  Rochester New York. Prof. Zghal was recognized  for outstanding research on novel photonics systems and devices, and for contributions to optics education in Africa.

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 2016: INTERFERENCE International Light Art Project // TUNIS

 In August 2016, Tunisian and international artists lived and worked together in the Medina and explored new ways of exchange, coworking and cooperation while preparing a mutual exhibition that links to fabric and the community they take place. The sites will be centered in and around the World Heritage Site of the Medina of Tunis. All activities were embedded in a program that reflects the ongoing political and sociocultural changes and the artists’ role in the development of a democratic culture. From September 1 to 4, 2016 all the works were displayed to the public. OPTSC was a part of this big event through the physics’ light lab, where OPTSC members performed a series of optical demonstrations for the public.

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June 2016: Packing more information into light

A team of researchers from South Africa and Tunisia have come up with a strategy to increase the information carrying capacity of light by up to 100 fold, promising to afford higher bit rates for the next generation of optical networks. The work was published in the open access journal Scientific Reports:

Trichili, A. et al. Optical communication beyond orbital angular momentum. Sci. Reports 6, 27674 (2016) DOI: 10.1038/srep27674.

The work was highlighted by several science magazines including Nature Asia. Access to the Article