Optics in Art
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Optics in Art

In a biennial feature, OPN highlights works by eight artists inspired by light—and its ability to transform the world around us.

01 July 2024
Monitoring Methane to Curb Climate Change
From the Issue
Monitoring Methane to Curb Climate Change

Satellites, aircraft and ground-based systems equipped with optics and photonics technologies pinpoint major sources of methane to help implement solutions that reduce emissions.

01 July 2024
Socially Acceptable AR Glasses: Are We There Yet?
From the Issue
Socially Acceptable AR Glasses: Are We There Yet?

An Optica incubator meeting explored the role of optical waveguides in developing compact, comfortable and natural eyewear for augmented reality.

01 July 2024
From Optical Engineering to Technical Marketing
Careers
From Optical Engineering to Technical Marketing

Cory Boone talks about his journey into marketing at Edmund Optics—and the joy he’s found in scientific outreach through TikTok and YouTube.

18 June 2024
Simulating Speckle with Python
Book Reviews
Simulating Speckle with Python

A discussion of the multifaceted aspects of speckle phenomena analyzed with the Python programming language, suitable for a broad audience.

20 June 2024
Green Fire
Image of the Week
Green Fire

A light sheet generated with a laser passes through a turbulent flow of humid air.

14 June 2024
LATEST NEWS
Creating a Quantum Optical Antenna in a Solid
Research News
Creating a Quantum Optical Antenna in a Solid

Researchers leverage the unique properties of germanium vacancy centers in diamonds to demonstrate a millionfold energy enhancement. 

20 June 2024
A Multispectral Camera from an Inkjet Printer
Research News
A Multispectral Camera from an Inkjet Printer

New method achieves permanent alignment between microlenses and color filter arrays, enabling five-dimensional images. 

19 June 2024
Computer Vision Speeds Up Semiconductor Screening
Research News
Computer Vision Speeds Up Semiconductor Screening

Novel technique assesses key properties of printed electronic materials 85 times faster than manual methods.

14 June 2024
Simulator Lights the Way to Quantum Gravity Trial
Research News
Simulator Lights the Way to Quantum Gravity Trial

Work on the photonic equivalent of a gravitational freefall experiment shows how string theory could be put to the test.

12 June 2024
Space-Based Detection of Wildfire Smoke
Research News
Space-Based Detection of Wildfire Smoke

Platform combining compact hyperspectral imager with onboard AI could enable sensing of potential bushfires in Australia before they have time to spread.

10 June 2024

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EDITOR'S PICKS
Creating a Diverse, Inclusive Workplace
From the Archive

Creating a Diverse, Inclusive Workplace

OPN highlights companies and a research institution that have made their work environments welcoming to all.

01 November 2022
Mirror, Mirror in the Tomb
Light Touch
Mirror, Mirror in the Tomb

Hollywood seems to believe that ancient people illuminated building interiors with multiple mirrors—but is it true?

01 June 2021
Compact All-Attosecond Spectroscopy
Tutorial
Compact All-Attosecond Spectroscopy

A lab-scale approach creates attosecond pump and probe pulses from a commercial infrared laser.

01 May 2024
Laser-Induced Damage
After Image
Laser-Induced Damage

Self-destructive beauty: Image of laser-induced damage on an optical surface recorded with a Nomarski type microscope.

01 May 2024

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Image of the Week

Green Fire

A light sheet generated with a laser passes through a turbulent flow of humid air.

14 June 2024
Light Touch

Putting Polarization to Work

Leveraging polarization direction has enabled wide-ranging applications, from glare reduction to 3D movies.

01 June 2024
Infographic

Global Quantum Funding

Governments worldwide are increasing their funding commitments for quantum technology. Here’s a look at total historic investments for various countries/regions.

01 June 2024
CAREERS
From Optical Engineering to Technical Marketing
Careers
From Optical Engineering to Technical Marketing

Cory Boone talks about his journey into marketing at Edmund Optics—and the joy he’s found in scientific outreach through TikTok and YouTube.

18 June 2024
Journeys in Optics: Joseph N. Mait
Careers
Journeys in Optics: Joseph N. Mait

Mait reflects on his career, from academia to 30 years working in the US Army Research Laboratory, and offers advice and lessons learned.

11 June 2024
Thinking Broadly about Collaborations
Careers
Thinking Broadly about Collaborations

Researcher Sarper Ozharar spoke with OPN about his transition from academia to industry and the value in creative partnerships.

14 May 2024
Taking Advantage of Informational Interviews
Careers
Taking Advantage of Informational Interviews

Often underappreciated, these conversations can be extremely valuable in your career planning and job search.

02 April 2024
Inclusion in STEM Careers
Careers
Inclusion in STEM Careers

Optica Ambassadors offer their reflections on building an inclusive, successful career and community.

08 March 2024

Photo Contest

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OPN invites you to participate in our 19th annual photo contest.

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15 September 2024