2021 Photo Contest Winners
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2021 Photo Contest Winners

Congratulations to the winners of OPN’s 16th annual After Image photo contest.

20 November 2021
Optics in 2021
From the Issue
Optics in 2021

This special issue of Optics & Photonics News highlights exciting peer-reviewed optics research that has emerged over the past year.

20 November 2021
Freeform Optical Fabrication in Fluid
Research News
Freeform Optical Fabrication in Fluid

Israel-based team demonstrates simplified production method that could facilitate rapid prototyping and mass production of complex optics with sub-nanometer roughness.

24 November 2021
Quantum Light for Cooler, Sharper Imaging
Research News
Quantum Light for Cooler, Sharper Imaging

Imaging technology improves resolution under lower levels of light without damaging the sample.

25 November 2021
Advances in Spectroscopic Monitoring of the Atmosphere
Book Reviews
Advances in Spectroscopic Monitoring of the Atmosphere

A comprehensive reference for grad students and scientists in the physical sciences.

25 November 2021
Looking for the Green Flash
Image of the Week
Looking for the Green Flash

Looking south for the “green flash” at sunset entering Nantucket Harbor, Mass., USA.

19 November 2021
Optics & Photonics News Magazine
December Issue
LATEST NEWS
Quantum Light for Cooler, Sharper Imaging
Research News
Quantum Light for Cooler, Sharper Imaging

Imaging technology improves resolution under lower levels of light without damaging the sample.

25 November 2021
Freeform Optical Fabrication in Fluid
Research News
Freeform Optical Fabrication in Fluid

Israel-based team demonstrates simplified production method that could facilitate rapid prototyping and mass production of complex optics with sub-nanometer roughness.

24 November 2021
Nanocrystals Give Sparkle to Eco-Friendly Glitter
Research News
Nanocrystals Give Sparkle to Eco-Friendly Glitter

Plant-based structural color and roll-to-roll processing enable colorful films, offering an alternative to plastics for festive decorations, cosmetics, pigments and more.

18 November 2021
Toward Practical Holographic Displays for AR/VR
Research News
Toward Practical Holographic Displays for AR/VR

Neural-network computing is used to generate sharp, speckle-free images from partially coherent light.

17 November 2021
Photonics Company Results Show Demand Gains
Industry News
Photonics Company Results Show Demand Gains

Selected firms’ financials for most recently ended quarter highlight sharp increases in orders and backlogs.

16 November 2021

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EDITOR'S PICKS
Sensors, Cities and Climate Change
Research News

Sensors, Cities and Climate Change

Summit in Glasgow, held in parallel with COP26, focused on how real-time tracking of urban emissions—via photonically enabled sensors—could constitute a vital tool in climate action.

TESS: The Little Satellite with a Big Job
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TESS: The Little Satellite with a Big Job

The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite is surveying the solar neighborhood for Earth-like exoplanets—and reaping a data harvest with potential impact far beyond the search for life.

03 February 2020
Making Aircraft Fuel from Sunlight and Air
Research News
Making Aircraft Fuel from Sunlight and Air

A proof-of-concept solar rooftop refinery converts carbon dioxide and water into jet fuel.

11 November 2021
Interferograms
After Image
Interferograms

Phase-shifted interferograms that were captured with a four-phase optical coherence microscopy setup. This is false-colored raw data that would later be used for image reconstruction.

01 November 2021

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Looking for the Green Flash
Image of the Week

Looking for the Green Flash

Looking south for the “green flash” at sunset entering Nantucket Harbor, Mass., USA.

19 November 2021
Owning the Problem
Career Focus

Owning the Problem

Employees who “exceed expectations” are often the ones who take the initiative and get the job done—despite roadblocks.

20 November 2021
Optics in 2022 & Beyond
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Optics in 2022 & Beyond

OPN asked several contributors to the December “Optics in 2021” feature for thoughts on areas that might advance in 2022.

20 November 2021
CAREERS
Senior Member Insights: Krishna Agarwal
Careers
Senior Member Insights: Krishna Agarwal

An associate professor talks about being courageous when faced with uncertainty in your career.

23 November 2021
Senior Member Insights: Steve Buckley
Careers
Senior Member Insights: Steve Buckley

A general manager and associate professor talks about starting a business and offers advice for early-career professionals.

09 November 2021
Senior Member Insights: Phyllis R. Nelson
Careers
Senior Member Insights: Phyllis R. Nelson

A faculty director and professor talks about how astronomy first piqued her interest in science, and the lessons she’s learned throughout her career.

26 October 2021
Senior Member Insights: Uma Maheswari Rajagopalan
Careers
Senior Member Insights: Uma Maheswari Rajagopalan

A professor at Shibaura Institute of Technology, Japan, talks about her passion for interdisciplinary research.

13 October 2021
Doubts on “Belonging” Affect STEM Student Performance
Careers
Doubts on “Belonging” Affect STEM Student Performance

Research suggests that uncertainty about their place in STEM disciplines can create a negative feedback loop for students in some underrepresented groups.

30 September 2021

2021 Photo Contest Gallery
Photo Contest

2021 Photo Contest Gallery

View images from OPN's 16th annual contest—from an ultra close-up of laser engraving to birefringence in white sand to the summer solstice, filtered through a glass of cognac.

01 December 2021