More than two decades after its birth, super-resolution microscopy continues to push the boundaries of what can be revealed with light.
The Optica Foundation Challenge enables early-career optics researchers to pursue high-impact ideas.
The inventor of the Finsen light made strides in understanding the effects of ultraviolet light in the treatment of disease.
New NSF report shows more women and people from underrepresented groups in STEM, but these populations remain substantially underrepresented.
A must-read book for all scientists who work with lasers.
A large-dynamic-range deformable mirror for intense laser applications is used to induce high values of optical aberrations into an incoming light beam.
Woodcocks’ white tail plumes, which reflect more light than those of any other bird, may help them communicate in dim environments.
Throwing and capturing single atoms could enable dynamic quantum calculations.
Semi-transparent photovoltaics allow for energy and food production on the same plot of land.
Structured surfaces could yield ultrathin devices for encrypting information and enabling high-frequency communications.
Simulation shows that a device just several tens of meters long could yield ultra-short hard X-ray pulses.
Invasion and war have disrupted Ukrainian science—and rebuilding it deserves the world’s attention and resources.
OPN talks with Tayyab Suratwala of the US National Ignition Facility.
Administered every four years since 1995, the IEA's Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) assesses mathematics and science knowledge of students around the world.
A focused femtosecond laser pulse interacts with a glass slide—creating a colorful flying-bird pattern. The shiny colors denote the strong laser-induced breakdown.
How should the emerging quantum technology industry educate and train its future workforce?
We asked several contributors to OPN's December 2022 “year in optics” feature for thoughts on areas that might advance in 2023.
A researcher talks about her influential decision to apply to a postdoctoral program.
A senior principal analyst talks about using data to provide meaningful insights for businesses.
An advocacy group calls on funding organizations to reduce gender and parenthood bias in STEMM.
A research professor talks about the importance of patience in mentoring.