A Light-Driven, Flying Robot Inspired by Dandelions
Research News

A Light-Driven, Flying Robot Inspired by Dandelions

The soft-bodied gadget changes its shape to facilitate wind-assisted dispersal upon illumination with visible light.

02 February 2023
Printing in 3D
Then and Now
Printing in 3D

Envisioned as a potential method for manufacturing since the 1940s, 3D printing saw technological success only several decades later.

01 February 2023
Long Waveguides from Thin Air
Research News
Long Waveguides from Thin Air

Researchers use ultra-short laser pulses to efficiently channel light nearly 50 meters through the air.

03 February 2023
The Drone Threat to Public Events
Conversations
The Drone Threat to Public Events

OPN talks with Gregory Quarles, the CEO of the laser firm Applied Energetics, about the hazard of aerial attacks from unauthorized drones—and how photonics could help address it.

03 February 2023
Pasqal Captures €100 Million in Series B Funding
Industry News
Pasqal Captures €100 Million in Series B Funding

Neutral-atom quantum computer startup will use financing to accelerate R&D and fund global expansion.

02 February 2023
Herriott Cell Reflections
Image of the Week
Herriott Cell Reflections

Multiple reflections inside a Herriott cell, a cavity made of two concave mirrors with an aperture in one of them. 

03 February 2023
LATEST NEWS
The Drone Threat to Public Events
Conversations
The Drone Threat to Public Events

OPN talks with Gregory Quarles, the CEO of the laser firm Applied Energetics, about the hazard of aerial attacks from unauthorized drones—and how photonics could help address it.

03 February 2023
Long Waveguides from Thin Air
Research News
Long Waveguides from Thin Air

Researchers use ultra-short laser pulses to efficiently channel light nearly 50 meters through the air.

03 February 2023
A Light-Driven, Flying Robot Inspired by Dandelions
Research News
A Light-Driven, Flying Robot Inspired by Dandelions

The soft-bodied gadget changes its shape to facilitate wind-assisted dispersal upon illumination with visible light.

02 February 2023
Pasqal Captures €100 Million in Series B Funding
Industry News
Pasqal Captures €100 Million in Series B Funding

Neutral-atom quantum computer startup will use financing to accelerate R&D and fund global expansion.

02 February 2023
X-Ray Fluorescence Imaging in Color
Research News
X-Ray Fluorescence Imaging in Color

Technique reveals elements’ concentrations and distributions without time-consuming scans.

01 February 2023

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EDITOR'S PICKS
New Aids for Color Vision Deficiency
From the Archive

New Aids for Color Vision Deficiency

People with some color-related genetic vision problems now have more options for getting through everyday life.

01 October 2022
James Clerk Maxwell’s Vampire
Light Touch
James Clerk Maxwell’s Vampire

Introducing a lesser-known work of the great 19th-century scientist—a poem about a blood-sucking monster.

01 November 2022
Creativity on Demand
Ideas
Creativity on Demand

The myths of the “creative genius” and the “Eureka moment” in science.

01 December 2022
A Volcano Plume
After Image
A Volcano Plume

A volcano track or plume rises over Mount Michael, an active stratovolcano on Saunders Island, about 1600 km from Antarctica.

01 February 2022

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Image of the Week

Herriott Cell Reflections

Multiple reflections inside a Herriott cell, a cavity made of two concave mirrors with an aperture in one of them. 

03 February 2023
From the Archive

Photonic Computing for Sale

Companies are increasingly being set up to commercialize optical processors—a technology with huge potential benefits, as well as some sticking points.

01 January 2023
Profile

The Art of Discovery

Imaging scientists at the US National Gallery of Art are building an optical toolkit for investigating masterpieces ancient and modern.

01 January 2023
CAREERS
Senior Member Insights: Isinsu Baylam Toker
Careers
Senior Member Insights: Isinsu Baylam Toker

A lecturer talks about her experience with the Optica Ambassador program.

24 January 2023
Senior Member Insights: David Serrano
Careers
Senior Member Insights: David Serrano

A research professor talks about building optical instruments.

10 January 2023
Senior Member Insights: Maria Chernysheva
Careers
Senior Member Insights: Maria Chernysheva

A researcher talks about the value of networking and how to make the most of it.

27 December 2022
Senior Member Insights: Nicolaie Pavel
Careers
Senior Member Insights: Nicolaie Pavel

A senior researcher talks about the importance of thinking critically about what you love to do.

13 December 2022
Senior Member Insights: Maumita Chakrabarti
Careers
Senior Member Insights: Maumita Chakrabarti

An R&D manager talks about strengthening her leadership skills.

29 November 2022