Coatings for Petawatt-Class High-Energy Lasers
From the Issue

Coatings for Petawatt-Class High-Energy Lasers

Laser-damage-resistant coatings for meter-class optical elements are a fascinating, dynamic branch of optical technology.

01 June 2022
The Lingering Legacy of Kodachrome
From the Issue
The Lingering Legacy of Kodachrome

The first color reversal film brought stunning, velvety colors to family snapshots, famous portraits and world-shaking events alike.

01 June 2022
2022 Optica Awards and Medals
From the Issue
2022 Optica Awards and Medals

Optica is proud to honor and celebrate outstanding contributions to science, research, engineering, education, industry and society.

01 June 2022
Lasers Enable Next-Gen Weather Sensor
Research News
Lasers Enable Next-Gen Weather Sensor

Laser-induced graphene and laser texturing create a superhydrophobic conductive film for a small resistive sensor that can simultaneously measure wind and rain in real time.

19 May 2022
A Concise Guide to Communication in Science and Engineering
Book Reviews
A Concise Guide to Communication in Science and Engineering

An outstanding resource for helping scientists and engineers become better communicators.

19 May 2022
Laser engraving DIC
Image of the Week
Laser engraving DIC

Laser engraving on a cellphone chip observed using DIC contrast technique in reflected light. 

20 May 2022
LATEST NEWS
Lasers Enable Next-Gen Weather Sensor
Research News
Lasers Enable Next-Gen Weather Sensor

Laser-induced graphene and laser texturing create a superhydrophobic conductive film for a small resistive sensor that can simultaneously measure wind and rain in real time.

19 May 2022
Laser-Based Logic Gates Beckon
Research News
Laser-Based Logic Gates Beckon

By exploiting both real and virtual charge carriers, such circuitry could be orders of magnitude faster than conventional electronics.

18 May 2022
Researchers Create a Flat “Magic Window”
Research News
Researchers Create a Flat “Magic Window”

Liquid-crystal technology enables a completely flat modern version of devices whose roots date back thousands of years.

12 May 2022
A Metalens for Vacuum Ultraviolet Optics
Research News
A Metalens for Vacuum Ultraviolet Optics

Consisting of tiny zinc oxide triangles, the lens uses second-harmonic generation to convert UV rays into shorter wavelengths.

11 May 2022
An “Optomemristor” for Neural-Net Computing
Research News
An “Optomemristor” for Neural-Net Computing

Nanoscale electronic memristors enhanced with an “optical control knob” could, in the view of some researchers, offer an improved model of neurons for artificial-intelligence systems.

10 May 2022

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EDITOR'S PICKS
Structured Light: Tailored for Purpose
From the Archive

Structured Light: Tailored for Purpose

An emerging toolkit is enabling the shaping of light for a wide variety of applications, in domains ranging from basic science to manufacturing to communications.

Laser Processing
Then and Now
Laser Processing

The small heat-affected zone of laser pulses, and their potential to etch tiny features with little damage to the surrounding material, helped launch the sector of laser micromachining.

01 October 2020
Beyond “Fire in the Soul”
Light Touch
Beyond “Fire in the Soul”

The burning optical issues that underlie some modern art and architecture.

01 September 2021
Cylindrical Lampglow
After Image
Cylindrical Lampglow

The glow of a Th-Ar hollow-cathode lamp. Reflection of light can be seen at the glass walls of the confining cylinder. Image taken with a Canon EOS 450.

01 March 2022

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Laser engraving DIC
Image of the Week

Laser engraving DIC

Laser engraving on a cellphone chip observed using DIC contrast technique in reflected light.

20 May 2022
New Optics for Cars
From the Archive

New Optics for Cars

Headlight and display technologies promise brighter views of the road and of driver controls but also raise challenges in automotive safety.

01 May 2022
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.

01 December 2021
CAREERS
Senior Member Insights: Mark Auslender
Careers
Senior Member Insights: Mark Auslender

An adjunct full professor talks about navigating his physics career as an immigrant.

17 May 2022
Senior Member Insights: María Viñas-Peña
Careers
Senior Member Insights: María Viñas-Peña

OPN talks with a Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellow about visual optics and multidisciplinary research.

03 May 2022
Senior Member Insights: Jinyang Liang
Careers
Senior Member Insights: Jinyang Liang

An assistant professor talks about the value of openly discussing challenges in your career.

19 April 2022
Senior Member Insights: Yossi (Yossef) Ehrlichman
Careers
Senior Member Insights: Yossi (Yossef) Ehrlichman

A senior member of the technical staff at a startup talks about working on real-world product design challenges.

05 April 2022
Senior Member Insights: Anne-Sophie Poulin-Girard
Careers
Senior Member Insights: Anne-Sophie Poulin-Girard

A research associate talks about trusting your instincts and staying open to multiple career paths.

22 March 2022

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Photo Contest

Give us your best shot!

Enter OPN’s 17th Annual Photo Contest

 

Submission deadline:

15 September 2022