One Step Closer to Continuous-Wave Atom Lasers
Research News

One Step Closer to Continuous-Wave Atom Lasers

Physicists create a steady flow of ultracold particles to fuel atom lasers that would beam matter instead of light.

16 June 2022
Optics & Art
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Optics & Art

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

01 July 2022
Study: Privileges of White, Able-Bodied, Heterosexual Men in STEM
Careers
Study: Privileges of White, Able-Bodied, Heterosexual Men in STEM

A survey of more than 25,000 full-time STEM professionals reveals how those who do not belong to marginalized groups benefit from systematic advantages.

27 June 2022
Senior Member Insights: Luciana Kassab
Careers
Senior Member Insights: Luciana Kassab

A professor talks about the importance of pursuing what you love to do.

28 June 2022
Nonlinear Photonics
Book Reviews
Nonlinear Photonics

A highly recommended nonlinear-photonics textbook for graduate and senior undergraduate students.

23 June 2022
Birefringence of Glass-Metal Seal
Image of the Week
Birefringence of Glass-Metal Seal

Birefringence of glass-metal seal viewed through crossed polarizers.

24 June 2022
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Human-Eye-Inspired Multiwavelength Optoelectronic Synapse
Research News
Human-Eye-Inspired Multiwavelength Optoelectronic Synapse

Researchers develop an all-in-one device for artificial vision that can sense UV, visible, near-infrared and infrared light.

23 June 2022
Label-Free Fluorescence Microscopy Through Channels
Research News
Label-Free Fluorescence Microscopy Through Channels

Researchers use differential imaging to detect single biomolecules flowing through nanofluidic chips and determine the molecules’ characteristics.

22 June 2022
Metasurfaces Come to the Market
Industry News
Metasurfaces Come to the Market

Early-stage company Metalenz says that the inclusion of its technology in ST Microelectronics’ 3D-sensing modules marks the first use of metasurfaces in “real-world devices.”

20 June 2022
One Step Closer to Continuous-Wave Atom Lasers
Research News
One Step Closer to Continuous-Wave Atom Lasers

Physicists create a steady flow of ultracold particles to fuel atom lasers that would beam matter instead of light.

16 June 2022
A Novel, Compact Interconnect for Data Centers
Research News
A Novel, Compact Interconnect for Data Centers

Photonic crystals and inverse design are the keys to a new alliance of wavelength and spatial multiplexing.

15 June 2022

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EDITOR'S PICKS
The First Time the Laser Was Classified
From the Archive

The First Time the Laser Was Classified

An argument between Bell Labs and ARPA in 1959 led to classification of a million-dollar ARPA project to make the first laser—and delayed the laser efforts of both parties.

01 January 2022
User-Centered Smart Homes
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User-Centered Smart Homes

The success of smart-home technology will depend on users making it part of their everyday routines. User-centered smart-home solutions focus on different needs for different stages of life.

01 May 2022
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
Fluorescent Tubes
After Image
Fluorescent Tubes

Fluorescent tubes go through on-off-on cycles. Purple light emitted early in the cycle comes from mercury and short-lived states in the phosphor mixture, and green light emitted late in the cycle comes from a long-lived Tb(3+) state.

01 December 2021

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Birefringence of Glass-Metal Seal
Image of the Week

Birefringence of Glass-Metal Seal

Birefringence of glass-metal seal viewed through crossed polarizers.

24 June 2022
Toward Lighter, Thinner AR/VR Systems
From the Archive

Toward Lighter, Thinner AR/VR Systems

Liquid-crystal polarization holograms promise to transform head-mounted displays.

01 July 2021
Celebrating Women and Girls in STEM
Reflections in Diversity

Celebrating Women and Girls in STEM

A postdoctoral researcher discusses the progress that’s been made, and the steps left to take, to address science’s gender-bias problem.

01 February 2021
CAREERS
Senior Member Insights: Luciana Kassab
Careers
Senior Member Insights: Luciana Kassab

A professor talks about the importance of pursuing what you love to do.

28 June 2022
Study: Privileges of White, Able-Bodied, Heterosexual Men in STEM
Careers
Study: Privileges of White, Able-Bodied, Heterosexual Men in STEM

A survey of more than 25,000 full-time STEM professionals reveals how those who do not belong to marginalized groups benefit from systematic advantages.

27 June 2022
Senior Member Insights: Hassen Ghalila
Careers
Senior Member Insights: Hassen Ghalila

A professor talks about the freedom to question everything in scientific research.

14 June 2022
Senior Member Insights: Faezeh Gholami
Careers
Senior Member Insights: Faezeh Gholami

A hardware system architect and senior IBM Quantum Ambassador talks about merging business and photonics.

31 May 2022
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

Enter OPN's 17th Annual Photo Contest
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Enter OPN's 17th Annual Photo Contest

The first-place winner will receive a canvas-stretched print of their winning entry, a $250 Amazon gift card, and publication of the winning image in OPN.

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15 September 2022