Fast Creation of Custom-Tailored Waveguides
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Fast Creation of Custom-Tailored Waveguides

Femtosecond laser writing and adaptive optics combine to build twisted, tapered and other exotic waveguide shapes for applications in integrated and quantum photonics.

06 August 2022
How to Span the Quantum Gap
From the Archive
How to Span the Quantum Gap

Building continental-scale quantum communications links is an arduous task, but scientists believe they have the technology in hand.

01 April 2022
Improving Lidar with Single-Emitter Phased Arrays
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Improving Lidar with Single-Emitter Phased Arrays

A trapezoidal slab grating allows nonmechanical optical beam steering with high beam quality over a large field of view.

10 August 2022
Senior Member Insights: Fei Ding
Careers
Senior Member Insights: Fei Ding

OPN talks with an assistant professor about how a grant award changed his career trajectory.

09 August 2022
Wearable/Personal Monitoring Devices Present to Future
Book Reviews
Wearable/Personal Monitoring Devices Present to Future

A timely book with an extensive range of topics, but it lacks quality in some sections.

11 August 2022
Halo Sunset with Sun Dogs
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Halo Sunset with Sun Dogs

Sunset with 22-degree halo and sun dogs caused by ice crystals from a cold front moving over the Pacific Ocean.

05 August 2022
LATEST NEWS
Upconversion Nanoparticles Improve Solar-Cell Efficiency
Research News
Upconversion Nanoparticles Improve Solar-Cell Efficiency

Researchers boost solar cells’ electrical output by bonding layers with particle-studded hydrogel.

11 August 2022
Improving Lidar with Single-Emitter Phased Arrays
Research News
Improving Lidar with Single-Emitter Phased Arrays

A trapezoidal slab grating allows nonmechanical optical beam steering with high beam quality over a large field of view.

10 August 2022
Neutral Atoms Yield the Fastest Two-Qubit Gate Yet
Research News
Neutral Atoms Yield the Fastest Two-Qubit Gate Yet

Demonstration involving Rydberg atoms paves the way to scalable quantum computers, researchers say.

10 August 2022
Toward Faster, More Useful Data on X-Ray Pulses
Research News
Toward Faster, More Useful Data on X-Ray Pulses

Ability to infer complete amplitude and phase information from high-rep-rate X-ray free-electron lasers—pulse by pulse and in near real time—could open up new kinds of experiments.

08 August 2022
Fast Creation of Custom-Tailored Waveguides
Research News
Fast Creation of Custom-Tailored Waveguides

Femtosecond laser writing and adaptive optics combine to build twisted, tapered and other exotic waveguide shapes for applications in integrated and quantum photonics.

06 August 2022

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EDITOR'S PICKS
The Breakthrough Birth of Low-Loss Fiber Optics
From the Archive

The Breakthrough Birth of Low-Loss Fiber Optics

Once Charles Kao had identified the promise of glass for communications, specialists in glass science took on the task of making that promise a reality. A small group at Corning succeeded by taking a contrarian approach.

01 March 2020
“Thoughtographs” and Stanhope Lenses
Light Touch
“Thoughtographs” and Stanhope Lenses

A 1960s personality wowed audiences with his supposedly paranormal images—but magicians detected optical illusions, not sorcery.

01 October 2017
Nano in Our Food
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Nano in Our Food

The addition of nanoparticles to food has the potential to improve food quality, safety and nutrition. However, because of their small size, there is also the risk that ingested nanoparticles could damage cells or organs.

01 July 2019
Evaluating Medical Extended-Reality Devices
Optics Innovations
Evaluating Medical Extended-Reality Devices

U.S. FDA researchers outline regulatory science efforts to advance the adoption of digital health technologies.

01 February 2021

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Image of the Week

Halo Sunset with Sun Dogs

Sunset with 22-degree halo and sun dogs caused by ice crystals from a cold front moving over the Pacific Ocean.

05 August 2022
Optics in 2022

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Submit a summary of your best recent peer-reviewed optics research to our “Optics in 2022” special feature. 

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31 August 2021
Then and Now

The First Diffraction Gratings

Close, equally-spaced grooves on a surface can disperse light, separating the frequencies. This simple tool launched spectroscopic science and more.

01 January 2021
CAREERS
Senior Member Insights: Fei Ding
Careers
Senior Member Insights: Fei Ding

OPN talks with an assistant professor about how a grant award changed his career trajectory.

09 August 2022
Senior Member Insights: Marcel Poulain
Careers
Senior Member Insights: Marcel Poulain

A professor and president of Le Verre Fluoré talks about an academic discovery that shaped his career.

26 July 2022
Senior Member Insights: Yuxi Fu
Careers
Senior Member Insights: Yuxi Fu

A professor and deputy director talks about developing skills and knowledge while young.

12 July 2022
Exploring STEM Through a Board Game
Careers
Exploring STEM Through a Board Game

Scientists designed a game based on the UK’s national synchrotron, getting players excited about science’s collaborative nature and diverse research topics.

07 July 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

Photo Contest

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