Optics & Photonics News (OPN) is the monthly news and feature magazine published by Optica. It provides in-depth coverage of recent developments in the field of optics and offers busy professionals the tools they need to succeed in the optics industry, as well as informative pieces on a variety of topics such as science and society, education, technology and business. OPN strives to make the various facets of this diverse field accessible to researchers, engineers, businesspeople and students. Contributors include scientists and journalists who specialize in the field of optics. We welcome your submissions.


Subscriptions to OPN and OPN Online are exclusive Optica membership benefits. You’re invited to initiate your subscriptions by joining Optica’s global network of science and business leaders. Optica membership helps you to build and maintain professional contacts through members-only online services and special events. Member benefits include: free subscriptions, registration discounts, members-only access to the Optica Member Directory, career services, and much more!

Year in Optics

Each year, the December issue of Optics & Photonics News highlights the most exciting optics research to emerge in the preceding 12 months. We encourage anyone who has recently conducted notable peer-reviewed research to send us a brief summary of their work to be considered for publication in the issue. To find out more about manuscript guidelines, the submission and review process, and deadlines for submission, please visit our Year in Optics information page.


OPN offers high-quality, custom reprints to fit your marketing or educational needs. Reprints are available from two pages and up, in increments of 100, and may be ordered as black-and-white or four-color. For prompt service, submit your order directly to Sheridan Press using the Sheridan Electronic Order Center. Single copies of OPN are also available for $15/issue. Please contact customer service to place a single copy order.

Letters to the Editor

Would you like to comment on an article you’ve read in OPN? We encourage reader feedback. Please e-mail your letter to opn@optica.org and include your name, affiliation and e-mail address. You can also add comments directly to online articles by clicking the "View/Add Comment" function following each article.

Submit Your Optics Image

OPN is always on the lookout for exciting, high-resolution photos of optics phenomena for our online Image of the Week gallery and/or publication in our print magazine. Please use the electronic image submission form to upload/submit your image in the form of a TIFF, EPS or JPEG. Images for print should be 300 dpi or greater.

Contact Us

For questions or requests concerning your subscription, including address changes and mailing removal requests, please contact Optica Customer Service.

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Please forward article ideas, submissions and editorial questions to Stewart Wills, OPN senior editor, at swills@optica.org.

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