Feature Articles

Ernst Abbe and the Foundation of Scientific Microscopes

Last year marked the 100th anniversary of the death of Ernst Abbe, who passed away on January 14, 1906—just a few days short of his 65th birthday. In addition to his groundbreaking optical work, which includes his diffraction theory for image formation and the formulation of the sine condition and Abbe number, he was also a noted entrepreneur, astronomer and social reformer.

by Barry R. Masters
Welcome to the Wonderful World of 3D: Anaglyph Experiments. Third article of a four-part series.

The first two installments in this four-part series explored the history and principles of 3D imaging and provided instructions for creating 3D images. This article is devoted to anaglyph experiments, which use complementary colors to create 3D illusions.

by Keigo Iizuka
Intrinsic Coherence: A New Concept in Polarization and Coherence Theory

The concept of interference has always been critical to our grasp of the nature of the light—from the time of Christiaan Huygens and Isaac Newton to the groundbreaking work of Emil Wolf and Roy Glauber on coherence theory. Building on the latter contributions, these authors analyze intrinsic coherence properties of partially polarized light.

by Philippe Réfrégier and Antoine Roueff

Departments and Columns

Microstructure Technique “Blackens” Metals

A new laserablation technique alters the surfaces of metals such as platinum and tungsten, so that the metals absorb nearly 100 percent of the light that falls on them.

New Imaging Technique Reveals Body's Inner Surfaces

Researchers at the Wellman Center for Photomedicine and Massachusetts General Hospital devised a new approach called optical frequency-domain imaging, which acquires images much faster than OCT.

Did You Know?

The 60th anniversary of Land's instant photography demonstration.

Optics Innovations
MagiQ Technologies: from Hilbert Space to Marketplace

MagiQ Technologies Inc. has taken on a rather audacious task for itself: to be the leader in commercializing quantum information processing technology, which includes quantum cryptography systems and quantum computers.

The History of OSA

In 1973, OSA president-elect Dow Smith wrote to several previous OSA presidents and medalists, asking them to recount memories from OSA meetings. This article captures the responses of past presidents George Harrison (1945-1946) and Stanley Ballard (1963), and the 1973 C.E.K. Mees medalist Erik Ingelstam.

Policy Matters
New Leadership, New Hope for Science Policy

What will be the fallout of last November’s Congressional elections for science in general and optics in particular?


Also in this Issue

President's Message
President’s Message


Book Reviews
Book Reviews

After Image
After Image

OSA Today
OSA Today

OSA Fellows
2007 OSA Fellows

Fifty-eight OSA members were elevated to the rank of Fellow by the Board of Directors at its meeting in October 2006. These new Fellows will be recognized at meetings throughout 2007. Please join OSA in congratulating your colleagues.