Feature Articles

The New Generation of Physical Effect Colorants

Unlike traditional chemical dyes, physical pigments achieve their hues by directly manipulating light waves. They are being actively pursued by the printing and packaging industries, for decorative purposes, and in transportation and security.

by Faiz Rahman and Nigel P. Johnson
Laguerre Mathematics in Optical Communications

The mathematical studies done by Edmond Nicolas Laguerre in the 19th century laid the foundation for contemporary optical communications.

by Mario Martinelli and Paolo Martelli
A Pre-History of Computer-Generated Holography

This month’s edition of the journal Applied Optics is a special issue devoted to the contributions of the late Emmett Leith. As a tribute to his dear friend, the author discusses the significance of Emmett’s work and his own role in inventing computer-generated holography.

by Adolf W. Lohmann
Chalcogenide Glass Photonic Chips

Signal processing for the next generation of the Internet

by Steve J. Madden, Duk-Yong Choi, Michael R.E. Lamont, Vahid G. Ta’eed, Neil J. Baker, Mark D. Pelusi, Barry Luther-Davies and Benjamin J. Eggleton

Departments and Columns

Light Touch
Mystic Cameras

Mysterious photos taken by lightning. Perfectly preserved images captured on the retina of a dead man’s eye. Are these bizarre phenomena grounded in fact or examples of science fiction?

Optics Innovations
Stefan Sydor Optics: A Legacy in Optics Craftsmanship

Stefan Sydor Optics was founded in 1964 as a small manufacturer of all types of optics. Since then, it has grown in size but narrowed in scope to become a leading producer of precision, flat-surfaced, parallel and wedged optics.

Policy Matters
America COMPETES in Science: A Conversation with Rep. Bart Gordon

Our conversation with Rep. Bart Gordon (D-Tenn.)

"Airy" Beams Are Nearly Diffraction-Free

An interesting type of accelerating wave packet—a theoretical prediction made nearly three decades ago—has now shown up in laboratory experiments.

The History of OSA
OSA Politics Get Local

Local sections have always been an important part of the Optical Society. In fact, OSA itself began as a local section.

Retinal Device Helps Study Blood Flow in Mice

A group of researchers from the Wellman Center for Photomedicine built a flow cytometer that can trace fluorescently tagged cells through the blood vessels of a mouse retina.

Did You Know?

Carnivorous plant inspires microlens array.


Also in this Issue

Book Reviews
Book Reviews

In Memory
In Memory

Remembering Paul Forman, co-founder of Zygo Corporation; Stanley Flatté, known for his work on wave propagation; and Donald R. Herriott, a pioneer in laser technology and past president of OSA.

OSA Fellows
2008 OSA Fellows

OSA Today
OSA Today

President's Message
President’s Message