Feature Articles

Laser Tweezers and Holographic Optical Trapping

Tractor beams have long been a staple of science fiction, and now they have a real-life equivalent on the micro-scale. Laser tweezers can trap and hold tiny objects in three dimensions and may one day be used to manufacture micro- and nano-scale products.

by Ward Lopes
Having Fun with Silicon Marbles

Silicon gave us the microelectronics revolution of the previous century and may lead the microphotonics revolution of this one. It is also the material of choice for manufacturing modern marbles, and, on a smaller scale, for microspheres that may enable three-dimensional electrophotonic integration into volumetric lightwave circuits.

by Ali Serpenguzel
Ole Rømer and the Speed of Light

While his 17th-century contemporaries were debating the nature of light, Ole Rømer was busy measuring its velocity. This little-known Danish scientist was the first to determine that light moves at a finite speed.

by Patricia Daukantas
Wavy Diffraction Gratings

OSA Fellow Stephen Jacobs describes how he created “wavy gratings” by attaching a diffractive material to corrugated metal roofing. The result is a brilliant display of colors that welcomes visitors to Tucson’s City Hall and the University of Arizona’s Flandrau Science Center.

by Stephen Jacobs
Optics for the Giant Magellan Telescope

Astronomers will soon be using the 25-m Giant Magellan Telescope to probe the universe with a sensitivity and resolution that go far beyond anything that can be achieved today.

by Buddy Martin

Departments and Columns

Photonic Simulator Stimulates Learning

A virtual learning system shows high school students how to build—and communicate through—their own optical networks.

Global Optics
Optics in Turkey

Koç University in Istanbul is leading efforts to advance optics research and education in Turkey.

Optical Engineering
Process Control with Sub-Aperture Polishing

These tips and tools will help you use sub-aperture polishing systems effectively for a wider variety of materials.

Optics Innovations
Technology Transfer at Arizona’s College of Optical Sciences

The technology transfer specialist at the University of Arizona’s College of Optical Sciences describes recent efforts to ensure that the University’s optics are translated into innovations.

Policy Matters
The Road Ahead for U.S. Science Policy

Is the Obama administration making room for science among many competing priorities?

Spectroscopic Test for Killer Chemical

Now, a Purdue University (West Lafayette, Ind., U.S.A.) team has figured out a way to detect trace levels of a harmful contaminant with devices that many law enforcement laboratories already own.

The History of OSA
Reminiscences: Aden Returns from the War

As Aden’s military service ends, a fruitful career begins.

Ultrafast Imaging Captures Fleeting Phenomena

Keisuke Goda, Kevin Tsia and Bahram Jalali of the University of California at Los Angeles (U.S.A.) built an entirely new kind of camera based on optical image amplification and used it to collect more than 6 million images per second.

Did You Know?

Insulating compound formed by adding hydrogen to graphene.


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Book Reviews
Book Reviews


OSA Today
OSA Today

In Memory
In Memory

President's Message
President’s Message

OSA Financials
OSA Financials

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