Feature Articles

Integrated Silicon Photonics: Harnessing the Data Explosion

With the digital universe expanding at an exponential rate, silicon photonics is poised to bring fiber optics to a much broader array of data transport applications. Researchers at Intel Labs describe a fully integrated optical data link that assembles all the core technologies needed to develop high-volume, low-cost fiber-optics.

by Sean Koehl, Ansheng Liu and Mario Paniccia
A Roadmap for Metamaterials

Metamaterials have rapidly advanced over the past few years—from being a paradigm for engineering unique electromagnetic properties to forming a material base for functional devices with tuneable, switchable and nonlinear capabilities. In the future, they will allow for dynamic quantum-effect-enabled systems.

by Nikolay I. Zheludev
The First Fibers to Homes

Thirty-five years ago this month, Japan’s Ministry for International Trade and Industry announced plans to build the world’s first fibered city. A two-way fiber-optic network called the Highly Interactive Optical Visual Information (Hi-OVIS) was far ahead of its time.

by Jeff Hecht
The Metamorphosis of the Transistor into a Laser

The transistor put us on the path to semiconductor electronics research. It led to the integrated circuit, optoelectronics, light-detecting devices, diode lasers, LEDs, and now further to the transistor laser—a true laser and three-terminal photonic transistor active element.

by Milton Feng and Nick Holonyak Jr.

Departments and Columns

Global Optics
Optics in Ireland 2011

Eight years after our last article on optics in Ireland, we’re pleased to report that the country is still growing its investments in science, building optics research, and promoting industrial collaborations.

Policy Matters
Science Policy in Brazil: Innovation for Sustainable Development

Brazil outlines an ambitious agenda for increasing its commitment to science and technology.

Career Focus
Creating Effective Presentation Slides

When attending a conference, scientists are typically exposed to hundreds of slides, most of which are highly ineffective. Here’s how to make your slides a powerful component of a successful presentation.

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OPN Talks with Alan Gara

Our conversation with Alan Gara, IBM Fellow, Blue Gene chief architect and OFC/NFOEC keynote speaker.

Spacetime Cloak Could Hide Events from Observers

British scientists have devised a new method for cloaking events from outside observers.

The History of OSA
OSA Presidents of the Early 1960s

John Howard presents brief biographies of two leaders from 1960 and 1961.

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OPN Talks with Clint Schow

Our conversation with Clint Schow, research staff member at IBM and OFC/NFOEC 2011 Computercom Symposium organizer.

Stimulated Raman Scattering Improves Video of Living Tissue

Researchers have sped up the stimulated Raman spectroscopy imaging process to make real-time imaging of surface tissue cells practical.

3-D Self-Assembling Point-Source Microlasers

Tiny spherical drops in liquid self-organize into lasing cavities that demonstrate low threshold, emit in all directions, and can be designed with wavelengths from ultraviolet to infrared.

Optical Lift Could Steer Solar Sails and Micromachines

Tiny objects can experience a type of “optical lift” from a uniform beam of light.


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Book Reviews
Book Reviews

OSA Today
OSA Today

President's Message
President’s Message