Feature Articles

Credible (and Edible) Lasers: The Life of Arthur L. Schawlow

Arthur L. Schawlow was truly a one-of-a-kind scientist and human being. Known for his gentle spirit, his sense of humor and his scientific creativity, he was the only Nobel Prize winner to have served as an OSA president. OPN examines his life and legacy on the 90th anniversary of his birth.

by Patricia Daukantas
Ultrahigh-Speed Optical Processing Using Space-Time Duality

Temporal all-optical processing systems—which are based on the space-time duality of light—provide a practical approach for meeting the bandwidth demands of next-generation ultrahigh-speed technologies.

by Mark A. Foster, Reza Salem and Alexander L. Gaeta
In-Fiber Acousto-Optic Devices for Laser Applications

These authors review in-fiber acousto-optic devices that have demonstrated new possibilities for the control of Q-switched distributed feedback and mode-locked all-fiber lasers—in other words, tools for using sound to control light.

by Christian Cuadrado-Laborde, Antonio Díez, Miguel V. Andrés, José L. Cruz and Miguel Bello-Jiménez
Applied Optics and the Early Days of the Laser

Prompted by the complaints of the so-called “Subversive Optics Society” in the late 1950s, OSA launched a new journal in 1962 to represent modern topics in optics. Due to fortuitous timing—and a highly competent managing editor—Applied Optics was able to cover the most current topic imaginable long before its competition: the laser.

by John N. Howard

Departments and Columns

Light Touch
Pop Culture Crimes against Lasers (and Other Optics)

With the laser into its 51st year of existence, filmmakers and TV producers have had a long time to master the fundamentals of lasers and other optical concepts. But optics unfortunately remains victim to the ever-tempting appeal of drama over reality.

Optical Engineering
Evolving CMOS Technology for High-Performance Single-Photon Detection

For decades, solid-state detectors could capture individual photons. This is now possible to do using avalanche photodiodes. So-called single-photon avalanche diodes (SPADs) are avalanche photodiodes biased above breakdown in Geiger mode and fabricated using CMOS processes.

Optics Innovations
Energetiq Technology Inc.: From Semi Fab to Bio Lab

This company takes a customer-first approach to creating and manufacturing efficient, high-brightness, laser-driven light sources—with applications in the semiconductor industry, analytical spectroscopy and the life sciences.

Conversations in Optics
OPN Talks with James G. Fujimoto

Our conversation with James Fujimoto, OCT pioneer.

Using Satellite Maps to Aid Japan

In response to explosions at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant in the week after Japan’s 9.0-magnitude earthquake and tsunami on March 11, mapmakers at the Rochester Institute of Technology quickly made maps from satellite images to help emergency responders.

One Course, Two Top Optics Schools

The University of Arizona College of Optical Sciences and the Institute of Optics at the University of Rochester are going the distance this semester—by offering classes for credit from each other’s curricula.

Conversations in Optics
OPN Talks with Donald Keck

Our conversation with Donald Keck, CLEO:2011 plenary session keynote speaker.

OPN Talks with Mordechai (Moti) Segev

Our conversation with Moti Segev, soliton specialist and CLEO:2011 fundamental science plenary speaker.

Stretchable Solar Cells

Researchers have developed organic solar cells that are not only flexible, but stretchable.

Imaging Drug Effects on Tumors

Holographic tissue dynamics spectroscopy allows researchers to look at motion inside living tissue.

OPN Talks with Susumu Noda

Our conversation with Susumu Noda, photonic crystal connoisseur and CLEO:2011 science & innovations speaker.

Growing Lasers on Silicon

A group at The University of California, Berkeley, described a method of creating gallium arsenide nanolasers monolithically integrated onto silicon.


Also in this Issue

Book Reviews
Book Reviews

In Memory
In Memory

Remembering Hendrik de Lang and Benedetto Daino.


OSA Today
OSA Today

President's Message
President's Message