Feature Articles

Optics in 2013

This special issue of Optics & Photonics News highlights the most exciting peer-reviewed optics research to have emerged over the past 12 months. 

by Guest editors: Robert D. Guenther, Nicholas J. Frigo, Dmitry Dylov, Carlos López-Mariscal, Alessandro Restelli, Yanina Shevchenko, Zuleykhan Tomova
Optics in 2013: Lasers

A source in thermal equilibrium allows electrical pumping and feedback.

Optics in 2013: Holography

Novel applications through digital recording of holograms.

Optics in 2013: Medical Optics

Nondestructive ways to study processes from blood flow to neural activity.

Optics in 2013: Nanophotonics

Subwavelength nanoscale interactions using plasmonics show unique capabilities.

Optics in 2013: Optical Design

Design problems can be solved, but only if you ask the right questions.

Optics in 2013: Optomechanical

Improvements in opto­-mechanical coupling enhance biological sensing.

Optics in 2013: Photonic Structures

Microcavities enhance detection and control of propagation around corners.

Optics in 2013: Propagation

Dynamic control of propagation using light to modify the propagation medium.

Optics in 2013: Quantum Optics

Interaction between photons and long-range dipole-like interactions.

Optics in 2013: Solitons

Solitons may be a bad choice for temporal storage of data.

Optics in 2013: Spectroscopy

Miniaturization of this classic instrument.

Optics in 2013: Spin Optics

Nanostructures could lead to spintronic-spinoptical circuits.

Optics in 2013: Ultrafast

Increasing switching speeds in solids, characterizing the noise in broadband signals.

Departments and Columns


Headliners, policy news and industry updates.

Pie Photonics: Mobilizing Static Fiber Interferometry

Tech advancements have led to miniaturized computers, phones and cameras, so why not interferometers? Dominic Murphy, CEO of Pie Photonics, describes how his fledgling company is devising mobile measurement solutions intended to displace larger systems.

Conversations in Optics
Looking Back, Looking Ahead

This year marks the end of Stephen Fantone’s 18-year term as OSA Treasurer, but it won’t be the last we see of him.

Career Focus
What’s Your Science Maturity Level?

Marc Kuchner's numerical scale quantifies whether a scientist's talk will be more focused on long-range predictions or unambiguous results.

Light Touch
I Was a Teenage Optical Engineer

Only in Hollywood: How a humble optical engineer became a werewolf.


Also in this Issue

President's Message
President's Message

Optical Feedback
Optical Feedback

Member News
Member News