Feature Articles

High-Energy Lasers: New Advances in Defense Applications

Directed-energy weapons systems could provide efficient, cost-effective countermeasures in an age of drones and other airborne threats. Recent scientific and engineering breakthroughs are bringing these systems closer to deployment.

by Valerie C. Coffey
Long-Reach Analog Photonics for Military Applications

In the increasingly digital world of electronic warfare, defense and signals intelligence, analog fiber optics and photonics still play a crucial enabling role.

by Vincent J. Urick, John F. Diehl, Joseph M. Singley, Christopher E. Sunderman and Keith J. Williams
Compressive Sensing Demystified

A little knowledge about an incoming signal can enable superior performance from an inferior instrument.

by Frank Bucholtz and Jonathan M. Nichols
OSC Turns 50

The story of the University of Arizona’s College of Optical Sciences begins with Arizona’s amazing blue sky—blue sky that turns to jet-black night, attracting astronomers who want optics bigger and better than anything made before; and blue-sky thinking, inspiring breakthroughs in quantum optics and imaginative new technologies.

by Thomas Koch

Departments and Columns

Scatterings News

Headliners, policy news, industry updates and book reviews.

Global Optics
Canadian Photonics: The Foundation for a Quantum Leap

Stakeholders at the national and local levels are committed to advancing the field of quantum technologies in Canada.

Conversations in Optics
Exploring New Frontiers: Q&A with the 2014 FiO Speakers

Optics & Photonics News asked this year’s Frontiers in Optics/Laser Science (FiO/LS) plenary and awards ceremony speakers to tell us more about their work.

OIDA Market Report
The Cost of Manufacturing Optics

In comparing the economics of producing integrated photonics with those of conventional CMOS, the devil is in the details.


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