Initially energized by the isolation of graphene more than a decade ago, research in 2-D materials is exploding, taking advantage of emerging materials with different strengths that can be combined to create new nanophotonic devices.by Palash Bharadwaj and Lukas Novotny
An understanding of nonlinear phenomena and their relationship with materials is spurring creation of novel devices, techniques and schemes to control light-matter interactions. Here’s a look at a few recent advances.by Valerie C. Coffey
Bringing the brightness and power of vast synchrotron and free-electron laser sources to the scale of the local lab and clinic marks an important next frontier—and could transform the landscape of X-ray science and technology.by Lahsen Assoufid, Uwe Arp, Patrick Naulleau, Sandra Biedron and William Graves
Attendees of a recent OSA Incubator Meeting explored new strategies to overcome the limits of optical energy conversion in conventional solar-fueled engines.by Svetlana V. Boriskina, Jonathan K. Tong, Vivian Ferry, Jurgen Michel and Alexander Kildishev
Departments and Columns
The ubiquity of IP in high-tech means IP-related jobs are close at hand.
As M&A activity heats up, optics and photonics companies are increasingly looking across borders for a good strategic fit—and that creates both challenges and opportunities.
Tom Hausken examines “the paradox of volume manufacturing” in chip-scale photonics—and some ways to resolve it.
In April, the OSA community lost a familiar and beloved leading light, John N. Howard—past president, OSA historian and pioneering editor. As these recollections, from fellow editor William Rhodes, make clear, Howard was also a man of humor and wide-ranging interests.
OSA Fellow George Stegeman—a gifted scientist, author and editor, and a long-term supporter and volunteer for The Optical Society—passed away on 2 May 2015. His son and colleague, Robert Stegeman, graciously offered OPN the following remembrance.