Feature Articles

Plasmonic Nanoantennas: From Nanotweezers to Plasmonic Photography

Devices that convert optical radiation to spatially concentrated energy at the nanoscale are finding applications in data storage, spectroscopy, sensing and nanoscale optical manipulation. They can even serve as a plasmonic “film” for recording images or encoding sound.

by Kimani C. Toussaint Jr., Brian J. Roxworthy, Hao Chen, Abdul M. Bhuiya and Qing Ding
4-D Real-Time Optical Coherence Tomography

Advances in OCT techniques, combined with the processing power of modern computer hardware, are adding a new dimension—time—to a familiar 3-D imaging method. The result could be new applications in research and the biomedical clinic.

by Robert Huber
Optics in the Apollo Program

As part of the space race, optical scientists and engineers developed instruments and materials that steered the spacecraft, mapped the moon and brought back some of the 20th century’s most iconic images.

by Patricia Daukantas

Departments and Columns


Headliners, policy news, industry updates and book reviews.

Optics Innovations
Light Projection Technology for Automated Manufacturing

Texas Instruments’ DLP technology could improve 3-D printing and machine vision for autonomous manufacturing.

Reflections in Diversity
Women in Physics in South Africa: Are We There Yet?

Physics lecturer and researcher Iyabo Usman discusses the challenges to achieving gender equality in physics education and careers.

Light Touch
Does This Look Like a Pincushion to You?

Stephen Wilk investigates how the pincushion distortion got its name.


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