Feature Articles

Fiber to the Home: Getting Beyond 10 Gb/s

Bandwidth-hungry applications are driving adoption of fiber-based “last-mile” connections—and raising the challenge of moving access-network capacity to the next level.

by Cedric F. Lam
Beating the Nonlinear Capacity Limit

The stability enabled by frequency combs can allow correction of nonlinear crosstalk among WDM channels—and, potentially, boost single-mode fiber capacity well beyond the conventionally defined ceiling.

by E. Temprana, N. Alic, B. P. P. Kuo and S. Radic
OSA Centennial Snapshots: Global Conflict, Thin Films, and Mary Banning

The brief career of a talented, hands-on optical physicist has much to say about the status of optics, and of women scientists, at midcentury.

by Sarah Michaud and Stewart Wills

Departments and Columns

Research and Industry News

Compact polarimeter, nanomechanical bridge, recycling a light bulb’s heat, thermal cell imaging, micro-LEDs and a gender gap in science.

OFC 2016: Next-Generation Optical Technologies

The Optical Fiber Communications Conference and Exposition (OFC) will take place this month in Anaheim, California (USA). Optics & Photonics News spoke with plenary speakers Yasuhiko Arakawa, Andre Fuetsch and Daniel Kraft about the future of fiber optic components and networking.

Light Touch
From Candle to Candela

Stephen Wilk tells the tale of how the standard unit for luminous intensity evolved.


Also in this Issue

President's Message
Inches Make a Champion

“Inches make a champion.” —Vince Lombardi, Coach, Green Bay Packers

OSA Foundation
OSA Foundation Donors

The OSA Foundation (OSAF) serves as the philanthropic arm of The Optical Society (OSA). Our mission is to inspire and support promising individuals in their pursuit of careers in optics and photonics. Here, we take an opportunity to thank our OSAF donors.