Feature Articles

Breakthrough Starshot

Some researchers say that phased arrays of laser amplifiers could propel gram-sized spacecraft to the stars in 20 years. But are human technologies ready for the challenging journey?

by Patricia Daukantas
Subwavelength Photonics

At an OSA Incubator Meeting, scientists and engineers explored the opportunities and emerging applications enabled by controlling light at subwavelength scale.

by Pavel Cheben, Iñigo Molina Fernandez, David Smith, Weidong Zhou and Pierre Berini
LIBS Continues to Evolve

Now decades old, laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy is still finding applications in novel areas, driven by technology, miniaturization and creative extension of the technique to new problems.

by C. David Chaffee

Departments and Columns

Research and Industry News

Eagle-eyed microlenses; volumetric bubble displays; cockeyed squid; buttercup optics; imaging with fewer than 1,000 photons; the TRAPPIST-1 discoveries; medical acquisitions; U.S. solar market; toward broadband metalenses.

Optics Innovations
Local Designs, Global Market

Imec, a Belgian research institute, opens new design center for photonics and high-speed electronics in the state of Florida.

Q&A with 2017 CLEO Plenary Speakers

The Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO), which takes place 14 to 19 May in San Jose, California, USA, will once again unite the optics and photonics community in all things laser science and technology. In gearing up for this year’s conference, OPN spoke with three of this year’s plenary speakers, OSA Fellows Nergis Mavalvala, AtaƧ Imamoglu and Ursula Keller, to learn more about their talks.

Career Focus
Can Data Science Help Solve Societal Challenges?

OPN talks with Meredith Lee about the intersection of big data and society.

Observing the TRAPPIST-1 System

Next-gen telescopes are poised to explore whether an intriguing, newly discovered system could potentially harbor life.


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