Feature Articles

Heat Is the New Light

A new paradigm looks at harnessing thermal radiation for lighting, energy generation and even non-contact cooling.

by Svetlana V. Boriskina, Hadi Zandavi, Bai Song, Yi Huang and Gang Chen
The Age of OLED Displays

Display technology using OLEDs has made the leap to commercial adoption in the past few years, setting the stage for a mind-bending shift in the way we think about displays.

by Valerie C. Coffey
Optics in Agriculture

Around the world, farmers—in their continual quest for higher crop yields, lower production costs and better-quality products—are gaining an edge from optical sensing and lighting technologies.

by Patricia Daukantas

Departments and Columns

Research and Industry News

Cassini’s Earthbound partners; better surgical views; metasurface waveguide coatings; free-space QKD; healing PV materials; Trumpf opens “smart factory”; White House R&D priorities; exceptional-point sensors.

OSA Annual Meeting
Science + Applications = FiO+LS 2017

Fittingly, the first annual meeting of OSA’s second century embarked on a new, future-oriented path.

Edmund Optics at 75

An iconic optics firm celebrates a landmark birthday—and the son of its founder reflects the changes the firm has seen over its long history.

Optics Innovations
Nix Sensor’s Color Vision

Canadian company found an unmet need in replacing bulky paint color samples for interior designers with a portable, pre-calibrated sensor-and-app combination.


Also in this Issue

President's Message
Renewing FiO

OSA Update
News from the Society

2018 OSA officers announced; OSA Fellows tell their stories; honors for Dineen, Mildren and Plant; OSA at Rochester Light & Sound; ISO Congress; thank you, editors and volunteers.

In Memoriam
Remembering Nicolaas Bloembergen

Nicolaas Bloembergen, a giant in the world of optical science, passed away on 5 September 2017 in Tucson, Ariz., USA, at the age of 97. OSA 2017 President Eric Mazur, a student and friend of “Nico,” offers this remembrance.