Feature Articles

In Search of Equity

The events of 2020 may offer a unique chance to advance the representation of African Americans in optics and photonics—if the community grasps the opportunity.

by Stewart Wills
Unlocking the Power of Quantum Encryption

Quantum technology poses a growing threat to online security. But it also provides a solution.

by Edwin Cartlidge
A Deeper View of the Cosmos

Built on advances in optical and photonic technology, the new generation of telescopes coming online this decade will tackle key questions about the nature of the universe.

by Peter Gwynne

Departments and Columns

Research and Industry News

WGM resonators aid electron microscopy / Imaging brushstrokes / Low-power OCT / Putting UV-C to work / Spin qubits/ COVID-19 and Europe / Spider-silk-based lens

An Ambassador Anniversary

Three OSA Ambassadors reflect on the program as it wraps up its fifth year.

Diversity: Scientific Research

While diversity in U.S. education has increased in recent years, minority representation continues to lag in the area of scientific research – particularly in physics. Here we look at the diversity of doctoral students and postdocs in science and engineering. For a more detailed look at the underrepresentation of African Americans in optics, see this month's cover story.

Luminate Arrives at FiO

An optics and photonics startup accelerator will conduct its finals at the virtual FiO + LS conference. Two finalists weigh in.


Also in this Issue

President's Message
Of Plagues and Science

Looking Back
30, 20, and 10 Years Ago in OPN

Neural network; Chester Carlson; nanodiamonds.

Optical Feedback
Molecular-Gas Lasers

OSA Update
News from the Society

NAS Discovery Award / Innovation School / Congressional Fellows / GEMM advances in Glasgow / OSA Fellow stories / Volunteers at Sensors and Imaging Congresses / Rocca receives DoD award / From surviving to thriving / Thank you, editors and volunteers 

OSA Financials
OSA Financial Report

Summary of OSA financial statements from the past year.

In Memoriam
Alan D. White, 1923–2020

Remembering a laser pioneer.