Feature Articles

Shedding Light on the Human Brain

The freedom of functional near-infrared spectroscopy opens a window into brain activity outside the confines of an MRI machine.

by Meeri Kim
Visual Perception in AR/VR

In an online OSA Incubator Meeting, top industry and academic researchers explored the importance of accounting for aspects of the human visual system to take augmented and virtual reality to the next step.

by Rigmor C. Baraas, Francisco Imai, Ali Özgür Yöntem and Jon Y. Hardeberg
Cancer Holography for Personalized Medicine

Digital holography can measure the 3D physiology and motion of cancer cells, allowing identification of effective chemotherapies for patients.

by David D. Nolte

Departments and Columns

Research and Industry News

Metamaterials for telescopes / Microrobotic laser surgery / Forensic OCT / Diamonds and quantum cryptography / Shaping THz pulses / Smart-city materials / Ph.D. immigration reform / 3D-printing glass

The AR/VR Solution

The COVID-19 pandemic has pushed many normally in-person activities to virtual spaces. Augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) offer scientists a promising alternative for conducting potentially life-saving studies and trials.

Career Focus
Applications Engineering in Optics

Two AEs representing both the hardware and the software side of the optics industry highlight the virtues of an often-overlooked career path.

Setting COVID-19 Research Priorities

Sensors could help address many pandemic-related challenges. A team in Australia wants to pinpoint where the technology could have the greatest impact.

OIDA Market Report
COVID-19 and the Biophotonics Industry

Even the biophotonics industry took a hit in 2020, although pandemic-related revenues point toward growth in 2021.


Also in this Issue

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

Medical lasers; ocean optics; infrared imaging

OSA Update
News from the Society

Celebrating IDWGS / CLEO goes virtual / 2021 OSA Awardees / Kawata at OSK / Remembering A. David Buckingham / OSA Fellow stories / U.S. O&P Caucus / OIDA showacase / Thank you, editors and volunteers

OSA Foundation
Thank You, OSA Foundation Donors!

The OSA Foundation serves as the philanthropic arm for The Optical Society (OSA). Our mission is to inspire, reward and support students and early-career professionals in optics and photonics. Programs include professional development, schools, prizes, scholarships, fellowships, awards and honors. Each and every donation received is matched 100% by the OSA, doubling the impact of our donors. Additionally, all administrative fees are paid by OSA ensuring gifts directly support our programs. Learn more about our highlights from 2020 by checking out our annual report at www.osa.org/osafannualreport. To make a contribution to the foundation, visit www.osa.org/donate.

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