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Optics & Photonics News Magazine
February 2021 Issue

Feature Articles

New Eyes on the Sun

Three solar observatories—two in space, one on Earth—are using advanced optics to study our closest star in greater detail than ever before.

by Patricia Daukantas
Meet OSA’s 2021 Fellows

Congratulations to the 118 members of the 2021 class of OSA Fellow Members, who will be recognized at OSA conferences throughout the year for scientific, engineering and technological contributions, as well as industry leadership and service to OSA and the global optics community.

by Meredith Smith, Kari Apter and Samantha Hornback

Departments and Columns

Research and Industry News

Fluorescent proteins / Fast all-silicon optical transmitter / Hollow-core fibers / Test of quantum advantage / AI on an optoelectronic chip / DARPA project eyes on-chip lasers / European quantum maps / Nanodiamonds for single photons / Mission: Mars

Mission: MARS

Three space missions are scheduled to reach Mars in February 2021 — expanding the search for life and paving the way for future exploration.

Optics Innovations
Evaluating Medical Extended-Reality Devices

U.S. FDA researchers outline regulatory science efforts to advance the adoption of digital health technologies.

Light Touch
The Secrets of X-Ray Spex

Exploring the novelty glasses’ diffraction-grating-based optical illusion.

Reflections in Diversity
Celebrating Women and Girls in STEM

A postdoctoral researcher discusses the progress that’s been made, and the steps left to take, to address science’s gender-bias problem.


Also in this Issue

President's Message
A Notable Accomplishment

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

Medical lasers and optical fiber; frequency combs and femtosecond lasers; 3D technology and eyestrain.

OSA Update
News from the Society

Register for #IamRemarkable session / Student awards at High-brightness Congress / NAI Fellows / Innovation with crowdfunding / GEMM Initiative / OSA Fellow stories / Podcasts on COVID-19 and climate change / Luminar’s NASDAQ debut / Micius Quantum Prize for Jun Ye / Thank you, editors and volunteers