The optics community continues to wrestle with a shortage of skilled technical workers for labs and shop floors—a decades-long problem that could hold back the industry’s growth.
Congratulations to the 109 members of the 2023 class of Optica Fellow Members.
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OPN talks with Tayyab Suratwala of the US National Ignition Facility.
Innovative ideas are often generated or refined by effective brainstorming.
Envisioned as a potential method for manufacturing since the 1940s, 3D printing saw technological success only several decades later.
On 5 December 2022, the National Ignition Facility (NIF) of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), USA, demonstrated fusion ignition for the first time. Here we look at key events at NIF leading to ignition.
The potential shortfall in photonic technicians is troubling.
Semiconductor materials; periodic structures; artificial photosynthesis.
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Droplets from a rainstorm collect on the panoramic glass roof of an early Tesla Model 3. The unique color is indicative of a multi-layer dichroic coating—presumably for both UV and IR blocking since the car stays quite cool in the Arizona sun.