Feature Articles

James Webb Space Telescope: A Sparkling Optical Success

Superlatives strain to characterize the excellent performance of the astronomical community’s latest infrared telescope, which is beaming back dazzling and confounding images of the universe.

by Patricia Daukantas
Entrepreneurs to Watch

In a biennial feature, OPN throws the spotlight on a selection of creative scientists and engineers—and the enterprises they’re building.

by OPN Staff
Quantum Promise Becomes Commercial Reality

Companies are starting to capitalize on quantum science—taking the technology out of the lab and into the market.

by Susan Curtis

Departments and Columns

Research and Industry News

Energy-efficient bitcoin mining / Fiber-based smart textiles / Attosecond electron emission / Topology may not prevent losses / Detecting dark photons / Webb telescope imagery / Industry news

Webb Imagery: Science & Art

The beautiful images from the James Webb Space Telescope begin as infrared-light observations beyond what our eyes can detect. Here we look at the process for one of JWST’s first observations, the Tarantula Nebula. 

Market Report
The Market for Optics in AI

How machine learning is shaping the photonics industry.

Light Touch
William A. Eddy and His Aerial Vistascope

Eddy’s kite-borne camera obscura allowed real-time imaging.

Rethinking Education in Light of AI

A professor emeritus of physics education discusses GPT’s implications for instruction and assessment.


Also in this Issue

President's Message
Patience and Passion in Science

The long-term patience and discipline that leads to breakthroughs is science and engineering’s hidden story.

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

Environmental optics; Islamic optics achievements; underwater imaging

Optica in Focus
News from the Society

Industry summit / PSP anniversary / Biophotonics Congress / “Possible Through Light” campaign / Photonics21 / Optica Fellow stories / Congressional Fellow joins DOE / CLEO 2023 / Thank you, editors and meeting chairs

Optica Elections
Optica Election for 2024 Offices

Review the candidates for Optica's 2024 Vice President and Directors-at-Large election.

After Image
Supercontinuum Light

An intense infrared ultrafast laser focuses in a low-vacuum dusty plasma chamber.