Breaking Barriers, Advancing Optics

OPN Staff

OPN highlights the careers and perspectives of six Black trailblazers in optics and photonics.

figure(From left) Hernando Garcia, Elaine Lalanne, Anthony Johnson and Ferdinand Oguama. [Courtesy of A. Johnson]

Editor’s note: An upcoming special feature in Optica’s journals, “Amplifying Black Voices in Optics and Photonics,” will highlight the research contributions of a variety of Black physicists worldwide. To provide context for that feature, OPN staff recently talked with six pioneering Black scientists in the United States about the arc of their careers, and about their perspectives on the experience of underrepresented communities in physics. (For in-depth interviews, visit

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