Placing optical clocks in orbit could potentially transform timekeeping, navigation and precision science—if scientists can overcome the formidable hurdles involved.by Edwin Cartlidge
Engineering photon–emitter interactions in 1D—using a suite of tools ranging from photonic-crystal waveguides to quantum dots to ultracold atoms in optical lattices—is opening intriguing experimental and practical opportunities in quantum information science and technology.by Francesco Ciccarello, Peter Lodahl and Dominik Schneble
Efforts to augment reality by mixing light from real and virtual objects are fueling optical innovation, but making them work with the human sensory system has proved a tough job.by Jeff Hecht
Departments and Columns
Implantable hydrogels / Laser-melted lunar roads / Hollow cores for higher intensity / Self-configuring optical chip / Industry news
OPN talks with Trumpf Group’s Peter Leibinger about his roles in business and philanthropy.
How to identify up-and-coming areas by looking at the big picture, from enabling science to vertical markets.
An inclusive approach to neurodiversity in STEM can enable creative problem solving.
Also in this Issue
Optica members live in varied environments and face different challenges.
Electronic imaging; energy-efficient lighting; lidar and archaeology
Launch of Optica Quantum / Incubators at HQ / Optica Fellow stories / Optics in South Africa / Paperpal partnership / Quantum industry summit / Thank you, technical group chairs and editors
Fireworks viewed through the combination of a phone and a cylindrical glass create a prismatic effect, with vibrant patterns generated from reflection and refraction of the light.