1st Place: Micrographs of microstructured polymer optical fibers with a hexagonal array of high-index rings. The resulting photonic bandgaps and the various sizes of the rings give rise to the different colors. Alexander Argyros, The University of Sydney, Australia
01 Jan 2010
2nd Place: White light diffraction produced by a single-domain monolayer made of 1-�m polysterene spheres in HCP packing that is, a 2-D photonic crystal, pictured in the dark. Victor Canalejas Tejero, CSIC, Madrid, Spain
3rd Place (tie): Fringe pattern produced by the tilted wave interferometer when measuring an aspheric surface (full aperture). Eugenio Garbusi, Institut f�r Technische Optik, Stuttgart, Germany
Honorable Mention: Sunset in the Lab: The Tyndall-Rayleigh experiment. White light from a slide projector shines a tank of water to which photographic fixing powder and dilute sulfuric acid are added. Juan Carlos Barreiro optics department, University of Valencia, Spain
Honorable Mention: A 633-nm laser coupled into a microsphere resonant cavity. Due to surface defects on the cavity, the light is scattering out of the cavity. Andrea M. Armani and Maria Chistiakova University of Southern California, Los Angeles, Calif., U.S.A.
Honorable Mention: Dielectric breakdown within a nonlinear optical polymer.David A. Sweigart, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Md.
Rainbow in southwest desert; colors are intense.Gail M. Overton, Editor, PennWell, Winterhaven, Calif.
Same rainbow as darkness falls.Gail M. Overton, Editor, PennWell, Winterhaven, Calif.
Same rainbow appears as if illumination is coming from behind mountains.Gail M. Overton, Editor, PennWell, Winterhaven, Calif.
Hong Kong Sunset. Richard Jackson, NIRRIR Consulting, Nashua, N.H.