• Optics in the Molecular Imaging Race

    Optics in the Molecular Imaging Race

    Optics-based molecular imaging platforms may earn the top spot for new applications in clinical research and surgical guidance.

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  • Raman Amplification for High-Capacity, Long-Haul Networking

    Raman Amplification for High-Capacity, Long-Haul Networking

    The threat of a capacity crunch in the worldwide fiber communications system, and the availability of inexpensive, high-power diodes as pump sources for Raman amplification, has attracted new interest in the virtues of a decades-old technology.

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  • 200 Years of Fresnel’s Legacy

    200 Years of Fresnel’s Legacy

    A young French engineer of the Napoleonic era made a name for himself with his lifesaving lighthouse lens, but his mathematical genius underpins much of modern photonics.

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Improving Super-Res Microscopy for the Living Cell


Several techniques boost resolution of bio-friendly imaging technique by up to 50 percent, illuminating protein dynamics. view article »

Optogenetic Control of Stem Cell Differentiation


How do you get an embryonic stem cell to differentiate into a neuron? Researchers from UC San Francisco say you need to get—and keep—its attention. view article »

Harvesting Light at Nanoscale Distances


A supramolecular nanofiber enables energy transport over a distance of more than 4 micrometers at room temperature. view article »

Light-Activated Gold Nanorods May Ease Severe Pain


Japanese researchers reportedly develop surface-engineered plasmonic nanoparticles that target pain receptors without damaging nerve cells. view article »

A Forward Step for Heat-Driven Photovoltaics


New design and fabrication method could enable larger-scale deployment of an alternative approach to solar electricity. view article »

Laser-Induced Photoemission from Nanospheres


Near-field electron emission from nanospheres can be tunable directionally, an effect that may have consequences in cancer treatment and medical imaging. view article »

R&D Funding Opportunities

AGENCY: U.S. Department of Defense | DUE
FUNDING: Unspecified | ELIGIBILITY: Unrestricted

This BAA solicits proposals against a broad range of night vision technologies. view article »

AGENCY: NSF of South Africa and The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research | DUE
FUNDING: Varied | ELIGIBILITY: Dutch and South African PIs

The Netherlands and South Africa have a joint interest in promoting and strengthening scientific cooperation in Astronomy (including Enabling Technologies for Astronomy). view article »

AGENCY: U.S. Department of Defense | DUE
FUNDING: Unspecified | ELIGIBILITY: Unrestricted

The US Army Business Interface Office is looking to identify and develop technologies for the purpose of generating future armament systems. view article »

AGENCY: U.S. Air Force | DUE
FUNDING: Unspecified | ELIGIBILITY: Unrestricted

This Open BAA encourages a flow of supplementary and/or complementary technologies for electromagnetic metamaterials. Such technologies may include active electronic matching networks, frequency selective structures, and periodic structure with engineered dispersion, including photonic band-gap materials, acoustic metamaterials. ONLY WHITE PAPERS ARE REQUESTED AT THIS TIME. view article »

AGENCY: The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research | DUE
FUNDING: €2,000 | ELIGIBILITY: Dutch university researchers

Dutch astronomers can offer instruction, lectures or scientific support to students and astronomers in developing countries from a few days to several weeks. view article »

AGENCY: European Commission | DUE
FUNDING: €180,000 | ELIGIBILITY: European Union

Recognition and celebration of women who have benefitted from EU research and innovation funding and who have combined their scientific excellence with an aptitude for business in setting up innovative enterprises and brought innovations to the market. view article »

AGENCY: European Commission | DUE
FUNDING: €3,000,000 | ELIGIBILITY: European Union

This call aims to support early-stage joint science and technology research for radically new future technological possibilities. view article »

AGENCY: European Commission | DUE
FUNDING: €215,000,000 | ELIGIBILITY: European Union

Enhance the potential of experienced researchers wishing to diversify their individual competence through advanced training, international and intersectoral mobility. view article »

AGENCY: U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency | DUE
FUNDING: Presolicitation | ELIGIBILITY: All responsible sources capable of satisfying U.S. government's needs

The DARPA Microsystems Technology Office is soliciting research proposals in the development of novel technologies for high-performance miniature inertial sensors. view article »

AGENCY: European Commission | DUE
FUNDING: €20,000,000 | ELIGIBILITY: European Union

Provide funds to enable ERC funded ideas to be brought to a pre-demonstration stage where potential commercialization opportunities have been identified. view article »

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Industry News


Series B funding will allow California company to accelerate development of the virtual retinal Glyph display. view article »


Deal gives Infinera an end-to-end metro optical network portfolio. view article »


Installed PV system prices fell 10 to 20 percent in 2014, marking five consecutive years of price reduction. view article »


An OSA Incubator Meeting explores how optical interconnects can help bridge a daunting power gap to enable exascale systems. view article »


World Economic Forum lists German photovoltaic company for flexible organic solar films. view article »


Revenue growth of 22 percent due to increased sales in high-power fiber lasers and materials processing. view article »

Bright Futures Q&A: Michelle Xu

POSTED Mon, 27 Oct 2014 15:51:00 GMT

 OPN: Many people in science initially envision themselves in an academic career. Was that your initial goal? If not, what career trajectory were you envisioning for yourself?I did not initially consider an academic career because I was told tha more>>

How to Give a Great Research Presentation

POSTED Thu, 23 Oct 2014 19:16:00 GMT

Andrea Brear This post is based on content that has already appeared on the Propel Careers website. It is reproduced here with the author’s kind permission.How many times have you sat through a research presentation either nodding off or squin more>>

Painlessly Managing Your Workload

POSTED Thu, 02 Oct 2014 12:30:00 GMT

Arti Agrawal I felt like I had spent the whole summer working without a vacation, and still my to-do list seemed endless. After spending a few days feeling frustrated and stressed at my lack of progress, I started reading up on how people manage to more>>

How to Tell Your Advisor That You're Leaving Academia

POSTED Thu, 28 Aug 2014 20:21:00 GMT

Jena Pitman-Leung, Ph.D. This post is based on content that has already appeared on the Propel Careers website. It is reproduced here with the author’s kind permission.Many people enter into a Ph.D. program or postdoctoral fellowship thin more>>

Effectively Personalizing Your Resume

POSTED Tue, 26 Aug 2014 14:46:00 GMT

Arlene Smith I recently attended a career-themed panel discussion at an OSA Topical Meeting. Scientists and engineers from industry and academia were represented in the panel and the audience, so this was a great opportunity to hear from both sides more>>

Helpful STEM Resources for Young Women

POSTED Thu, 21 Aug 2014 13:00:00 GMT

On this blog and elsewhere, there has been considerable discussion of the dearth of women in STEM-related careers. A number of major tech companies (Google, Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo and eBay, among others) recently released reports on the diversity o more>>

OLED Fundamentals: Materials, Devices, and Processing of Organic Light-Emitting Diodes


The editors structured the book to literally start at the bottom by covering suitable substrates for OLEDs, and next discussing materials and device issues pertinent to device fabrication. view article »

Light Localisation and Lasing: Random and Pseudo-random Photonic Structures


The editors provide a state-of-the-art introductory reference for light localization and lasing, especially for gain media. Researchers and graduate students who are actively involved in novel photonic structures should greatly benefit from this book. view article »

Digital Optical Measurement Techniques and Applications


Rastogi’s book is meant to attract attention to the vast knowledge base in digital measurement techniques. view article »

Charged Particle Optics Theory


Groves focuses on the quantum physics of how the trajectory of a charged-particle beam can be discussed in terms of photons. The book is written in a very accessible style with clear exposition of all topics. view article »

Statistical Optics, 2nd Ed.


I recommend this updated, comprehensive textbook and reference for its clear writing, detailed mathematical derivations, physical insights, reworked figures, extensive references, problem sets with solutions, mathematical appendices and an index. view article »

Visible Light Communication


This book is one of a very few about VLC, written by and for a technical audience, primarily researchers in the field. view article »

OPN Video


Yichen Shen and colleagues at MIT have, for the first time, demonstrated a system that can filter light of any wavelength based on its propagation direction. This video shows the system in action -- as the sample is rotated, it behaves like a mirror in all... view video »


In 2013, researchers at the National Institute of Optics in Florence, Italy, pioneered a new form of lens-free, infrared digital holography that can record holograms out of the focus plane and then numerically focus the image afterward. The technique may... view video »


This special issue of Optics & Photonics News highlights the most exciting peer-reviewed optics research to have emerged over the past 12 months. Our panel of editors reviewed close to 80 submitted summaries from scientists all over the globe. They selected... view video »


Like many cities, Rochester has faced challenging economic times in recent years. But despite the downsizing of Kodak—which was a key employer for years—Rochester has sustained a healthy rate of growth, thanks to its long tradition of excellence in... view video »


Rochester has a long history as a global center for imaging and optics research.  Early companies such as Kodak and Bausch & Lomb, along with the University of Rochester and its Institute of Optics, have played an important role in stimulating the city... view video »


This special issue of OPN highlights the most exciting peer-reviewed optics research to have emerged over the past 12 months. This year's issue includes 30 summaries representing the work of more than 150 authors from 15 countries. view video »

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