• Hyperspectral Imaging for Safety and Security

    Hyperspectral Imaging for Safety and Security

    Advances in data management and component fabrication have made hyperspectral imaging viable in applications ranging from food inspection to pathogen detection to airport security and more.

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  • Exploring a New “Twilight Zone”: LED Street Lighting and Human Vision

    Exploring a New “Twilight Zone”: LED Street Lighting and Human Vision

    LEDs promise higher efficiency in street lighting. But overcoming the glare and environmental impacts of the most efficient LED bulbs will require some engineering innovations—and venturing into the sometimes surprising territory of vision science at low light levels.

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  • Ibn al-Haytham: 1,000 Years after the Kitāb al-Manāẓir

    Ibn al-Haytham: 1,000 Years after the Kitāb al-Manāẓir

    Ibn al-Haytham’s seven-volume Book of Optics, published in 1015, greatly influenced the field of optics. However, some aspects of Ibn al-Haytham’s work have also been the subject of controversy for historians of science.

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Optoelectronic Probe Stimulates and Records Neuron Activity


Researchers create an optoelectronic actuator and sensor microarray on a monolithic zinc oxide chip. view article »

A “Quantum Etch-a-Sketch” for Writing Circuits


Chance discovery points to optical method for drawing—and erasing—transistor elements in topological insulators. view article »

Bright Quantum Dots for Quantifiable Imaging


Brightness-equalized multicolor quantum dots could prove useful in quantitative living tissue imaging. view article »

A New Source of Bright Twin Beams


An argon-filled photonic crystal fiber produces pairs of quantum-correlated beams. view article »

Untethered Optogenetics Tools for Brain Research


A new optogenentic tool generates its own internal light to inhibit neural activity deep within the brain. view article »

Capturing Moving Targets in Scattering Media


U.S. team reports improvement on technique that uses “virtual guide stars” to focus at depth in biological tissues. view article »

R&D Funding Opportunities

AGENCY: U.S. Department of Defense | DUE
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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
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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 »

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Industry News


Patent for laser technique found invalid in Germany; IMRA considers appeal against Coherent. view article »


The EPSRC announces £12 million in funding for key researchers in quantum phenomena. view article »


Arizona State University to lead Nanotechnology Collaborative Infrastructure in the American Southwest. view article »


The market for camera modules is forecasted to reach US$51 billion by 2020. view article »


U.S. Army and Air Force contracts to defense contractor will develop IR countermeasure programs. view article »


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

Optics Essentials: An Interdisciplinary Guide


This book provides a basic overview of optical principles, concepts and applications, as well as worked examples throughout the text. view article »

Silicon Photonics Design from Devices to Systems


A number of authors have contributed chapters in their areas of expertise for this book. It provides a fundamental understanding of the design, operation and practical applications of fiber optic sensing systems. view article »

LEGO Optics: Projects in Optical and Laser Science with LEGO


Many of us have played with LEGO blocks as kids and have built all kinds of amazing things. This book goes a step further by showing how to incorporate LEGO parts into our optics projects. This is an innovative use of LEGO blocks. view article »

Nonlinear Optical Systems


The book covers special topics in laser physics, quantum electronics and nonlinear optics, as well as laser emission, frequency generation, solitons, optically bistable systems, pulsations and chaos and optical pattern formation. view article »

A Student’s Guide to Waves


I recommend this supplementary textbook as clear tutorial for the understanding of the basic concepts of waves and the wave equation with its applications to mechanics, electromagnetic waves and the Schrӧdinger equation. view article »

Optomechanical Systems Engineering


Kasunic’s book makes an important contribution to the growing monograph literature on optomechanical engineering and design. 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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