• Air-Quality Monitoring in the Mid-Infrared

    Air-Quality Monitoring in the Mid-Infrared

    Greenhouse gases and other air pollutants have spectral signatures in the mid-infrared region. Fortunately, modern lasers provide compact, low-power, high-sensitivity beams for portable detectors of trace levels of gas in our atmosphere that could cause harm to humans and ecosystems.

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  • Rogue Waves of Light

    Rogue Waves of Light

    Studies of noise and instabilities in optics are yielding new insights into the mechanisms driving extreme events in other physical systems.

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  • Environment, Wildlife and LED Illumination

    Environment, Wildlife and LED Illumination

    The emergence of LEDs in street lamps and other exterior lighting can have unpredictable impacts, not just for humans but also for plants and animals. But adjusting the LED spectrum could allow humans and wildlife to share the night.

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Adaptive Optics Captures Planetary Nursery


University of Arizona team, using separate AO telescopes at different wavelengths, obtains first direct evidence of protoplanets forming around a young star. view article »

Mollusk Shell Mineral Performs Optical and Structural Functions


A tiny ocean chiton creates an integrated vision system from the same inorganic material used to make its shell. view article »

Using Lasers to Refrigerate Liquids


Researchers use upconverting nanocrystals as a kind of local Freon to laser-cool surrounding aqueous solution. view article »

A Shocking Method for Fast Ion Heating


A new theoretical model for quickly heating ions to sun-like temperatures. view article »

Onion-Like Glowing Nanoparticles for Bioimaging and Security


Researchers validate a 3-layered nanoparticle design for energy-cascaded upconversion of near-infrared light to blue or ultraviolet light. view article »

Near-Perfect Absorbers That Are Tunable, Flexible—and Cheap


Simple chemical synthesis bypasses expensive lithography, allowing large-area, spectrally selective metasurfaces tunable from visible to near-IR. 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
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 »

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Industry News


The Israeli defense giant launches company with line of smartglasses for bicyclists and athletes. view article »


Initiative between western Canadian university and Chinese high-tech investment firm seeks to boost opportunities for collaboration and commercialization. view article »


GSI to fold Lincoln Laser business within existing operations of Cambridge Technology. view article »


Next step in naval directed-energy weapons program focuses on maturing high-energy lasers into deployable systems. view article »


Annual prize in applied physics recognizes Lukin’s contributions in quantum optics and nanophotonics. view article »


Tech-transfer arm of European life-science lab will work to bring cutting-edge scopes to market. view article »

Bright Futures Q&A: Michelle Xu

POSTED Mon, 27 Oct 2014 16:51:00 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 20:16:00 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 13:30:00 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 21:21:00 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 15:46:00 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 14:00:00 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>>

Nonlinear Optics: Principles and Applications (Optical Sciences and Applications of Light), 1st Ed.


This book is a new reference for nonlinear optics professionals as well as graduate students specializing in nonlinear optics. view article »

The Neurology of Eye Movement (Contemporary Neurology Series), 5th Ed.


Recognized as the standard text in the field since its first edition in 1983, this updated tome is an essential resource for anybody doing eye-movement-related applied or clinical research. view article »

Photonics and Electronics with Germanium


This book covers everything from the basic physics of germanium to a range of germanium-based devices, including waveguides, detectors, modulators, LEDs and lasers. view article »

Semiconductor Material and Device Characterization, 3rd Ed.


This third edition includes many additions, including a brand new chapter on device reliability. view article »

Optical Design Using Excel: Practical Calculations for Laser Optical Systems


This book describes basic optical theory and application methods. The optical design covers geometrical optics, simple wave-optics and diffraction, as well as the use of Excel software for calculations. view article »

Light Sources, Second Edition: Basics of Lighting Technologies and Applications


Light Sources is not a scientific text. Rather, it covers modern lighting technology in an organized and comprehensive fashion for anyone, including lighting engineers and home or business owners wishing to know more about lighting. 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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