• Win an iPad: OPN’s 9th Annual  Photo Contest

    Win an iPad: OPN’s 9th Annual Photo Contest

    We’re offering an iPad to the first-place winner of our photo contest. To enter, submit a photo that is technically fascinating, beautiful to behold and highly relevant to optics.

    Deadline Extended:
    15 September 2014

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  • Tony Siegman’s Legacy of Laser Education

    Tony Siegman’s Legacy of Laser Education

    OSA remembers its 1999 President, a noted researcher and teacher, with a new summer school that will continue his ideals.

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  • Fiber Lasers: The 2 μm Market Heats Up

    Fiber Lasers: The 2 μm Market Heats Up

    Rapid gains in fiber laser technology, particularly in a key infrared wavelength band, are allowing these lasers to expand into a range of application areas.

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  • Werner Heisenberg’s Path to Matrix Mechanics

    Werner Heisenberg’s Path to Matrix Mechanics

    In 1925, Werner Heisenberg—through a combination of intuition and sometimes brilliant guesswork, and strongly influenced by the previous works of Einstein, Ladenburg and Kramers—created his inchoate version of quantum mechanics.

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  • Optics in 2014: Illuminate Your Research

    Optics in 2014: Illuminate Your Research

    Is your peer-reviewed optics research among the most exciting to emerge over the past 12 months? We want to hear about it! Send a 500-word summary of your work—along with a figure or video highlighting your results—to Optics & Photonics News via Prism, OSA’s online submission system. Our panel of judges will select the 30 top summaries to be published in our special December issue highlighting the Year in Optics.

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Using Light to Study Malaria at the Cellular Level

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Researchers in the U.K. are using optical tweezers to study malaria. view article »


Pulsed Lasers Illuminate Electron’s Quantum Behavior

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A new tool allows characterization of electron spin in quantum defects, on timescales ranging from femtoseconds to nanoseconds. view article »


Optogenetics Reveals Brain Circuitry

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A group of U.S. researchers has used optogenetics to gain insight on the workings of one of the brain’s internal “switchboards”. view article »


Better LEDs from Perovskites?

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A material that has recently shown promise in photovoltaics is turned toward indoor use. view article »


NASA to Create First Telescope Using 3-D Printing

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NASA's Jason Budinoff will assemble the 1st space telescope using parts manufactured from 3-D printers. view article »


Measuring Melanoma with Light and Sound

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Researchers from Washington University in St. Louis, U.S.A., have introduced a handheld probe that uses lasers and sound waves to delineate the boundaries and measure the thickness and volume of melanoma tumors. view article »

R&D Funding Opportunities

Please select your region from the menu below to view grants, awards and other funding opportunities in your area.

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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. 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: NIH | DUE
FUNDING: $150,000 for Phase I, $1,000,000 for Phase II | ELIGIBILITY: U.S. small business concerns

Accelerate the advanced development and clinical implementation of reliable, reproducible, highly specific and sensitive imagining diagnostic devices for dental caries, periodontal disease, cracked teeth, and pulp vitality. view article »


AGENCY: Australian National Health and Medical Research Council | DUE
FUNDING: $100,000 | ELIGIBILITY: Australian Chief Investigators

Aims to provide assistance to Australian researchers to participate in multinational research collaborative projects with international researchers that have been selected for funding under the EC’s Horizon 2020 Health, Demographic Change and Wellbeing calls. view article »


AGENCY: Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research | DUE
FUNDING: € 185,000 per half year | ELIGIBILITY: Tenured scientist

The programme is for Dutch researchers who want to cooperate with colleagues in Taiwan. It offers the opportunity of a short stay in Taiwan or a joint seminar in the Netherlands or Taiwan. view article »


AGENCY: Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research | DUE
FUNDING: 185,000 euro per half year | ELIGIBILITY: Tenured scientist

The programme Cooperation Japan is for Dutch researchers who want to cooperate with colleagues in Japan. It offers the possibility of a joint seminar in the Netherlands or Japan or a JSPS fellowship in Japan. view article »


AGENCY: Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research | DUE
FUNDING: € 185,000 per half year | ELIGIBILITY: Tenured scientist

Each year NWO makes two prizes available to senior German researchers who are nominated by Dutch researchers. The Von Humboldt Stiftung in Bonn makes two prizes available for senior Dutch researchers. view article »


AGENCY: Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research | DUE
FUNDING: 185,000 euro per half year | ELIGIBILITY: Tenured scientist

This is a grant for a short stay in China of a Dutch scientist, or in the Netherlands of a Chinese scientist, for all scientific disciplines except social and behavioural sciences and humanities. Joint Chinese-Dutch seminars can be funded. view article »


AGENCY: Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research | DUE
FUNDING: 50,000 euro per year | ELIGIBILITY: Proposals should be jointly submitted by a Dutch and Indian researchers.

Researchers from India and the Netherlands can apply for funding for individual visits and seminars. view article »


AGENCY: Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research | DUE
FUNDING: 2,000 euros | ELIGIBILITY: Researchers who hold an appointment at a Dutch university or an NWO approved research institute

The grant funds travel to developing countries, for example, and give lectures, run courses, or help with projects like large telescope construction. view article »


AGENCY: Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research | DUE
FUNDING: Unspecified | ELIGIBILITY: Researchers from all national and international scientific institutions

NeCEN aims to provide the means to resolve and characterise the detailed structures of life through the use of advanced cryo-electron microscopy. view article »


AGENCY: European Commission | DUE
FUNDING: €97,400,000 | ELIGIBILITY: Standard eligibility criteria

The challenge is to achieve, by 2020, the full range of technological capabilities needed for delivering a broad spectrum of extreme scale HPC systems. view article »


AGENCY: U.S. National Science Foundation | DUE
FUNDING: Not listed | ELIGIBILITY: Unrestricted

The Electronics, Photonics, and Magnetic Devices program seeks to improve the fundamental understanding of devices and components based on the principles of micro- and nanoelectronics, photonics, magnetics, optoelectronics, electromechanics, electromagnetics, and related physical phenomena. view article »


AGENCY: NSF | DUE
FUNDING: Unspecified | ELIGIBILITY: Unrestricted

Support for theoretical and computational research in atomic structure, molecular structure of small molecules, electron, and atomic collisions, photoionization and photodetachment of electrons from atoms and small molecules, time-dependent interactions with atoms and small molecules, quantum optics, ultracold phenomena in Bose and Fermi gases, and quantum information. view article »


AGENCY: NSF | DUE
FUNDING: TBA | ELIGIBILITY: Unrestricted

The program supports science aimed towards answering questions about the nature of space and time, the gravitational attraction at atomically small and cosmological large distances and the use of gravitational waves to explore the universe. view article »


AGENCY: European Commission | DUE
FUNDING: €450,000,000 | ELIGIBILITY: Advanced researchers

Advanced Grants are designed to support excellent Principal Investigators at the career stage at which they are already established research leaders with a recognized track record of research achievements. This action is open to researchers of any nationality who intend to conduct their research activity in any Member State or Associated Country. view article »


AGENCY: Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research | DUE
FUNDING: 2.0M Euro | ELIGIBILITY: Consortium of public and private partners

NWO and DeitY, India's Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, invite researchers in India and the Netherlands together with industrial partners to participate in the Indo-Dutch Joint Research Programme for ICT. view article »


AGENCY: European Commission | DUE
FUNDING: €80,000,000 | ELIGIBILITY: Doctoral and Fellowship programmes

The COFUND scheme aims at stimulating regional, national or international programmes to foster excellence in researchers' training, mobility and career development, spreading the best practices of Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions. view article »


AGENCY: European Commission | DUE
FUNDING: €80,000,000 | ELIGIBILITY: Standard eligibility criteria

The COFUND scheme aims at stimulating regional, national or international programmes to foster excellence in researchers' training, mobility and career development, spreading the best practices of Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions. view article »


AGENCY: European Commission | DUE
FUNDING: €15,000,000 | ELIGIBILITY: Standard eligibility criteria

Frontier research often generates unexpected or new opportunities for commercial or societal application. The ERC Proof of Concept Grants aim to maximise the value of the excellent research that the ERC funds, by funding further work to verify the innovation potential of ideas arising from ERC funded projects. PoC Grants are therefore on offer only to PIs whose proposals draw substantially on their ERC funded research. view article »


AGENCY: European Commission | DUE
FUNDING: €15,000,000 | ELIGIBILITY: Standard eligibility criteria

The objective is to provide funds to enable ERC-funded ideas to be brought to a pre-demonstration stage where potential commercialisation opportunities have been identified. view article »


AGENCY: European Commission | DUE
FUNDING: €3,000,000 | ELIGIBILITY: Standard eligibility criteria

The challenge is to make Europe the best place in the world for collaborative research on future and emerging technologies that will renew the basis for future European competitiveness and growth, and that will make a difference for society in the decades to come. view article »


AGENCY: NSF | DUE
FUNDING: $300,000 to $600,000 | ELIGIBILITY: Unrestricted

Basic research and innovation in photonics that is very fundamental in science and engineering is needed to lay the foundation for new technologies beyond those that are mature and ready for application in medical diagnostics and therapies. Advances are needed in nanophotonics, optogenetics, contrast and targeting agents, ultra-thin probes, wide field imaging, and rapid biomarker screening. view article »


AGENCY: NSF | DUE
FUNDING: $300,000 to $600,000 | ELIGIBILITY: Unrestricted

Fundamental research in engineering areas related to nano-biosensing. view article »


AGENCY: National Science Foundation | DUE
FUNDING: $300,000 | ELIGIBILITY: Unrestricted

The program supports research on additive manufacturing, laser processing and bonding/joining processes encompassing feature scales from microns to meters. view article »


AGENCY: European Commission | DUE
FUNDING: €240,500,000 | ELIGIBILITY: Standard eligibility criteria

Enhance the creative and innovative potential of experienced researchers wishing to diversify their individual competence in terms of skill acquisition at multi- or interdisciplinary level through advanced training, international and intersectoral mobility. view article »


AGENCY: European Commission | DUE
FUNDING: €94,000,000 | ELIGIBILITY: Standard eligibility criteria

Topic: Developing the next generation technologies of renewable electricity and heating/cooling. view article »


AGENCY: European Commission | DUE
FUNDING: €82,000,000 | ELIGIBILITY: Standard eligibility criteria

Proposals addressing e-infrastructure services development will combine, in a closely coordinated manner, Networking, Service and Joint Research Activities. view article »


AGENCY: European Commission | DUE
FUNDING: €140,000,000 | ELIGIBILITY: Standard eligibility criteria

Bring together, integrate on European scale, and open up key national and regional research infrastructures to all European researchers, from both academia and industry, ensuring their optimal use and joint development. view article »


AGENCY: European Commission | DUE
FUNDING: €95,000,000 | ELIGIBILITY: Standard eligibility criteria

Includes the topics INFRADEV-1-2014 and INFRADEV-4-2014/2015 from the Work Programme Call H2020-INFRADEV-2014/2015. view article »


AGENCY: European Commission | DUE
FUNDING: €82,000,000 | ELIGIBILITY: Standard eligibility criteria

This call focuses on e-infrastructures and is motivated by several priorities listed in the application documents. view article »


AGENCY: European Commission | DUE
FUNDING: €47,040,000 | ELIGIBILITY: Standard eligibility criteria

Develop the industrial and technological resources for cybersecurity, promoting a Single Market for cybersecurity products and fostering R&D investments. view article »


AGENCY: Australian National Health and Medical Research Council | DUE
FUNDING: Not listed | ELIGIBILITY: Australian Chief Investigators

Partnership Projects will answer a specific research question to influence health and well-being through changes in the delivery, organization, funding and access to health services. view article »


AGENCY: U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Department of Defence | DUE
FUNDING: $2M to $4M, 1 award | ELIGIBILITY: Public and State controlled institutions of higher edu.

A unique feature of this CoE should be the opportunity to study and integrate sensors, sensor output processing and fusion, algorithms, and applications to control airframes. view article »

Industry News

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A new laser at Washington State University will enable research on shock waves. view article »


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Ushio announced plans to acquire the LED, red, violet and part of the IR laser diode operations of Oclaro Japan. view article »


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Emcore scores contracts to supply SSL and Lockheed with high-efficiency multi-junction solar cells view article »


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The "One" IR imaging accessory for smartphones allows thermal imaging when combined with an app. view article »


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Report states Chinese market for PV converters has grown more than 100%, and top suppliers are domestic companies. view article »


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Two German micro- and nanotechnology companies announced a merger this week: Temicon GmbH (Dortmund) and Holotools GmbH (Freiburg) will join forces to expand their product portfolios. view article »

Learning to Improve (and Enjoy) Your Public Speaking

POSTED Tue, 12 Aug 2014 18:21:00 GMT

Antonio Benayas Over the course of your career, one of the tasks you will likely face is speaking in public. This makes some people very nervous because the audience’s attention is focused solely on you. Public speaking is something you can le more>>

Bright Futures Q&A: Anna Garry

POSTED Wed, 30 Jul 2014 12:56:00 GMT

OPN: Tell us a bit about your current position and how you got there. I work at ETH Zurich for a Swiss National Science Foundation-funded network whose research focus is on molecular and ultrafast science and technology. My job is to develop scienti more>>

How to Use Your Business Card

POSTED Mon, 21 Jul 2014 13:58:00 GMT

Arti Agrawal “Here’s my card.” How often is this sentence uttered at conferences, meetings and other networking events? The ubiquitous business card is a marvelous thing, and its repertoire of functions is expanding beyond just pro more>>

Three Simple Steps to Networking Success

POSTED Thu, 10 Jul 2014 13:25:00 GMT

Arlene Smith I want to address a topic that is almost essential for career progression but can strike fear in an introvert’s heart: networking. Although it may feel like you’re the only one who gets nervous in networking situations, you& more>>

What is the Purpose of Your Research?

POSTED Wed, 25 Jun 2014 13:37:00 GMT

Carlos Hernández-García What are you investigating? What can it be used for? Scientists are often asked these questions. The answers may be easy for those doing applied research; but what about those doing fundamental research?Since st more>>

Pursuing Science in South Africa

POSTED Thu, 19 Jun 2014 20:39:00 GMT

Yaseera Ismail I have worked and studied at South African universities since beginning my undergraduate degree. I started my research career at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), which is one of 10 national research facilitie more>>

The New Visual Neurosciences

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This huge book (1,675 pages, 112 chapters and 13 associate editors,) is a companion to the editors’ previous two-volume text, The Visual Neurosciences (MIT Press, 2003). view article »


How the Ray Gun Got Its Zap: Odd Excursions into Optics

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This interesting book is a collection of 45 essays originally published in Optics & Photonics News and Spectrograph. view article »


Fluorescence Microscopy: Super-Resolution and Other Novel Techniques

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This book describes several modern techniques based on fluorescence microscopy with applications in cell biology. view article »


Laser Beam Propagation: Generation and Propagation of Customized Light

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This book covers recently discovered laser beam types. view article »


Optics of Aperiodic Structures: Fundamentals and Device Applications

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The authors have provided an important reference on a cutting edge development of aperiodic structures in nanophotonics. view article »


Consider a Spherical Patent: IP and Patenting in Technology Business

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This highly recommended, practical book presents the fields of IP and patenting in a clear and interesting manner. It is an essential guidebook for the novice. view article »

OPN Video

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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 »


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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 »


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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 »


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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 »


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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 »


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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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