• Fourier Ptychographic Microscopy: A Gigapixel Superscope for Biomedicine

    Fourier Ptychographic Microscopy: A Gigapixel Superscope for Biomedicine

    A simple modification, combined with computational optics, can boost the resolving power of standard microscopes by more than an order of magnitude—and open up new applications in both the lab and the clinic.

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  • Expanding OCT: Quanitifying the Cornea’s Optical Performance

    Expanding OCT: Quanitifying the Cornea’s Optical Performance

    Optical coherence tomography, a well-known method for imaging the retina, may allow physicians to perform quantitative metrology of the eye’s own optics.

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  • Optics on the Brain: OSA’s Mulitphoton and Patterned Optogenetics Incubator

    Optics on the Brain: OSA’s Mulitphoton and Patterned Optogenetics Incubator

    A December 2013 OSA incubator meeting highlighted the role of cutting-edge optics and photonics in solving the mysteries of neuroscience—and helped forge connections between researchers in the two communities.

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Better Polymer Infrared Lenses from Waste Sulfur

By Valerie Coffey | POSTED April 23, 2014

Sulfur left over from oil refining could be used for plastic lenses that transmit at IR regions not reached by other plastic lenses. more>>

Finding the Right Color for White LEDs from First Principles

By Patricia Daukantas | POSTED April 16, 2014

Applying this method could help engineers design new LED luminaires with less trial and error. more>>

Bringing Sunlight Back to Urban Streets

By Stewart Wills | POSTED April 14, 2014

Egyptian researchers propose a novel, and cheap, solution for taking dense urban alleyways out of the shadows. more>>

Using Light to Guide Nerve Repair

By Valerie Coffey | POSTED April 09, 2014

Neurons are sensitive to heat generated by a low-power laser directed ahead of the axonal growth cone. more>>

Heralded Single Photons from a Hybrid Photonic Circuit

By Sarah Michaud | POSTED April 03, 2014

Hybrid technology brings us a step closer to a reliable single-photon source. more>>

Controlling an Antibiotic with Light

By Patricia Daukantas | POSTED April 02, 2014

A light-activated antibiotic could provide physicians with a new treatment options for localized infections more>>

R&D Funding Opportunities

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Sensor Innovative Research (BAA-12-02-PKS)

AGENCY: U.S. Air Force | DUE April 05, 2017
FUNDING: $50,000 to $1,000,000 USD, total | ELIGIBILITY: Unrestricted

The Electromagnetics Technology Division (RYH), Sensors Directorate (RY), Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), is looking to conduct research in the following areas: Antenna Technology, Opto-Electronic Technology, Electromagnetic Scattering, Infrared Sensor Technology. This is a two-step application: 1) white paper; 2) proposal. See full announcement for details. more>>

Metamaterials for RF and Optical Applications (BAA-12-01-PKS)

AGENCY: U.S. Air Force | DUE February 20, 2016
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. more>>

Theoretical Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics (PD-11-1284)

AGENCY: NSF | DUE October 29, 2014
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. more>>

Biophotonics (PD-14-7236)

AGENCY: NSF | DUE September 17, 2014
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. more>>

Nano-Biosensing (PD-14-7909)

AGENCY: NSF | DUE September 17, 2014
FUNDING: $300,000 to $600,000 | ELIGIBILITY: Unrestricted

Fundamental research in engineering areas related to nano-biosensing. more>>

Laser UV Sources for Tactical Efficient Raman (LUSTER) (DARPA-BAA-14-20)

AGENCY: DARPA | DUE June 25, 2014
FUNDING: Unspecified | ELIGIBILITY: Unrestricted

DARPA is soliciting innovative research proposals in the field of UV laser technology that will enable enhanced detection and discrimination of specific biological and chemical compounds using Raman spectroscopy. more>>

The Energy Foundation Programs

AGENCY: The Energy Foundation | DUE May 07, 2014
FUNDING: Unlisted | ELIGIBILITY: China and United States

Support projects that promote the transition to a sustainable energy future by advancing energy efficiency and renewable energy. more>>


AGENCY: South Africa National Research Foundation | DUE November 29, 2013
FUNDING: N/A | ELIGIBILITY: doctoral student in South Africa

The scholarships support attendance at a UK university or institution for 1 year, under the joint supervision of the South African-based and UK supervisors more>>

Electronics, Photonics, and Magnetic Devices (PD-13-1517)

AGENCY: U.S. National Science Foundation | DUE November 01, 2013
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. more>>

Center of Excellence: Nature-Inspired Sciences (BAA-AFOSR-2013-0004)

AGENCY: U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Department of Defence | DUE October 15, 2013
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. more>>

Innovative Medicines Initiative Joint Undertaking

AGENCY: European Commission | DUE October 09, 2013
FUNDING: €135,370,000 | ELIGIBILITY: EU Member States or Associated Countries

Public private partnership between the EC and EFPIA1 driving collaboration between all relevant stakeholders including large and small biopharmaceutical and healthcare companies, regulators, academia, and patients. more>>


AGENCY: NRF of South Africa, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic | DUE October 06, 2013
FUNDING: Variable | ELIGIBILITY: South African and Czech researchers

inter-agency bilateral agreement This is a cooperation in the fields of science and technology aimed at developing and strengthening relations between the two institutions, and the two countries, in the area of scientific research. more>>

Industry News

Market for LEDs in Lighting to Grow 27% through 2018

By Valerie Coffey | POSTED April 18, 2014

The report says that LED lighting revenues have doubled since 2012, and now account for 30 percent of the global LED market. more>>

Truesense Imaging to be Acquired by ON Semiconductor

By Valerie Coffey | POSTED April 11, 2014

Truesense Imaging, one of the last vestiges of the digital imaging division of Eastman Kodak, to be acquired by ON Semiconductor for $92M. more>>

First Universal Bank in Manufacturing Tech Sector Founded by TRUMPF

By Valerie Coffey | POSTED April 04, 2014

TRUMPF will have a full banking license to enable customers and employees to finance sales purchases, borrow and start businesses. more>>

Industry Consortium to Standardize 100G WDM

By Valerie Coffey | POSTED March 21, 2014

The multi-source agreement unites 1550 nm band WDM lasers and QSFP specifications for single-mode fiber data center network infrastructure. more>>

GSI Group to Sell Continuum, Buy JADAK

By Valerie Coffey | POSTED March 14, 2014

OEM to sell its line of scientific lasers, Continuum, for $7.5M in cash to an unnamed buyer. more>>

U.S. Solar PV Market Shattered Records in 2013

By Valerie Coffey | POSTED March 07, 2014

PV installations increased 41% in 2013. Is the solar energy market on the path to mainstream status? more>>

A Woman's Place Is in the Lab

POSTED Tue, 01 Apr 2014 19:47:00 GMT

Arlene Smith As a female engineer, one becomes accustomed to being a minority: in the lecture theatre, in the graduate lab and in the workplace. We have come a long way from the days when women scientists were an anomaly, but the number of women cho more>>

Finding Meaning in Your Ph.D. Research

POSTED Tue, 25 Feb 2014 19:35:00 GMT

Arti Agrawal I recently interviewed a Ph.D. candidate, and it brought back memories of my own graduate student days. In particular, it got me thinking about the times when I struggled to define exactly why getting my degree was important and what I more>>

Do You Have the Right Attitude?

POSTED Mon, 27 Jan 2014 19:27:00 GMT

Lisa Balbes This post was adapted from content on the Career blog of the American Chemical Society (ACS) with the kind permission of ACS and the author.Have you ever had a great day, where everything was going right and one success just seemed to le more>>

Learning by Teaching

POSTED Mon, 13 Jan 2014 17:41:00 GMT

Takayuki Umakoshi The people in my family are not very familiar with science. I sometimes wish that I could discuss my work with them, but it is not easy to explain my research to people without a scientific background. This is just one of the many more>>

Combatting Engineering Stereotypes

POSTED Wed, 08 Jan 2014 15:27:00 GMT

Brian Monacelli Quick! Think of a well-known engineer, real or fictional, from pop culture. I bet that took longer than expected, right? Perhaps Scotty from Star Trek came to mind. He is admired among his fictional peers because the fate of the crew more>>

How to benefit from internships, exchanges and scholarships

POSTED Mon, 16 Dec 2013 15:55:00 GMT

Christian Reimer Deciding where you want to conduct your graduate studies and on what kind of research are very difficult and important choices. Getting into the right program—ideally on a full scholarship—is even more challenging. more>>

Book Review
Smart Mini-Cameras

By Tigran V. Galstian, ed. | POSTED April 17, 2014

Overall, this is an important survey of the latest camera technologies in a developing branch of camera design. more>>

Book Review
Optical Thin Films and Coatings: From Materials to Applications

By Angela Piegari and François Flory, eds. | POSTED April 09, 2014

This book presents the reader with a delightful stroll through a wealth of diverse topics relating to optical thin films and coatings, including applications to mirrors, beam splitters and filters. more>>

Book Review
Functional Imaging by Controlled Nonlinear Optical Phenomena

By Kazuyoshi Itoh, Keisuke Isobe and Wataru Watanabe | POSTED April 03, 2014

The authors have provided a remarkable reference on nonlinear optical and functional imaging, which includes powerful microscopy and spectroscopy techniques via ultrafast laser pulses. more>>

Book Review
Handbook of Molecular Plasmonics

By Fabio Della Sala and Stefania D’Agostino, eds. | POSTED March 27, 2014

This handbook provides a crystal-clear account of the subject area, in particular the growing area of molecular plasmonics, which deals with the nanoscale coupling between the emitting molecules and metallic nanostructures. more>>

Book Review
Complexity and the Arrow of Time

By Charles H. Lineweaver, Paul C.W. Davies and Michael Ruse, eds. | POSTED March 20, 2014

The aim of this book is to find answers to a very difficult question: What is complexity? Is it increasing or not? more>>

Book Review
Coherent Doppler Wind Lidars in a Turbulent Atmosphere

By Victor Banakh and Igor Smalikho | POSTED March 13, 2014

This fine book covers coherent Doppler laser (CDL) systems and summarizes the last 20 years of research from the Institute of Atmospheric Optics of the former USSR Academy of Science, Siberian Branch. more>>

OPN Video

Selection by Direction

OPN Video | POSTED March 28, 2014

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... more>>

Optics in 2013: Lensless Digital Holography

OPN Video | POSTED November 27, 2013

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... more>>

Optics in 2012

OPN Video | POSTED November 30, 2012

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... more>>

Rochester: An Optics Future

OPN Video | POSTED November 08, 2012

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... more>>

Rochester: An Optics Legacy

OPN Video | POSTED October 08, 2012

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... more>>

Optics in 2011

OPN Video | POSTED January 01, 2012

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. more>>

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