About OPN

Optics & Photonics News (OPN) is The Optical Society's monthly news magazine. It provides in-depth coverage of recent developments in the field of optics and offers busy professionals the tools they need to succeed in the optics industry, as well as informative pieces on a variety of topics such as science and society, education, technology and business. OPN strives to make the various facets of this diverse field accessible to researchers, engineers, businesspeople and students. Contributors include scientists and journalists who specialize in the field of optics. We welcome your submissions.


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Year in Optics

Each year, the December issue of Optics & Photonics News highlights the most exciting optics research to emerge in the preceding 12 months. We encourage anyone who has recently conducted notable peer-reviewed research to send us a brief summary of their work to be considered for publication in the issue. To find out more about manuscript guidelines, the submission and review process, and deadlines for submission, please see our author page.


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From superconducting circuits to ion traps to electron spins to photons, physicists are making increased progress controlling and manipulating quantum bits, or qubits. But the path to a “universal” quantum computer remains a challenging one.


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Rebecca Robinson


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Stu Griffith

Carlos X. Izurieta

Claudia Paulsen Young



Andrew Forbes, Chair
University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

Svetlana Boriskina
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

Mihaela Dinu
LGS Innovations, USA

Dmitry Dylov
GE Global Research, USA

Nicholas Frigo
U.S. Naval Academy

Brooke Hester
Appalachian State University, USA

Vasudevan Lakshminarayanan
University of Waterloo, Canada

Nick Lambert
Precision Optical, USA

Arlene Smith
Avo Photonics Inc., USA

Zuleykhan Tomova
University of Maryland, USA



Alexandre Fong
Gooch & Housego, USA

G. Groot Gregory
Synopsys Inc., USA

Bob D. Guenther
Duke University, USA

Anthony Johnson

Bob Jopson
Alcatel-Lucent, Bell Labs, USA

Ursula Keller
ETH Zurich, Switzerland

Yanina Shevchenko 
Harvard University, USA

Stephen R. Wilk