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Fourier ptychographic microscopy can boost the imaging power of standard microscopes through a simple LED array and computational optics. Illustration by Yan Liang and Guoan Zheng.

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.


Subscriptions to OPN and OPN Online are exclusive OSA membership benefits. You’re invited to initiate your subscriptions by joining The Optical Society’s global network of science and business leaders. OSA membership helps you to build and maintain professional contacts through members-only online services and special events. Member benefits include: free subscriptions, registration discounts, members-only access to the OSA Member Directory, career services, and much more!

Year in Optics

Each year, the December issue of Optics & Photonics News—the monthly magazine of The Optical Society—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 do so, please visit Prism, OSA’s new online submission system, at https://prism.opticsinfobase.org

The process

Summaries are judged by a team of 5-6 OSA members in September of each year, and final selections are made by Dr. Robert Guenther of Duke University, who serves as the Editor of the special issue. Authors will be informed of whether their work has been accepted by early October. Over the following weeks, the editorial team at Optics & Photonics News will work closely with the authors of accepted papers to prepare their articles for final publication. Submissions are now open for 2014.


Submissions are judged on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Summaries should be no more than 500 words in length, including title, figure captions and references. Longer summaries may be disqualified.

  • Summaries may not contain more than five references.

  • Summaries should include only one high-resolution figure or image (jpeg, eps or tiff).

  • Additional multimedia files (videos or animations) are encouraged but not required.

  • To appear in the Year in Optics issue for the current calendar year, the accomplishments described must have been published in a peer-reviewed journal sometime after July of the previous calendar year.

  • Highlighted research should be described in a clear, concise manner that is readily accessible to the at-large optics community.

  • The author or authors should describe the topical area as a whole and then discuss the importance of their work in that context.

  • Summaries should represent the best work in a given optics subfield. Thus, we discourage multiple submissions from the same individual or group.

  • Since we try to recognize all subfields, we may not accept multiple submissions from one research group in a single, concentrated area of focus. OPN strives to ensure that engineering, basic science and technology are all well represented.

More information

If you have additional questions about the Year in Optics special issue, please contact the Optics & Photonics News editorial team at opn@osa.org.


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Letters to the Editor

Would you like to comment on an article you've read in OPN? We encourage reader feedback. Please e-mail your letter to opn@osa.org and include your name, affiliation and e-mail address. You can also add comments directly to online articles by clicking the "View/Add Comment" function following each article.

After Image and Image of the Week

OPN is always on the lookout for exciting, high-resolution photos of optics phenomena for our online Image of the Week and/or publication in our After Image department. Please use the electronic image submission form to upload/submit your image in the form of a TIFF, EPS or JPEG. Please note in the description whether submitting for Image of the Week or the After Image department. Images for print should be 300 dpi or greater.

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Elizabeth Nolan

Stewart Wills

Alessia Hawes Kirkland

Sarah Michaud

Hannah Bembia

Stu Griffith

Carlos X. Izurieta

Jackie Hajji


Bob Jopson
Bell Labs, U.S.A.

Mihaela Dinu

Dmitry Dylov
GE Global Research, U.S.A.

Andrew Forbes
CSIR, South Africa

Gregory Forbes
QED Technologies, Australia

Nicholas Frigo
U.S. Naval Academy

Vasudevan Lakshminarayanan
University of Waterloo, Canada

Nick Lambert
Precision Optical, U.S.A.

Carlos López-Marsical
Naval Research Labs, U.S.A.

Zuleykhan Tomova
University of Maryland, U.S.A.


Alexandre Fong
Gooch & Housego, U.S.A.

G. Groot Gregory
Synopsys Inc., U.S.A.

Bob D. Guenther
Duke University, U.S.A.

Anthony Johnson

Ursula Keller
ETH Zurich, Switzerland

Brian Monacelli
the Optical Sciences Company, U.S.A.

Yanina Shevchenko 
Harvard University, U.S.A.

Stephen R. Wilk