Cover Story

They call themselves wizards, pioneers, sculptors, inventors. Their creations transform laser light into three-dimensional sculptures. With advances in laser technology, these artists are beginning to push the limits of light and space. ... more>>


Poor practice perpetuated in new standard?

With reference to the article on "International Optical Standards" by Robert E. Parks in the June issue of Optics and Photonics News (page 14), a problem arises when the standards being recommended contain some poor practice along with the mostly good practice. The poor practice is perpetuated automatically. more>>

Swimming pool optics

As we enjoy the last hot days of the year, there is still time for a few good romps in a swimming pool with the kids. By now, they may be tiring of the usual water games. This is a fine time to sneak in a little optics education; they won't even realize they're learning! Rather than doing experiments, why not see what the kids can observe around a pool, in terms of optics. (Besides, as a friend commented, with swim suits looking the way they do these days, oberservations around the pool could be pretty interesting.) more>>


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