Cover Story

Optics in 2006 Introduction

Bob D. Guenther

The areas covered in 2006 include array detectors, Bloch oscillations, coherent imaging, diffractive optics, imaging, metamaterials, nonlinear optics, optical beams, opto-mechanics, polarization, Raman spectroscopy, soft X-rays and... more>>


Array Detectors

Ayman F. Abouraddy, Ofer Shapira, Mehmet Bayindir, Jerimy Arnold, John D. Joannopoulos and Yoel Fink

Fabrics that “See”: Photosensitive Fiber Constructs. more>>

Bloch Oscillations

Henrike Trompeter, Andreas Bräuer, Anton S. Desyatnikov, Yuri S. Kivshar, Wieslaw Krolikowski, Falk Lederer, Dirk Michaelis, Dragomir N. Neshev, Thomas Pertsch, Ulf Peschel, Ulrich Streppel and Andrey A. Sukhorukov

Photonic Bloch Oscillations and Zener Tunnelling more>>

Coherent Imaging

E. Baleine and A. Dogariu

Variable Coherence Allows Subwavelength Resolution Sensing. more>>

Diffractive Optics

Wenjian Cai, Timothy D. Gerke, Theodore J. Reber, Ariel Libertun and Rafael Piestun

Computer-Generated Volume Holograms Optimize Degrees of Freedom in 3D Aperiodic Structures. more>>


Carlo Mar Blanca, Vernon Julius Cemine, Bernardino Buenaobra and Caesar Saloma

Localizing Defects on Circuits Using High-Resolution OFT more>>


I.C. Khoo, D.H. Werner and A. Diaz

Nano-Dispersed Liquid Crystal with Tunable Negative-Zero-Positive Refractive Indices more>>

Nonlinear Optics

Fiorenzo G. Omenetto, Natalie A. Wolchover, Mackenzie R. Wehner, Matt Ross, Anatoly Efimov, Antoinette Taylor, V. Ravi K. Kumar, Alan K. George, Jonathan C. Knight, Nicolas Y. Joly and Philip St. J. Russell

Supercontinuum Generation in Sub-Centimeter Lengths of High-Nonlinearity Photonic Crystal Fibers more>>

Optical Beams

Pascal Fischer, Ewan M. Wright, Tom Brown, Wilson Sibbett, Jill E. Morris, Carlos López-Mariscal, Antonia E. Carruthers and Kishan Dholakia

White Light Takes Shape. more>>


Davide Iannuzzi, Szabolcs Deladi and Michael Elwenspoek

Fiber-Top Cantilevers: A New Sensor on the Tip of a Fiber more>>


S. Manhas, M.K. Swami, P. Buddhiwant, N. Ghosh, P.K. Gupta and K. Singh

Mueller Matrix Approach for Discriminating Optical Rotation more>>

Raman Spectroscopy

Scott T. McCain, Michael E. Gehm, Yanqia Wang, Nikos P. Pitsianis and David J. Brady

Large-Aperture Raman Spectroscopy for Quantitative Chemometrics more>>

Soft X-ray

David M. Gaudiosi, Brendan Reagan, Tenio Popmintchev, Michael Grisham, Mark Berrill, Oren Cohen, Barry C. Walker, Margaret M. Murnane, Henry C. Kapteyn and Jorge J. Rocca

High Harmonic Generation from Ions in a Capillary Discharge Plasma Waveguide more>>


Luis Miaja-Avila, Guido Saathoff, Chifong Lei, Martin Aeschlimann, John L. Gland, Margaret M. Murnane and Henry C. Kapteyn

As we become more able to control the length and accuracy of optical pulses, the field is expanding into new uses for ultrashort pulses. more>>




What Girls Need to Succeed in Science, Technology and Math

Meg Milne Moulton

The root of the problem with engaging girls in science, technology, engineering and math is that young women often feel that these fields are difficult to understand and almost impossible to master. While we know this isn’t true, it is becoming all the more apparent that we have to reach young women and inspire a passion for these fields at an early age. more>>

Photo Contest

And the Winners Are ... Results from OPN's After Image Photo Contest.

OPN staff

Earlier this year, OPN invited its readers to participate in our fi rst ever After Image Photo Contest. We were delighted to receive 34 submissions that capture compelling aspects of laser science, atmospheric optics, astronomy, microscopy, optical coatings, optical design and more. more>>

The History of OSA

JOSA B: Optical Physics

John N. Howard

When the series of the Journal of the Optical Society of America (JOSA) ended in December 1983 and the first issue of JOSA A appeared in January 1984, Robert Terhune had achieved only half of his grand scheme to revamp JOSA. Now it was time to focus on JOSA B. more>>


Talking to your Government Officials: Why It Matters

Elizabeth Kunkee

I’ve learned a lot during my tenure as chair of OSA’s Public Policy Committee. Not only is it possible for individuals to make a difference in the lawmaking process, it happens regularly. Scientists and their constituents matter to government decision-makers. Their insights matter. Their opinions matter. more>>

Washington Focus

Post-9/11 Security: Better for Scientists, but not Perfect

Tom Price

Some post-9/11 security measures may have had the unintended effect of slowing scientific progress. Science advocates today say the situation is improving, but that too many limitations remain and that the implementation of legitimate restrictions should be fine-tuned. more>>