Cover Story

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

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

Bloch Oscillations

Photonic Bloch Oscillations and Zener Tunnelling more>>

Coherent Imaging

Variable Coherence Allows Subwavelength Resolution Sensing. more>>

Diffractive Optics

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


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


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

Nonlinear Optics

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

Optical Beams

White Light Takes Shape. more>>


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


Mueller Matrix Approach for Discriminating Optical Rotation more>>

Raman Spectroscopy

Large-Aperture Raman Spectroscopy for Quantitative Chemometrics more>>

Soft X-ray

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


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

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.

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

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

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

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>>