Cover Story

The day is coming when engineers will be able to replace mechanical complex gimbal and steering mirror assemblies in electro-optical systems with thin, conformal devices that either have no moving parts or only make use of micro-motion. more>>


The Optical Network of the Future

The ubiquitous wireless Wi-Fi local-area-networks (LANs) that we enjoy today can accommodate new users and changing conditions in a robust, automated manner. How can we create similarly self-managed optical networks? more>>

Optics in Brazil

For Brazilian scientists, optics is considered a leading field in technology transfer. The discipline plays a large role in the country’s ongoing scientific revolution. more>>

Polarization Ray Tracing for Space Optics

Polarization ray tracing made its debut as a bona fide feature of optical design and analysis software about 20 years ago. This article “traces” how one of the first industrial strength automated PRT capabilities was created. more>>




Undergrads Show their Stuff at FiO Research Symp

Last year, a group of undergraduates held their own as they presented research amidst world-renowned physicists and Nobel-prize winners. The Symposium for Undergraduate Research at the annual Frontiers in Optics/Laser Science meeting showcased the contributions of the next generation of optical scientists. more>>

Light Touch

Once in a Blue Moon

Why does the phrase “once in a blue moon” mean “rarely”? Is it because, on unusual occasions, atmospheric conditions conspire to create a moon that appears blue? Or does a “blue moon” occur when there are two full moons in a single month—another uncommon occurrence? more>>

Optics Innovations

A New Model for the Optoelectronic Indium-based Semiconductor Industry

Foundry-based companies have driven the silicon semiconductor industry to huge success. Could a similar approach work in the struggling indium- based market? more>>

Photo Contest

After Image Photo Contest

The staff of Optics & Photonics News would like to invite you to participate in our first-ever After Image photography contest. As our devoted readers know, the After Image column appears regularly on our back page and consists of a large, full-page image that demonstrates some aspect of the field of optics, or an image that was created using optical equipment. more>>

The History of OSA

Reminiscences from A. Francis Turner

Francis Turner died in 1996 at the age of 89. He wrote down his reminiscences of OSA in 1973; they are presented here. more>>

Washington Focus

Homeland Security Seeks Help from Optics

Science—especially optical science—shows great promise for helping federal offi cials to protect Americans against terrorism. In December 2005, OSA held a conference in Washington, D.C., that explored optical solutions to homeland security. more>>