Cover Story

Bending Back Light: The Science of Negative Index Materials

Costas M. Soukoulis

After years of painstakingly developing and testing the necessary materials, scientists are now looking to translate negative refraction into positive applications such as sub-wavelength, high-resolution imaging across the... more>>


Slow Light and Fast Data Links: Report from OFC 2006

Jeff Hecht

This year’s Optical Fiber Communications/National Fiber Optic Engineers Conference (OFC/NFOEC) was a rich blend of technical content, ranging from cutting-edge concepts such as slow light to the development of low-cost components for fiber-to-the-home systems. more>>

Coating Technologies for High-Damage-Threshold Optics

Ove Lyngnes, Nick Traggis, Kathy Li Dessau and Chris Myatt

The telecom boom of the late 1990s helped drive a revolution in thin-film technology. As a result, new deposition techniques have been developed that can withstand environmental challenges such as humidity and thermal stress. more>>




Just-in-Time Teaching: Technology Transforming Learning

Gregor M. Novak and Evelyn T. Patterson

Just-in-Time Teaching is an undergraduate educational strategy that leverages the power and convenience of the Web to improve student learning, skill building and attitudes. Courses include a pre-class Internet component that is designed to complement classroom activities. more>>

Optics Innovations

Hiding Crown Jewels: Maintaining Trade Secrets

Andrew R. Sommer

Your company has developed a new semiconductor layering technique that will make chemical vapor deposition seem like stone-age technology. How can you protect that valuable intellectual property? more>>

The History of OSA

ICO and Optica Acta

John N. Howard

As early as 1948, optical physicists were looking at the Journal of the Optical Society of America (JOSA) as a model publication. Drawing on OSA’s experience, the International Commission for Optics hoped to start its own journal—which would do for European optics what JOSA had done in the United States. more>>