OPN December 2007
Optics in 2007: Introduction
Robert D. Guenther
This special issue of Optics & Photonics News (OPN) highlights the most exciting research to emerge in the preceding 12 months in the fast-paced world of optics. “Optics in 2007” offers readers a unique opportunity to access, in a single... more>>
Grigoriy Emiliyanov, Jesper B. Jensen, Ole Bang, Poul E. Hoiby, Lars H. Pedersen, Erik Michael Kjær and Lars Lindvold
Optics has provided key tools for advancing both modern and traditional biology.
Casimer DeCusatis and Lawrence Jacobowitz
Although there has been a decrease in telecom research since 2000, significant optical engineering advances continue to provide important contributions to wide-bandwidth communications. more>>
P.W. Wachulak, M.C. Marconi, R.A Bartels, C.S. Menoni and J.J. Rocca
Through a careful analysis of numerically reconstructed holographic images, it is possible to obtain 3D information from a single high-aperture EUV Gabor hologram. more>>
Alex Hayat, Pavel Ginzburg and Meir Orenstein
Researchers have demonstrated the optical cooling of a laser.
Andrea M. Armani, Richard C. Flagan and Scott E. Fraser
What unique performance can be provided by micro-optical systems? Is there a limit to the reduction we can make in optical systems? Researchers have taken steps to address these questions.
Chandra S Yelleswarapu and D.V.G.L.N. Rao
Investigators have found new ways to provide the biological community with more powerful tools. more>>
Robert Fischer, Dragomir Neshev, Andrey Sukhorukov, Solomon Saltiel, Wieslaw Krolikowski and Yuri Kivshar
Phase matching is a necessity, but what happens in the extreme? Can we use the nonlinear processes to create the necessary phase matching?
Sharon A. Jewell, P. Vukusic and N. Roberts
The field of photonic structures now includes not only the identification of naturally occurring structures and the production of conventional optical operations, but the observation of disordered optical structures. more>>
C.H. Gan, G. Gbur and T.D. Visser
Surface plasmons are finding interesting applications in nano-optics, where the attenuation does not dominate.
S. Chávez-Cerda, Héctor M. Moya Cessa and Jesús R. Moya Cessa
Interestingly, quantum optics is being used to solve problems in classical optics.
Joe Mok, Martijn de Sterke, Ian Littler and Benjamin J. Eggleton
We are finally observing slow light without having to make heroic efforts. more>>
Andrey A. Sukhorukov, Dragomir N. Neshev, Alexander Dreischuh, Robert Fischer, Sangwoo Ha, Jeremy Bolger, Lam Bui, Wieslaw Krolikowski, Benjamin J. Eggleton, Arnan Mitchell, Michael W. Austin and Yuri S. Kivshar
We can now create structures to form solitons. more>>
A.Y. Vorobyev and C. Guo
Short optical pulses provide useful material processing capability. more>>
David H. Foster, Kinjiro Amano, Sérgio M.C. Nascimento and Michael J. Foster
A new intraocular lens has been developed to correct coma. Another finding about metamerism shows that the eye-brain connection stills surprises. more>>
Carolina Consortium Promotes Photonics Technologies
Robert D. Guenther
There is a classic gap between research and the realization of commercial opportunity—often called the “valley of death.” A new consortium of universities in the Carolinas intends to bridge that chasm through a collaborative effort aimed at commercializing photonics technologies. more>>
Understanding Patent Reform
The U.S. patent system is desperately
in need of an overhaul—and Congress
may soon be ready to pass reform