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Rewritable Holographic 3D Displays

N. Peyghambarian, Savas Tay, Pierre-Alexandre Blanche, Robert Norwood and Michiharu Yamamoto

Researchers at the University of Arizona’s College of Optical Sciences and Nitto Denko Technical Corp. have created a rewriteable holographic display that may one day enable 3D holographic film. more>>


Guiding Light with Long-Range Plasmons

Aloyse Degiron, Pierre Berini and David R. Smith

Long-range surface plasmons are characterized by unique electromagnetic properties that could reshape our vision of integrated optical circuits and other chip-scale photonic applications. more>>

Photoacoustic Tomography and Microscopy

Lihong V. Wang

By converting light waves into sound, researchers have developed a high-resolution biological imaging technique that allows them to see living tissue at new depths. more>>

The Quantum Cascade Laser: A Versatile and Powerful Tool

Manijeh Razeghi, Steven Slivken, Yanbo Bai and Shaban Ramezani Darvish

Many applications in the infrared are awaiting the right laser source. Advances in quantum cascade lasers will enable powerful new technologies to become commercial realities. more>>

Phase-Shifting Digital Holography

Ichirou Yamaguchi

Digital holography generally offers more flexibility than conventional holographic interferometry and speckle interferometry because of its simple setup and easy accessibility for 3D surfaces. more>>


Supercharging Microscope Resolution

Yvonne Carts-Powell

Researchers have refined a micro-scope that allows them to image features far smaller than the diffraction limit of the light used and examine how a protein behaves inside a living cell. more>>

The Next Step Toward Quantum Computers

Yvonne Carts-Powell

The integrated circuit changed electronics dramatically. Could the integration of photonic circuits that demonstrate quantum behavior have similar effects on quantum computing? more>>

Did You Know?

Yvonne Carts-Powell

Two-dimensional colloidal crystals. more>>


Global Optics

Photonics Research at Australia’s Swinburne University of Technology

Barry R. Masters

The Centre for Micro-Photonics at Australia’s Swinburne University of Technology has emerged as a leader in interdisciplinary photonics education and research. OSA Fellow Barry Masters recounts his recent visit to this world-class institution. more>>

Light Touch

With The Camera Lucida, You, Too, Can Be an Artist

Stephen R. Wilk

“You Can Draw Your Family, Friends, Anything from REAL LIFE­—Like An Artist…Even if You CAN’T DRAW a Straight Line!” more>>

Optical Engineering

Better Polishing through Chemistry

Jessica E. DeGroote

Learning the chemical aspects of optical polishing can lead to better optics in less time. more>>

The History of OSA


Bruce H. Billings