Cover Story

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

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

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

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

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>>


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

Two-dimensional colloidal crystals. more>>


Global Optics

Photonics Research at Australia’s Swinburne University of Technology

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

“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

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

The History of OSA