OPN September 2008

Cover Story

A Brief History of Lighting

David DiLaura

In the beginning, there was light. Everyone knows that part. But how did we learn to control and use it for ourselves? This history highlights several technologies that have been used to produce light: flame from wood, oil and gas; arc... more>>


Using Single-Particle Fluorescence to Detect Bioaerosols

Yong-Le Pan, Richard K. Chang, Steven C. Hill and Ron G. Pinnick

Using single-particle fluorescence spectroscopy, scientists are conducting widespread, real-time monitoring of bioaerosols that will deepen their understanding of the effects of airborne particles on human health and climate change. more>>

A 3D Coffee Break: Using coffee cups, cardboard and a few other basic tools, the author transforms his coffee break into an exciting optical experience. Now you can too.

Keigo Iizuka

Using coffee cups, cardboard and a few other basic tools, the author transforms his coffee break into an exciting optical experience. Now you can too. more>>

Display Research at Taiwan’s National Chiao Tung University

Han-Ping D. Shieh

The Display Institute at National Chiao Tung University is helping Taiwan to remain a world leader in display science and technology. more>>


Using Nano-Optics to Control the Phase of Light

Yvonne Carts-Powell

Researchers have discovered a way to manipulate the phase of light using arrays of sub-wavelength slits, while still transmitting more light than expected. more>>

Light-Scattering Method Measures Cell Nuclei

Yvonne Carts-Powell

Researchers demonstrated a light-scattering technique called angle-resolved low-coherence interferometry (a/LCI) that provides a better method for measuring cell nuclei. more>>

Did You Know?

Yvonne Carts-Powell

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Toronto’s Rendezvous with Science

Emanuel Istrate

This May, in the greater Toronto area, about 15,000 people engaged in a one-day public celebration of sciences called Science Rendezvous. more>>

Global Optics

Optics Research at China’s Fudan University and SIOM

Barry R. Masters

OSA Fellow Barry Masters recounts his ICO-sponsored visit to several world-class educational and research institutions in Shanghai. more>>

Optical Engineering

Scratch Forensics

Tayyab Suratwala, Phil Miller, Mike Feit and Joe Menapace

Scratches on optical components are almost always detrimental. Whether formed during fabrication, cleaning or handling, scratches can cause increased scatter, impaired system performance, and, in the case of optics used in laser applications, laser damage. These “scratch forensic” techniques will help you to identify and prevent common sources of optical scratching. more>>

Optics Innovations

Developing a Strategy for Foreign Patent Filing

Neil Jetter, Eduardo Quinones and Nicholas Zachariades

There is no such thing as an international patent. So how can intellectual property managers ensure that their inventions are protected in an increasingly global world? more>>


Making Policy a Priority

Audrey Ellerbee

The 2008 Arthur H. Guenther Congressional Fellow reflects on her tenure in the office of Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) and shares her insights into how scientists can help shape U.S. policy. more>>

Conversations in Optics

OPN Talks with John Mather

Angela Stark

Our conversation with John Mather, Nobel laureate and FiO keynote speaker. more>>