Cover Story

Chinese researchers already have a decades-long history of making key contributions to integrated photonics research. Now, with a growing number of research groups and unprecedented government backing, the country is poised to take a... more>>


Light and Color in Nature: A Return to Optics’ Roots

Past OSA President Bob Greenler and OSA Fellow Dave Lynch describe a remarkable conference series in which scientists gather to explore beautiful naked-eye phenomena in the world around us. more>>

The Green Laser Diode: Completing the Rainbow

Traditionally, green laser diodes have been difficult to construct due to the characteristics of the quantum wells that serve as their gain region. Now, however, several companies and research groups have found ways to fill this “green gap,” by mastering the epitaxy of high-indium-containing quantum wells, balancing strain and defect formation against the quantum-confined Stark effect and using optimized waveguides. Their work is driving new applications in consumer electronics, biophotonics and other areas. more>>


German investigators achieved a transfer rate of 26 Tbits/s over 50 km of single-mode fiber by using a multiplexing technique borrowed from wireless communications. more>>

Scientists from two U.S. universities have created a three-dimensional terahertz-spectrum “invisibility cloak” that hides a bump from a wide range of radiation frequencies. more>>

A Duke University researcher described how pump-probe imaging of melanin with near-infrared pulses allowed the researchers to image a developing melanoma directly on the skin. more>>

Electrical switching can control the optical transparency of thin films of graphene oxide. more>>


Career Focus

Managing a Research Group

You worked hard to get your Ph.D.; you went through a few postdoc positions around the world; and now your life’s ambition is fulfilled at last: You get to start or develop your own research group. Are you ready? Sure, you are a seasoned scientist, but how good are you at managing other researchers? more>>

Global Optics

Optics Shine in Wuhan, China

China, the second largest economy in the world, is placing a growing emphasis on the development of science and technology. But behind its booming growth, the country is still rooted in the traditional values of family, respect for the elderly, and education. OSA Fellow Barry Masters describes his recent visit to the city of Wuhan and how the educational system there mixes Chinese traditions with Western infl uences. more>>

Reflections in Diversity

Promoting Diversity in Optics: A Column Is Born

OSA Board member Ursula Keller and past president Anthony Johnson are pleased to announce a new space in OPN that will explore how the optics community can broaden its own spectrum. more>>

The History of OSA

Memories of an Editor

The son of an iconic JOSA editor reminisces about his father's home-grown operation. more>>


Supporting Science and Building Public Trust

OSA Congressional Fellows share their views on issues at the forefront of Congressional debates. more>>

Conversations in Optics

Our conversation with Sir John Pendry, metamaterials pioneer and Frontiers in Optics keynote speaker. more>>

Our conversation with Ivan P. Kaminow, 2011 Frederic Ives Medal/Jarus W. Quinn Endowment recipient and FiO plenary speaker. more>>