OPN December 2012

Cover Story

Optics in 2012

Guest editors: Robert D. Guenther, Alex Fong, Yannick Lize, James McGuire, Alessandro Restelli, Yanina Shevchenko and Elena Silaeva

This special issue of Optics & Photonics News highlights the most exciting peer-reviewed optics research to have emerged over the past 12 months. more>>

Features

Accelerating Optical Beams

Finding non-paraxial accelerating Airy beams. more>>


Fiber Technology

Light-steered waveguides, relief Bragg reflectors, sapphire derived fibers. more>>


Nanophotonics

Nanowire image sensor and photonic circuits made with Angstrom precision more>>


Nonlinear Optics

Ultrafast KeV X-rays from tabletop femtosecond lasers more>>


Novel Optical Detector

The near-field topography of light more>>


Optical Coherence Tomography

Microscope in a needle, timereversal tomography and true-color molecular imaging more>>


Optical Cooling

Spontaneous Brillouin cooling, lumino-refrigeration and controlling atoms with light more>>


Optical Tweezers

Moiré-based tweezers, a tweezer assembly line, dynamic light cages and an optical “bottle” more>>


Phase Control

Low-cost light shaping and SLIDAR more>>


Imaging

Speckle-free laser imaging and gigapixel imaging more>>


Imaging Through Turbid Media

Using compressive sensing and digital holography to visualize partially occluding media more>>


Metamaterials

Metamaterials with tailorable properties and optical nanoantennas more>>


Spectroscopy

All-optical radiocarbon dating more>>


Ultrafast Optics

Fast light and superluminal images, ultrafast optical clocks, and supercontinuum pulse compression more>>


Scatterings

2015: International Year of Light

OSA joins international optics community in push for U.N. declaration. more>>


A Potential Cure for Myopia

OPN

Using contact lenses to reshape the eye more>>


Heisenberg Certainty

Researchers gather evidence that Heisenberg’s famous principle is wrong. more>>


Pretty Practical

Sarah Michaud

Researchers from North Carolina State University (U.S.A.) have created “nanoflowers” out of germanium sulfide (GeS). more>>


Spider Silk as an Optical Material

Patricia Daukantas

Who knew that spider silk, long studied for its tensile strength, could also act like an optical fiber? more>>


Using Laser Pointers for Chemical Sensing

Using ordinary green laser pointers, a research team from Ben Gurion University of the Negev (Israel) has developed a new and highly portable Raman spectrometer that can detect minute traces of hazardous chemicals in real time. more>>

Pulses

Education

Teaching Green Photonics

Andrew F. Zhou

Try these simple experiments to demonstrate how white light can be converted into energy by a solar panel and back to visible light through an LED. more>>


Global Optics

Spectroscopy, Optics and Lasers in the City of the Diagonals

Alberto Lencina

The city of La Plata has the highest concentration of scientific and techno-logical institutions in Argentina. Among these is the Optical Research Center, which is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year. more>>


Conversations in Optics

In His Own Words: David Wineland

David Wineland

OSA Fellow and winner of the 2012 Nobel Prize in Physics (with Serge Haroche) for his work on quantum systems. more>>

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