Martin J. Booth, Delphine Débarre and Alexander Jesacher
Over the last decade, researchers have applied adaptive optics—a technology that was originally conceived for telescopes—to high-resolution microscopy in order to overcome the problems caused by specimen-induced aberrations.
As we see when looking at fish in an aquarium, optical materials can distort the actual locations of objects. Scientists are now able to manipulate light in “fishy” ways that may enable big scientific breakthroughs such as invisibility cloaking in the near future.
A new technology that combines optics and neurobiology is slowly illuminating a dark world for some people with blindness caused by retinal damage.
Progress in optical communications is being driven by an explosion of new applications and services. This article describes the current state of the field as seen by the organizers of the upcoming OFC/NFOEC conference.
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