Cover Story

Polarimetric Imaging for Cancer Diagnosis and Staging

Tatiana Novikova, Angelo Pierangelo, Antonello De Martino, Abdelali Benali and Pierre Validire

A medical imaging technique that relies on light polarization could become a fast and accurate optical method for detecting cancer and determining the stage of the disease. more>>


Quantum Diamonds

Joshua Nunn and Ian Walmsley

Can we demonstrate quantum mechanics at scales relevant to a human being? To find out, we turned to a beautiful gem that may just turn out to be a physicist’s best friend. more>>

Quantum Optics for Space Platforms

William Morong, Alexander Ling and Daniel Oi

The idea of building a space-based quantum network is appealing, but there are many challenges. A new model for low-cost satellites is bringing global quantum communication a step closer to reality. more>>


Seeing through Walls

Yvonne Carts-Powell

Ultrafast imaging reveals hidden objects. more>>

Photoacoustic Spectroscopy Detects Multiple Gases

Patricia Daukantas

Researchers at the U.S. Army Research Lab have devised a photoacoustic technique for sensing trace amounts of gases that simulate deadly nerve agents more>>

Goodbye Glasses: Next Gen 3-D Theater

New optics research from South Korea offers the prospect of glasses-free 3-D display technology for commercial theaters. more>>

Finally, A Room-Temperature Maser

Patricia Daukantas

Nearly 60 years after the first working maser, three British scientists have devised an optically pumped solid-state maser that operates at room temperature. more>>

Sharp Mind

Researchers have adapted the technique that corrected the optics of the Hubble telescope to produce sharp views of the neural pathways in mice brains. more>>

Harnessing Light Highlights

Sarah Michaud

Report describes role of optics in technological and economic growth. more>>

GSI Group’s Laser Division Now JK Lasers

Valerie Coffey

JK Lasers, a GSI Group subsidiary, recently underwent a rebranding from its former identity as the Laser Division of GSI Group. more>>

Optimax Lenses on Mars Rover

Optimax Systems Inc. provided the lenses that were used by the Mars rover Curiosity to take its first images of the red planet. more>>

Plasmon Nanolaser

Yvonne Carts-Powell

Miniature semiconductor laser is based on plasmon amplification. more>>


Global Optics

Acoustics and Lighting in Ottoman Monuments

Selçuk Aktürk and Metin Ilhan

Turkish monuments constructed centuries ago have been found to include surprisingly sophisticated designs for controlling sound and light. more>>

Light Touch

The Optics of the Mirage Toy

Stephen Wilk

How does a clever toy create a near-perfect illusion when all of the rays emanating from the object are located far off the optical axis? more>>

Optics Innovations

Gooch & Housego: Building upon History

Alexandre Y. Fong

From small-town shop to global photonics leader, Gooch & Housego has evolved over six decades through a series of smart product developments and strategic acquisitions. more>>

Conversations in Optics

Attosecond Adventurer

Sarah Cogan

Paul Corkum uses laser pulses that last a quintillionth of a second to study atoms and molecules. more>>

OPN Talks with Michael D. Fayer

Hannah Bembia

Our conversation with Michael Fayer, nonlinear optics expert and FiO plenary speaker. more>>