Cover Story

The Tiniest Traps: Optical Manipulation Gets Smaller

Valerie Coffey

Arthur Ashkin ushered in the field of optical manipulation more than 40 years ago. Today, smaller and smaller tools, such as optical “nanotweezers” and precisely focused lasers, are becoming practical for controlling single cells... more>>

Features

A Broadening Vision for Adaptive Optics

Lynn Savage

Traditionally, adaptive optics has been used to improve telescope optics. However, wavefront correction techniques have also given researchers novel ways of exploring human vision and enhancing microscopy techniques. more>>


Satyendra Nath Bose and Bose-Einstein Statistics

Barry R. Masters

Although not as well known as his contemporaries, Satyendra Nath Bose was arguably one of the most important scientists in the 20th century. His revolutionary way of viewing photon behavior and photon statistics—later known as Bose statistics—changed the field in a dramatic way.

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Scatterings

Scatterings

Patricia Daukantas, Yvonne Carts-Powell, Valerie Coffey and Sarah Michaud

Headliners, policy news and industry updates. more>>

Pulses

Global Optics

My Research Life in Canada: A Tale of Two Labs

Ming Li

Ming Li describes his experiences working in two of Canada’s leading photonics research groups. more>>


Light Touch

Tractor Beams Revisited

Stephen R. Wilk

Apart from micro-scale optical tweezers, tractor beams have been considered nothing more than the stuff of sci-fi fantasy. Time to think again … more>>


Optics Innovations

Read to Succeed

Milton Chang

Four business publications recommended by Milton Chang. more>>

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