Cover Story

Large-scale optical systems in silicon can become a reality by building upon the existing infrastructure. Due to the shifting economics of silicon photonics, some cost-effective fabless silicon products may even emerge over the next... more>>


Tingye Li: A Global Force in Optical Communications

Born into a world on the brink of war, Tingye Li shaped a communications industry that linked the world in peace. Li, the popular 1995 OSA President who died last December at 81, lived a truly global life. more>>

Many-Body Photonics

Researchers are using statistical mechanics to uncover thermodynamic-like properties in optical systems. This unique research direction could have far-reaching implications for photonics. more>>


Headliners, policy news and industry updates. more>>


Global Optics

Optics in an Ancient Town: Mexico’s INAOE Celebrates 40 Years

The National Institute of Astrophysics, Optics and Electronics reflects on its past and commemorates 40 years of achievement. more>>

Light Touch

Jean-Paul Marat: A Revolutionary in Politics—and Optics

Jean-Paul Marat, a motivational figure in the French Revolution, was also a disruptive force in optics. more>>

Conversations in Optics

OSA 2009 President Thomas Baer talks about the National Photonics Initiative, a new U.S. initiative to increase photonics R&D, grow the U.S. economy and improve national security. more>>