Cover Story

The Road to Affordable, Large-Scale Silicon Photonics

Matthew Streshinsky et al.

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

Patricia Daukantas

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

Baruch Fischer and Alexander Bekker

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>>



Patricia Daukantas, Valerie C. Coffey and Sarah Michaud

Headliners, policy news and industry updates. more>>


Global Optics

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

Alejandro Cornejo Rodríguez and Octavio Cardona Núñez

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

Stephen R. Wilk

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

Conversations in Optics

U.S. Photonics Advocate

Sarah Michaud

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>>