Our panel of editors reviewed a record 200 research summaries from scientists all over the globe. They selected for publication 30 stories that they felt most clearly communicated breakthroughs of interest to the optics community. Some of the summaries have related multimedia that you can access at www.osa-opn.org/optics-in-2014. Thanks to all who submitted summaries as well as our panel of guest editors.

Lasers

Feedback creates simple and stable fiber and vertical-cavity lasers.

 

Imaging

A temporal pinhole and needle tip offer new imaging modalities

 

Bioimaging

Two very different approaches to multidimensional biological imaging

 

 

Optical Coherence Imaging

Engineering lowers the cost of interferometric imaging at multiple scales

 

 

Guided Waves

Enhancements for guided-wave circuits that perform like electronic circuits

 


 

Quantum Optics

Measurement and control expand for systems from semiconductors to single photons

 

Terahertz

Large-bandwidth source and detector methods in the THz region

 

Propagation

Singularities and random index variations for Anderson localization and image propagation

 

Optomechanics

Optical chiral sorting and spatial ordering of atoms and molecules

 

 

Metamaterials

Metamaterials for analog processors and optical beam shaping

 

 

Optical Elastography

Measuring biomechanical properties of living tissue

 

 

Nonlinear Optics

Tabletop XUV generation and graphene allow for work in novel wavelengths

 


Ultrafast Optics

Collecting video at a trillion frames per second