Cover Story

OSA remembers its 1999 President, a noted researcher and teacher, with a new summer school that will continue his ideals. more>>


Fiber Lasers: The 2 μm Market Heats Up

Rapid gains in fiber laser technology, particularly in a key infrared wavelength band, are allowing these lasers to expand into a range of application areas. more>>

Werner Heisenberg’s Path to Matrix Mechanics

In 1925, Werner Heisenberg—through a combination of intuition and sometimes brilliant guesswork, and strongly influenced by the previous works of Einstein, Ladenburg and Kramers—created his inchoate version of quantum mechanics. more>>


Headliners, policy news and industry updates. more>>


Light Touch

Reconstructing the History of the Globule Hypothesis

Stephen R. Wilk tries to unearth the truth behind an old theory about the structure of living matter. more>>

Optics Innovations

BaySpec Inc.: We Can Make It!

How does BaySpec’s business model provide for sustainable growth? By exploring and understanding new markets and manufacturing custom solutions for clients. more>>

Conversations in Optics

Q&A with Mohammad Hafezi and Jacob Taylor more>>