Cover Story

Silk: A Different Kind of “Fiber Optics”

Matthew B. Applegate, Mark A. Brenckle, Benedetto Marelli, Hu Tao, David L. Kaplan and Fiorenzo G. Omenetto

Like a moth emerging from a cocoon, silk-based devices—optically versatile and friendly to biological systems—are poised to take flight in a range of new, innovative applications. more>>


Imaging in 3-D: Killer Apps Coming Soon to a Device Near You!

Valerie C. Coffey

As researchers and developers finesse the next generation of gaming consoles and devices, everything is coming up 3-D, and consumers are “virtually” salivating. more>>

Planetary Radar Imaging and RF-Over-Fiber

Kam Y. Lau and George F. Lutes

Over the past three decades, NASA ground-based radar tracking stations and spaceborne missions have achieved spectacular successes imaging distant planets and Earth’s surface. RF-over-fiber has constituted a crucial component tying the systems together. more>>



Patricia Daukantas, Valerie Coffey, Sarah Michaud and Stewart Wills

Headliners, policy news and industry updates. more>>


Career Focus

Dressing for Success

Marc J. Kuchner

Marc J. Kuchner discusses using clothes to project the image you want. more>>


NanoJapan: An International Research Experience

Sarah R. Phillips, Cheryl A. Matherly and Junichiro Kono

Fostering international research skills among the next generation of nanoscience researchers. more>>

Global Optics

Photonics in Singapore: An International Experience

Alexander Dubrovkin

Alexander Dubrovkin explores the global world of optics from Singapore. more>>

Conversations in Optics

The Challenges of Imaging Through Complex Media

Sarah Michaud

Thomas Bifano and Jerome Mertz hosted a recent OSA incubator meeting on controlled light propagation through complex media. OPN had the opportunity to talk with the Boston University professors about the conference and their thoughts on the future of their field. more>>