Through optogenetics and new medical devices, optical stimulation of the auditory nerve could improve on current hearing-restoration technology, affording better speech recognition and perception of music.
Spurred by the drive to “make a difference” in the anti-COVID fight, a U.S. research team dusts off and improves a previously developed optical tool for detecting biomarkers.
Optica’s Tom Hausken looks at estimates of the industry’s growth—and why such estimates matter.
A professor at Shibaura Institute of Technology, Japan, talks about her passion for interdisciplinary research.
A work on characterizing nanomaterials using synchrotron X-ray and neutron methods.
A reflection of cloud iridescence on a lake at Eldorado Canyon in Colorado.
Mixtures of fluorescent dyes, deposited with an inkjet printer, offer newer, potentially faster approach to molecule-based data storage.
New technique could allow inspectors, previously limited largely to nighttime operation, to locate solar-panel problems at any time of day—and keep panels running at maximum efficiency.
Hong Kong group creates a monolithic InP/silicon-on-insulator platform for directly growing integrated III–V devices and coupling them to silicon waveguides.
Using a laser-controlled ion-trap platform, researchers demonstrate code that can detect and suppress errors—and keep them from spreading and multiplying through the system.
The freedom of functional near-infrared spectroscopy opens a window into brain activity outside the confines of an MRI machine.
Research firm predicts autonomous-vehicle applications will supply the biggest push to lidar market growth over the next five years.
When cultural heritage meets international collaboration and science.
A single snapshot taken with a gigapixel microscope. [OPN 2020 Photo Contest Editors’ Choice]
MULTIMEDIA | 15 October 2021
The atomic physicist and Optica Fellow gives OPN a sneak preview of her plenary talk at the upcoming Frontiers in Optics + Laser Science meeting.
CONVERSATIONS | 27 September 2021
A recent international Pew Research survey found that a majority of respondents had “some” to “a lot of” trust in scientists and a mostly positive view of the impact of scientific developments.
THE MAGAZINE | January 2021
Research suggests that uncertainty about their place in STEM disciplines can create a negative feedback loop for students in some underrepresented groups.
An assistant professor at the University of Arizona, USA, talks about what first sparked her interest in science and the value of mentors.
A project instructor at Oregon State University talks about merging industry and academic research and starting her own business.
A senior optical scientist in research and development talks about her passion for applied physics.
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