Hearing the Light
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Hearing the Light

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.

19 September 2021
Breathalyzer Boosts Sensitivity with Mid-IR Light
Research News
Breathalyzer Boosts Sensitivity with Mid-IR Light

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.

13 October 2021
Sizing Up Optics and Photonics
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Sizing Up Optics and Photonics

Optica’s Tom Hausken looks at estimates of the industry’s growth—and why such estimates matter.

01 October 2021
Senior Member Insights: Uma Maheswari Rajagopalan
Careers
Senior Member Insights: Uma Maheswari Rajagopalan

A professor at Shibaura Institute of Technology, Japan, talks about her passion for interdisciplinary research.

13 October 2021
Advanced Characterization of Nanostructured Materials
Book Reviews
Advanced Characterization of Nanostructured Materials

A work on characterizing nanomaterials using synchrotron X-ray and neutron methods.

14 October 2021
 Zen of Cloud Iridescence
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Zen of Cloud Iridescence

A reflection of cloud iridescence on a lake at Eldorado Canyon in Colorado.

15 October 2021
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Long-Term Data Storage—In Glowing Dyes
Research News
Long-Term Data Storage—In Glowing Dyes

Mixtures of fluorescent dyes, deposited with an inkjet printer, offer newer, potentially faster approach to molecule-based data storage.

14 October 2021
Breathalyzer Boosts Sensitivity with Mid-IR Light
Research News
Breathalyzer Boosts Sensitivity with Mid-IR Light

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.

13 October 2021
Spotting Solar Panel Defects Under Sunlight
Research News
Spotting Solar Panel Defects Under Sunlight

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.

12 October 2021
High-Performance Photodetectors for Silicon Photonics
Research News
High-Performance Photodetectors for Silicon Photonics

Hong Kong group creates a monolithic InP/silicon-on-insulator platform for directly growing integrated III–V devices and coupling them to silicon waveguides.

11 October 2021
A Step Toward Fault-Tolerant Quantum Computing
Research News
A Step Toward Fault-Tolerant Quantum Computing

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.

08 October 2021
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Shedding Light on the Human Brain
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Shedding Light on the Human Brain

The freedom of functional near-infrared spectroscopy opens a window into brain activity outside the confines of an MRI machine.

01 April 2021
Report: Smart Cars to Drive Lidar Market Growth
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Report: Smart Cars to Drive Lidar Market Growth

Research firm predicts autonomous-vehicle applications will supply the biggest push to lidar market growth over the next five years.

06 October 2021
A Scientist Abroad
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A Scientist Abroad

When cultural heritage meets international collaboration and science.

01 October 2021
Butterfly wings
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Butterfly wings

A single snapshot taken with a gigapixel microscope. [OPN 2020 Photo Contest Editors’ Choice] 

01 October 2021
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 Zen of Cloud Iridescence
Image of the Week

Zen of Cloud Iridescence

A reflection of cloud iridescence on a lake at Eldorado Canyon in Colorado.

 

MULTIMEDIA  |  15 October 2021

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A Talk with Anne L’Huillier
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A Talk with Anne L’Huillier

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

Global Trust in Science
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Global Trust in Science

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

CAREERS
Senior Member Insights: Uma Maheswari Rajagopalan
Careers
Senior Member Insights: Uma Maheswari Rajagopalan

A professor at Shibaura Institute of Technology, Japan, talks about her passion for interdisciplinary research.

13 October 2021
Doubts on “Belonging” Affect STEM Student Performance
Careers
Doubts on “Belonging” Affect STEM Student Performance

Research suggests that uncertainty about their place in STEM disciplines can create a negative feedback loop for students in some underrepresented groups.

30 September 2021
Senior Member Insights: Judith Su
Careers
Senior Member Insights: Judith Su

An assistant professor at the University of Arizona, USA, talks about what first sparked her interest in science and the value of mentors.

20 September 2021
Senior Member Insights: Ingrid Scheel
Careers
Senior Member Insights: Ingrid Scheel

A project instructor at Oregon State University talks about merging industry and academic research and starting her own business.

31 August 2021
Senior Member Insights: Saswatee Banerjee
Careers
Senior Member Insights: Saswatee Banerjee

A senior optical scientist in research and development talks about her passion for applied physics.

17 August 2021
Coming Soon

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Optics & Photonics News
November Issue

Toward Non-Line-of-Sight Videography

Optical Coherence Refraction Tomography

Hyperspectral Lidar: A Progress Report

Look for it on the site on 20 October!