March 2005

Optics in Australia

Ken Baldwin and Benjamin J. Eggleton

Australia is renowned for its abundant sunlight, which enhances the vibrant colors of the continent. In the scientific realm, Australia is also well known for its outstanding contributions to the study and application of light in science and engineering.

Horizons for Optical Data Storage

By now, everyone is familiar with the products of the first two generations of commercially successful optical data storage: compact discs for audio and software distribution and digital versatile discs for video. This article reviews these optical disc technologies and looks ahead to successive generations, which will exhibit finer resolution, higher data rate and increased capacity.

A Minimalist Approach to All-Optical Packet Switching

By retaining only the most essential packet-switching functions in the optical domain, a single Fabry Perot Laser Diode can function as an all-optical on/off switch with all-optical header processing, and an all-optical add/drop node can be used to construct an all-optical ring network.

Optimizing the Performance of Optical Mounting Systems

Achieving good thermal stability performance with optical mounts is critical to ensuring the overall stability of a setup, experiment or instrument. Manufacturers are making it easier to understand how mounts will perform under various conditions, but a knowledge of mount design is still essential.

Atom Nano-Optics

Nanolocalized light fields composed of photon dots and photon holes are being used to control the motion of atoms on a nanometer spatial scale.

Optics in India

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