September 2005

Harnessing Light for Life: An Overview of Biophotonics

Arthur E. Chiou

Biophotonics explores the interaction of light with biological materials. With myriad applications in medicine and the life sciences, the field has emerged as one of the most active frontiers of interdisciplinary research in the 21st century.

Report from CLEO/QELS 2005: Expanding the Horizons of Photonics Science and Technology

The 2005 Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics/Quantum Electronics and Laser Science and the Photonic Applications Systems and Technologies conference showcased more than 1,600 talks on the latest breakthroughs in optical research and applications.

Challenges in Optical Wireless Communications

Optical wireless technologies have been incorporated into millions of consumer products such as televisions and cell phones, and they also enable last-mile broadband access, inter-satellite links and deep space connections. This article highlights the challenges that engineers and researchers face as they develop new applications and methods to improve this technology.

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