September 2006

Adaptive Optics: Astronomy and Beyond

Alan Greenaway

Most people associate adaptive optics with astronomy because of its well-known role in bolstering the imaging power of telescopes and correcting for atmospheric distortion. But the field also has a growing number of applications in ophthalmology, biomedicine and industrial processes.

Report from CLEO/QELS and PhAST 2006: The Latest in Lasers and Photonics

More than 5,200 engineers, researchers and students came together in Long Beach, Calif., in May for the 2006 Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics/Quantum Electronics and Laser Science (CLEO/QELS). This year’s gathering highlighted important new work on optical materials, high-intensity lasers, ultrafast optoelectronics, quantum communication and biomedical applications.

Tribute to an Unknown Physicist

Last year, we celebrated the World Year of Physics. It was a wonderful opportunity to highlight our field and remember the greats and well-known. But do we want to remember unknown physicists too?

The OptIPuter: An Information Superhighway for Terabytes

Using a single computer to do scientific research is sooooo 20th century, according to supercomputing pioneer Larry Smarr. His OptIPuter team is laying the groundwork for linking computers all over the world via dedicated optical-fiber channels.

Making the Case for Research and Innovation

The ABCs of NDAs

Up to Some Optricks in Southern California

The SOAP Committee Sparks Controversy

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