Feature Articles

The Magical World of Photonic Metamaterials

Metamaterials have opened a world of new possibilities that would have seemed like science fiction a decade ago, including subwavelength imaging, super lenses, perfect lenses and cloaking.

by Ekmel Ozbay
Coaxial Holographic Data Recording

Holographic memory surpasses all other optical memories in both data density and data-transfer rate—but its development has lagged behind disk technologies. The coaxial recording method may enable holography to become an integral part of the optical storage marketplace of the future.

by Atsushi Fukumoto
The Earth Is Not Flat: An Analysis of a Sunset Photo

Can a photo of the sunset over Lake Michigan reveal the shape of our planet?

by Robert J. Vanderbei
Optical Interference Coatings: Three Manufacturing Problems

How can one produce a thin-film filter that reproduces irregular spectral transmittance and reflectance curves for near-normal incident light? How about filters intended for use at oblique angles of incidence? These problems were part of a unique thin-film manufacturing competition at OSA’s Topical Meeting on Optical Interference Coatings.

by J.A. Dobrowolski, Stephen Browning, Michael Jacobson and Maria Nadal

Departments and Columns

Education
Turning High Schoolers into High-Energy Physicists

An educational program called QuarkNet places high school students and teachers at the frontier of particle physics.

Scatterings
Putting Plasmons Through Their Paces

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have found that a number of unusual effects are possible when light is guided along a chain of metal nanoparticles—including the generation of wave packets that move faster than the speed of light.

Scatterings
Lasers Manipulate Quantum Dots for Cryptography

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the Joint Quantum Institute have measured, for the first time, the complete biexciton-exciton emission spectrum of a single quantum.

Scatterings
Did You Know?

3D images of the internal structure of an aerogel.

Policy Matters
The Globalization of Science

International collaboration is becoming the new standard for scientific research and industry.

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President's Message
President's Message

OSA Today
OSA Today

In Memory
In Memory

Remembering Leno S. Pedrotti, Daniel Chemla and William R. Bennett Jr.

Book Reviews
Book Reviews