January 2009

Photorealistic Rendering: Making the Virtual into Reality

Patricia Daukantas

Studies of the optical properties of translucent materials help computer graphics wizards dream up ever more realistic scenes of fantastic movie characters and industrial design prototypes.


Recent Progress in Arrayed Electrowetting Optics

Electrowetting devices can now be formed in arrays covering thousands of square centimeters of glass. New research is pointing the way toward exciting applications for laser radar, 3D displays, adaptive camouflage, electronic paper, retroreflector communication and lab-on-a-chip.

Silicon Photonic Crystals

Silicon photonic crystals present a tremendous opportunity for integrating optics with electronics, but the challenges are daunting. This article highlights recent approaches toward fabricating silicon photonic crystals that could lead to applications in integrated optical devices, sensing and other areas.

Mechanically Tunable Photonic Crystals

The next frontier in photonic crystal research may be to achieve dynamic tunability that allows real-time, on-demand control of the photonic band structure. Recently, researchers have been working on a new strategy for achieving this goal—by applying mechanical force.


As Planets Pop Into View, Scientists Seek More

OSA Minorities and Women Share their Stories

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Managing Trade-Offs to Optimize Spectrometry

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