December 2010

Optics in 2010 Introduction

GUEST EDITORS: Robert D. Guenther, Judith Dawes, Rongguang Liang, Carlos López-Mariscal and Elena Silaeva

This special issue of OPN highlights the most exciting peer-reviewed optics research to have emerged over the past 12 months. This year's issue includes 30 summaries representing the work of more than 130 authors from 14 countries.

Guided Waves

Photonic structures allow control of dispersion in guided wave systems.


New ideas in compressive sensing are expanding our imaging capability. Research that models the retina has led to an understanding of the eye’s acuity.

Interferometric Imaging

We have developed interferometric systems to measure nanosize structures and freeze their motion in time. Researchers have also suggested a method to extract both phase and amplitude information for crystallography.


We are developing a better understanding of the fundamentals of novel lasing devices such as the quantum cascade laser and the random laser.

Nonlinear Optics

Optical switching has now been made efficient through the use of nonlinear processes.

Optical Construction

The use of light for controlling objects led to the development of optical tweezers. Now, the applications have expanded into the creation of three-dimensional structures and the control of surface structures.

Optical Engineering

Researchers are once again interested in using non-diffracting beams of light because of the possibility

Optical Magnetic Interaction

Magnetic interactions with light are usually so small that they are ignored, even in nonlinear optics. Scientists have discovered that parametric processes can drive the interactions to unanticipated strengths.


Plasmonic lenses have been developed for detecting circular polarization.

Quantum Optics

Quantum information science continues to drive work in quantum optics. New research makes fundamental measurements showing parity-time symmetry breaking using an optical system.


Spectroscopic imaging has become a useful diagnostic tool in biology and chemistry.

Ultrafast Optics

A novel method of deflecting an optical beam has produced a new streak camera design.

Helping Eyes Heal Themselves

Using Rapid Prototyping for Lens Mounts

Finding the Right Graduate-Level Internship

Photonics in Europe

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