Feature Articles

Adaptive Optics for Biomedical Microscopy

Over the last decade, researchers have applied adaptive optics—a technology that was originally conceived for telescopes—to high-resolution microscopy in order to overcome the problems caused by specimen-induced aberrations.

by Martin J. Booth, Delphine Débarre and Alexander Jesacher
Fishy Photons: Invisibility and Transformation Optics

As we see when looking at fish in an aquarium, optical materials can distort the actual locations of objects. Scientists are now able to manipulate light in “fishy” ways that may enable big scientific breakthroughs such as invisibility cloaking in the near future.

by Ulf Leonhardt
The Evolution of Artificial Retinas

A new technology that combines optics and neurobiology is slowly illuminating a dark world for some people with blindness caused by retinal damage.

by Mike May
Optical Communications in 2012

Progress in optical communications is being driven by an explosion of new applications and services. This article describes the current state of the field as seen by the organizers of the upcoming OFC/NFOEC conference.

by OFC/NFOEC Organizers

Departments and Columns

Scatterings
Feather Nanostructures Inspire Two Laser Designs

Researchers at Yale University, U.S.A., created two lasers by copying the structure in feathers that gives bluebirds (among other animals) such brilliant color.

Reflections in Diversity
On the Power of Small Initiatives

When it comes to effecting big change, sometimes you need to think small.

Viewpoint
Why Peer Review Matters

The peer review of manuscripts submitted to OSA journals is a hugely important component of the scholarly communication process. In order for OSA publications to remain sustainable, everyone who submits a manuscript should complete at least two reviews. Are you doing your part?

Light Touch
The Magic Lantern of Omar Khayyám

Optical projection techniques are mentioned in several translations of a quatrain from the poem “The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám.” What is the true meaning of Khayyám’s metaphor of reality as a shadow show?

The History of OSA
Presidential Profile: Arthur Francis Turner

Arthur Francis Turner was OSA’s 1968 President and a pioneer in the field of optical interference coatings. He earned many accolades for his work, including a Scientific and Engineering Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

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Also in this Issue

President's Message
President's Message

Letters
Letters

OSA Today
OSA Today

Book Reviews
Book Reviews

In Memory
In Memory

Remembering OSA Fellow Emeritus William “Bill” P. Barnes Jr. and OSA Fellow Un-Chul Paek.