January 2012

Adaptive Optics for Biomedical Microscopy

Martin J. Booth, Delphine Débarre and Alexander Jesacher

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.


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.

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.

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.


Feather Nanostructures Inspire Two Laser Designs

Imaging on a Cellphone? There’s an App for That

Trap and Spin Nanoparticles

Light Generation Nanodevice

On the Power of Small Initiatives

Why Peer Review Matters

The Magic Lantern of Omar Khayyám

Presidential Profile: Arthur Francis Turner


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