January 2015

  iLight Festival 2014, Singapore. Photo courtesy of Jen Lewin Studio, by Jeremy Hui.

2015: The International Year of Light

Patricia Daukantas

Born of a chance remark, the United Nations’ 12-month celebration of light-based technology and art aims for a global impact at all levels of society. 

Optical Lattice Clocks

A new breed of atomic clock—the “ticking” of which comes from transitions in millions of cooled atoms, trapped in optical standing waves created by tightly focused lasers—is pushing scientific timekeeping to previously unknown frontiers of precision.

“Smartphone Science” in Eye Care and Medicine

The smartphone is beginning to offer low-cost competition for some expensive medical diagnostics, particularly in areas where access to funds, medical professionals and equipment is scarce.


Optics and Photonics for the Developing World

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Expanding the Reach of Optics and Photonics

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