July/August 2016

Zero-Index Platforms: Where Light Defies Geometry

Iñigo Liberal and Nader Engheta

Geometry-invariant effects in structures with near-zero permittivity or permeability could lead to deformable optical devices, and to new insights into unique light-matter interactions.

Chiral Nanomaterials and Chiral Light

Advances in nanofabrication are expanding opportunities to exploit and customize the “handedness” of materials—and of light itself.

Levitated Optomechanics

State-of-the-art optical-trapping platforms are creating new opportunities for extending sensing applications and illuminating quantum mechanics. A recent OSA Incubator Meeting explored the frontiers.

OSA Centennial Snapshots: Inventing a Dwarf Masterpiece

An international collaboration between two corporate competitors spawned the compact disc—and introduced lasers into millions of homes.

Research and Industry News

First Light for ESO’s Four Laser Guide Star Facility

The 100-Year View of Photonics: Part 2

Thorlabs: Designing a Business, Part 1

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