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October 2016

From superconducting circuits to ion traps to electron spins to photons, physicists are making increased progress controlling and manipulating quantum bits, or qubits. But the path to a “universal” quantum computer remains a challenging one.

Quantum Computing: How Close Are We?

Edwin Cartlidge

Industry has joined the race to build a universal quantum computer. But the task is daunting.


Ghost Imaging

By using spatially separated but correlated photons or classical fields, it’s possible to image an object using light that has never touched it. The results illuminate some interesting theory—and point to new imaging applications.

OSA Centennial Snapshots: The Fiber Optic Mania

In the decade from 1996 to 2005, breakthroughs in fiber optics and networking transformed society and laid the groundwork for the global internet. The same decade showed how technological breakthroughs could bring economic turmoil.


Light and Matter at the Nanoscale

Research and Industry News

The 100-Year View of Photonics: Part 3

Rethinking Consumer Spectroscopy

Thoughts on a Centennial Year

OSA Member Stories


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