Light, photonics and imaging played starring roles in the 2017 Nobel Prizes. Here is some of OPN’s and OSA’s coverage of the year’s awards.

Physics

Three LIGO Pioneers Take Nobel Physics Prize

Trio is cited “for decisive contributions to the LIGO detector and the observation of gravitational waves.”

Chemistry

2017 Chemistry Nobel Recognizes Bioimaging

Technique of cryo-EM could provide dramatically improved view of the structure and function of biomolecules.

Physiology/Medicine

Work on Circadian Rhythms Awarded 2017 Nobel Prize [OSA press release]

While the work recognized wasn’t optical, there was still a dollop of light: the accomplishments honored focused on the genetic roots of the natural biological rhythms set daily by the sun.