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Images clockwise from top left: John Mather, who gave the IDL plenary at CLEO; OSA Ambassador Jelena Pesic explores the interactive Museum of Light in Paris; a Hawaiian Eye Foundation doctor checks the eye of a young patient in Yap, Micronesia; OSA 2016 Ambasssador Antigone Marino shares the importance of light science at IDL Naples. [Images: NASA/Chris Gunn; Liz Rogan; Hawaiian Eye Foundation;...

07/01/2018 10:45

On 16 May, Light Science Shines

Lighting up Lingshed monastery, high up in the Himalayan mountains. [Paula Bronstein/IEEE Smart Village Project]“The International Day of Light is a gift from a political body—UNESCO—to us. How we use it is up to us.”—John DudleyQ. The International Year of Light, in 2015, was a very successful event. What made you want to extend that into an annual day of light?I...

05/01/2018 16:08

The Laser at 60: Robert Byer

A pioneer reflects on the possibilities opened by six decades of laser developmentā€”and on current work that could lead to tabletop X-ray free-electron lasers.

05/01/2020 10:00

Cat's eye effect

This photo demonstrates the chatoyancy (or cat's eye effect) of a sphere containing fibrous inclusions upon double illumination, by a coherent red laser and by an incoherent green lamp.

11/29/2016 11:46