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2021 OMEx Emerging Researcher Best Paper Prize Winner

Optical Materials Express

Congratulations to Julie Carcreff, Université de Rennes, France, winner of the 2021 OMEx Emerging Researcher Best Paper Prize.

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Device Creates Different Images Depending on Light and Environment

Opt. Express 30, 19145 (2022)

Metasurface-based technology could be used to optically encrypt information

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“Our Future is Light” Kicks Off 2022 International Day of Light

Sponsored by SPIE, Optica, and IEEE Photonics Society, this year’s celebration showcases career opportunities in optics and photonics

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Public Affairs

Optica, APS Release Joint Report on Methane Emissions

The United States needs a comprehensive approach to tracking methane emissions

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Foundation

Share an idea: #OpticaFoundationChallenge

Celebrate LightDay2022 and the #OpticaFoundation20th and share an idea for how light could be used to impact our world.

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Two Optica Members Inducted to National Inventors Hall of Fame

Patricia Bath and Ming-Jun Li are among those honored for world-changing inventions in the optical sciences

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Using Light for Thermomagnetic Recording on Silicon Waveguide

Opt. Express 30, 18054 (2022)

New approach paves the way to chip-based magneto-optical memory

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Optica Publishing Group

2021 JOSA B Emerging Researcher Best Paper Prize Winner

JOSA B

Congratulations to Yi-Hao Chen, Cornell University, USA, winner of the 2021 JOSA B Emerging Researcher Best Paper Prize.

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Events | Event

Announcement of New Meeting Venue and Dates

Laser Congress and Exhibition
11 – 15 December 2022
Barcelona International Convention Centre
Barcelona, Spain

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Researchers Create Flat Magic Window with Liquid Crystals

Optica, 9, 479 (2022)

Inspired by an ancient light trick, technology could enable a new type of 3D display

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Optica Foundation Announces 2022 Ambassadors

The Optica Foundation is proud to announce our 2022 Class of Ambassadors!

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Optica Publishing Group

2021 JOSA A Emerging Researcher Best Paper Prize Winner

JOSA A

Congratulations to Roi Ronen, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, winner of the 2021 JOSA A Emerging Researcher Best Paper Prize.

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Events | Webinar

New industry webinars are now available!

Empower your success with virtual learning. Live and on-demand webinars are available.

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Adding Antireflection Coatings to 3D Printed Micro-Optical Systems

Opt. Mater. Express 12, 2063 (2022)

Low-temperature coating technique poised to enable 3D printed microlens systems for applications from endoscopes to virtual reality

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OPN | Feature

Complex-Light Lasers

Nir Davidson, Simon Mahler, Asher Friesem and Andrew Forbes

OPN | Image of the Week

Sunset over the Himalayas

A glimpse of dusk behind the Himalayan cliffs.

Vipin Tiwari, Kumaun University, Nainital, India

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Researchers Demonstrate Label-Free Super-Resolution Microscopy

Optica, 9, 455 (2022)

Imaging method measures particle size and position with nanometer precision

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OPN | Image of the Week

Indicative Silica Gels

Macro photo of indicative silica gels. As the silica gel absorb moisture from the air, cobalt chloride crystal gels turn from blue to pink.

Anastasios D. Koulouklidis, Institute of Electronic Structure and Laser of the Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas (IESL-FORTH), Heraklion, Greece

Award | News Release

Optica Names 20 Recipients for 2022 Awards and Medals

Optica is pleased to announce the recipients of several of its 2022 awards and medals.

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Researchers Create Miniature Wide-Angle Camera with Flat Metalenses

Optica, 9, 431 (2022)

New design enables high-quality wide-angle cameras that can possibly fit into smartphones

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Polymer Materials for Fabricating Optical Interconnects

Opt. Mater. Express 12, 1932 (2022)

New technology poised to make silicon photonics more practical, which could boost efficiency of Internet data centers

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Generation of High-Quality Quantum Light with Modular Waveguide Device

Opt. Express 30, 141161 (2022)

A new approach could enable faster and more practical optical quantum computers

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OPN | Image of the Week

Sulfide Ceramic Structures

Interface of two phases on the microstructure of a promising optical and thermoelectric sulfide ceramic. Taken using a Zeiss SEM at the

Matthew Havel, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL, USA

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A Glass-in-Glass Approach for Making Miniature IR Optics

Opt. Express 30, 13603 (2022)

New technique can create complex 3D optics for infrared spectroscopy, sensing and more

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Dual-Mode Endoscope Offers Unprecedented Insights into Uterine Health

Biomed. Opt. Express 14, 2554 (2022)

Ultrasound-OCT probe could help study and diagnose a common cause of infertility

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Appl. Opt. 61(6), C46 (2022)

Optica Publishing Group | Feature

Radiography, Applied Optics, and Data Science Feature Issue

Applied Optics

This Feature Issue covers five scientific & technological themes of RadIT: physics, sources, detectors, methods & data science.

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Head-Mounted Microscope Reaches Deeper into Mouse Brains

Biomed. Opt. Express 13, 2530 (2022)

Detailed time-lapse images of brain cells could lead to new insights for neurological disorders

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Photonic Technology Enables Calculation of Radio Signal Correlation

Optica, 9, 325 (2022)

Light-based approach can be used to locate phones and other signal-emitting devices.

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Single-Photon Source Paves the Way for Practical Quantum Encryption

Opt. Lett. 47, 7 (2022)

New source is compact and operates at room temperature

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Industry | Event

Optica Technology Showcase Recorded Presentations are Now Available

View the Recordings from the Optica Technology Showcase & Find Your Next Product Solution

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Researchers Use Flat Lenses to Extend Viewing Distance for 3D Display

Optica, 9, 288 (2022)

New approach lays groundwork for compact 3D displays that create more realistic virtual scenes

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Optica Publishing Group | Spotlight on Optics

Polarized spectroscopy and diode-pumped la...

Opt. Mater. Express 12, 673 (2022)

JOSA B 39(3), A52 (2022)

Optica Publishing Group | Feature

Ultrafast Phenomena and Terahertz Waves Feature Issue

JOSA B

This special issue highlights recent developments in the science and technology of ultrafast phenomena and THz waves.

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Optica Welcomes Jose Pozo as Chief Technology Officer

Dr. Pozo will lead efforts to build relationships across the diverse community of optics and photonics companies around the globe.

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Foundation

Optica Foundation Awards Inaugural Amplify Scholarship

The Optica Foundation announces the class of Amplify Scholars, supporting black students in light science with funding and mentoring.

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Antenna Turns Ambient Radio Waves into Electric Power

Opt. Mater. Express 12, 1242 (2022)

Technology could make it possible to use radio emissions from cell phone networks to wirelessly power sensors and LEDs

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OPN | Feature

Optical Fiber: Through the Looking Glass

John Ballato

OPN | Image of the Week

Making Rainbows

Symmetric +/– orders in rainbows patterns produced with a concave grating, reflected on a table surface.

Catalin Florea, Voyage Photonics, USA

Award | News

Congratulations Alain Aspect

Optica names renowned physicist Alain Aspect as an Optica Honorary Member.

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Deep Learning Poised to Improve Breast Cancer Imaging

Optica, 9, 264 (2022)

New algorithm allows real-time reconstruction of images that combine optical and magnetic resonance imaging data.

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Award | News Release

James C. Wyant Named 2022 Frederic Ives Medal/Jarus W. Quinn Prize ...

James C. Wyant, University of Arizona, College of Optical Sciences, USA, named 2022 Frederic Ives Medal/Jarus W. Quinn Prize recipient.

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Photonic Technology Enables Fast, Sensitive Saliva Test for COVID-19

Researchers have demonstrated a new low-cost portable instrument for fast and reliable detection of SARS-CoV-2 in saliva samples.

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Events

Attend the 2022 Innovation School.

Learn how to turn your great ideas into viable solutions by joining us for this Optica Foundation NextGen Institute event.

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Events

Join us for a Career Accelerator this May.

Hone your skills for a job in the optics and photonics industry at this Optica Foundation NextGen Institute event.

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Optica Publishing Group | Spotlight on Optics

Photocurrent in plasmonic nanofibers

J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 39, 248 (2022)

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Solar Cells for Fast, Underwater Wireless Communication

Opt. Lett. 47, 5 (2022)

Researchers have shown that solar cells can be used to achieve underwater wireless optical communication with high data rates.

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Events | Registration Open

Presenting this week. Register for online or in-person access.

High-Brightness Sources and Light-Driven Interactions Congress
23 - 25 March 2022
Budapest, Hungary

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OPN | Image of the Week

Rainbow Fiber Laser

A visible rainbow of hues in a near-infrared (NIR) continuous-wave Raman fiber laser, formed due to 2nd- and 3rd-harmonic conversion...

Santosh Aparanji, Centre for Nano Science and Engineering, Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru, India

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Optica and the University of Arizona Honor Jean M. Bennett

Optica and the University of Arizona announced the establishment of The Jean M. Bennett Optica Endowed Chair.

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Congratulations Queen Elizabeth Prize Recipients!

Optica celebrates recipients of the 2021 Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering, Shuji Nakamura, Nick Holonyak, Jr. & Russell Dupuis!

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Researchers Make Eye-Like Adaptive Lens

Opt. Lett. 47, 2 (2022)

Researchers have developed a lightweight and simple adaptive liquid lens that can converge light using an electrically responsive fluid.

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Optica Publishing Group | Spotlight on Optics

Porous SiO2 coated dielectric metasurface ...

Opt. Mater. Express 12, 13 (2021)

Optica Publishing Group | News

OSA Continuum is now Optics Continuum

Although the Journal has a new name, its mission of publishing high-quality results from diverse research groups worldwide remains the same.

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Researchers Develop System to Detect Liver...

Biomed. Opt. Express 13, 633 (2022)

Optica Publishing Group | Spotlight on Optics

Simultaneous measurement of liquid-film th...

Appl. Opt. 60, 10087 (2021)

News

Optica Members Inducted as Fellows of The National Academy of Inventors

Five Optica members have been elected as Fellows of the National Academy of Inventors in recognition of their extraordinary inventions.

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OPN | Image of the Week

Polychromatic Sand

White sand from Chapoquoit Beach (Falmouth, MA, USA) in transmitted light under polychromatic polarization microscope

Michael Shribak, Marine Biological Laboratory, University of Chicago, IL, USA

NTU Singapore

OPN | Research news

How to Block the Cosmic Chill in Wintertime

Edwin Cartlidge

OPN | Image of the Week

How LEDs Really Work

LED holiday lights at the National Zoo, shot with continuous change in zoom lens focal length.

Michael D. Duncan, Optica, USA

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OPN | Image of the Week

Snow Summitt

A vivid snow summit with a blizzard in dark night sky?

hijun Xu, College of Science, Zhejiang University of Technology, Zhejiang, China

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Color-Sorting Metalenses Boost Imaging Sensitivity

Optica, 8, 1596 (2021)

Researchers have developed pixel-scale metasurface lenses to enhance signal levels without sacrificing image quality or resolution.

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OPN | Research news

Light Provides Hints of Quantum Sound

Edwin Cartlidge

Image: Courtesy of Lightelligence

OPN | Industry News

Lightelligence Puts New Chip Through Its P...

Stewart Wills

News

Optica Publishing Group Announces New Editors-in-Chief for Three Jo...

Optica Publishing Group is pleased to announce the new Editors-in-Chief of OMEx, JOSA A & BOEx: Andrea Alù, Olga Korotkova, & Ruikang Wang

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Optica Publishing Group | Spotlight on Optics

180 Gbit/s Si3N4-waveguide coupled germani...

Opt. Lett. 46, 6019 (2021)

OPN | Careers

Senior Member Insights: José M. Medina

Hannah Greenwood

An optical engineer talks about what makes a good leader and shares their dream career.

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Head-Mounted Microscope Allows Long-Term Brain Imaging

Opt. Lett., 46, 2055 (2021)

Researchers have developed the first detachable head-mounted photoacoustic microscope for imaging brain activity in freely moving mice.

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OPN | Image of the Week

OAM Beam Reconstruction

An orbital angular momentum (OAM) beam with charge L=2, reconstructed using the extended Gerchberg Saxton phase retrieval technique.

Matthew N. Jacobs, The University of Colorado Boulder, CO, USA

Events | OFC

Present and Future Silicon Photonics

Watch John Bowers, University of California, Santa Barbara, present at the OFC 2022 Plenary Session.

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Events | OFC

Watch James Green, NASA, present at the OFC 2022 Plenary.

OFC
Talk: Exploration Technologies: Communicating with Spacecraft, Landers, Rovers and Human Missions

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Researchers Fabricate Optical Components from Fluids

Optica, 8, 1501 (2021)

Researchers have developed a way to create freeform optical components that can enable faster prototyping of customized optical components.

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There is a place for you!

Join us in celebrating International Volunteer Day by thanking our amazing volunteers and learn how you can get involved with Optica today!

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OPN | Feature

Optics in 2021

This special issue of Optics & Photonics News highlights exciting peer-reviewed optics research that has emerged over the past year.

Illustration by Michael Osadciw, University of Rochester

Image: Heqing Huang and Cheng-Chia Tsai/Columbia Engineering

OPN | Research news

Tiny Resonators Modulate Visible Light

Edwin Cartlidge

Image: Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering, Jena, Germany

OPN | Industry News

Research / Industry Partnership on Climate...

Sarah Michaud

OPN | Image of the Week

Time-Resolved Emission

Fluorescent tubes go through one on-off-on cycle every 1/120 second.

Dan Deptuck, CMC Microsystems, Ontario, Canada

Industry | Feature

Spotlight—Women in Industry

Amy Eskilson, of Inrad Optics, shares career advice, what excites her about our industry and discusses her hobbies and passions.

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OPN | Image of the week

Looking for the Green Flash

Looking south for the “green flash” at sunset entering Nantucket Harbor, Mass., USA.

Jerome Vigil, OSA, APS, USA,

Events | OFC

Watch OFC 2022 Plenary speaker Elise Neel, Verizon.

5G and the Promise of Industry 4.0

Foundational technology required for the autonomous world.

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B. Droguet / University of Cambridge

OPN | Research News

Nanocrystals Give Sparkle to Eco-Friendly ...

Mara Johnson-Groh

Optica Publishing Group | Spotlight on Optics

Gain in time-dependent media—a new mechanism

J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 38, 3360 (2021)

Optica Publishing Group | Spotlight on Optics

Inner shell excitation by strong field las...

J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 38, 3646 (2021)

OPN | Image of the Week

Photonic Transformer

A 200-micron oil drop submerged in water and deformed to a triangle with optical tweezers.

Mark Douvidzon, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel

Optica Publishing Group

Droplet microfluidic generation of a million optical microparticle barcodes

Opt. Express 29, 38109 (2021)

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Optica Publishing Group

2021 Outstanding Reviewers

This recognition is given annually to commend the top reviewers for their outstanding peer review efforts over the past year.

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Optica Publishing Group | Spotlight on Optics

Resetting directional couplers for high-fi...

Opt. Lett. 46, 5181 (2021)

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OPN | Feature

The First 3D Movies

Stephen R. Wilk

OPN | Image of the Week

Supercontinuum Light

Through a photonic-crystal fiber pumped by a high-intensity Q-switched laser, we generated a supercontinuum light source...

Martínez-Navarro, Vázquez-López, Camarillo-Avilés, Instituto de Investigación en Comunicación Óptica, Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí, Mexico

Industry | Information

New Brochure: How Optics and Photonics Impacts the Global Economy

Download our new infographic brochure Optics and Photonics:  The Impact on a Global Economy.

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Membership | Feature

Ones to Watch Report Series

An overview of selected early-stage photonics businesses whose story singles them out as exciting, innovative and worthy of note.

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Optica Publishing Group

Anomalous spatial coherence changes in radiation and scattering

Opt. Express 29, 21300 (2021)

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Optica Publishing Group

On-sky results for the integrated microlens ring tip-tilt sensor

J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 38, 2517 (2021)

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Optica Publishing Group

Hybrid vanadium dioxide-liquid crystal tunable non-reciprocal scattering metamaterial smart window for visible and infrared radiation control

Opt. Mater. Express 11, 3023 (2021)

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Optica Publishing Group

Laser cladding of transparent fused silica glass using sub-µm powder

Opt. Mater. Express 11, 3056 (2021)

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