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Optics in 2019

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

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The galactic center of the Milky Way
The galactic center of the Milky Way

The galactic center of the Milky Way rising over a tree. During the 30-sec exposure, the tree was illuminated from behind with a torch [flashlight]. This photo was taken in the Karijini National Park in Western Australia, a southern-hemisphere location where an absence of light pollution and a dry atmosphere offer perfect conditions to shoot the Milky Way. 

[Third-place winner 2019 After Image photo contest.] 


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Ghost Imaging Speeds Up Super-Resolution Microscopy

12 December 2019
Researchers have used advanced imaging approaches to achieve super-resolution microscopy at unprecedented speeds. The new method should make it...

Celebrating 50 Years of Light-speed Connections at OFC 2020

10 December 2019
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Chip-Based Optical Sensor Detects Cancer Biomarker in Urine

04 December 2019
For the first time, researchers have used a chip-based sensor with an integrated laser to detect very low levels of a cancer protein biomarker in a...

Fifteen OSA Members Named 2019 Fellows of the National Academy of Inventors

04 December 2019
Fifteen members of The Optical Society (OSA) will join the ranks of the National Academy of Inventors, a professional distinction accorded to...

Researchers Substantially Boost Sensitivity of Terahertz Gas Analysis

21 November 2019
In Optica, The Optical Society's (OSA) journal for high impact research, researchers led by Gaël Mouret from Université du Littoral-Côte d'Opale in...

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Implementation of the extended Kalman filter for determining the optical and geometrical properties of turbid layered media by time-resolved single distance measurements

Biomedical Optics Express, Vol. 11 Issue 1, pp.251-266 (2020)
In this article we propose an implementation of the extended Kalman filter (EKF) for the retrieval of optical and geometrical properties in two-lay...

Residual stress birefringence of highly reflective mirrors with different numbers of layers

Applied Optics, Vol. 59 Issue 5, pp.A99-A105 (2020)
Residual stress birefringence of highly reflective mirrors is a challenging problem due to its dubious origin and intricate nature. In this paper, ...

Strong Purcell effect for magnetic dipole emission with spoof plasmonic spiral structure

JOSA B, Vol. 37 Issue 1, pp.98-103 (2020)
The ability to manipulate the interaction between light and optical emitters is essential for enhancing the capability of optical devices. Multifar...

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