To celebrate the first ever International Day of Light, this special collection explores the success and commercial impact of research into optics, photonics and lasers
The first ever International Day of Light takes place on 16 May 2018
The day aims to be “an annual focal point" for the role that light plays
Take a look inside our latest free-to-read focus on optics and photonics. Answering key questions and covering the latest features and products for those interested in innovation and industry, this issue is a must-read for those working in optics and photonics.
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Exploring the potential of holograms that can respond
Pete Lawrence describes his quest since childhood to see this elusive phenomenon
Shuji Nakamura describes the advances that enabled his group to develop blue light-emitting diodes and lasers
Fifty years after their invention, Sidney Perkowitz examines the huge impact of lasers on science, culture and everyday life
Relive all the best images and results from the Hubble telescope in the company of Mark Voit
An introduction to the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies (IYL 2015)
An amateur astronomer struggles to find darkness amid the dazzling lights of New York City
A short film exploring the vital role that light plays in regulating the sleep–wake cycle
How portable LED lights are helping students in a rural Indian community
The New York photographers who are defying the digital trend
Day of the Dead brought to life by multimedia lightshow
Principles and Applications of Fourier Optics
Robert K Tyson introduces the principles of Fourier optics and explores the many applications that have been developed over the last 50 years or so.
A Guided Tour of Light Beams
David S Simon explains how the standard laser beam has evolved into an array of specialized light beams with a variety of strange and counterintuitive properties, and explores their scientific applications.
Electromagnetic Waves and Lasers
Wayne D Kimura reviews basic electromagnetic wave theory and applies it specifically to lasers to give the reader practical knowledge about lasers, and their operation and usage.
Nonlinear Guided Wave Optics
Stefan Wabnitz explores how guided wave nonlinear optics and fibre lasers provide a relatively simple test bed for studying extreme wave phenomena that apply to many different physical systems.