International Day of Light
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
Optical innovations light up our lives
Optics & Photonics Briefing
Take a look inside our latest free-to-read optics and photonics briefing. Answering key questions and covering the latest research, features and commercial developments, this issue highlights areas including lasers and detectors, solar power, medical imaging and high-resolution displays.
Review articles published on IOPscience
E A Seddon et al 2017 Rep. Prog. Phys. 80 115901Read on IOPscience
Grant T England and Joanna Aizenberg 2018 Rep. Prog. Phys. 81 016402Read on IOPscience
Discover more about light
The ability to stop light in its tracks by passing it through a cloud of ultracold atoms could lead to new techniques for optical storage
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
Video showcase: light on film
An introduction to the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies (IYL 2015)
A short film exploring the vital role that light plays in regulating the sleep–wake cycle
The New York photographers who are defying the digital trend
Explore more with ebooks from IOP Publishing
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.
- Quantum | Virtual event Quantum Horizons: Developments and Opportunities II – Summer Research School/Workshop 1—15 July 2022
- Lasers | Workshop QED Laser Plasmas 26—30 September 2022 | Dresden, Germany
- Optics and photonics | Conference SPIE Photonics West 2023 28 January — 2 February 2023 | San Francisco, US