Welcome to Spotlight on Optics!
Spotlight on Optics highlights select articles each month from the OSA publications and is free to access through Optics InfoBase.
Spotlight on Optics (Spotlight) features articles nominated by The Optical Society's (OSA) Topical and Associate Editors to show the breadth and quality of OSA content from six major technical divisions: Information Acquisitions, Processing, and Display; Light—Matter Interactions; Optical Design and Instrumentation; Optics in Biology; Optoelectronics; and Vision and Color.
These articles from OSA's ISI-ranked publications are Open Access and accompanied by an original summary written in plain English.
Journal Editors identify articles for Spotlight that have excellent scientific quality, are representative of the level of work taking place in a specific area, and put other work in perspective. Readers are invited to post comments to the Spotlight website, creating the potential for dialogue between author and reader (and among readers).
Once a paper is confirmed as selected, Panel membersindividuals from the scientific community, specializing in one of the six technical divisionsthen review the research and compose the article's accompanying Spotlight summary. These summaries/analyses can take one of the following forms:
- An Explanation of the content, the foremost purpose being a description of the research that makes it understandable to the nonspecialist.
- A Viewpoint piece that presents a subjective evaluation of the research.
- An Application perspective that connects and/or introduces this work to a discipline other than its stated category.
- A Review/Synopsis of the research with perspective points as applicable.
Miguel A. Alonso
University of Rochester
Michael Henoch Frosz
University of California - Davis
University of Cambridge
University of Illinois
Oregon Health and Science University
Taek Yong Hwang
Indian Institute of Technology
Andrey N. Kuzmin
University of Buffalo
Marine Biological Laboratory
Politecnico di Milano
David M. Paganin
University of Southampton
University of Houston
National University of Singapore
Australian National University
- Nanoscale surface tracking of laser material processing using phase shifting diffraction interferometry 
- Visualization of retinal vascular structure and perfusion with a nonconfocal adaptive optics scanning light ophthalmoscope 
- A fast and high-order accurate surface perturbation method for nanoplasmonic simulations: basic concepts, analytic continuation and applications