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Spotlight on Optics

Spotlight on Optics



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 members from the scientific community, specializing in one of the six technical divisions, 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
Deputy Chair
  Max-Planck Institute

Giovanni Piredda
Deputy Chair
  Ludwig-Maximilians University

Robert Zawadzki
Deputy Chair
  University of California - Davis

Richard Bowman
  University of Cambridge

John Ballato
  Clemson University

Brynmor Davis
  Creare, Inc.

Brad Deutsch
  University of Illinois

Summer Gibbs-Strauss
  Oregon Health and Science University

Nadav Gutman

Roarke Horstmeyer

Taek Yong Hwang
  Samsung Electro-Mechanics

Kedar Khare
  Indian Institute of Technology

Andrey N. Kuzmin
  University of Buffalo

Shalin Mehta
  Marine Biological Laboratory

Francesco Morichetti
  Politecnico di Milano

David M. Paganin
  Monash University

Periklis Petropoulos
  University of Southampton

Jason Porter
  University of Houston

Shakil Rehman
  National University of Singapore

Paul Steivurzel
  Boston University

Ilya Shadrivov
  Australian National University

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