Optics and Photonics News

Optics & Photonics News is the membership magazine of The Optical Society. It is published monthly (with a double issue in July/August) and covers developments in optics, photonics, and related topics in physics and engineering. It was established in 1975 as Optics News.[1] The magazine adopted a regular bimonthly publication schedule beginning in 1982 and transitioned to monthly publication in 1985. The name of the publication was changed to Optics & Photonics News in January 1990,[2] in light of the dramatic growth of photonics as a new discipline in the wake of the discovery of the laser. The format of the magazine has evolved from a newsletter format to a glossy magazine.

Since 1982, the last issue of each year has included a "year in optics" feature, including summaries of some of the most notable work in optics and photonic science and engineering over the previous 12 months.


  1. ^ Quinn, Jarus W. (February 1975). "From the Publisher". Optics News. 1 (1): 1.
  2. ^ "Vote set on renaming Society". Optics News. 15 (12): 3. December 1989.

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