With adaptive optics,
researchers can now
compensate for the
negative effects of
aberrations on the
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22 Adaptive Optics for Biomedical Microscopy
Over the last decade, researchers have applied adaptive optics—a technology
that was originally conceived for telescopes—to high-resolution microscopy in
order to overcome the problems caused by specimen-induced aberrations.
Martin J. Booth, Delphine Débarre and Alexander Jesacher
30 Fishy Photons: Invisibility and Transformation Optics
As we see when looking at fish in an aquarium, optical materials can distort
the actual locations of objects. Scientists are now able to manipulate light in
“fishy” ways that may enable big scientific breakthroughs such as invisibility
cloaking in the near future.
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Representations of original
microscope images of labeled
mouse embryos. Images by
D. Debarre, E. Botcherby,
T. Watanabe, S. Srinivas,
T. Wilson and M.J. Booth.
36 The Evolution of Artificial Retinas
A new technology that combines optics and neurobiology is slowly illuminating
a dark world for some people with blindness caused by retinal damage.
42 Optical Communications in 2012
Progress in optical communications is being driven by an explosion of new
applications and services. This article describes the current state of the field
as seen by the organizers of the upcoming OFC/NFOEC conference.
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