December 2012

Optics in 2012

Guest editors: Robert D. Guenther, Alex Fong, Yannick Lize, James McGuire, Alessandro Restelli, Yanina Shevchenko and Elena Silaeva

This special issue of Optics & Photonics News highlights the most exciting peer-reviewed optics research to have emerged over the past 12 months.

Accelerating Optical Beams

Finding non-paraxial accelerating Airy beams.

Fiber Technology

Light-steered waveguides, relief Bragg reflectors, sapphire derived fibers.


Nanowire image sensor and photonic circuits made with Angstrom precision

Nonlinear Optics

Ultrafast KeV X-rays from tabletop femtosecond lasers

Novel Optical Detector

The near-field topography of light

Optical Coherence Tomography

Microscope in a needle, timereversal tomography and true-color molecular imaging

Optical Cooling

Spontaneous Brillouin cooling, lumino-refrigeration and controlling atoms with light

Optical Tweezers

Moiré-based tweezers, a tweezer assembly line, dynamic light cages and an optical “bottle”

Phase Control

Low-cost light shaping and SLIDAR


Speckle-free laser imaging and gigapixel imaging

Imaging Through Turbid Media

Using compressive sensing and digital holography to visualize partially occluding media


Metamaterials with tailorable properties and optical nanoantennas


All-optical radiocarbon dating

Ultrafast Optics

Fast light and superluminal images, ultrafast optical clocks, and supercontinuum pulse compression


In His Own Words: David Wineland

Teaching Green Photonics

Pretty Practical

Spider Silk as an Optical Material


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