December 2013

Optics in 2013

Guest editors: Robert D. Guenther, Nicholas J. Frigo, Dmitry Dylov, Carlos López-Mariscal, Alessandro Restelli, Yanina Shevchenko, Zuleykhan Tomova

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

Optics in 2013: Lasers

A source in thermal equilibrium allows electrical pumping and feedback.

Optics in 2013: Holography

Novel applications through digital recording of holograms.

Optics in 2013: Nanophotonics

Subwavelength nanoscale interactions using plasmonics show unique capabilities.

Optics in 2013: Optical Design

Design problems can be solved, but only if you ask the right questions.

Optics in 2013: Optomechanical

Improvements in opto­-mechanical coupling enhance biological sensing.

Optics in 2013: Photonic Structures

Microcavities enhance detection and control of propagation around corners.

Optics in 2013: Propagation

Dynamic control of propagation using light to modify the propagation medium.

Optics in 2013: Quantum Optics

Interaction between photons and long-range dipole-like interactions.

Optics in 2013: Solitons

Solitons may be a bad choice for temporal storage of data.

Optics in 2013: Spectroscopy

Miniaturization of this classic instrument.

Optics in 2013: Spin Optics

Nanostructures could lead to spintronic-spinoptical circuits.

Optics in 2013: Ultrafast

Increasing switching speeds in solids, characterizing the noise in broadband signals.

Optics in 2013: Medical Optics

Nondestructive ways to study processes from blood flow to neural activity.


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