December 2005

Special Issue: Optics in 2005 Introduction

Bob D. Guenther, Bob Jopson, R. John Koshel, Barbara Paldus

The topics covered in this special issue cover a wide breadth, ranging from photonic structures to quantum information, and from optical engineering to ultrafast technology.

All Optical Control

Coherent Control of Emitters in a Photonic Crystal Environment.


Micro-biologic Applications of Real-Time Interactive 3D Optical Manipulation.

Cooling and Trapping

Optically Trapped Fermi Gases Model Strong Interactions in Nature.


Nonlinear Interferometric Vibrational Imaging: Efficient Detection of Coherent Anti-Stokes Raman Scattering


High Repetition Rate Tabletop Soft X-ray Lasers with Saturated Output at Wavelengths down to 13.2 nm

Nonlinear Optics

Nonlinear Spectrometer Using a White-Light Continuum Z scan

Optical Engineering

Lately, the optical research community has shown considerable interest in wave propagation phenomena in discrete structures. Arrays or lattices of evanescently coupled waveguides or chains of coupled microresonators are prime examples of structures where discrete optical wave dynamics can be observed. One question that has naturally arisen is whether the Talbot effect is also possible in discrete systems.

Optical Switching

All-Optical Switch Controls Strong Beams with Weak Ones.

Photonic Structures

A new type of tunable optical fiber is based on photonic crystal fibers (PCFs), which have a cross-section that usually consists of an air/silica microstructure that is invariant along the fiber axis.

Quantum Information

In a recent experiment, we demonstrated the transfer of a qubit from a photon at the telecom wavelength of 1312 nm to another photon around 712 nm, a wavelength close to that of alkaline atomic transitions.

Slow Light

All-Optical Tunable Slow-Light Delays via Stimulated Scattering.


Spatial Kerr Solitons as Exact Solutions of Maxwell’s Equations

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