July/August 2006

Surface Plasmonic Fields in Nanophotonics

Yeshaiahu Fainman, Kevin Tetz, Rostislav Rokitski and Lin Pang

This article explores the ultrafast electrodynamics of surface plasmon-polariton fields on nanostructured metal-dielectric boundaries, and describes how to make a sensor to measure chemical reactions at a surface by generating spatially resolved, reaction-dependent, spatial and spectral frequency information.

Photonic Crystal Components: Harnessing the Power of the Photon

Over the past two decades, researchers have worked to understand how to fabricate and use photonic crystal components, structures that can “trap” light. Once scientists can address the remaining challenges—of achieving high fabrication quality and precision and minimizing losses—photonic crystals will be ready to provide the photonic integration technology needed for the next-generation in optical telecommunications.

Micro-Optical Elements for Optical Manipulation

Using micro-optical elements can be an effective, low-cost way to shape laser micro-beams, which are needed for optical trapping and manipulation. This article covers various designs of micro-optical elements that are used to generate the necessary optical vortices within a beam.

Welcome to the Wonderful World of 3D: Introduction, Principles and History (Part 1)

First article of a four-part series. You are invited to explore the wonderful world of three-dimensional imaging. The tour begins with this article, which explains how optics can be used to create 3D illusions.

Optics and Photonics in Uruguay

Pinhole Glasses

Story of Semrock Inc.

My Epiphany at a Science Meeting

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