May 2009

Using Plasmonics to Shape Light Beams

Federico Capasso, Nanfang Yu, Ertugrul Cubukcu and Elizabeth Smythe

The field of plasmonics—in which surface plasmon resonances of metals are used to manipulate light at the sub-wavelength scale—is transforming our understanding of nanophotonics and integrated optics. Now, researchers are harnessing the power of plasmonics, paving the way to wavefront engineering of laser beams.

Solid-State Lasers: Steady Progress Through the Decades

More than three decades after solid-state lasers were developed, physicists and engineers have made an extraordinary amount of progress, and the pace of development is accelerating.

A New Era for High-Energy-Density Physics

The field of high-energy-density physics is on the verge of a revolutionary event—the achievement of fusion ignition in the laboratory. Research at the University of Rochester and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory will enable new science to be conducted in astrophysics, materials science and laser-matter interactions.

Scanned Laser Pico-Projectors: Seeing the Big Picture (with a Small Device)

Pico-projectors are the latest technology to prove that big things often do come in small packages. These tiny projectors are embedded in mobile devices to provide large-screen displays that can be viewed from anywhere.

Exploring What the Eye Cannot See

Edible Lasers: What’s the Next Course?

In Your Phase: All About Optical Vortices

Lumencor Looks to Light up Biotech

Probing the Link between Fat and Cancer

Unraveling the Mysteries of Photosynthesis

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