December 2012

Theoretically calculated spectral distribution of a SNAP device consisting of 10 coupled microresonators. Illustration by M. Sumetsky, OFS Laboratories (see Sumetsky et al. p. 37).

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.


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


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


All-optical radiocarbon dating

Ultrafast Optics

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

Spider Silk as an Optical Material

Pretty Practical

In His Own Words: David Wineland

Teaching Green Photonics

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