Volume 10 Issue 11 November 2016

Volume 10 Issue 11

Interactions between single zinc and mercury ions with plasmonic gold nanorods are monitored using an optical whispering gallery mode sensor.

Article p733 ; News & Views p697

IMAGE: ELLA MARUSHCHENKO

COVER DESIGN: BETHANY VUKOMANOVIC

Editorial

  • Editorial |

    The launch of the first space-based source of entangled photons and other ambitious plans are driving satellite-based quantum communications and fundamental physics tests in space.

Books and Arts

Research Highlights

News and Views

  • News and Views |

    Radiation pressure is not the only way to push or pull matter and drive light–matter interactions. Optomechanical devices can now be driven thermoelastically and amplification with acoustic-laser-like behaviour has been observed.

    • Pascal Ruello
  • News and Views |

    The X-ray free-electron laser at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in the US can now generate multicolour X-ray pulses with unprecedented brightness using the fresh-slice technique. The development opens the way to new forms of spectroscopy.

    • Chao Feng
    •  & Haixiao Deng
  • News and Views |

    Optical sensing of individual ions in solution is made possible by combining a macroscopic dielectric photonic cavity with a nanoscale metal resonator. The approach provides a platform for interrogating single-ion binding events with metal surfaces.

    • Reuven Gordon

Letters

  • Letter |

    Perovskite quantum wells yield highly efficient LEDs spanning the visible and near-infrared.

    • Nana Wang
    • , Lu Cheng
    • , Rui Ge
    • , Shuting Zhang
    • , Yanfeng Miao
    • , Wei Zou
    • , Chang Yi
    • , Yan Sun
    • , Yu Cao
    • , Rong Yang
    • , Yingqiang Wei
    • , Qiang Guo
    • , You Ke
    • , Maotao Yu
    • , Yizheng Jin
    • , Yang Liu
    • , Qingqing Ding
    • , Dawei Di
    • , Le Yang
    • , Guichuan Xing
    • , He Tian
    • , Chuanhong Jin
    • , Feng Gao
    • , Richard H. Friend
    • , Jianpu Wang
    •  & Wei Huang
  • Letter |

    Non-thermal ultrafast switching of the magnetization in TmFeO3 is demonstrated. Few-cycle terahertz pulses modify the magnetic anisotropy of the ordered Fe3+ spins and trigger nonlinear excitation of the amplitude of spin oscillations.

    • S. Baierl
    • , M. Hohenleutner
    • , T. Kampfrath
    • , A. K. Zvezdin
    • , A. V. Kimel
    • , R. Huber
    •  & R. V. Mikhaylovskiy
  • Letter |

    The protein crystal growth mechanism can be changed from planar 2D nucleation growth to spiral growth by femtosecond laser ablation. By using this method, the growth rate of a hen egg-white lysozyme crystal increases from 0.3 µm per day to 3.4 µm per day.

    • Yusuke Tominaga
    • , Mihoko Maruyama
    • , Masashi Yoshimura
    • , Haruhiko Koizumi
    • , Masaru Tachibana
    • , Shigeru Sugiyama
    • , Hiroaki Adachi
    • , Katsuo Tsukamoto
    • , Hiroyoshi Matsumura
    • , Kazufumi Takano
    • , Satoshi Murakami
    • , Tsuyoshi Inoue
    • , Hiroshi Y. Yoshikawa
    •  & Yusuke Mori

Articles

  • Article |

    Single photons are generated from electrically driven semiconducting single-walled carbon nanotubes embedded in a photonic circuit. Pronounced antibunching is observed when photon correlation is measured at cryogenic temperatures.

    • Svetlana Khasminskaya
    • , Felix Pyatkov
    • , Karolina Słowik
    • , Simone Ferrari
    • , Oliver Kahl
    • , Vadim Kovalyuk
    • , Patrik Rath
    • , Andreas Vetter
    • , Frank Hennrich
    • , Manfred M. Kappes
    • , G. Gol'tsman
    • , A. Korneev
    • , Carsten Rockstuhl
    • , Ralph Krupke
    •  & Wolfram H. P. Pernice
  • Article |

    A terahertz (THz) optical single-sideband modulator (OSSB) for direct conversion of free-space THz electromagnetic radiation to THz optical modulations is realized. The THz OSSB operates in the 0.3–1.0 THz range without any frequency-dependent tuning.

    • A. S. Meijer
    • , G. Berden
    • , D. D. Arslanov
    • , M. Ozerov
    • , R. T. Jongma
    •  & W. J. van der Zande
  • Article |

    A new scheme for multicolour X-ray free-electron lasers at soft X-ray wavelengths is proposed. The scheme significantly improves two-colour pulse generation and makes possible the first demonstration of three-colour pulse generation.

    • Alberto A. Lutman
    • , Timothy J. Maxwell
    • , James P. MacArthur
    • , Marc W. Guetg
    • , Nora Berrah
    • , Ryan N. Coffee
    • , Yuantao Ding
    • , Zhirong Huang
    • , Agostino Marinelli
    • , Stefan Moeller
    •  & Johann C. U. Zemella