Volume 10 Issue 4, April 2016

Volume 10 Issue 4

Scanning near-field optical microscopy reveals the structure of plasmon sheet and edge modes in graphene disk and rectangular nanoresonators.

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  • Editorial |

    Australians call it sticky tape, English name it Sellotape, and some say Scotch tape. Whatever you call it, it is arguably responsible for the theme of this month's focus issue.



  • Commentary |

    Graphene is no longer alone; a family of atomically thin 2D semiconductors has emerged. Optoelectronics and photonics applications are in their experimental infancy but the future holds much promise.

    • Andres Castellanos-Gomez



  • Interview |

    Fengnian Xia from Yale University shares his opinions with Nature Photonics on the status of research into 2D materials and their prospects for commercial applications.


Research Highlights

News and Views

  • News & Views |

    An optoelectronic prototype based on a self-assembled molecular junction to controllably excite propagating surface plasmons has been developed.

    • Guillaume Schull
  • News & Views |

    Near- and mid-infrared plasmonics are exciting research areas with applications in nanoscale energy concentration, sensing or ultrafast switching for telecommunication. Now, a new efficient way to manipulate plasmon resonances in semiconductor nanoarrays at ultrafast timescales has been found.

    • Martin Wagner
    •  & Mengkun Liu
  • News & Views |

    Obtaining information about an object or medium with an unknown, random scattering potential is notoriously difficult. The projection of random illumination patterns as probe is now shown to help.

    • Jason Fleischer
  • News & Views |

    The ability to make measurements of time and fundamental physical constants with extreme precision makes it possible to test theories to ever greater levels of scrutiny. A workshop in Tokyo in January discussed the challenges involved and the progress being made.

    • Noriaki Horiuchi



  • Letter |

    Researchers demonstrate graphene plasmon edge modes at infrared wavelengths. Such modes may offer additional electromagnetic field confinement compared with conventional sheet modes.

    • A. Y. Nikitin
    • , P. Alonso-González
    • , S. Vélez
    • , S. Mastel
    • , A. Centeno
    • , A. Pesquera
    • , A. Zurutuza
    • , F. Casanova
    • , L. E. Hueso
    • , F. H. L. Koppens
    •  & R. Hillenbrand
  • Letter |

    A three-photon entangled state with 3 × 3 × 2 dimensions of its orbital angular momentum is created by using two independent entangled photon pairs from two nonlinear crystals, enabling the development of a new layered quantum communication protocol.

    • Mehul Malik
    • , Manuel Erhard
    • , Marcus Huber
    • , Mario Krenn
    • , Robert Fickler
    •  & Anton Zeilinger