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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IMAGE: ELLA MARUSHCHENKO

COVER DESIGN: BETHANY VUKOMANOVIC

Editorial

  • 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.

    Focus:

Commentary

  • 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

    Focus:

Interview

  • 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.

    Focus:

Research Highlights

News and Views

  • News and Views |

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

    • Guillaume Schull
  • News and 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 and 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 and 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

Reviews

Letters

  • 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

Articles