LSA Monthly Editor's Pick reviewer, Monthly Outstanding Readers and Top Downloaded Paper in August 2020
Message from Chair
1st Mini-Conference on Light and Flow
The first Mini-Conference on “Light and Flow” jointly organized by IMCO and LSA (Light: Science & Applications) will be held on September 22nd, 2020.
IMCO is a premier international forum in the multidisciplinary fields of science and engineering. Due to the unfortunate COVID-19 pandemic, IMCO2020 in Wuhan is postponed to 2021. IMCO and LSA have established a strong partnership and initiated a new series of virtual mini-conferences, with each focusing on a hot research topic. The IMCO-LSA mini-conferences comprise only plenary talks, and all plenary speakers are world renowned scientists in respective research fields.
The 1st Mini-Conference in this series is entitled “Light and Flow”. Four high-profile speakers each will give a 30-mimute highlight of their recent work. Professor Mordechai Segev will discuss the fascinating topic of light and disorder, and highlight universal phenomena ranging from Anderson Localization and hyper-transport to recent work on branched flow of light. Professor Tony Jun Huang will walk us through the development of acoustofluidic devices and their applications in the manipulation of cells, particles and microorganisms. Professor Yanyi Huang will introduce his recent development of a microfluidic-based high-throughput sequencing platform for error correction code sequencing, a technique that shows unprecedented sequencing accuracy. And last but not least, Professor Luke Lee will show us how his smart SAND (Speedy Analytical Nano-optofluidic Diagnostic system) could improve global healthcare and enhance global biosecurity.
The short 2.5-hour mini-conference boils these interesting researches down to their essence. We hope that it would bring inspiration to your research and keep you engaged with scientific communities during this difficult time. We are looking forward to meeting you virtually on Sept 22nd, 2020 and getting your feedback and suggestions. Please click here to register.
Looking forward to meeting you soon.
Ling Ling Shui
LSA Monthly Editor's Pick reviewer, Monthly Outstanding Readers and Top Downloaded Paper in July 2020
Rising Stars of Light
Rising Stars of Light event is a worldwide campaign for the most shining young scientists in optics-related fields. The event is initiated by nature academic journal Light: Science & Applications, and co-organized by iCANX.
Chair, Aydogan Ozcan, UCLA, Chancellor Professor
Co-Chair, Jianlin Cao, Former Vice Minister of Science and Technology of China
Co-Chair, Chennupati Jagadish, Australian National University, Fellow of US National Academy of Engineering and Australian Academy of Science
Co-Chair, Min Qiu, Westlake University, Vice President
Co-Chair, Andrea Alù, City University of New York, Einstein Professor of Physics
Alice Zhang, Peking University
Mikhail Kats, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Renmin Ma, Peking University
Qualifications and How to Apply for Rising Stars of Light
1. An applicant needs to be nominated by a senior professor or provides us with 3 recommendation letters (in English).
2. An applicant needs to be under 40 (born after 1st Jan, 1980) or obtain his/her Ph.D. degree later than 1st Jan 2013
3. An applicant needs to email the below documents to email@example.com with the subject of ‘Name_Institution_2020 Rising Stars of Light’:
a) Optics-related scientific accomplishments in the past five years (no more than 600 words in English) and brief future research plan (no more than 300 words in English)
b) No more than 5 representative publications and/or patents.
c) Short bio (no more than 500 words in English)
d) A video of the personal statement of his/her research career and major scientific achievements (no more than 5 minutes, presented in English).
4. Application Deadline: 15th Sep 2020
Rising Stars of Light Selection Process
1. Candidates’ selection by the Committee: 10 final candidates will be selected from all applicants and announced at iCANX and on the homepage of Light: Science & Applications on 9th October 2020. The final candidates can each enjoy one coupon of waiving publication fee in Light: Science & Applications (valid until 2022).
2. Presentation campaign at iCANX: Rising Stars of Light candidates will each give a 20 minutes academic report at the ‘iCANX’ (23rd and 30th Oct): the committee will rate candidates based on innovation (40%), impact (30%), and performance (30%). The below awards will be awarded on 30th Oct, 2020:
First Prize: 1 person (USD 3000 before tax）
Second Prize: 2 person (USD 1500 before tax）
Third Prize: 3 person (USD 1000 before tax）
Candidates Awards: 4 person
About Light: Science & Applications
Light: Science & Applications is a Nature Academic journal, which publishes breakthrough researches from all aspects of optics and photonics, including basic, applied and engineering research and applications.
According to Journal Citation Reports, the latest impact factor of LSA is 13.714, ranking No.3 among all optics journals in the world for the past six years.
For more information, please visit www.nature.com/lsa
Special Issue on the 100th Anniversary of Xiamen University
Submission deadline: 30th November 2020
Illustrations: This special issue is to congratulate on the 100th Anniversary of Xiamen University (6th April 2021). It seeks to highlight the most exciting research works performed recently in XMU or by XMU alumni, from all aspects of optics and photonics, including basic, applied and engineering research and applications.
Brief introduction of XMU: Xiamen University (XMU), established in 1921 by the renowned educationist Mr. Tan Kah Kee, is the first university founded in China by an overseas Chinese. Included by China’s National 211 Project, 985 Project and Double First-class Initiative, XMU is one of the leading pioneers in achieving China’s ambition of building world-class universities.
During the one century development, XMU has been featuring a balance between the Humanities and the Sciences, a solid foundation and a dynamic combination of application and creativity. There are more than 200 research institutions in XMU, including 2 national-level collaborative innovation centers (lead units), 4 national key laboratories, and 1 national engineering technology research center. More than 110 papers have been published in international top academic journals such as Science, Nature, Cell and their sub-journals in the last five years.
As the first renowned Chinese university to set up the overseas campus (Xiamen University Malaysia), XMU aspires to maintain a distinct global outlook and embrace cultural diversities. It has also forged partnerships with 240 universities in UK, US, Japan, France, and Russia, etc. Following the motto “Pursue Excellence, Strive for Perfection”, XMU has been dedicated to producing high-caliber talents with integrity, thereby making great contributions to the fields of science and technology, education, and economics, enhancing the prosperity of China and the world. With "Acknowledging advanced science, cultivating specialized talents, and illuminating world culture" as its goal, XMU is now well on its way towards an internationally acclaimed world-class university.
Prof. Minghui Hong
Prof. Minghui Hong specializes in laser microprocessing & nanofabrication, optical engineering and laser applications. He is the Chair of International Workshop of Plasmonics and Applications in Nanotechnologies (2006), Chair of Conference on Laser Ablation (2009) and Chair of Asia-Pacific Near-field Optics Conference (2013 and 2019). Prof. Hong is invited to serve as an Editor of Light: Science and Applications, Associate Editor of Science China G, Editor of Laser Micro/nanoengineering, and Executive Editor-in-chief of Opto-Electronic Advances. Prof. Hong is Fellow of Academy of Engineering, Singapore (FSEng), Fellow of Optical Society of America (OSA), Fellow of International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE), and Founding Fellow and Vice President of International Academy of Photonics and Laser Engineering (IAPLE) and Fellow and Vice President of Institution of Engineers, Singapore (IES). Prof. Hong is currently a Full Professor and the Director of Optical Science and Engineering Centre (OSEC), Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, National University of Singapore. He is also the Chairman of an NUS spin-off company Phaos Technology Pte. Ltd.
Prof. Zhongqun Tian
Prof. Zhongqun Tian is a professor of Chemistry at Xiamen Univ., China. He obtained his BSc at Xiamen Univ. in 1982 and his Ph.D. under the supervision of M. Fleischmann (FRS) at the Univ. of Southampton in 1987. Then he returned to Xiamen Univ. and was promoted to full professor in 1992. He was elected as Member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (2005-), Fellow of International Society of Electrochemistry (ISE) (2010-), and Fellow of the World Academy of Sciences (FTWAS) (2014-). His main research interests include SERS, plasmonics, spectroelectrochemistry, nanochemistry, and catalytic molecular assembly. He received several awards from China, the USA, UK, France, Japan, and ISE. He currently is the President of the International Society of Electrochemistry (ISE) and Director of Collaborative Innovation Center of Chemistry for Energy and Materials of the Ministry of Education of China, He is a member of the advisory board for over ten international journals including JACS, Chemical Science, Chem., ACS Central Science, J. Phys. Chem., Matter, Chem. Comm., and an associate editor for Science in China: Chemistry, J. Raman Spectroscopy, and Chem. Soc. Rev.
Prof. Junyong Kang
Prof. Junyong Kang, distinguished professor of Xiamen University, Director of Engineering Research Center for Micro-nano Optoelectronic Materials and Devices of State Education Ministry and the Director of Ke Laboratory of Semiconductors and applications of Fujian Province. He has been engaging in teaching and research of compound semiconductor physics, characterization, and applications from 1984 on. Some of his achievements have completed the technology transfer to important enterprises and have been widely used in the national aerospace field, and he thus won the first prizes of science and technology progress award of Fujian Province and Xiamen city, respectively. His supervised students won 1 National Excellent Doctoral Dissertation, 1 nomination, and 3 first prizes of Fujian Provincial Excellent Doctoral Dissertation. Prof. Kang is invited to serve as an Editorial Board Member of Nano-Micro Letters, review group’s expert of National Natural Science Foundation of China, director of Chinese Vacuum Society, director of Chinese Optical Society, vice chairman of wide bandgap semiconductor Committee of Chinese Nonferrous Metals Society, members of semiconductor Committee and surface and interface physics Committee in Chinese Physics Society, vice-president of Fujian Optoelectronics Industry Association.
LSA Outstanding Reviewers/Papers and Top Cited/Downloaded Papers in 2019
Call for papers- Light: Advanced Manufacturing
Share insights and innovations in the profession with your colleagues by submitting your work to Light: Advanced Manufacturing (LAM).
As a sister journal of Light: Science & Applications, LAM is a new, highly selective, open-access, and free of charge international journal which aims to publish innovative research in all areas of light-based manufacturing, including basic, applied and industrial research and applications.
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For more information, please visit the journal website at http://www.light-am.com/.
Special Issue on the 60th anniversary of the first laser
Series II: X-ray free-electron lasers
Since the first optical laser was invented in 1960, the development of laser has been toward to high brilliance, ultrafast and wide wavelength tunability. X-ray free-electron lasers (XFELs) are the ideal light sources that are able to routinely generate ultra-brilliant, fully coherent, extremely-short pulses in the X-ray regime. With Angstrom wavelength and simultaneously femtosecond pulse durations, XFELs make it possible to explore the structure and dynamics of atomic and molecular processes. Furthermore, due to their highly intense pulses, significantly short pulse duration, tunable pulse wavelength, and nearly diffraction-limited spatial and temporal coherence, XFELs will push the frontiers in fundamental science such as atomic and molecular science, ultrafast chemistry and catalysis, structural biology, photon science, and advanced materials. Meanwhile, XFELs have profound implications for the development in industry, medicine, energy and economics.
This special issue showcases some of the latest advances in high-performance XFELs including, but not limited to, innovative approaches for generation and tunability of XFELs, precise optical elements and systems, advanced methodologies such as imaging, and applications of XFELs. This issue is co-edited by Prof. Zhanshan Wang from Tongji University, Prof. Huaidong Jiang from ShanghaiTech University, Prof. Henry Chapman from the Center for Free-Electron Laser Science at the Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron, and Tetsuya Ishikawa from the RIKEN SPring-8 Center.
Submission deadline: 10 September 2020
Prof. Henry Chapman FRS is a director of the Center for Free-Electron Laser Science at the Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron and the University of Hamburg in Germany. He develops methods in coherent X-ray imaging and in exploiting the short pulse durations and extreme intensities of free-electron lasers to obtain room-temperature macromolecular structures. He was awarded the Leibniz Prize of the DFG, the Roentgen Medal from the City of Remscheid, and the Bragg Medal from the Australian Institute of Physics.
Prof. Tetsuya Ishikawa received a doctorate in engineering from the University of Tokyo in 1982. Then he joined Photon Factory in KEK as a research associate to develop precision X-ray optics. He moved back to the University of Tokyo as an associate professor in 1989. He was appointed to a Chief Scientist of RIKEN in 1995 to oversee the construction of SPring-8 beamlines. After he almost finished constructing SPring-8 beamlines, he launched the SACLA (SPring-8 Angstrom Compact FEL) project and completed it in 2011 as a user facility. He has been the director of RIKEN SPring-8 Center since 2006.
Dr. Huaidong Jiang is a professor of physics at ShanghaiTech University. His research interests lie in deveoping innovative methods for high spatiotemporal resolution and quantitative imaging with the use of X-ray free electron laser (XFEL) and synchrotron sources, also in pursuit of applications in materials science and biology using the state-of-the-art techniques. He has been the deputy general manager and leading the Shanghai soft X-ray free electron laser beamline project since 2016. He was named as Fellow of the International Association of Advanced Materials (IAAM) in 2020.
Dr. Zhanshan Wang is a professor of physics at Tongji University and the director of the Institute of Advanced Technology. He has engaged in developing the state-of-the-art techniques for fabricating high-quality X-ray reflective components. He was named as Fellow of the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE) in 2016.
Special Issue on the 60th anniversary of the first laser
Series I: Microcavity Photonics - from fundamentals to applications
Sixty years ago, the first laser was demonstrated by Theodore Maiman. Since then, lasers have been playing a pivotal role in exploring light-matter interactions which are at the heart of modern optical physics. Nowadays, lasers are employed in many photonics applications. An essential building block of most lasers is an optical cavity. Optical cavities confine the light in spatial and temporal dimensions, often down to the micron/nano-meter scale and as long as hundreds of nanoseconds, thereby providing a prominent platform for studying strongly-enhanced light-matter interactions. Optical microcavities are of particular importance not only for developing miniature laser sources, but also as research tools for studying fundamental optical phenomena such as optical chaos and quantum optical effects. They are also used in many emerging advanced applications such as metrology, and nano and quantum sensing.
This special issue showcases some of the latest advances in microcavity photonics and microlasers including, but not limited to, innovative approaches for generation and regulation of novel microlasers, ultra-sensitive optical sensing via active cavities, and new principles and advanced applications of microcombs. This issue is co-edited by Prof. Yun-Feng Xiao from Peking University and Prof. Frank Vollmer from University of Exeter.
Submission deadline: 31 August 2020
Dr. Yun-Feng Xiao, Boya distinguished Professor at Peking University. His research interests lie in the fields of whispering-gallery microcavity optics and photonics, and has authored or co-authored more than 160 refereed journal papers with over 5000 citations, and has delivered over 100 invited talks/seminars in international/national conferences. He was awarded the Tan Kah Kee Young Scientist Award – Information Science (2020), the Rao-Yutai Prize in physics in 2019, the Wang Daheng Optics Prize in 2017, and the Rao-Yutai Prize in Fundamental Optics in 2013. He was elected as OSA Fellow in 2019.
Dr. Frank Vollmer is a Professor of Biophysics and EPSRC Established Career Fellow at the Living Systems Institute (LSI) at the University of Exeter. Professor Vollmer pioneers optical technology to study processes at the nanoscale. He previously held several appointments at leading US institutions including Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Before moving to the LSI in 2016, he held the position of independent Research Group Leader at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light in Germany. In 2017 Prof Vollmer was awarded the Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award.
Lighting the Blue Forum and International Day of Light Celebrating
ABOUT LtB2020 •
On May 16, 2020, the Lighting the Blue (LtB) forum is jointly organized by Harbin Engineering University (HEU), Photonic Materials Group and Light: Science & Applications to present the latest progress in photonics, marine optics, and related disciplines, as well as to celebrate International Day of Light (IDL), proclaimed by United Nation Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
The Blue as the symbol of the ocean, which is one of the most mysterious places in the world, constantly inspires and attracts people to explore the uncharted area, as well as demonstrates the nature of scientific research: truth-seeking curiosity. However, our knowledge of the ocean is still rather limited.
LtB2020 forum fosters a platform to encourage interdisciplinary research in light and marine science by inviting renowned scientists, engineers, and editors in wide range of photonics, nanofabricating, optical engineering, ship industry, and underwater acoustics engineering from various countries to give 40 plenary and invited talks. Participants will present their perspective around these topics, and exchange their exciting research progresses as well as innovations, which not only advance interdisciplinary collaboration, promote careers in related fields, but also help to achieve the goals of UNESCO - education, equality, and peace.
ABOUT IDL2020 •
The International Day of Light is a global initiative that provides an annual focal point for the continued appreciation of light and the role it plays in science, culture and art, education, sustainable development, and in fields as diverse as medicine, communications and energy. The broad theme of light will allow many different sectors of society worldwide to participate in activities. We can see how science can yield revolutionary benefits to society in communications, health-care, and many other fields. The International Day of Light hold on May 16 every year, the anniversary of the first successful operation of the laser in 1960 by physicist and engineer, Theodore Maiman.
The International Day of Light 2020 (IDL2020) on May 16 will be celebrated online because of the recent outbreak of COVID-19, cities and countries worldwide are putting into place a number of containment measures that seriously impact the organization of conferences and public events. In these challenging times, “See The Light” is still a worldwide message encouraging all to join the conversation and celebrate the importance of the science of light and light-based technologies in our lives.
ABOUT ACTIVITY •
Lighting the Blue Forum
Tencent Meeting Title：LtB2020 & IDL2020
Forum ID ：447 795 924
Live forum room：
This event is organized by：
Photonic Materials Group, Harbin Engineering University
Light: Science & Applications (LSA)
This event is supported by
Harbin Engineering University
College of physics and optoelectronic engineering
Key Laboratory of In-Fiber Integrated Optics, Ministry of Education
International Office of Harbin Engineering University
College of Science and Technology
Innovation and Development Base (Qingdao)
The Optical Society of America (OSA)
Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE)
Heilongjiang Overseas Returned Scholars Association
Special Issue-Topological photonics and beyond: novel concepts and recent advances-will meet the audience soon
In the past decade, research on topological photonics has grown exponentially. Tremendous progress has been made in implementing topological phases of light using different material platforms such as metamaterials, photonic crystals, waveguide arrays and coupled cavities. Exemplary successes include demonstrations of protected edge states and corner states and the discovery of non-Hermitian topological phases. During the summer of 2019, two international workshops on related topics were held in Tianjin, China and Daejeon, Korea, where pioneers in the topological photonics field brainstormed together and gave birth to this special issue - Topological photonics and beyond: novel concepts and recent advances.
This Special Issue is to report the new findings in emerging areas of topological photonics and beyond, including but not limited to innovative approaches for realizing topological phases and robust edge states, potential applications in nonlinear, integrated, or quantum photonics, and new perspectives on systems such as surface plasmons, excitons, exciton-polaritons, phonons and magnons based on topological photonics.
This Special Issue is co-Editored by Prof. Zhigang Chen from Nankai University and San Francisco State University, Prof. Hrvoje Buljan from University of Zagreb and Nankai University, and Prof. Daniel Leykam from Institute for Basic Science.
So far, we have 9 published/accepted papers listed below, and about 10 more invited manuscripts are under review.
Published: Symmetry-enforced three-dimensional Dirac phononic crystals
Xiangxi Cai, Liping Ye, Chunyin Qiu, Meng Xiao, Rui Yu, Manzhu Ke and Zhengyou Liu from Wuhan University
Accepted: Higher-order topological insulators in synthetic dimensions
Avik Dutt, Momchil Minkov, Ian A. D. Williamson and Shanhui Fan from Stanford University
Accepted: Multidimensional synthetic chiral-tube lattices via nonlinear frequency conversion
Kai Wang, Bryn Bell, Alexander S. Solntsev, Dragomir N. Neshev, Benjamin J. Eggleton and Andrey A. Sukhorukov from Australian National University, Stanford University, University of Sydney, Imperial College London & University of Technology Sydney
Accepted: Recent advances in 2D, 3D and higher-order topological photonics
Minkyung Kim, Zubin Jacob and Junsuk Rho from Pohang University of Science and Technology and Purdue University
Accepted: Enhancing the graphene photocurrent using surface plasmons and a p-n junction
Di Wang, Andres E. Llacsahuanga Allcca, Ting-Fung Chung, Alexander V. Kildishev, Yong P. Chen, Alexandra Boltasseva and Vladimir M. Shalaev from Purdue University
Accepted: Temporal aiming
Victor Pacheco-Peña and Nader Engheta from Newcastle University and University of Pennsylvania
Accepted: Room-temperature lasing from nanophotonic topological cavities
Daria Smirnova, Aditya Tripathi, Sergey Kruk, Min-Soo Hwang, Ha-Reem Kim, Hong-Gyu Park and Yuri Kivshar from Australian National University, Institute of Applied Physics, Russian Academy of Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology, Korea University
Accepted: Photonic Floquet topological insulators in a fractal lattice
Zhaoju Yang, Eran Lustig, Yaakov Lumer and Mordechai Segev from Technion-Israel Institute of Technology
Accepted: Observation of supersymmetric pseudo-Landau levels in strained microwave graphene
Matthieu Bellec, Charles Poli, Ulrich Kuhl, Fabrice Mortessagne and Henning Schomerus from INPHYNI and Lancaster University
The guest Editors will work on an Editorial to shed light into all the featured papers, which will be published by the end of this summer. With this special issue, we look forward to eliciting a variety of breakthroughs in both fundamental physics and technological outcomes.
Special Issue on the 25th Anniversary of City University of Hong Kong
Submission deadline: 15 November, 2019
Illustrations: This special issue celebrates the 25th Anniversary of City University of Hong Kong (CityU) since the university inauguration on 8 October, 1994. It highlights the most fascinating research works in optics and photonics performed recently at CityU, including the fundamental, applied, and engineering aspects of research and applications.
Brief introduction of City University of Hong Kong: Located in the heart of Hong Kong, Asia’s international city, CityU was founded in 1984 as the City Polytechnic of Hong Kong and became a fully accredited university in 1994. CityU is one of the eight government-funded degree-granting tertiary institutions in Hong Kong, and its goals are to pursue high levels of excellence, promote innovation and nurture creativity with the aim to improve people’s lives, in a city where East meets West and mutual enrichment of different cultures and intellectual traditions that makes a real difference.
CityU has a well-earned reputation as an innovative hub for research and professional education and for addressing globally challenging issues and creating societal impacts. According to the QS World University Rankings for 2020, CityU is ranked 52th in the world and 4th among the world’s top 50 universities under 50 years old. In the THE World University Rankings for 2019, CityU is ranked 1st for International Outlook.
CityU is dynamically growing. Currently, it comprises five colleges and four schools, with many distinguished faculty recruited from all over the world. It has established an excellent international network of academic collaborations and developed global agreements with about 450 prestigious institutions from more than 40 countries/jurisdictions. Its strategic plan for 2015-2020, sets out three strategic themes on One Health, Digital Society, and Smart City that elevate its academic excellence, international standing and societal contributions, and pave the way for a world-leading university.
Prof. Alex K-Y. JEN
Professor Alex K-Y. Jen, a renowned scientist and eminent leader, joined City University of Hong Kong as Provost in December 2016. Professor Jen received his bachelor’s degree from the National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan and PhD from the University of Pennsylvania in USA. He was the Boeing-Johnson Chair Professor and Chair of the Department of Materials Science & Engineering at the University of Washington, Seattle. He also served as Chief Scientist for the Clean Energy Institute endowed by the Washington State Governor. Professor Jen is a distinguished researcher with a well-cited publication record. He has co-authored >830 papers, given over 550 invited talks, has >57,000 citations and an H-index of 120, and is co-inventor for 62 patents and invention disclosures. His interdisciplinary research is focused on organic/hybrid functional materials and devices for photonics, energy, sensors, and nanomedicine. He was named by the Times Higher Education as one of the top 10 researchers in the world working on perovskite solar cells in 2018 and has also been named by Thomson Reuters as one of the “Highly Cited Researchers” from 2014 to 2019 and as one of the “World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds” in 2015 and 2016 in the area of materials science. Professor Jen was elected as a Foreign Fellow of the European Academy of Sciences, as a Fellow by several professional societies including AAAS, MRS, ACS, PMSE, OSA, SPIE, and as an Academician by the Washington State Academy of Sciences.
Dr. Dangyuan Lei
Dr. Dangyuan Lei is currently an Associate Professor at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering in CityU. He received his BSc, MPhil and PhD degrees all in Physics from Northwest University, Chinese University of Hong Kong and Imperial College London in 2005, 2007 and 2011, respectively. His research interest centers on nanophotonics and optical spectroscopy, with particular interest in plasmon-enhanced light-matter interaction at the nanoscale and its applications in energy harvesting, biosensing and bioimaging. He has co-authored 120 papers, given 70 invited talks, and received 4050 citations and an H-index of 40. Two of his publications have been respectively selected into the RSC “Emerging Investigators” themed issue of Journal of Materials Chemistry C (2016) and the IOP “Emerging Leaders” edition of Journal of Optics (2018). He has received several prestigious awards, including the Deputy Rector’s Award (2008-2011) and the Anne Thorne PhD Thesis Prize (2012) both from Imperial College London, the Early Career Grants Award from Hong Kong Research Grants Council (2013), the Municipal Science and Technology Project Award from Shenzhen Science and Technology Innovation (2013 & 2014), a Royal Society International Exchange award (2016), a Key Technology Partner Visiting Fellow of University of Technology Sydney (2017), and a Distinguished Visitor Award from the Scottish University Physics Alliance (2019).
Special Issue on the 100th Anniversary of Nankai University
Submission deadline: 7th Jun,2020
Illustrations: This special issue is to congratulate on the 100th Anniversary of Nankai University (17th October 2019). It seeks to highlight the most exciting research works performed recently in Nankai University, from all aspects of optics and photonics, including basic, applied and engineering research and applications.
Brief introduction of Nankai University: Located in Tianjin, China on the border of the sea of Bohai, Nankai University dates back to 1904 with Mr. Yan Xiu and Mr. Zhang Boling’s initiation of the concept of saving the nation through education. Founded in 1919, Nankai University is one of the most renowned and prominent universities. During the one century development , Nankai University has been following the motto of “Dedication to public interests, acquisition of all-round capability and aspiration for progress with each passing day”.
Nankai University is a key multidisciplinary “985” and “211” Project university directly under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Education. It features a balance between the Humanities and the Sciences, a solid foundation and a combination of application and creativity. Nankai University has been establishing its discipline system in accordance with the needs of economic and social development as well as talents cultivations.
There are 6 first degree national key disciplines, 9 second degree national key disciplines, 2 national key cultivating disciplines, and 32 first degree Tianjin municipal key disciplines. Furthermore, there are 2 national key laboratories, 7 key laboratories of the Ministry of Education. The university will continue to carry forward the character of Nankai, develop its spirit, persist in giving top priority to cultivating the integrity of students, strengthen its quality, and develop towards the goal of building a world-leading university.
Prof. Jingjun Xu
Jingjun Xu, PhD, is a professor of physics at Nankai University. He is also the executive vice president of Nankai University and the founding director of the Key Laboratory of Weak-Light Nonlinear Photonics, Ministry of Education. He was awarded B.S. and Ph.D. in 1988 and 1993, respectively. Prof. Xu received the National Outstanding Youth Fund, Trans-Century Training Program Foundation, and was selected as a Changjiang Scholar. His awards include second class award of State Natural Science, first class provincial award of Natural Science, first class provincial award of Science and Technology Progress, Chinese Young Science and Technology Award, National Outstanding Scientific and Technical Workers, Chinese Young Scientist Award. Prof. Xu’s research interests include the nonlinear photonic materials, physics, and their applications for information technology.
Prof. Guoquan Zhang
Professor Guoquan Zhang is the Dean of School of Physics, Nankai University. His main research fields include nonlinear optics, quantum optics, and nano-optoelectronics. He has published more than 150 peer-reviewed papers on Journals such as Phys. Rev. Lett., Adv. Mater., Opt. Lett., and Appl. Phys. Lett., 3 book chapters, and coedited as the chief editor two international conference proceedings. As the principle investigator, he undertook more than 10 research projects such as the 973 project and NSFC projects. Prof. Zhang is a Senior Member of Optical Society of America, he was selected to be the New Century Excellent Talents in University, Ministry of Education in 2004. And he has been awarded 4 science and technology prizes including a Second-Class National Natural Science Award.
Prof. Weiwei Liu
Prof. Liu received his Ph. D degree in 2005, and jointed Nankai University in 2007 as a full professor. Now, he is serving as the director of Institute of modern optics, member of the standing committee of Chinese Optical Society and vice president of Optical Society of Tianjin. Based on his excellent achievement obtained during the past few years, Prof. Liu was awarded the ‘Wang Daheng’s Optics Prize for middle-aged and youth of the Chinese Optical Society’, Tianjin’s Outstanding Contribution Expert, first class provincial award of Natural Science, etc. Prof. Liu’s research interest mainly focuses on the ultrafast laser nonlinear optics and applications. He has already published more than 140 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals. The total citation number of these publications is more than 4200 and the H-index reaches 34.
Special Issue on the 100th Anniversary of Harbin Institue of Technology
Submission deadline: 7th June 2020
Illustrations: This special issue is to congratulate on the 100th Anniversary of Harbin Institute of Technology (7th June 2020). It seeks to highlight the most exciting research works performed recently in HIT, from all aspects of optics and photonics, including basic, applied and engineering research and applications.
Brief introduction of HIT: In 1920, Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT) was founded as one of China’s earliest and crucial technical university. Now HIT has developed into an open, multidisciplinary, research-oriented, leading national university with science and engineering as its core, meanwhile with diversity in management, liberal arts, economy and law. With the expansion of its influence, HIT has formed the pattern of ‘One University, Three Campuses: Harbin Campus, Weihai Campus and Shenzhen Campus’. According to US News 2017 and 2018, HIT is named as the World’s Top 10 Best Universities for Engineering in the past two years.
Abiding by its original style of schooling-Being strict in qualifications for graduates, making every endeavor in educating students-HIT has delivered numerous popular graduates to global employers. More than 200,000 graduates have stepped into society, making great achievements and creating wonders in all areas of society. They work as specialists in the fields of science and technology, education, and economics, enhancing the prosperity of China and the world. With ‘the Cradle of Engineers’ to ‘International First-rate Innovative Talents’ as its goal, HIT is now well on its way towards a world-class university.
Prof. Jiecai Han
Jiecai Han, Executive Vice President of Harbin Institute of Technology. Professor of Materials Science. Academician of Chinese Academy of Sciences. He is the Executive Fellow of China Astronautical Society, Deputy Director of Chinese Society of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics and the co-editor of Composite Science and Technology, etc. He got the Fifth Chinese Young Science and Technology Award and he is the winner of the National Outstanding Youth Fund and the leading official of Innovative Research Group of the National Natural Science Foundation of China. His main research field includes fiber reinforced ceramic composite, carbon composite, infrared optical material, etc. He has undertaken many national key research projects such as the innovative group of The National Natural Science Fund of China. He got one second prize on National Natural Science, two national second prizes for Technological Invention and one national second prize for Scientific and Technological Progress. He had more than 350 articles published in international journals.
Prof. Jiubin Tan
Academician Jiubin Tan was born in 1955 and was admitted into HIT in 1977 and majored in precision instruments. He received his bachelor, master and doctor degrees. He has been doing engineering research of ultra-precision instruments. He advanced development of precision equipment such as strategic weapons, aircraft engines and high performance satellite cameras. His works significantly improved the performance of this kind of equipment and promoted the development of ultra-precision instruments in China. He has won the First prize for technical invention in 2006 and the Second prize (in 2013 and 2016). He was elected the member of CAE in 2017.
Prof. Yongkang Dong
Prof. Yongkang Dong was admitted into HIT in 1999 majored in Physical Electronics and received his bachelor and Ph.D. degree in 2003 and 2008, respectively. During 2008 to 2011, he was working as a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Physics Department, University of Ottawa, Canada. In 2012, he re-joined HIT as a full professor. His current research interests involve nonlinear fiber optics and Brillouin scattering based optical fiber sensor and its applications in structural health monitoring. He has authored and coauthored more than 80 international journal papers. He is the recipient of the First Prize in Provincial Natural Science Award (2013), the Innovation Award of Chinese Society for Optical Engineering (2015), and the First Prize in Provincial Science and Technology Progress Award (2017). He is now the Chief Scientist of the National Key Scientific Instrument and Equipment Development Project of China.
LSA is invited to join the official Inauguration of International Day of Light
UNESCO invited leading scientists on May 16, 2018 for the first edition of the International Day of Light to celebrate the role of light in our daily lives. Researchers and intellectuals discussed how light-based technologies can contribute to meet pressing challenges in diverse areas, such as medicine, education, agriculture and energy. UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay opened this important event, with the participation of renowned scientists, including Kip Thorne, 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics, California Institute of Technology and Claude Cohen-Tannoudji, 1997 Nobel Prize in Physics, College of France. Over 500 attendees attended the event in Paris on May 16, 2018, and over 1,100 research institutions and universities are celebrating the International Day of Light. Executive Editor-in-Chief Tianhong Cui, Editor Tarik Bourouina and Chief Managing Editor Yuhong Bai of Light: Science & Applications was invited to attend the conference.
Group photo of LSA Executive Editor-in-Chief Tianhong Cui（first from right）, LSA Editor Tarik Bourouina（second from left）, LSA Chief Managing Editor Yuhong Bai（first from left）and Kip Thorne, 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics（second from right）
Special Topic: Quantum meta-nanostructures: from the fundamentals to emerging applications
Deadline of manuscript submission: 28 February 2018
Submission note: please mark it is a special issue in "Manuscript Comment" field when submission in manuscript tracking system.
Quantum information is one of the most important research areas of modern physics and informatics. Light play a prominent role in quantum information science owing to the high speed of transmission, the tremendous bandwidth, and outstanding low-noise properties offered by photonic technologies. This has led to the realization of quantum photonic integrated circuits (QPICs) that offer a convenient and high-performance platform from which quantum technologies of a more complex architecture can be created. Quantum state preparation, manipulation, and measurement as well as several basic logic gates have already been demonstrated based on conventional dielectric waveguide technology.
Despite the rapid advances in the development of integrated quantum devices, many key components are still too bulky and power hungry. Plasmonics and high-index semiconductor nanostructure are bringing new opportunities to create much smaller, truly nanoscale functional quantum devices. This is possible as the structures possess a unique optical ability to shape optical fields and enhance light-matter interaction down to the atomic-scale. The availability of new 2D, 1D, and 0D solid state quantum materials with tailored electronic band structures are also opening up new ways to manipulate light, spin, and charge. In order to effectively use these nanoscale quantum architectures and unleash their true potential, it is of the utmost importance to provide stable and high quality interfaces to existing QPIC technology. The recent advent of flat optics based on metasurface concepts may provide a create solution to this challenge as they can seamlessly fuse these two seemingly incongruent worlds by offering connections at the speed of photonics, the size of electronics, and ease of fabrication of modern semiconductor device fabrication.
Prof. Guangcan Guo,
Key laboratory of quantum information, CAS
University of science and technology of China, Hefei, Anhui, China
Prof. Cheng-Wei Qiu
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
National University of Singapore, Singapore 117583
Prof. Xifeng Ren
Key laboratory of quantum information, CAS
University of science and technology of China, Hefei, Anhui, China
Prof. Mark Brongersma
Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Stanford University
Deputy Director of Geballe Laboratory for Advanced Materials
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Article in Light: Science & Applications highlighted by Nature Photonics
A recent publication in Light: Science & Application has been discussed in a News & Views article in Nature Photonics (doi:10.1038/nphoton.2017.78). The work Wave propagation through disordered media without backscattering and intensity variations by Makris et al. published in Light: Science & Applications (2017) 6, e17035; doi:10.1038/lsa.2017.35, has been described as "A channel of perfect transmission". Patrick Sebbah argues that “the idea of compensating scattering by gain and loss is of strong practical interest”.
Special Issue: Twisted Light with Orbital Angular Momentum
- Fundamental principles and properties of OAM-carrying or phase-structured light beams.
- Exotic light beams (Laguerre-Gaussian beams and Bessel beams with phase singularity, vector beams with polarization singularity, etc.).
- Generation, propagation, processing and detection of OAM-carrying twisted light beams.
- Spatial modes for free-space and fiber-based optical communications.
- Spatial modes for quantum information processing.
- Structured light for optical manipulation, optical/laser tweezers.
- Structured light for microscopy, astronomy, imaging, sensing.
- Structured electromagnetic waves outwith the visible spectrum (radio wave, microwave, terahertz wave, etc.) and their applications.
LSA editor, Professor Chunlei Guo leads laser processing research at the new AIM Photonics
Recent Article in LSA Highlighted by Media
Author of Light: Science & Applications won the Nobel Prize in Physics 2014
Light Conference: ICOME 2014 Explores Latest Research Progress
Light: Science & Applications Editorial Board Meeting in Changchun
Light: Science & Applications ranks fourth in optics with first impact factor
Light: Science & Applications, the open access journal from Springer Nature has today received its first impact factor of 8.476, coming fourth among 82 journals in optics, according to the 2013 Journal Citation Report published by Thomson Reuters, a category that is led by NPG's Nature Photonics. Read more about the news in Springer Nature Press release.
Web Focus: advanced photonic integrated circuits is now live
Light: Science & Applications is proud to present a web focus on advanced photonic integrated circuits, which discusses the range of possible functionalities for these highly integrated optical chips, showing how fundamental work in areas such as transformation optics and materials technologies could lead to new applications for photonic integrated circuits.
Access the web focus today!
LSA Published Paper highlighted on the NFC Website
Prof. John Love accepted the invitation to be the topical editor of Light: Science & Applications
Physics Teaching Centre
The Australian National University
LSA Editorial Meeting Held Successfully at CIOMP
Executive Editor of Nature, Dr Nick Campbell gives a presentation
CIOMP Vice-President, Prof. Xuejun Zhang gives a presentation
Announce the new journal: Light: Science & Applications
From March 2012, NPG will publish the new online only, Light: Science & Applications, in partnership with the Changchun Institute of Optics, Fine Mechanics and Physics (CIOMP). This journal is fully open access with papers published online within a week of becoming available.