LSA Monthly Editor's Pick reviewer, Monthly Outstanding Readers and Top Downloaded Paper in August 2020

LSA Monthly Editor's Pick Reviewer in August 2020

LSA Monthly Outstanding Readers in August 2020

LSA Monthly Top Downloaded Paper in August 2020

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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.

Ai-Qun Liu
Yi Zhang
Ling Ling Shui
Yi Yang
Xingyu Jiang

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LSA Monthly Editor's Pick reviewer, Monthly Outstanding Readers and Top Downloaded Paper in July 2020

LSA Monthly Editor's Pick Reviewer in July 2020

LSA Monthly Outstanding Readers in July 2020

LSA Monthly Top Downloaded Paper in July 2020

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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 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

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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.

Guest editors:

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.

Please contribute your submission via or contact LSA Editorial Office at

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LSA Outstanding Reviewers/Papers and Top Cited/Downloaded Papers in 2019

LSA Outstanding Reviewers in 2019

LSA Outstanding Papers in 2019

LSA Top Cited Papers in 2019

LSA Top Downloaded Papers in 2019

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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.

Contact Information:

Tel: +86-431-86176851

Fax: +86-431-84613409


Address: No. 3888 Dong Nanhu Road, Changchun 130033, Jilin, China

For more information, please visit the journal website at

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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

Guest editors:

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.



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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

Guest editors:

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.

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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.







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.











Lighting the Blue Forum

Tencent Meeting Title:LtB2020 & IDL2020
Time:2020/5/16 08:30-18:30
Forum ID :447 795 924

Live forum room:

Live stream:

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
    Informationization Office
    Innovation and Development Base (Qingdao)
The Optical Society of America (OSA)
Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE)
Heilongjiang Overseas Returned Scholars Association

Speakers List:













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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.

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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.

Guest editors:

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).

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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.

Guest editors:

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.

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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.

Guest editors:

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.

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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)

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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
476 Lomita Mall, Stanford, CA 94305-4045

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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”.

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Special Issue: Twisted Light with Orbital Angular Momentum

Deadline of manuscript submission: 31st May, 2017
In the 1600s, Kepler proposed that the momentum of sunlight was the reason that visible tail of comet pointed away from the sun. Beyond this optical linear momentum, in the early 1900s, Poynting reasoned how circularly polarized light carries also a spin angular momentum (SAM) of ±ℏ per photon (ℏ: reduced Plank's constant). In the 1930s, Darwin went beyond spin to consider how rare high-order atomic transitions required an additional angular momentum exchange between light and atom corresponding to integer multiples of ℏ. However, rather then being rare, in 1992 Allen, Woerdmann and co-workers recognized that every photon of a light beam having helical phasefronts carried this orbital angular momentum (OAM). These helically phased light beams have an OAM of ℓℏ per photon, where ℓ describes the azimuthal phase variation of exp(iℓθ) (θ: azimuthal angle). Since that time, the study of OAM and other structured light beams has grown into a significant field giving rise to many developments in astronomy, optical manipulation and trapping, microscopy, imaging, sensing, nonlinear interactions, quantum science and optical communications.
This special issue aims to explore the fundamental aspects of OAM and its wide applications. It will focus on the state-of-the-art advances and future opportunities in OAM-carrying twisted light and applications in various areas.
Topics of interest include but are not limited to the following areas:
  •     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.
Special Issue Co-Editors
Jian WangJian Wang
Wuhan National Laboratory for Optoelectronics, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China
Miles J PadgettMiles J. Padgett
University of Glasgow, Scotland, UK
Alan E Willner
Alan E. Willner
University of Southern California, USA



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LSA editor, Professor Chunlei Guo leads laser processing research at the new AIM Photonics

LSA editor, Professor Chunlei Guo leads laser processing research at the new American Institute of Manufacturing in Photonics (AIM Photonics) - Integrated Photonics Institute for Manufacturing Innovation (IP-IMI) at University of Rochester.
AIM Photonics will receive $110 million from the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory, and that award will be supplemented by another $250 million from the State of New York, with additional funding commitments from public and private partners expected to exceed $245 million over the next five years for a 5:1 matching of federal funds. The proposal was put together by a coast-to-coast academic/industry consortium that includes the University of Rochester, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, RIT, MIT, University of Arizona, University of California-Santa Barbara, and Columbia University among its major academic partners, and corporate partners including Boeing, IBM, Intel, Hewlett-Packard, Lockheed Martin, Infinera, Corning and Synopsis. There are a total of 90 partners from 18 states. In addition to support from New York State, AIM Photonics is supported by the states of California and Massachusetts, along with leading national and regional industry consortia and economic development agencies.
More than $130 million of the awarded funds will be invested in the Rochester region.
To find more details about this news, please click here.

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Recent Article in LSA Highlighted by Media

Recently, Australia National University posted a press release on EurekAlert and YouTube titled "Sticky tape and phosphorus the key to ultrathin solar cells", about research in Dr. Yuerui (Larry) Lu's group.
This research entitled "Optical tuning of exciton and trion emissions in monolayer phosphorene" was published in Light: Science & Applications (LSA) on July 17, 2015. In their research, the authors used phase-shifting interferometry to deduce the number of phosphorene layers. They performed power-dependent photoluminescence measurements to determine various excitonic properties of a monolayer on a silicon oxide/silicon substrate. In the press release, it stated as the following.
Sticky tape and phosphorus the key to ultrathin solar cells: ANU media release
"Scientists studying thin layers of phosphorus have found surprising properties that could open the door to ultrathin and ultralight solar cells and LEDs."
"The team used sticky tape to create single-atom thick layers, termed phosphorene, in the same simple way as the Nobel-prize winning discovery of graphene."
"Unlike graphene, phosphorene is a semiconductor, like silicon, which is the basis of current electronics technology."
"'This property has never been reported before in any other material,' said Dr. Lu, from ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science, whose study is published in the Nature serial journal Light: Science and Applications."
Followed by this release, this article was discussed in some other media including Nanowerk, R&D Magazine (online), ABC (Australia).

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Author of Light: Science & Applications won the Nobel Prize in Physics 2014

On October 7, 2014, the Nobel Prize in Physics 2014 was announced. Shuji Nakamura, an author of Light: Science & Applications won this prize jointly with other two scientists for the invention of efficient blue light-emitting diodes, enabling bright and energy-saving white light sources.
Shuji Nakamura is a co-author of paper entitled "High-brightness polarized light-emitting diodes", published on August 3, 2012. In this paper, the authors demonstrate light-emitting diodes presenting high-brightness polarized light emission by combining the polarization-preserving and directional extraction properties of embedded photonic-crystals of non-polar gallium nitride. A directional enhancement of up to 1.8-fold was observed in the total polarized light emission together with a high polarization degree of 88.7% at 465 nm. The paper discusses the mechanism of polarized light emission in non-polar gallium nitride and the photonic-crystal design rules to further increase the light-emitting diode brightness.
light-emitting diode diagramThe authors designed a light-emitting diode (LED) that produces bright directional polarized blue light. The device is based on a variant of the semiconductor gallium nitride, grown on a specifically crystal direction that yields emission of polarized light. The researchers improved light extraction from the device by drilling aligned arrays of holes at precisely defined intervals into the substrate. This photonic crystal structure selectively enhances the emission of polarized light for particular emission angles by a factor of 1.8. High-brightness LEDs emitting polarized light are of interest for flat-screen displays, and also for household lighting because they minimize the glare from light reflections.

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Light Conference: ICOME 2014 Explores Latest Research Progress

On July 3, 2014, Light Conference: ICOME 2014 (International Conference on Micro/Nano Optical Engineering 2014) opened in Changchun, with about 200 delegates attending from around the world, including scores of distinguished scientists in this field. The conference was organized by CIOMP in the name of Light: Science & Applications, a co-published journal with Springer Nature.
Co-chaired by Hongbo Sun from Jilin University and Mark I. Stockman from Georgia State University, the conference was instrumental in boosting the development and progress of Micro/Nano optics, while facilitating cooperation between Chinese and overseas researchers.
Tao Zhang, Vice President of CIOMP, on behalf of the hosting party, delivered a welcome speech. In addition to expressing his sincere wishes for Light Conference to build up its global reputation leveraging the platform of Light: Science & Applications, Mr Zhang stressed that CIOMP would strengthen its support of Light Conference and the journal. Prof. Hongbo Sun, representing the organization committee, emphasized in his speech that significant progress and frontier researches in Micro/Nano Optical Engineering would be discussed at the ICOME 2014 and spread worldwide through Light: Science & Applications.
Seventeen scientists addressed the conference with keynote speeches, covering organic optoelectronic materials and applications, nano optoelectronic materials and devices, near-field optics and plasma technologies. These speeches received proactive responses from the audience, sparking among them heated discussions and an exchange of new ideas.
Another highlight of the conference was the Awards Ceremony of Light, with 44 awards granted to authors, editors and referees in recognition of their invaluable contributions to the journal since its launch.
In his closing speech, Prof. Mark I. Stockman, extended his gratitude to the keynote speakers and delegates present as well as offering his sincere congratulations to all the awarded researchers. He also expressed his hope that Light Conference could develop into a high-end platform to bring together more and more opticists worldwide and encouraged the researchers to contribute their latest research and findings to another platform Light: Science & Applications.
ICOME2014 gratefully acknowledges the support from State Key Laboratory on Integrated Optoelectronic, State Key Laboratory of Applied Optics, State Key Laboratory of Luminescence and Application, Publication Department of CIOMP and International Cooperation Department of CIOMP, and the sponsorship from National Natural Science Foundation of China and Chinese Academy of Sciences.

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Light: Science & Applications Editorial Board Meeting in Changchun

On July 4, 2014, the 2014 Editorial Board Meeting of Light: Science & Applications (hereinafter referred to as Light) was held on the campus of CIOMP to sum up the editorial work over the past two years and discuss the journal's blueprint for the future. Light is a high quality optics and photonics research journal, co-published by CIOMP and Springer Nature.
This was the largest editorial meeting since the journal's launch and was attended by 26 editors, four author representatives and one reviewer representative from 11 countries and regions, including USA, UK, France, Germany, Australia, Canada, Greece, Korea, mainland China, Hong Kong SAR and Taiwan. Present at the meeting were also Jianlin Cao, Editor-in-Chief of Light and concurrently Vice Minister of the Science and Technology Ministry of PRC, Tao Zhang, Vice President of CIOMP, and Judy Bai, Senior Publishing Manager from Springer Nature.
Xuejun Zhang, Vice President of CIOMP, was invited to address the meeting, giving all guests his warmest welcome and an overview of CIOMP. Mr Zhang went through the history and current organizational structure of CIOMP, and highlighted its research capabilities especially in such key fields as Large Aperture Optical Systems, Small Satellite Technology, etc. The Vice President also stressed that CIOMP would continue its support of scientific journals including Light, which he expected could facilitate communication among scientists around the world, speed up the dissemination of scientific research and help with the advances of global science.
Mr Zhang was followed by Tianhong Cui, Editor-in-Chief of Light and a professor from University of Minnesota, who delivered a work report on the progress Light has achieved since it was launched in March 2012. In less than three years, Light has published 93 papers from 19 countries/regions, covering the fields of small scale optics, optical material processing, optics in life science and the environment, special optics, optical data transmission, optical measurement, optical materials, manufacture of optical elements, Organic Optoelectronics and Guided Light, etc. The editorial office has been devoted to promoting Light through attending conferences, visiting colleges and media. Similarly, editors, authors and readers have been sparing no efforts to disseminate Light. In October, 2013, Light achieved a breakthrough by being successfully included by SCI and Scopus. By far, Light has been cited more than 600 times in Web of Science. Nonetheless, his report also revealed the problems with Light, along with some potential solutions. Following him, Judy Bai from NPG summarized what Springer Nature has done to promote Light.
The second session of the meeting centered upon "International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies, 2015 (IYL 2015)", an initiative proposed by the United Nations. Hervé Maillotte from CNRS and Qihuang Gong, a Peking University professor and newly elected Member of Chinese Academy of Sciences, were the keynote speakers on this topic. They both shed some light on this program by respectively giving briefings on how it will be promoted worldwide and what supportive activities the Chinese Optical Society will conduct. Subsequently, all attendees exchanged opinions upon how to contribute to "IYL 2015" via the platform of Light, and reach a win-win result.
The third session saw all the editors further discussing the future of Light, especially the opportunities and challenges after the upcoming release of Light's first impact factor. The Editorial Board Meeting has also collected suggestions conducing to the healthy and sustainable development of Light, such as those on the manuscript processing flow, the future directions of the journal, as well as solutions to potential problems.
Furthermore, a brand new editorial board was elected and set up in the meeting, with Jianlin Cao presenting letters of appointment to the new editorial board members. The Editor-in-Chief also wrote impromptu an "old-style" Chinese poem (as below) as a token of thanks to all editors for their great work.
Chinese poem written by Editor-in-Chief of LightThe meeting was attended by more than 70% of the Editorial board, including: Jianlin Cao (Editor-in-Chief of Light, Vice Minister of Science and Technology Ministry), Tianhong Cui (Executive Editor-in-Chief), Stefan Kaierle (Executive Editor-in-Chief), Qihuang Gong (member of Chinese Academy of Sciences), Lijun Wang (member of Chinese Academy of Sciences), Min Gu (Fellow of Australian Academy of Science and Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering), Lin Li (member of Royal Academy of Engineering), Byoungho Lee (member of Korean Academy of Sciences), Hongbo Sun (Jilin University), Mark I Stockman (Georgia State University), Chunlei Guo (University of Rochester), Xingde Li (Johns Hopkins University), Peter Herman (University of Toronto), Hervé Maillotte (CNRS), Hans Zappe (Freiburg University), Frank Chuang (UC Davis), etc.

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.

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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!

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LSA Published Paper highlighted on the NFC Website

Recently, the newly published article titled “New yellow Ba0.93Eu0.07Al2O4 phosphor for warm-white light-emitting diodes through single-emitting-center conversion” in the CIOMP-NPG co-published journal Light: Science & Applications (LSA) was highlighted on the home page of USA National Science Foundation (NFC) website. (See the link, for details see

LSA Published Paper highlighted on the NFC Website

In the full story of the NFC and the University of Georgia websites, it says “Now, University of Georgia scientists have fabricated what is thought to be the world’s first LED that emits warm white light using a single light emitting material, or phosphor, with a single emitting center for illumination. The material is described in detail in the current edition of the Springer Nature journal ‘Light: Science & Applications’.”
This report shows a high recognition to the CIOMP-NPG joint journal LSA from the international scientific research field. Scientists would feel honored to publish their newest and best research results in LSA, and the internationally known scientific groups pay much attention to the papers published in LSA. As a newly launched journal less than one year, LSA got such attention and concern, which demonstrates the joint effort of LSA staffs, the great support of scientists overseas and domestically, and the foresight and sagacity of the CIOMP leadership.

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Prof. John Love accepted the invitation to be the topical editor of Light: Science & Applications

The International Editor for the CIOMP Journal of Optics and Precision Engineering, Australian National University Prof. JohnLove accepted the invitation to be the topical editor for the CIOMP-NPG joint journal Light: Science & Applications. Prof. John Love also wrote an article to express his willingness to contribute to the progress of the journals and the international exposure of the breadth of Chinese optics to the global scientific community.
The first time I visited CIOMP was during the International Congress on Optics (ICO) in 2005 that was hosted by CIOMP, where I presented a paper. A secondary purpose of the visit was to convince the International Congress of Optics Council Bureau to allow the Australian Optical Society to host the next ICO meeting in Sydney 2008, a proposal that was accepted.
During my visit I got to know Professor Yuhong Bai who was ensuring that the international guests were very well looked after. As a result of meeting Professor Bai, I invited her to be a Visiting Fellow at the Australian National University in 2006 to enhance the links between the two academic institutions and to help promote the CIOMP journals in Australia. Later I was invited to become an International Editor for the (then) Chinese Journal of Optics and Precision Engineering.
In 2007 Professor Bai reciprocated and invited me to visit her group at CIOMP. During my visit I helped with editorial work with English language aspects of the CIOMP journals and presented an introductory talk on my area of expertise of fibre optic communications to research students at CIOMP. I was also introduced to the history and the culture in Changchun, which fascinated me coming from a western culture to an emerging country that had been sheltered from the west until relatively recent times.
The success of this visit coupled with my fascination with Chinese education, research, culture and history has since leaded to annual visits, and the scope of my involvement with CIOMP has accordingly expanded. I have now given talks to tertiary institutions in several Chines cities and have been involved in helping to build links between CIOMP and the Optical Society of America (OSA).
In particular, a talk I was asked to give to students at CIOMP on the preparation of good quality research papers for international optics journals and conferences has since been adopted by the OSA for more general distribution to optics students around China. My links with CIOMP also resulted in me being asked to serve on an OSA Long-Term Planning Group focusing on links between the OSA and China.
This year, 2012, I have become a Topical Editor for the new journal, Light: Science & Applications, part of the Springer Nature. I see this as another opportunity to support the exposure of the breadth of Chinese optics to the global scientific community.
Professor John Love
Physics Teaching Centre
The Australian National University

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LSA Editorial Meeting Held Successfully at CIOMP

An editorial meeting of the CIOMP-NPG joint journal Light: Science & Applications was held at the Changchun Institute of Optics, Fine Mechanics and Physics (CIOMP) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) on September 16th, 2012. The meeting was hosted by the CIOMP Publication Department Director, Prof. Yuhong Bai. The Editor-in-Chief together with several Editorial Board members and editorial staff attended the meeting.
The editors who attended the meeting included Prof. Jianlin Cao, Vice-Minister of the Ministry of Science and Technology; Prof. Hans Zappe from University of Freiburg, Germany; Prof. Qihuang Gong from Beijing University; Prof. Hongbo Sun from Jilin University; Prof. Xiaocong Yuan from Nankai University; and Prof. Min Qiu from Zhejiang University. Springer Nature also sent representatives, Dr Nick Campbell, Executive Editor of Nature and Ms Judy Bai, Senior Publishing Manager.
Several internationally renowned optics scientists were also invited to join the meeting, including Prof. Min Gu from Swinburne University of Technology, Australia; Prof. Raphael Tsu and Prof. Michael Fiddy from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, USA, and Prof. John Love from the Australian National University, Australia. The CIOMP Vice-President, Prof. Xuejun Zhang, was also invited to give a presentation about the Changchun Institute of Optics, Fine Mechanics and Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences.
The Editor-in-Chief Prof. Jianlin Cao explained the historical importance and significance in launching this English language optics journal in China. He said with the fast development of the economy and the rapid progress of science and technology in China generated the need to publish a series of globally respected high-quality academic journals in China to provide an appropriate platform for leading scientific researchers. As Editor-in-Chief, Prof. Cao gave his heartfelt thanks for the hard work of the editors and editorial staff. He also appreciated the contribution of optical scientists who have submitted their high quality papers to the new journal. With all the combined efforts of editors, editorial staff and the optical scientists, this journal is achieving fast growth.
The journal editor, Prof. Hongbo Sun, from Jilin University then gave a presentation entitled “Light: Science & Applications work report”. Prof. Sun talked about the objectives, performance and progress of the journal. He also pointed out current problems and outlined its future. Dr Nick Campbell followed with a talk entitled “Light: Science & Applications journal development plan”. He emphasized how seriously NPG regards this joint journal with CIOMP. Light: Science & Applications is the only optics journal that Springer Nature co-publishes with partners. Springer Nature will spare no effort to promote this journal and promote it into a top level optics journal. This was followed by a general discussion about the development of the journal.
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The Editor-in-Chief Prof. Jianlin Cao addresses the meeting The Editor-in-Chief Prof. Jianlin Cao addresses the meeting





Executive Editor of Nature, Dr Nick Campbell gives a presentation



Executive Editor of Nature, Dr Nick Campbell gives a presentation




CIOMP Vice-President, Prof. Xuejun Zhang gives a presentationCIOMP Vice-President, Prof. Xuejun Zhang gives a presentation






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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.

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