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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)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Co-editors:

Prof. Guangcan Guo,
Key laboratory of quantum information, CAS
University of science and technology of China, Hefei, Anhui, China
Email: gcguo@ustc.edu.cn

Prof. Cheng-Wei Qiu
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
National University of Singapore, Singapore 117583
Email: eleqc@nus.edu.sg

Prof. Xifeng Ren
Key laboratory of quantum information, CAS
University of science and technology of China, Hefei, Anhui, China
Email: renxf@ustc.edu.cn

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
Email: Brongersma@stanford.edu

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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 http://nsf.gov/#4, for details see http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=126651)

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.
MY INCREASING CONNECTIONS WITH CIOMP
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
Canberra
Australia

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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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