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Featuring research findings on new sources of x-rays, nonlinear optical isolators, quantum bit conversion, a wakefield-driven seeded free-electron laser, and more besides   


  • Nobel Prize medal

    The 2022 Nobel Prize in Physics has been awarded to Alain Aspect, John F. Clauser and Anton Zeilinger for their experiments exploring the nature of entangled photons, in particular tests of the Bell inequalities and the demonstration of quantum teleportation. To celebrate the prize, Springer-Nature has created a collection of seminal papers and relevant content from .

  • Photograph of Charles Townes

    With this collection of obituaries, we celebrate the great scientists that helped shape modern day photonics.

  • photograph of Gabriel Popescu

    Gabriel Popescu passed away in June 2022. He will be remembered as a creative leader in biophotonics, with pioneering contributions to quantitative phase imaging and spectroscopy, an engaging collaborator and a dear friend.

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  • Researchers use zinc-doped CuInSe2 nanocrystals as an alternative to lead chalcogenides for near-infrared upconversion. Upconversion to yellow with an external quantum efficiency reaching 16.7% is achieved, which can also be merged with photoredox catalysis for rapid solar synthesis.

    • Wenfei Liang
    • Chengming Nie
    • Kaifeng Wu
  • A prototype integrated Ti:Sa laser is demonstrated by bonding the Ti:Sa gain medium on silicon nitride microring resonators. Lasing is demonstrated between 730 nm and 830 nm with a threshold power as low as 6.5 mW.

    • Yubo Wang
    • Jorge A. Holguín-Lerma
    • Hong X. Tang
  • A hyperspectral camera based on a random array of CMOS-compatible Fabry–Pérot filters is demonstrated. The hyperspectral camera exhibits performance comparable with that of a typical RGB camera, with 45% sensitivity to visible light, a spatial resolution of 3 px for 3 dB contrast, and a frame rate of 32.3 fps at VGA resolution.

    • Motoki Yako
    • Yoshikazu Yamaoka
    • Atsushi Ishikawa
    Letter Open Access
  • The combination of optical phase conjugation and light amplification enables wavefront shaping with simultaneously optimized operational speed, number of control degrees of freedom and energy of the focused wavefront. Shaping with a 10 μs latency time over about 106 control modes and energy gain approaching unity is demonstrated.

    • Zhongtao Cheng
    • Chengmingyue Li
    • Lihong V. Wang
  • Quantum recoil is experimentally observed via photon energy shifts in Smith–Purcell radiation. Leveraging van der Waals materials as atomic-scale gratings, the quantum recoil is measured at room temperature on a tabletop platform.

    • Sunchao Huang
    • Ruihuan Duan
    • Liang Jie Wong
  • Recollected by his colleagues as a creative and humble scholar with an indomitable will, Byoungho Lee was enthusiastic about realizing the holistic potential of holographic displays.

    • YongKeun Park
    • Jae-Hyeung Park
    • Ting-Chung Poon
  • Metalenz, a spin-out company from Harvard University founded in 2016, has launched its first metasurface-based product. Nature Photonics spoke with co-founder Federico Capasso about the company and its plans for flat optics.

    • Giampaolo Pitruzzello
  • George Palikaras, President and CEO of Meta Materials Inc., discusses the challenges of commercializing metamaterials, learned on the path from a small start-up to a Nasdaq-listed company.

    • David Pile
  • Early research towards bulk metamaterials and exotic properties has been supplanted by work on thin metasurfaces ripe for commercialization, as outlined in this Focus issue.

  • Geoffroy Lerosey, co-founder and CEO/CSO of Greenerwave, shares how tunable metasurfaces may shake up industries from automotive to wireless communications.

    • David Pile
  • The 2022 Nobel Prize in Physics celebrates the profound impact of quantum entanglement, which underpins many modern quantum technologies such as quantum cryptography and computing.


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