Browse our June issue

Featuring research on topological solitons, free-electron lasers, non-line-of-sight imaging, optical thermometry and a review of high harmonic generation in solids. 


  • Replica symmetry breaking

    Find out how photonics research played a role in validating the theory of complex systems, the topic of the 2021 Nobel Prize for Physics.

  • Photography of Charles Townes

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

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  • A heat-powered emitter can sometimes exceed the Planck thermal-emission limit. We clarify when such super-Planckian emission is possible, arguing that far-field super-Planckian emission requires a distribution of energy that is not consistent with a unique temperature, and therefore the process should not be called ‘thermal emission’.

    • Yuzhe Xiao
    • Matthew Sheldon
    • Mikhail A. Kats
  • Nature Photonics spoke to Hillel Adesnik from UC Berkeley about the benefits of using photonic techniques in optogenetics and the key challenges laying ahead.

    • Giampaolo Pitruzzello
  • The field of flat lens research brings innovative nanophotonic design concepts to the world of macro-optics. However, when evaluating the performance of these lenses a lack of consistency prevents proper comparison of competing technologies. This problem can be solved by using methods developed in industry for conventional lenses.

    • Jacob Engelberg
    • Uriel Levy
  • Two visionaries of optical lattice clock technology have received recognition in this year’s Breakthrough Prizes.

  • The 2022 Breakthrough Prize in fundamental physics was awarded to Hidetoshi Katori and Jun Ye, who have been independently working on optical lattice clocks. They are the first winners from the photonics community. Nature Photonics interviewed Hidetoshi Katori on how he overcame difficulties in the study of optical lattice clocks, and what the next challenges are.

    • Noriaki Horiuchi
  • Jun Ye from the University of Colorado was recently co-awarded the 2022 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics with Hidetoshi Katori for their pioneering research on optical lattice clocks. Ye spoke to Nature Photonics about the history of clocks and his future plans.

    • Oliver Graydon

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