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  • The 2022 Wolf Prize in Physics has been awarded to Paul Corkum, Anne L’Huillier and Ferenc Krausz for their pioneering contributions to ultrafast laser science. Nature Photonics spoke to them about the milestones, challenges and future opportunities for the field.

    • Giampaolo Pitruzzello
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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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  • The National Ignition Facility at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory reported over 1.3 MJ output, representing 70% of both input laser energy and official ‘fusion ignition’. Operations manager, Bruno Van Wonterghem, delves into the optics and what to expect next.

    • David F. P. Pile
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  • Nature Photonics spoke to Chihaya Adachi from the Center for Organic Photonics and Electronics Research (OPERA), Kyushu University, about the potential merits of, and hurdles facing, the development of organic semiconductor lasers.

    • David F. P. Pile
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  • Franky So, from North Carolina State University, explains some hard truths for solution-processed emitters, but also that, fundamentally, there is no reason why OLEDS can’t ‘make it’.

    • David F. P. Pile
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  • Nature Photonics spoke to Aydogan Ozcan about the rise of artificial intelligence-enabled optics and the hurdles ahead.

    • David Pile
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  • Nature Photonics spoke to Demetrios Christodoulides, of CREOL, The College of Optics & Photonics, University of Central Florida, about the birth of the parity–time-symmetry concepts in optics and the challenges and prospects on the path ahead.

    • Interview by David F. P. Pile
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  • Giorgio Anania, the vice president of Photonics21 and CEO of Aledia, a French developer of GaN microwire LEDs, discusses the impact of the Photonics Public Private Partnership on jobs and growth in Europe and the importance of investing in future industries.

    • Rachel Won
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  • Following eight years of construction, the superconducting European X-ray free-electron laser in Hamburg, Germany has just opened and started its first experiments. Nature Photonics spoke to Thomas Tschentscher, its scientific director, about the facility and its plans.

    • Noriaki Horiuchi
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