News & Comment

  • News & Views |

    High-speed optical modulators based on silicon, quantum cascade detectors, a photothermal phase-contrast microscope and spin light-emitting diodes with low threshold current density were highlights of the Japan Society of Applied Physics Spring Meeting.

    • Noriaki Horiuchi
  • Comment |

    As the most abundant biopolymer on Earth since it can be found in every plant cell wall, cellulose has emerged as an ideal candidate for the development of renewable and biodegradable photonic materials, substituting conventional pigments.

    • Bruno Frka-Petesic
    •  & Silvia Vignolini
  • News & Views |

    Ultra-long phosphorescence with an emission colour that can be tuned from violet to green is obtained from an organic phosphor featuring several different emitting centres. Such ‘smart’ materials are promising for applications in displays, sensors and bioimaging.

    • Hongwei Wu
    •  & Yanli Zhao
  • News & Views |

    Organic microcavity optical transistors open up opportunities for real-world optical switching at room temperature. Now, an all-optical switch at room temperature, using an organic exciton medium with high quantum yield, brings us a step closer to all-optical logical networks.

    • Zheng Sun
    •  & David W. Snoke
  • News & Views |

    A phonon laser made from a levitated silica nanosphere held in a controllable optical trap offers a useful tool for studying phonon–photon interactions.

    • Ran Huang
    •  & Hui Jing
  • News & Views |

    High-amplitude optical phase modulation has been challenging to achieve in nanophotonic integrated structures. Coherently combining multiple optomechanical modulators on a nanophotonic chip offers an approach to address this challenge.

    • Michał Karpiński
  • News & Views |

    The injection of rare-earth-doped upconversion nanoparticles into the eyes of mice allows them to visualize near-infrared light with a wavelength of ~1 μm.

    • Guochen Bao
    •  & Dayong Jin
  • Editorial |

    Nature Photonics pays tribute to the pioneering scientists that helped define the field of photonics in the latter part of the twentieth century with the launch of an online collection of profiles.

  • News & Views |

    Synthetic gauge fields that enable controllable confinement and guiding via bound states in the continuum are demonstrated, offering new ways to confine and manipulate localization of radiation in space and opportunities to new applications of artificial gauge fields in photonics.

    • Alexander B. Khanikaev
  • News & Views |

    The race of distributing provable-secure encryption keys by means of quantum key distribution over ever-increasing distances is on. A surprising development has now led to a new result that may affect how we build future quantum networks.

    • Wolfgang Tittel
  • Comment |

    The 2005 Nobel laureate, Roy Jay Glauber, sadly passed away on 26 December 2018 at the age of 93. He was highly regarded for his work on the quantum theory of coherence, as well as for his contributions to nuclear physics, scattering theory and statistical mechanics.

    • Fritz Haake
    •  & Maciej Lewenstein
  • News & Views |

    A type of near-field curved light field generated right at the output of a dielectric cuboid is experimentally observed. It is expected to have interesting applications in imaging and manipulation.

    • Kishan Dholakia
    •  & Graham D. Bruce
  • News & Views |

    By tailoring the anisotropy of light scattering along the surface of a macroscopic flat object, mechanical stabilization can be achieved without focused incident light or excessive constraints on the shape, size or material composition of the object.

    • Romain Quidant
  • News & Views |

    The observation of a room-temperature stable liquid phase of electrons and holes in a quasi-two-dimensional photocell paves the way towards optoelectronic devices that harness collective phenomena.

    • Stéphane Berciaud
  • News & Views |

    The cost of infrared detectors has limited the deployment of multispectral imagers and sensors. Researchers now demonstrate simple quantum-dot devices that promise fast, sensitive and low-cost cameras that can switch between short- and mid-wavelength infrared.

    • David J. Norris
  • Comment |

    Victor Georgievich Veselago (1929–2018), a Russian scientist from the Lebedev Physical Institute in Moscow, provided great inspiration and impetus to the field of metamaterials with his theoretical analysis of materials with a negative index of refraction.

    • Nikolay I. Zheludev
  • News & Views |

    Low-cost spectroscopy, mobile phone-based imaging and laser-processed paper sensors are all examples of how photonics could help tackle India’s healthcare and environmental monitoring challenges.

    • Oliver Graydon
  • News & Views |

    Orbital angular momentum is a property of light that has many emerging applications, but has been poorly appreciated until recently. The wavelength frontier of orbital angular momentum sources is extending beyond the ultraviolet thanks to research in fields ranging from nanostructures to free-electron lasers.

    • James B. Rosenzweig
  • Editorial |

    Frequency combs measure optical frequencies with an unprecedented precision, allowing myriad applications in optical metrology, high-precision spectroscopy, optical atomic clocks, attosecond science, astronomy and, recently, quantum information processing.

  • News & Views |

    Propagating on fibre links between multiple nodes of a network, light gets trapped by multi-path interference and forms complex states that are very sensitive to external perturbations. Now, a network of subwavelength, doped polymer fibres has been shown to operate as a network laser.

    • Stefan Rotter
  • Research Highlight |

    • Oliver Graydon