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Volume 11 Issue 1, January 2017

A celebratory cover for the tenth anniversary of the launch of Nature Photonics. The image depicts the diversity of the research published in the journal, including findings related to displays, photonic crystals, optical communications, free-electron lasers, metamaterials and imaging. The images from bottom left to top right are from the covers of the June 2009, January 2008, October 2010, June 2007, April 2007 and February 2016 issues of Nature Photonics.



  • As Nature Photonics turns 10 years old, we reflect on how times have changed and offer a message of thanks to our authors, reviewers and readers.



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  • The field of photovoltaics has grown tremendously over the past decade and in 2015 solar cell deployments accounted for 20% of the expansion of global electricity capacity.

    • Sarah Kurtz
    • Nancy Haegel
    • Robert Margolis
  • Optical communication systems have traditionally sent the most information possible through a few spatial channels to minimize cost and maximize density. Energy constraints now compel systems at the longest and shortest distances to employ a new strategy of using more spatial channels, each carrying less data.

    • Joseph M. Kahn
    • David A. B. Miller
  • Worldwide research efforts on plasmonics and metamaterials have been growing exponentially for the past ten years. Will this course hold true over the next decade?

    • Antonio I. Fernández-Domínguez
    • Francisco J. García-Vidal
    • Luis Martín-Moreno
  • The development of free-electron lasers with improved brilliance, diffraction-limited synchrotrons and compact table-top sources all point to a healthy future for X-ray science.

    • Makina Yabashi
    • Hitoshi Tanaka
  • In the future, sources of intense terahertz radiation will open up an era of extreme terahertz science featuring nonlinear light–matter interactions and applications in spectroscopy and imaging.

    • Xi Cheng Zhang
    • Alexander Shkurinov
    • Yan Zhang
  • Quantum optics is a well-established field that spans from fundamental physics to quantum information science. In the coming decade, areas including computation, communication and metrology are all likely to experience scientific and technological advances supported by this far-reaching research field.

    • J. Ignacio Cirac
    • H. Jeff Kimble
  • From displays to solar cells, the field of organic optoelectronics has come a long way over the past 50 years, but the realization of an electrically pumped organic laser remains elusive. The answer may lie with hybrid organic–inorganic materials called perovskites.

    • Guglielmo Lanzani
    • Annamaria Petrozza
    • Mario Caironi
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Review Article

  • This Review covers optical clock networks that are established to synchronize remote optical clocks. Further upgrading of optical clock networks and their impact on a future redefinition of time are also discussed.

    • Fritz Riehle
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  • Rabi oscillations with a decay time of 26.7 μs are observed in a system comprising the electron spins in a diamond nitrogen–vacancy centre and a superconducting microwave cavity. Such oscillations are achieved by engineering the spectral hole burning of the spin ensemble.

    • Stefan Putz
    • Andreas Angerer
    • Johannes Majer
  • A time-averaged intensity distribution of terahertz waves is imaged by converting terahertz waves to optical fluorescence. The conversion becomes possible by exciting Cs atoms to a Rydberg state. The image acquisition time is 40 ms.

    • C. G. Wade
    • N. Šibalić
    • K. J. Weatherill
  • Ultralow-noise microwave signals are generated at 12 GHz by a low-noise fibre-based frequency comb and cutting-edge photodetection techniques. The microwave signals have a fractional frequency stability below 6.5 × 10–16 at 1 s and a timing noise floor below 41 zs Hz–1/2.

    • Xiaopeng Xie
    • Romain Bouchand
    • Yann Le Coq
  • Optical clocks with a record low zero-dead-time instability of 6 × 10–17 at 1 second are demonstrated in two cold-ytterbium systems. The two systems are interrogated by a shared optical local oscillator to nearly eliminate the Dick effect.

    • M. Schioppo
    • R. C. Brown
    • A. D. Ludlow
  • By employing electro-optic phase modulation, a time-lens imaging system is demonstrated for single-photon pulses. Such a system achieves wavelength-preserving sixfold bandwidth compression of single-photon states in the near-infrared spectral region.

    • Michał Karpiński
    • Michał Jachura
    • Brian J. Smith
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