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Volume 11 Issue 8, August 2017

Artist's impression of high-order multiphoton Thomson scattering. Laser light is focused to a billion-times higher brightness than the surface of the Sun and interacts with an electron beam. The resulting figure-of-eight electron-quiver motion generates a high-energy X-ray photon with novel characteristics.

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IMAGE: WENCHAO YAN, UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA—LINCOLN

COVER DESIGN: BETHANY VUKOMANOVIC

Volume 11 Issue 8

Editorial

  • The International Day of Light, which will be held on 16 May every year, is a day for celebrating and highlighting the importance of light.

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  • Spin–valley coupling in transition metal dichalcogenides has been shown to persist at room temperature when excitons are coherently coupled to cavity photons.

    • Gabriele Grosso
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  • The realization of satellite-to-ground quantum cryptography would make quantum-secured communications possible on a global scale. Four recent breakthroughs suggest that this compelling capability could be achieved by the end of this decade.

    • Richard J. Hughes
    • Jane E. Nordholt
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  • Significant improvements in the loss and drive voltage of silicon photonics-based optical phase modulators look set to benefit both short-reach and long-distance data communications.

    • Jeremy Witzens
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  • Ultrathin, versatile, integrated optical devices and high-speed optical information processing could be the upcoming real-world opportunities of plasmonic metasurfaces.

    • Rachel Won
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Review Article

  • Materials whose optical properties can be reconfigured are crucial for photonic applications such as optical memories. Phase-change materials offer such utility and here recent progress is reviewed.

    • M. Wuttig
    • H. Bhaskaran
    • T. Taubner
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