Volume 7 Issue 10, October 2013

Volume 7 Issue 10

The onset of turbulence and coherence loss in fibre laser radiation is studied and found to originate from the clustering of solitons.Letter p783News & Views p767Interview p840IMAGE: ARTEM OVCHARENKO, TURITSYNA ET AL.COVER DESIGN: TOM WILSON


  • Editorial |

    Flexible and stretchable solar cells and light-emitting diodes are respectively perceived as being next-generation photovoltaic and lighting technologies, and are attracting the attention of the general public.

Research Highlights

News and Views

  • News & Views |

    A pulling force can be generated via amplification of the photon linear momentum when a fairly uniform light field passes from one dielectric to another with a higher refractive index. This force can drag small objects over macroscopic distances along dielectric interfaces.

    • Masud Mansuripur
  • News & Views |

    Researchers show that the breakdown of temporal coherence in a fibre laser has strong similarities with the onset of turbulence in fluids. Establishing a conceptual connection between these different systems can offer new perspectives for both fields.

    • Fatih Ömer Ilday
  • News & Views |

    Flexible electronics and optoelectronics have potential applications in energy generation, biomedicine, robotics and displays. Two recent demonstrations of highly stretchable polymer LEDs suggest that commercial devices may soon become viable.

    • Michael Vosgueritchian
    • , Jeffrey B.-H. Tok
    •  & Zhenan Bao
  • News & Views |

    Vertically aligned nanowires on a solid surface in conjunction with table-top lasers create an ultrahigh-energy-density plasma with extremely high ionization in the laboratory.

    • Lap Van Dao
    •  & Peter Hannaford
  • News & Views |

    Inertial fusion energy is one potential path towards realizing sustainable energy. The development of a laser power plant capable of delivering high-energy laser pulses is crucial for realizing laser-driven inertial fusion energy.

    • Rachel Won


  • Review Article |

    Laser-driven plasma accelerators have the potential to replace existing particle accelerators, as they are highly efficient systems that are orders of magnitude smaller than conventional particle accelerators. This review discusses recent progress and future challenges in this area.

    • S. M. Hooker


  • Letter |

    The transition between operation in a stable coherent state and that in a disordered turbulent state is studied in a fibre laser. The loss of coherence following the transition is associated with the appearance of solitons, which proliferate and cluster.

    • E. G. Turitsyna
    • , S. V. Smirnov
    • , S. Sugavanam
    • , N. Tarasov
    • , X. Shu
    • , S. A. Babin
    • , E. V. Podivilov
    • , D. V. Churkin
    • , G. Falkovich
    •  & S. K. Turitsyn
  • Letter |

    Gradientless light fields are shown to exert pulling forces on arbitrary objects in purely passive dielectric media. These forces arise from amplification of the photon linear momentum when light is scattered from one dielectric to another with a higher refractive index. They can manipulate objects over macroscopic distances along dielectric interfaces.

    • Veerachart Kajorndejnukul
    • , Weiqiang Ding
    • , Sergey Sukhov
    • , Cheng-Wei Qiu
    •  & Aristide Dogariu
  • Letter |

    Previously demonstrated zero- or negative-refractive-index metamaterials at optical frequencies suffer from large ohmic losses because of the need to use metals. Metamaterials formed by stacked silicon rod unit cells allow the realization of all-dielectric impedance-matched zero-index metamaterials operating at optical frequencies, potentially benefiting the development of angular-selective optical devices.

    • Parikshit Moitra
    • , Yuanmu Yang
    • , Zachary Anderson
    • , Ivan I. Kravchenko
    • , Dayrl P. Briggs
    •  & Jason Valentine
  • Letter |

    Femtosecond laser pulses were used to heat dense matter, converting it into an extremely hot plasma. 52-times ionized gold was achieved as well as gigabar pressures, which can be exceeded only in the central hot spots of thermonuclear fusion plasmas.

    • Michael A. Purvis
    • , Vyacheslav N. Shlyaptsev
    • , Reed Hollinger
    • , Clayton Bargsten
    • , Alexander Pukhov
    • , Amy Prieto
    • , Yong Wang
    • , Bradley M. Luther
    • , Liang Yin
    • , Shoujun Wang
    •  & Jorge J. Rocca
  • Letter |

    A chip-compatible beamsplitter that can separate left- and right-handed circularly polarized light is promising for constructing more sophisticated integrated optical circuits. The prism-shaped device, which operates around the telecommunication wavelength of 1.5 μm, consists of a photonic crystal composed of an array of helical structures.

    • Mark D. Turner
    • , Matthias Saba
    • , Qiming Zhang
    • , Benjamin P. Cumming
    • , Gerd E. Schröder-Turk
    •  & Min Gu


  • Article |

    Ultrathin sheets of polymer LEDs that emit light even when being crumpled or stretched have been realized. The 2-μm-thick devices emit red or orange light with a sufficiently high brightness for indoor applications, and they could prove useful for integration with textiles.

    • Matthew S. White
    • , Martin Kaltenbrunner
    • , Eric D. Głowacki
    • , Kateryna Gutnichenko
    • , Gerald Kettlgruber
    • , Ingrid Graz
    • , Safae Aazou
    • , Christoph Ulbricht
    • , Daniel A. M. Egbe
    • , Matei C. Miron
    • , Zoltan Major
    • , Markus C. Scharber
    • , Tsuyoshi Sekitani
    • , Takao Someya
    • , Siegfried Bauer
    •  & Niyazi Serdar Sariciftci
  • Article |

    A stretchable polymer LED is fabricated that is capable of emitting light when subjected to strains as large as 120%. A prototype 5 × 5 pixel monochrome display based on an array of these LEDs is demonstrated.

    • Jiajie Liang
    • , Lu Li
    • , Xiaofan Niu
    • , Zhibin Yu
    •  & Qibing Pei
  • Article |

    New designs of donor polymers yield organic solar cells with fill factors approaching 80%, significantly higher than those of conventional cells. This enhanced performance is attributed to the close-packed and highly ordered structure of the polymers PTPD3T and PBT13T, which leads to efficient charge extraction and suppressed recombination.

    • Xugang Guo
    • , Nanjia Zhou
    • , Sylvia J. Lou
    • , Jeremy Smith
    • , Daniel B. Tice
    • , Jonathan W. Hennek
    • , Rocío Ponce Ortiz
    • , Juan T. López Navarrete
    • , Shuyou Li
    • , Joseph Strzalka
    • , Lin X. Chen
    • , Robert P. H. Chang
    • , Antonio Facchetti
    •  & Tobin J. Marks
  • Article |

    The long-standing problem of determining the classical communication capacities of Gaussian bosonic channels is addressed by determining upper and lower bounds for the classical capacities of important active and passive bosonic channels. The results apply to any bosonic thermal-noise channel, including electromagnetic signaling at any frequency.

    • Vittorio Giovannetti
    • , Seth Lloyd
    • , Lorenzo Maccone
    •  & Jeffrey H. Shapiro


  • Interview |

    Clustering of dark and grey solitons in fibre lasers has been found to induce a turbulent regime similar to that of a rapidly flowing fluid in a pipe. Sergei Turitsyn from the University of Aston, UK, explains.