Optics and photonics articles from across Nature Portfolio

Optics and photonics is the study of the fundamental properties of light and harnessing them in practical applications. Optics and photonics covers the entire electromagnetic spectrum from high-energy gamma rays and X-rays, through the optical regime of ultraviolet, visible, and infrared light, to long-wavelength microwave and radio waves.


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    Micro-light-emitting-diode display applications are growing quickly as technology companies begin to use them in a range of products. Key to the development of these applications was the miniaturization of gallium nitride light-emitting diodes. Hongxing Jiang and Jingyu Lin recount how this was achieved.

    • Hongxing Jiang
    •  & Jingyu Lin
  • News & Views |

    By selectively engineering the surface roughness of micro-light-emitting-diode chips, and thus the strength of the van der Waals forces that bond them to a substrate, large-area displays can be created via a fluidic-assisted transfer method.

    • Young Rag Do
    •  & Gang Yeol Yoo
  • News & Views |

    Particles that self-assemble from nanoribbons into bow-tie-shaped structures can be tailored to change the degree of their twist. A search for how best to quantify this twist homes in on a measure of how the bow ties respond to light.

    • Bart Kahr
    Nature 615, 395-396