Optics in 2009
PANEL CHAIR: Robert D. Guenther, Duke University
GUEST EDITORS: Madeleine Glick, Intel Research; R. John Koshel, University of Arizona; Rongguang
Liang, Carestream Health; Carlos Lopéz-Mariscal, National Institute of Standards and Technology;
Lynne Molter, Swathmore College; and James M. Zavislan, University of Rochester
his special issue of Optics & Photonics News (OPN) high-
lights the most exciting peer-reviewed optics research to
have emerged over the past 12 months. The areas covered in
2009 include nanophotonics, optical engineering, phase sens-
ing, photonic systems, plasmons and surface waves, quantum
computing, Raman spectroscopy, slow light, solar power, sta-
tistical optics, terahertz technology, transformational optics,
ultrafast optics and X-ray lasers.
This year’s issue comprises 28 summaries representing the
work of more than 120 authors from 13 countries. Submissions were judged on the basis of the following criteria:
c The accomplishments described must have been published
in a refereed journal in the year prior to publication in OPN.
c The work should be illustrated in a clear, concise manner
that is readily accessible to the at-large optics community.
c The authors should describe the topical area as a whole and
then discuss the importance of their work in that context.
Although OPN makes every effort to ensure that achievements
in all optics subfields are recognized, there are no requirements in the selection process for inclusion of specific topical
areas. When we receive a large number of submissions for a
specific area, it is taken as evidence that the topic has been
fertile ground for activity and research. OPN strives to ensure
that engineering, science and technology are all represented.
OPN and OSA would like to thank all the researchers from
around the world who submitted summaries, as well as our
panel chair and guest editors.
Experimental scheme for
subtraction from a light field.
(See Bellini et al. on p. 35.)
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