OPN December 2010
Vol. 20, No. 12
SPECIAL ISSUE | CONTENTS
Boyd et al.
Bartalini et al.
Feigenbaum et al.
OPTICS in 2010
GUEST EDITORS: Robert D. Guenther, Judith Dawes, Rongguang Liang,
Carlos López-Mariscal and Elena Silaeva
23 Guided Waves
Photonic structures allow control of dispersion in
guided wave systems.
New ideas in compressive sensing are expanding our
imaging capability. Research that models the retina has
led to an understanding of the eye’s acuity.
28 Interferometric Imaging
We have developed interferometric systems to measure
nanosize structures and freeze their motion in time.
Researchers have also suggested a method to extract
both phase and amplitude information for crystallography.
We are developing a better understanding of the
fundamentals of novel lasing devices such as the quantum
cascade laser and the random laser.
34 Nonlinear Optics
Optical switching has now been made efficient through the
use of nonlinear processes.
37 Optical Construction
The use of light for controlling objects led to the
development of optical tweezers. Now, the applications
have expanded into the creation of three-dimensional
structures and the control of surface structures.
41 Optical Engineering
Researchers are once again interested in using nondiffracting beams of light because of the possibility
of producing them on demand.
44 Optical Magnetic Interaction
Magnetic interactions with light are usually so small that
they are ignored, even in nonlinear optics. Scientists have
discovered that parametric processes can drive the
interactions to unanticipated strengths.
Plasmonic lenses have been developed for detecting
46 Quantum Optics
Quantum information science continues to drive work
in quantum optics. New research makes fundamental
measurements showing parity-time symmetry breaking
using an optical system.
Spectroscopic imaging has become a useful diagnostic
tool in biology and chemistry.
51 Ultrafast Optics
A novel method of deflecting an optical beam has
produced a new streak camera design.
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COVER: A range of squeezed vacuum/squeezed photon superposition states, represented by their continuous phase space distribution
and their location in a two-dimensional qubit space. Illustration by Jonas S. Neergaard-Nielsen. (See Neergaard-Nielsen et al. p. 46.)