Feature Articles

Special Issue: Optics in 2005 Introduction

The topics covered in this special issue cover a wide breadth, ranging from photonic structures to quantum information, and from optical engineering to ultrafast technology.

by Bob D. Guenther, Bob Jopson, R. John Koshel, Barbara Paldus
All Optical Control

Coherent Control of Emitters in a Photonic Crystal Environment.

by Dmitri Mogilevtsev and Solange Bessa Cavalcanti

Micro-biologic Applications of Real-Time Interactive 3D Optical Manipulation.

by Jesper Glückstad, Ivan Perch-Nielsen and Peter John Rodrigo
Cooling and Trapping

Optically Trapped Fermi Gases Model Strong Interactions in Nature.

by Joseph Kinast, Andrey Turlapov and John E. Thomas

Nonlinear Interferometric Vibrational Imaging: Efficient Detection of Coherent Anti-Stokes Raman Scattering

by Daniel L. Marks, Claudio Vinegoni, Jeremy S. Bredfeldt and Stephen A. Boppart

High Repetition Rate Tabletop Soft X-ray Lasers with Saturated Output at Wavelengths down to 13.2 nm

by Yong Wang, Miguel A. Larotonda, Bradley M. Luther, David Alessi, Mark Berrill, Mario C. Marconi, Vyacheslav N. Shlyaptsev and Jorge J. Rocca
Nonlinear Optics

Nonlinear Spectrometer Using a White-Light Continuum Z scan

by Mihaela Balu, Joel Hales, David J. Hagan and Eric W. Van Stryland
Optical Engineering

Lately, the optical research community has shown considerable interest in wave propagation phenomena in discrete structures. Arrays or lattices of evanescently coupled waveguides or chains of coupled microresonators are prime examples of structures where discrete optical wave dynamics can be observed. One question that has naturally arisen is whether the Talbot effect is also possible in discrete systems.

by Robert Iwanow, Daniel May-Arrioja, Demetrios N. Christodoulides, George I. Stegeman, Yoohong Min and Wolfgang Sohler
Optical Switching

All-Optical Switch Controls Strong Beams with Weak Ones.

by Andrew M. C. Dawes, Lucas Illing, Susan M. Clark and Daniel J. Gauthier
Photonic Structures

A new type of tunable optical fiber is based on photonic crystal fibers (PCFs), which have a cross-section that usually consists of an air/silica microstructure that is invariant along the fiber axis.

by Thomas Tanggaard Alkeskjold, Jesper Lægsgaard, Anders Bjarklev, David Sparre Hermann, Anawati Anawati, Jes Broeng, Jun Li and Shin-Tson Wu
Quantum Information

In a recent experiment, we demonstrated the transfer of a qubit from a photon at the telecom wavelength of 1312 nm to another photon around 712 nm, a wavelength close to that of alkaline atomic transitions.

by Nicolas Gisin, Sébastien Tanzilli, Wolfgang Tittel, Matthäus Halder, Olivier Alibart, Pascal Baldi and Hugo Zbinden
Slow Light

All-Optical Tunable Slow-Light Delays via Stimulated Scattering.

by Yoshitomo Okawachi, Jay E. Sharping, Alexander L. Gaeta, Matthew S. Bigelow, Aaron Schweinsberg, Robert W. Boyd, Zhaoming Zhu and Daniel J. Gauthier

Spatial Kerr Solitons as Exact Solutions of Maxwell’s Equations

by Alessandro Ciattoni, Bruno Crosignani, Paolo Di Porto and Amnon Yariv

Departments and Columns

The History of OSA
Launch of JOSA A: Optics and Imaging Science

As the Journal of the Optical Society grew, it became clear that one journal was not enough to capture what was happening in the field.

I Read It in OPN ...

Excerpts and highlights from the 2005 issues of OPN