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Optics in 2014

Guest editors: Robert D. Guenther, Mihaela Dinu, Dmitry Dylov, Andrew Forbes, Nicholas J. Frigo, Groot Gregory, Bob Jopson, Carlos López-Mariscal, Zuleykhan Tomova and Stephen R. Wilk.

This special issue of Optics & Photonics News highlights the most exciting peer-reviewed optics research to have emerged over the past 12 months.

Our panel of editors reviewed a record 200 research summaries from scientists all over the globe. They selected for publication 30 stories that they felt most clearly communicated breakthroughs of interest to the optics community. Some of the summaries have related multimedia that you can access at Thanks to all who submitted summaries as well as our panel of guest editors.


Feedback creates simple and stable fiber and vertical-cavity lasers.



A temporal pinhole and needle tip offer new imaging modalities



Two very different approaches to multidimensional biological imaging



Optical Coherence Imaging

Engineering lowers the cost of interferometric imaging at multiple scales



Guided Waves

Enhancements for guided-wave circuits that perform like electronic circuits



Quantum Optics

Measurement and control expand for systems from semiconductors to single photons



Large-bandwidth source and detector methods in the THz region



Singularities and random index variations for Anderson localization and image propagation



Optical chiral sorting and spatial ordering of atoms and molecules




Metamaterials for analog processors and optical beam shaping



Optical Elastography

Measuring biomechanical properties of living tissue



Nonlinear Optics

Tabletop XUV generation and graphene allow for work in novel wavelengths


Ultrafast Optics

Collecting video at a trillion frames per second

Publish Date: 01 December 2014

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