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Last updated: 7 May 2016


Nanophotonics Focus Issue: Smart nanophotonics for renewable energy and sustainability

In this special issue, which will be published in 2016, we aim to offer an insightful overview in the field of photon energy harvesting and conversion, efficient light generation and nanophotonics-enabled energy sustainability, with the additional focus on prospects for technology implementation of these scientific research findings.

Feature Editors
Svetlana V. Boriskina, MIT, USA
Vivian Ferry, University of Minnesota, USA
Alexander Kildishev, Purdue University, USA

December 2015

Special Issue of Journal of Optics on Singular Optics & Topological Photonics

This special issue aims to survey the state-of-the-art in Singular Optics and Topological Photonics, to establish useful parallels between these research fields, to trigger new ideas, and to chart new research directions. The issue is a contribution to the celebration of the United Nations observance of The International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies, IYL 2015. It is also dedicated to the two remarkable anniversaries celebrated in 2014, the 40thanniversary of the pioneering paper by J. F. Nye and M. V. Berry [Proc. R. Soc. London A 336, 165 (1974)] and the 85th birthday of Prof. Marat Soskin, who has spearheaded Singular Optics as a research field for the last 15 years.

Guest Editors:
Marat Soskin (Institute of Physics, NASU)
Svetlana V. Boriskina (MIT, USA)
Yidong Chong (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)
Mark Dennis (University of Bristol, UK)
Anton Desyatnikov (Australian National University, Australia)

November 2015

Optics Express Focus Issue: Control of Radiative Processes for Energy Conversion and Harvesting

The Optics Energy Express Feature Issue on ‘Control of Radiative Processes for Energy Conversion and Harvesting’ offers a glimpse of the latest research developments in the control of radiative processes for energy harvesting, conversion, and sustainability. The topics range from the fundamentals of the thermal emission manipulation in the far and near field, to applications in radiative cooling, thermophotovoltaics, thermal rectification, to novel approaches to photon detection and conversion.

Feature Editors
Peter Bermel, Purdue University, USA
Svetlana V. Boriskina, MIT, USA
Karl Joulain, University of Poitiers, France
Zongfu Yu, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA

November 2014

OSA Incubator meeting: The Fundamental Limits of Optical Energy Conversion

The goal of the OSA Incubator was to map future research directions in the optical energy conversion. To this end, we examined various conversion platforms – old and new – through the prism of what their ultimate performance limits are. It was clear that some of the technologies almost reached their ceiling, while others show high promise that is elusive in practical implementations. We hope that Incubator discussions will guide research community and funding agencies in the development of new conversion platforms capable of harvesting the whole solar spectrum.


October 2011

Optics Express Focus Issue: Collective phenomena in photonic, plasmonic and hybrid structures

The combination of optical, electronic and mechanical effects occurring in devices and materials that have structure on the nanometer scale are being investigated by researchers around the world. These "collective phenomena" have applications as diverse as the generation of light, optical sensing, and information processing. To highlight the recent progress and trends in physics and applications in this area, the editors of Optics Express published a special focus issue on "Collective Phenomena in Photonic, Plasmonic and Hybrid Structures."

The preface to the Focus Issue that gives a brief introduction to all the invited papers is available here.


Guest Editors:

Svetlana V. Boriskina, Boston University, USA

Michelle Povinelli, University of Southern California, USA

Vasily N. Astratov, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, USA

Anatoly Zayats, King's College London, UK

Viktor A. Podolskiy, University of Massachusetts Lowell, USA


since 2006

Special Session on Photonic Atoms and Molecules (PAM)
@ International Conference on Transparent Optical Networks (ICTON)


The annual Special Session at the ICTON International Conference focuses on latest developments in theory and design of artificial (photonic, plasmonic & hybrid) atoms and molecules as well as their applications in biomedical research, communications, environmental sensing, and classical and quantum optical information processing. Interaction between light and matter in photonic & plasmonic atoms can be enhanced and manipulated via their mutual electromagnetic coupling when individual atoms are arranged into artificial molecules, which paves the way to a variety of exciting applications in basic science and technology.

The suggested session topics include but are not limited to the following:

- Modes hybridization in artificial atoms and molecules

- Radiative rate engineering with artificial atoms and molecules

- Thermal effects in artificial atoms, molecules and materials

- Coupling and transport phenomena

- Classical and quantum information processing

- Nonlinear processes in artificial atoms and molecules

- Micro- and nano-lasers, LEDs

- Bio(chemical) & single-molecule sensors, spectroscopy platforms

- Slow-light structures

- Cavity opto-mechanics