OPTICA Mini-reviews

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  • Quantum optical memory for entanglement distribution

    Lei, Yisheng; Kimiaee Asadi, Faezeh; Zhong, Tian; Kuzmich, Alex; Simon, Christoph; Hosseini, Mahdi
    • 2023
    • Optica 10(11) 1511-1528  View: HTML | PDF

    Optical photons are powerful carriers of quantum information, which can be delivered in free space by satellites or in fibers on the ground over long distances. Entanglement of quantum states over lon...

  • Polarization microscopy: from ensemble structural imaging to single-molecule 3D orientation and localization microscopy

    Brasselet, Sophie; Alonso, Miguel A.
    • 2023
    • Optica 10(11) 1486-1510  View: HTML | PDF [Suppl. Mat. (1)]

    Optical contrasts in microscopy are sensitive to light polarization, whose interaction with molecular dipoles provides an important lever for probing molecular orientation. Polarization microscopy has...

  • Single-photon detection for long-range imaging and sensing

    Hadfield, Robert H.; Leach, Jonathan; Fleming, Fiona; Paul, Douglas J.; Tan, Chee Hing; Ng, Jo Shien; Henderson, Robert K.; Buller, Gerald S.
    • 2023
    • Optica 10(9) 1124-1141  View: HTML | PDF
    Cited by: 1

    Single-photon detectors with picosecond timing resolution have advanced rapidly in the past decade. This has spurred progress in time-correlated single-photon counting applications, from qua...

  • Chip-scale frequency combs for data communications in computing systems

    Okawachi, Yoshitomo; Kim, Bok Young; Lipson, Michal; Gaeta, Alexander L.
    • 2023
    • Optica 10(8) 977-995  View: HTML | PDF
    Cited by: 1

    Recent developments in chip-based frequency-comb technology demonstrate that comb devices can be implemented in applications where photonic integration and power efficiency are required. The large num...

  • Nonlinear integrated quantum photonics with AlGaAs

    Baboux, F.; Moody, G.; Ducci, S.
    • 2023
    • Optica 10(7) 917-931  View: HTML | PDF

    Integrated photonics provides a powerful approach for developing compact, stable, and scalable architectures for the generation, manipulation, and detection of quantum states of light. To this end, se...

  • Opportunities of optical and spectral technologies in intraoperative histopathology

    Krafft, Christoph; Popp, Jürgen
    • 2023
    • Optica 10(2) 214-231  View: HTML | PDF
    Cited by: 1

    Modern optical and spectral technologies represent powerful approaches for a molecular characterization of tissues enabling delineating pathological tissues but also a label-free grading and staging o...

  • Limits and prospects for long-baseline optical fiber interferometry

    Hilweg, Christopher; Shadmany, Danial; Walther, Philip; Mavalvala, Nergis; Sudhir, Vivishek
    • 2022
    • Optica 9(11) 1238-1252  View: HTML | PDF [Suppl. Mat. (1)]
    Cited by: 2

    Today’s most precise optical instruments—gravitational-wave interferometers and optical atomic clocks—rely on long storage times for photons to realize their exquisite sensitivity. Optical fiber techn...

  • Nonlinear multimode photonics: nonlinear optics with many degrees of freedom

    Wright, Logan G.; Renninger, William H.; Christodoulides, Demetri N.; Wise, Frank W.
    • 2022
    • Optica 9(7) 824-841  View: HTML | PDF
    Cited by: 19

    The overall goal of photonics research is to understand and control light in new and richer ways to facilitate new and richer applications. Many major developments to this end have relied on...

  • Additive manufacturing for the development of optical/photonic systems and components

    Berglund, Gregory; Wisniowiecki, Anna; Gawedzinski, John; Applegate, Brian; Tkaczyk, Tomasz S.
    • 2022
    • Optica 9(6) 623-638  View: HTML | PDF
    Cited by: 11

    The ambition of this review is to provide an up-to-date synopsis of the state of 3D printing technology for optical and photonic components, to gauge technological advances, and to disc...

  • Multi-pass cells for post-compression of ultrashort laser pulses

    Viotti, Anne-Lise; Seidel, Marcus; Escoto, Esmerando; Rajhans, Supriya; Leemans, Wim P.; Hartl, Ingmar; Heyl, Christoph M.
    • 2022
    • Optica 9(2) 197-216  View: HTML | PDF
    Cited by: 37

    Ultrafast lasers reaching extremely high powers within short fractions of time enable a plethora of applications. They grant advanced material processing capabilities, are effective drivers ...

  • Recent advances in lensless imaging

    Boominathan, Vivek; Robinson, Jacob T.; Waller, Laura; Veeraraghavan, Ashok
    • 2022
    • Optica 9(1) 1-16  View: HTML | PDF
    Cited by: 46

    Lensless imaging provides opportunities to design imaging systems free from the constraints imposed by traditional camera architectures. Due to advances in imaging hardware, fabrication techniques, an...

  • Space-division multiplexing for optical fiber communications

    Puttnam, Benjamin J.; Rademacher, Georg; Luís, Ruben S.
    • 2021
    • Optica 8(9) 1186-1203  View: HTML | PDF
    Cited by: 209

    Research on space-division multiplexing (SDM) came to prominence in early 2010 being primarily proposed as a means of multiplying the information-carrying capacity of optical fibers at the s...

  • Microwave-optical quantum frequency conversion

    Han, Xu; Fu, Wei; Zou, Chang-Ling; Jiang, Liang; Tang, Hong X.
    • 2021
    • Optica 8(8) 1050-1064  View: HTML | PDF
    Cited by: 65

    Photons at microwave and optical frequencies are principal carriers for quantum information. While microwave photons can be effectively controlled at the local circuit level, optical photons...

  • Achromatic flat lens performance limits

    Engelberg, Jacob; Levy, Uriel
    • 2021
    • Optica 8(6) 834-845  View: HTML | PDF [Suppl. Mat. (1)]
    Cited by: 39

    In recent years there has been a lot of interest in flat lenses, a category that includes diffractive lenses and metalenses. These lenses have the potential of reducing the size and cost of optical sy...

  • Photonic materials for interstellar solar sailing

    Davoyan, Artur R.; Munday, Jeremy N.; Tabiryan, Nelson; Swartzlander, Grover A.; Johnson, Les
    • 2021
    • Optica 8(5) 722-734  View: HTML | PDF
    Cited by: 34

    Solar sails are of great promise for space exploration, affording missions that push the limits of the possible. They enable a variety of novel science missions ranging from ultrafast interstellar tra...

  • Integrated lithium niobate electro-optic modulators: when performance meets scalability

    Zhang, Mian; Wang, Cheng; Kharel, Prashanta; Zhu, Di; Lončar, Marko
    • 2021
    • Optica 8(5) 652-667  View: HTML | PDF
    Cited by: 145

    Electro-optic modulators (EOMs) convert signals from the electrical to the optical domain. They are at the heart of optical communication, microwave signal processing, sensing, and quantum technologie...

  • Nonlinear photonic crystals: from 2D to 3D

    Zhang, Yong; Sheng, Yan; Zhu, Shining; Xiao, Min; Krolikowski, Wieslaw
    • 2021
    • Optica 8(3) 372-381  View: HTML | PDF
    Cited by: 33

    Nonlinear photonic crystals are microstructures with quadratic nonlinearity (${\chi ^{(2)}}$ χ ( 2 ) ) that have been extensively used for t...

  • Freeform optics for imaging

    Rolland, Jannick P.; Davies, Matthew A.; Suleski, Thomas J.; Evans, Chris; Bauer, Aaron; Lambropoulos, John C.; Falaggis, Konstantinos
    • 2021
    • Optica 8(2) 161-176  View: HTML | PDF
    Cited by: 150

    In the last 10 years, freeform optics has enabled compact and high-performance imaging systems. This article begins with a brief history of freeform optics, focusing on imaging systems, incl...

  • Toward the next-generation VR/AR optics: a review of holographic near-eye displays from a human-centric perspective

    Chang, Chenliang; Bang, Kiseung; Wetzstein, Gordon; Lee, Byoungho; Gao, Liang
    • 2020
    • Optica 7(11) 1563-1578  View: HTML | PDF
    Cited by: 187

    Wearable near-eye displays for virtual and augmented reality (VR/AR) have seen enormous growth in recent years. While researchers are exploiting a plethora of techniques to create life-like ...

  • Cavity quantum electrodynamics with color centers in diamond

    Janitz, Erika; Bhaskar, Mihir K.; Childress, Lilian
    • 2020
    • Optica 7(10) 1232-1252  View: HTML | PDF
    Cited by: 53

    Coherent interfaces between optical photons and long-lived matter qubits form a key resource for a broad range of quantum technologies. Cavity quantum electrodynamics (cQED) offers a route t...