Issue 1 (2013)

Editorial

Editorial

In its inaugural year, Nanophotonics has offered an authoritative and critical new voice for scholarship on the interaction of light and matter at the nanoscale, publishing highly cited articles and making them publicly available online.

Ultracompact vanadium dioxide dual-mode plasmonic waveguide electroabsorption modulator

Ultracompact vanadium dioxide dual-mode plasmonic waveguide electroabsorption modulator

Subwavelength modulators play an indispensable role in integrated photonic-electronic circuits. Due to weak light-matter interactions, it is always a challenge to develop a modulator with a nanometer scale footprint, low switching energy, low …

Ultra-thin gold films on transparent polymers

Ultra-thin gold films on transparent polymers

Fabrication of continuous ultra-thin gold films (<10 nm) on the surface of optical polymers (CYCLOTENE and ORMOCLEAR) is reported. Using a range of electrical, optical and structural characterization techniques, we show that polymers can be …

Color science of nanocrystal quantum dots for lighting and displays

Color science of nanocrystal quantum dots for lighting and displays

Colloidal nanocrystals of semiconductor quantum dots (QDs) are gaining prominence among the optoelectronic materials in the photonics industry. Among their many applications, their use in artificial lighting and displays has attracted special …

Solid-state quantum optics with quantum dots in photonic nanostructures

Solid-state quantum optics with quantum dots in photonic nanostructures

Quantum nanophotonics has become a new research frontier where quantum optics is combined with nanophotonics in order to enhance and control the interaction between strongly confined light and quantum emitters. Such progress provides a promising …

Photonics meets excitonics: natural and artificial molecular aggregates

Photonics meets excitonics: natural and artificial molecular aggregates

Organic molecules store the energy of absorbed light in the form of charge-neutral molecular excitations – Frenkel excitons. Usually, in amorphous organic materials, excitons are viewed as quasiparticles, localized on single molecules, which …