Issue 1 (2015)

Editorial

Editorial

For the past 3 years, Nanophotonics has offered an authoritative and voice for scholarship on the interaction of light and matter at the nanoscale. To continue its success and critical view I am happy to announce that Nanophotonics will be under new …

Efficient forward second-harmonic generation from planar archimedean nanospirals

Efficient forward second-harmonic generation from planar archimedean nanospirals

The enhanced electric field at plasmonic resonances in nanoscale antennas can lead to efficient harmonic generation, especially when the plasmonic geometry is asymmetric on either inter-particle or intra-particle levels. The planar Archimedean …

What is a good conductor for metamaterials or plasmonics

What is a good conductor for metamaterials or plasmonics

We review conducting materials like metals, conducting oxides and graphene for nanophotonic applications. We emphasize that metamaterials and plasmonic systems benefit from different conducting materials. Resonant metamaterials need conductors with …

Low-loss, infrared and terahertz nanophotonics using surface phonon polaritons

Low-loss, infrared and terahertz nanophotonics using surface phonon polaritons

The excitation of surface-phonon-polariton (SPhP) modes in polar dielectric crystals and the associated new developments in the field of SPhPs are reviewed. The emphasis of this work is on providing an understanding of the general phenomenon, …

Temperature effects in metal-clad semiconductor nanolasers

Temperature effects in metal-clad semiconductor nanolasers

As the field of semiconductor nanolasers becomes mature in terms of both the miniaturization to the true sub-wavelength scale, and the realization of room temperature devices, the integrated treatment of multiple design aspects beyond pure …

Tailoring optical complex fields with nano-metallic surfaces

Tailoring optical complex fields with nano-metallic surfaces

Recently there is an increasing interest in complex optical fields with spatially inhomogeneous state of polarizations and optical singularities. Novel effects and phenomena have been predicted and observed for light beams with these unconventional …

Optical control of the spin of a magnetic atom in a semiconductor quantum dot

Optical control of the spin of a magnetic atom in a semiconductor quantum dot

The control of single spins in solids is a key but challenging step for any spin-based solid-state quantumcomputing device. Thanks to their expected long coherence time, localized spins on magnetic atoms in a semiconductor host could be an …

Nanowire Lasers

Nanowire Lasers

We review principles and trends in the use of semiconductor nanowires as gain media for stimulated emission and lasing. Semiconductor nanowires have recently been widely studied for use in integrated optoelectronic devices, such as light-emitting …