Issue 2 (2015)

Editorial

Editorial

The year 2015 will likely have a unique place in the history books for the optics and photonics community, since it is paired with various events that are exciting for this field. For one it is the 125th birthday of the Optical Society (OSA), and in …

Active molecular plasmonics: tuning surface plasmon resonances by exploiting molecular dimensions

Active molecular plasmonics: tuning surface plasmon resonances by exploiting molecular dimensions

Molecular plasmonics explores and exploits the molecule–plasmon interactions on metal nanostructures to harness light at the nanoscale for nanophotonic spectroscopy and devices. With the functional molecules and polymers that change their …

Two-dimensional materials for nanophotonics application

Two-dimensional materials for nanophotonics application

In this article, we review the various topics on the applications of 2D materials, including both elemental and compound 2D materials, for nanophotonics application from detectors, modulators to plasmonics and light generating devices. With this …

Bilayer graphene: physics and application outlook in photonics

Bilayer graphene: physics and application outlook in photonics

Layered materials, such as graphene, transition metal dichacogenides and black phosphorus have attracted lots of attention recently. They are emerging novel materials in electronics and photonics, with tremendous potential in revolutionizing the …

Transparent conducting oxides for electro-optical plasmonic modulators

Transparent conducting oxides for electro-optical plasmonic modulators

The ongoing quest for ultra-compact optical devices has reached a bottleneck due to the diffraction limit in conventional photonics. New approaches that provide subwavelength optical elements, and therefore lead to miniaturization of the entire …

Indium-Tin-Oxide for High-performance Electro-optic Modulation

Indium-Tin-Oxide for High-performance Electro-optic Modulation

Advances in opto-electronics are often led by discovery and development of materials featuring unique properties. Recently, the material class of transparent conductive oxides (TCO) has attracted attention for active photonic devices on-chip. In …

Graphene: A Dynamic Platform for Electrical Control of Plasmonic Resonance

Graphene: A Dynamic Platform for Electrical Control of Plasmonic Resonance

Graphene has recently emerged as a viable platform for integrated optoelectronic and hybrid photonic devices because of its unique properties. The optical properties of graphene can be dynamically controlled by electrical voltage and have been used …

Emerging heterogeneous integrated photonic platforms on silicon

Emerging heterogeneous integrated photonic platforms on silicon

Silicon photonics has been established as a mature and promising technology for optoelectronic integrated circuits, mostly based on the silicon-on-insulator (SOI) waveguide platform. However, not all optical functionalities can be satisfactorily …