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Celebrating International Day of Light 2022

The International Day of Light a global initiative that provides an annual focal point for the continued appreciation of light and the role it plays in science, culture and art, education, and sustainable development, and in fields as diverse as medicine, communications, and energy. The broad theme of light will allow many different sectors of society worldwide to participate in activities that demonstrates how science, technology, art and culture can help achieve the goals of UNESCO – education, equality, and peace.

May 16 is the anniversary of the first successful operation of the laser in 1960 by physicist and engineer, Theodore Maiman. The laser is a perfect example of how a scientific discovery can yield revolutionary benefits to society in communications, healthcare and many other fields.

In honor of the International Day of Light, Editor-in-Chief Professor Romain Quidant (ETH Zürich) has selected outstanding contributions in quantum photonics, biophotonics, nanophotonics, imaging, devices and energy, published in ACS Photonics.

 

Quantum Photonics

Quantum Nanophotonics in Two-Dimensional Materials 

Machine Learning for Integrated Quantum Photonics 

Femtosecond Laser Writing of Spin Defects in Hexagonal Boron Nitride 

On-Demand Generation of Entangled Photon Pairs in the Telecom C-Band with InAs Quantum Dots 

 

Biophotonics

Dielectric Metasurfaces Enabling Advanced Optical Biosensors 

Resolving the Sequence of RNA Strands by Tip-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy 

Dual Nanoresonators for Ultrasensitive Chiral Detection 

Comparing Transient Oligonucleotide Hybridization Kinetics Using DNA-PAINT and Optoplasmonic Single-Molecule Sensing on Gold Nanorods 

 

Imaging

Terahertz Scanning Tunneling Microscopy for Visualizing Ultrafast Electron Motion in Nanoscale Potential Variations 

Single-Shot Autofocusing of Microscopy Images Using Deep Learning 

3D Imaging Using Extreme Dispersion in Optical Metasurfaces 

Metasurface Optical Characterization Using Quadriwave Lateral Shearing Interferometry 

 

Devices

Nonlinear Optics in Lead Halide Perovskites: Mechanisms and Applications 

Ultrahigh Deep-Ultraviolet Responsivity of a β-Ga2O3/MgO Heterostructure-Based Phototransistor 

Bi2Se3-Functionalized Metasurfaces for Ultrafast All-Optical Switching and Efficient Modulation of Terahertz Waves 

Robust Mode Matching between Structurally Dissimilar Optical Fiber Waveguides 

 

Energy

Photonics for Photovoltaics: Advances and Opportunities 

Light Propagation and Radiative Exciton Transport in Two-Dimensional Layered Perovskite Microwires 

Violating Kirchhoff’s Law of Thermal Radiation in Semitransparent Structures 

Nighttime Radiative Cooling for Water Harvesting from Solar Panels 

 

Nanophotonics

Nanophotonic Structural Colors 

Dielectric Resonant Metaphotonics 

Steering and Encoding the Polarization of the Second Harmonic in the Visible with a Monolithic LiNbO3 Metasurface 

Enhanced Nonlinear Optical Responses of Layered Epsilon-near-Zero Metamaterials at Visible Frequencies 

 

About the Journal

ACS Photonics is an interdisciplinary forum to communicate on the latest advances in the field of photonics, all the way from basic research to applied research and technology. Embracing the transversality of photonics, it connects scientists and technologists from a broad scientific spectrum, at the interface between physics, chemistry, biology, and engineering. It also aims at bridging the gap between the academic and industrial worlds.

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