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Nature Photonics

August 2018 Volume 12, Issue 8

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Research Highlights
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Books & Arts


On our bookshelf    p442
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Research Highlights


Spin orientation switching    p443
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Cherenkov detector    p443
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Single-mode operation    p443
Oliver Graydon

Metasurface mixer    p443
Rachel Won

Deep-learning boost    p443
Rachel Won

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News & Views


Spin control of macroscopic objects    pp444 - 445
Jorge Olmos-Trigo & Juan José Sáenz

Adaptive infrared camouflage    p445
Oliver Graydon

The heat is on    pp446 - 447
Rachel Won

Integrated combs drive extreme data rates    pp447 - 450
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Review Articles


Light–valley interactions in 2D semiconductors    pp451 - 460
Kin Fai Mak, Di Xiao & Jie Shan

Valleytronics in single-layer semiconductors is reviewed with an emphasis on controlling the valley degree of freedom with light as well as potential applications.




Macroscopic direct observation of optical spin-dependent lateral forces and left-handed torques    pp461 - 464
Hernando Magallanes & Etienne Brasselet

The observation of spin-dependent lateral displacements of anisotropic and inhomogeneous media with the naked eye is reported, allowing structured light–matter interaction to move from a scientific curiosity to a new asset for the optical manipulation toolbox.


Strong-field optoelectronics in solids    pp465 - 468
G. Vampa, T. J. Hammond, M. Taucer, Xiaoyan Ding, X. Ropagnol et al.

Near-infrared femtosecond laser pulses are sent to a Si or ZnO crystal to generate high-harmonic waves via static or transient field-induced optical nonlinearities. The beam profile of the high-harmonic emission is controlled by electronic methods.


Single-source chip-based frequency comb enabling extreme parallel data transmission    pp469 - 473
Hao Hu, Francesco Da Ros, Minhao Pu, Feihong Ye, Kasper Ingerslev et al.

By seeding a non-resonant aluminium-gallium-arsenide-on-insulator nanowaveguide with 10-GHz picosecond pulses at a low pump power of 85 mW, a single energy-efficient frequency comb source carrying 661 Tbit s–1 of data, equivalent to more than the total Internet traffic today, is achieved.


Nonlinear charge oscillation driven by a single-cycle light field in an organic superconductor    pp474 - 478
Y. Kawakami, T. Amano, Y. Yoneyama, Y. Akamine, H. Itoh et al.

A nonlinear charge oscillation driven by a 6 fs light field of 11 MV cm–1 is observed in a layered organic superconductor. The initial response time of the oscillation on the timescale of 10?fs clarifies that Coulomb repulsion is essential for the superconductivity.


A phonon laser operating at an exceptional point    pp479 - 484
Jing Zhang, Bo Peng, Sahin Kaya Özdemir, Kevin Pichler, Dmitry O. Krimer et al.

Linewidth broadening of a phonon laser operated at an exceptional point of a compound optomechanical system is experimentally demonstrated.


Efficient light generation from enhanced inelastic electron tunnelling    pp485 - 488
Haoliang Qian, Su-Wen Hsu, Kargal Gurunatha, Conor T. Riley, Jie Zhao et al.

Nanocrystals assembled into metal–insulator–metal junctions can boost the efficiency of light generation from enhanced inelastic tunnelling to ~2%, which is a two orders of magnitude improvement over previous work, paving the way to on-chip ultrafast and ultracompact light sources.




Relativistic single-cycle tunable infrared pulses generated from a tailored plasma density structure    pp489 - 494
Zan Nie, Chih-Hao Pai, Jianfei Hua, Chaojie Zhang, Yipeng Wu et al.

A scheme for generating intense single-cycle pulses in the 5–14 μm wavelength range is proposed. The generation mechanism is described by photon frequency downshifting of an off-the-shelf Ti:sapphire laser in a tailored plasma density structure.


Amendments & Corrections


Publisher Correction: Control of semiconductor emitter frequency by increasing polariton momenta    p495
Yaniv Kurman, Nicholas Rivera, Thomas Christensen, Shai Tsesses, Meir Orenstein et al.

Publisher Correction: Mid-infrared frequency comb via coherent dispersive wave generation in silicon nitride nanophotonic waveguides    p496
Hairun Guo, Clemens Herkommer, Adrien Billat, Davide Grassani, Chuankun Zhang et al.

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