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Nature Photonics contents February 2017 Volume 11 Number 2 pp 69-137

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A new online tool for visualization of volumetric data   p69
Marcus Fantham and Clemens F. Kaminski

The merits of plasmonic desalination   p70
Jeffrey M. Gordon and Hui Tong Chua

See also: Correspondence by Zhou et al.

Reply to 'The merits of plasmonic desalination'   pp70 - 71
Lin Zhou, Yingling Tan, Jingyang Wang, Weichao Xu, Ye Yuan et al.

See also: Correspondence by Gordon & Chua

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Spectroscopy: Imaginary echoes | Optical materials: Tuning 2D | Photochemistry: Solar-driven reactor | Quantum optics: Single-atom-operated circulator | Nanophotonics: Plasmonic photoemission

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Fundamental optics: On-chip Casimir effect   pp73 - 74
Kimball A. Milton
Measurement of the forces that arise from quantum vacuum fluctuations between closely spaced surfaces typically requires large apparatus, making applications difficult. Now, an experiment on a silicon chip to measure the Casimir force has been realized.

See also: Letter by Tang et al.

Materials optics: Lighting up antiferromagnets   pp74 - 76
Peter M. Oppeneer
Weak coupling of light to the microscopic magnetic order in antiferromagnetic materials makes their optical characterization notoriously difficult. Now, a table-top magneto-optical technique has been developed for detecting the vector direction of antiparallel-aligned magnetic moments in a metallic antiferromagnet.

See also: Letter by Saidl et al.



Correction   p76

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Metasurfaces: Efficient holograms   p76
Oliver Graydon



Laser writing of coherent colour centres in diamond   pp77 - 80
Yu-Chen Chen, Patrick S. Salter, Sebastian Knauer, Laiyi Weng, Angelo C. Frangeskou et al.
A negatively charged nitrogen–vacancy centre — a promising quantum light source — is created in diamond by laser writing (with pulses with a central wavelength of 790 nm and duration of 300 fs) with an accuracy of 200 nm in the transverse plane.

Demonstration of a self-pulsing photonic crystal Fano laser   pp81 - 84
Yi Yu, Weiqi Xue, Elizaveta Semenova, Kresten Yvind and Jesper Mork
Fano interference and nonlinearity are exploited to achieve self-pulsing of a laser at gigahertz frequencies.

Solution-processed organic tandem solar cells with power conversion efficiencies >12%   pp85 - 90
Miaomiao Li, Ke Gao, Xiangjian Wan, Qian Zhang, Bin Kan et al.
Careful selection of small-molecule materials provides solution-processed tandem organic solar cells with a boost in efficiency.

Optical determination of the Néel vector in a CuMnAs thin-film antiferromagnet   pp91 - 96
V. Saidl, P. NÄ›mec, P. Wadley, V. Hills, R. P. Campion et al.
Due to their nature antiferromagnets are difficult to probe with conventional magnetometers. The Néel vector of a practically important antiferromagnet, CuMnAs, has now been determined by a femtosecond pump–probe magneto-optical experiment.

See also: News and Views by Oppeneer

Measurement of non-monotonic Casimir forces between silicon nanostructures   pp97 - 101
L. Tang, M. Wang, C. Y. Ng, M. Nikolic, C. T. Chan et al.
Previous demonstrations of the elusive Casimir force between interfaces exhibit monotonic dependence on surface displacement. Now a non-monotonic dependence of the force has been shown experimentally by exploting nanostructured surfaces.

See also: News and Views by Milton



Polarization domain walls in optical fibres as topological bits for data transmission   pp102 - 107
M. Gilles, P.-Y. Bony, J. Garnier, A. Picozzi, M. Guasoni et al.
Localized polarization knots formed in conventional optical fibres are shown to be able to act as topological bits of information for optical data communication.

Efficient perovskite light-emitting diodes featuring nanometre-sized crystallites   pp108 - 115
Zhengguo Xiao, Ross A. Kerner, Lianfeng Zhao, Nhu L. Tran, Kyung Min Lee et al.
Perovskite nanocrystal LEDs featuring long-chain ammonium cations offer improved stability and efficiency.

Scattering compensation by focus scanning holographic aberration probing (F-SHARP)   pp116 - 123
Ioannis N. Papadopoulos, Jean-Sébastien Jouhanneau, James F. A. Poulet and Benjamin Judkewitz
A non-invasive scattering compensation method, termed F-SHARP, gives direct access to the phase and amplitude of the electric-field point spread function, enabling fast and high-resolution correction of aberrations and scattering in living tissue.

A monolithic integrated photonic microwave filter   pp124 - 129
Javier S. Fandiño, Pascual Muñoz, David Doménech and José Capmany
A tunable photonic microwave filter is monolithically integrated in an InP chip. The filter includes all of the required elements — a laser, a modulator and a photodetector — and its response can be tuned by controlling the electric currents.

Three-dimensional all-dielectric photonic topological insulator   pp130 - 136
Alexey Slobozhanyuk, S. Hossein Mousavi, Xiang Ni, Daria Smirnova, Yuri S. Kivshar et al.
The theoretical study of a 3D photonic topological metacrystal based on an all-dielectric metamaterial platform shows robust propagation of surface states along 2D domain walls, making it a promising solution for photonics applications. The proposed metacrystal design might also open the way for the observation of elusive fundamental physical phenomena.

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Erratum: Spin-orbit interactions of light   p137
K. Y. Bliokh, F. J. Rodríguez-Fortuño, F. Nori & A. V. Zayats

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