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Editors' Picks Collection: Biophotonics

To honor its 40th Anniversary, the editors of Optics Letters selected articles from a variety of topic areas that reflect the progression of each area over the journal's history. Below is a collection of articles in the area of Biophotonics.

Note that this selection of articles is not meant to be exhaustive but authoritative, showing that significant contributions were made and continue to be made in this area.


  1. Observation of a single-beam gradient force optical trap for dielectric particles
    A. Ashkin, J. M. Dziedzic, J. E. Bjorkholm, and Steven Chu
    Opt. Letters 11(5) 288-290 (1986)
  2. In vivo retinal imaging by optical coherence tomography
    E. A. Swanson, J. A. Izatt, M. R. Hee, D. Huang, C. P. Lin, J. S. Schuman, C. A. Puliafito, and J. G. Fujimoto
    Opt. Letters 18(21) 1864-1866 (1993)
  3. Optical coherence microscopy in scattering media
    Joseph A. Izatt, Michael R. Hee, Gabrielle M. Owen, Eric A. Swanson, and James G. Fujimoto
    Opt. Letters 19(8) 590-592 (1994)
  4. Breaking the diffraction resolution limit by stimulated emission: stimulated-emission-depletion fluorescence microscopy
    Stefan W. Hell and Jan Wichmann
    Opt. Letters 19(11) 780-782 (1994)
  5. Noninvasive imaging of in vivo blood flow velocity using optical Doppler tomography
    Zhongping Chen, Thomas E. Milner, Shyam Srinivas, Xiaojun Wang, Arash Malekafzali, Martin J. C. van Gemert, and J. Stuart Nelson
    Opt. Letters 22(14) 1119-1121 (1997)
  6. In vivo bidirectional color Doppler flow imaging of picoliter blood volumes using optical coherence tomography
    Joseph A. Izatt, Manish D. Kulkarni, Siavash Yazdanfar, Jennifer K. Barton, and Ashley J. Welch
    Opt. Letters 22(18) 1439-1441 (1997)
  7. In vivo ultrahigh-resolution optical coherence tomography
    W. Drexler, U. Morgner, F. X. Kärtner, C. Pitris, S. A. Boppart, X. D. Li, E. P. Ippen, and J. G. Fujimoto
    Opt. Letters 24(17) 1221-1223 (1999)
  8. Real-time in vivo imaging by high-speed spectral optical coherence tomography
    Maciej Wojtkowski, Tomasz Bajraszewski, Piotr Targowski, and Andrzej Kowalczyk
    Opt. Letters 28(19) 1745-1747 (2003)
  9. Improved signal-to-noise ratio in spectral-domain compared with time-domain optical coherence tomography
    Johannes F. de Boer, Barry Cense, B. Hyle Park, Mark C. Pierce, Guillermo J. Tearney, and Brett E. Bouma
    Opt. Letters 28(21) 2067-2069 (2003)
  10. In vivo human retinal imaging by ultrahigh-speed spectral domain optical coherence tomography
    Nader Nassif, Barry Cense, B. Hyle Park, Seok H. Yun, Teresa C. Chen, Brett E. Bouma, Guillermo J. Tearney, and Johannes F. de Boer
    Opt. Letters 29(5) 480-482 (2004)
  11. Noninvasive photoacoustic angiography of animal brains in vivo with near-infrared light and an optical contrast agent
    Xueding Wang, Geng Ku, Malgorzata A. Wegiel, Darryl J. Bornhop, George Stoica, and Lihong V. Wang
    Opt. Letters 29(7) 730-732 (2004)
  12. Adaptive-optics ultrahigh-resolution optical coherence tomography
    B. Hermann, E. J. Fernández, A. Unterhuber, H. Sattmann, A. F. Fercher, W. Drexler, P. M. Prieto, and P. Artal
    Opt. Letters 29(18) 2142-2144 (2004)
  13. Optical stimulation of neural tissue in vivo
    Jonathon Wells, Chris Kao, Karthik Mariappan, Jeffrey Albea, E. Duco Jansen, Peter Konrad, and Anita Mahadevan-Jansen
    Opt. Letters 30(5) 504-506 (2005)
  14. Buffered Fourier domain mode locking: unidirectional swept laser sources for optical coherence tomography imaging at 370,000 lines/s
    Robert Huber, Desmond C. Adler, and James G. Fujimoto
    Opt. Letters 31(20) 2975-2977 (2006)
  15. Focusing coherent light through opaque strongly scattering media
    I. M. Vellekoop and A. P. Mosk
    Opt. Letters 32(16) 2309-2311 (2007)
  16. Trapping and guiding microparticles with morphing autofocusing Airy beams
    Peng Zhang, Jai Prakash, Ze Zhang, Matthew S. Mills, Nikolaos K. Efremidis, Demetrios N. Christodoulides, and Zhigang Chen
    Opt. Letters 36(15) 2883-2885 (2011)
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