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Editors' Picks Collection: Nonlinear Optics

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 Lasers.

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. Nonlinear-optical loop mirror
    N. J. Doran and David Wood
    Opt. Letters 13(1) 56-58 (1988)
  2. Discrete self-focusing in nonlinear arrays of coupled waveguides
    D. N. Christodoulides and R. I. Joseph
    Opt. Letters 13(9) 794-796 (1988)
  3. Ultimate Q of optical microsphere resonators
    M. L. Gorodetsky, A. A. Savchenkov, and V. S. Ilchenko
    Opt. Letters 21(7) 453-455 (1996)
  4. Giant Kerr nonlinearities obtained by electromagnetically induced transparency
    H. Schmidt and A. Imamoglu
    Opt. Letters 21(23) 1936-1938 (1996)
  5. Two-photon absorption and broadband optical limiting with bis-donor stilbenes
    J. E. Ehrlich, X. L. Wu, I.-Y. S. Lee, Z.-Y. Hu, H. Röckel, S. R. Marder, and J. W. Perry
    Opt. Letters 22(24) 1843-1845 (1997)
  6. Intense terahertz pulses by four-wave rectification in air
    D. J. Cook and R. M. Hochstrasser
    Opt. Letters 25(16) 1210-1212 (2000)
  7. Supercontinuum generation in tapered fibers
    T. A. Birks, W. J. Wadsworth, and P. St. J. Russell
    Opt. Letters 25(19) 1415-1417 (2000)
  8. Two-photon imaging to a depth of 1000 µm in living brains by use of a Ti:Al2O3 regenerative amplifier
    Patrick Theer, Mazahir T. Hasan, and Winfried Denk
    Opt. Letters 28(12) 1022-1024 (2003)
  9. Generation of single-cycle THz transients with high electric-field amplitudes
    T. Bartel, P. Gaal, K. Reimann, M. Woerner, and T. Elsaesser
    Opt. Letters 30(20) 2805-2807 (2005)
  10. Low-threshold supercontinuum generation in highly nonlinear chalcogenide nanowires
    Dong-Il Yeom, Eric C. Mägi, Michael R. E. Lamont, Michaël A. F. Roelens, Libin Fu, and Benjamin J. Eggleton
    Opt. Letters 33(7) 660-662 (2008)
  11. Generation of sub-mJ terahertz pulses by optical rectification
    J. A. Fülöp, L. Pálfalvi, S. Klingebiel, G. Almási, F. Krausz, S. Karsch, and J. Hebling
    Opt. Letters 37(4) 557-559 (2012)
  12. Z-scan measurement of the nonlinear refractive index of graphene
    Han Zhang, Stéphane Virally, Qiaoliang Bao, Loh Kian Ping, Serge Massar, Nicolas Godbout, and Pascal Kockaert
    Opt. Letters 37(11) 1856-1858 (2012)
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