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Editor's choice

Jan 19, 2014

A special free-to-read digital edition containing 10 of our very best feature articles on the science and applications of light

In depth: Atomic, molecular & optical physics

Measuring ultrashort pulses needs precision

Marie Freebody speaks to Rick Trebino about the intricacies of measuring ultrashort pulses and how the devices that characterize such pulses can be commercialized

Optical tweezers: where physics meets biology

Joost van Mameren explains how quantitative force measurements by optical tweezers can unravel the mechanical properties of biological molecules

Menlo takes frequency combs to the masses

Nadya Anscombe discovers how Nobel prize winning research has been turned into a practical product

Plasmonics propagates into new optical fields

Marie Freebody speaks to Niek van Hulst about the potential wealth of applications for plasmonics

Jenoptik looks to solar for future growth

Michael Mertin is the man responsible for Jenoptik's recent restructure and securing future growth. Jacqueline Hewett asks him how heavily photovoltaics features in these plans

...And now for the next 20 years

Six leading physicists peek into the future

The global-village pioneers

Paul Ginsparg, who founded the arXiv e-print archive, recounts the early days of the Web and looks at how it has changed scientific communication

Two decades and counting...

Opening this special issue marking the 20th anniversary of the launch of Physics World, Matin Durrani says that the magazine still has a vital role to play in the electronic age

A quantum renaissance

Markus Aspelmeyer and Anton Zeilinger on how technological advances let us readdress fundamental quantum puzzles

Lab architecture

Robert P Crease looks at good and bad examples of lab design: do you agree with his choices?

Holography gets smart

Exploring the potential of holograms that can respond

The magic touch

A one-to-one with Ulf Leonhardt

Blog life: Shtetl Optimized

Pondering quantum mechanics

Key to the quantum industry

Quantum cryptography reaches the market

Blog life: Uncertain Principles

Our new column on blogs