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Optical Society of America Announces Top Optics Research Paper Downloads in 2007

7 February 2008

Optical Society of America Announces Top Optics Research Paper Downloads in 2007

WASHINGTON, Feb. 7 - The Optical Society of America (OSA) today announced its five most downloaded research papers in 2007. The papers were downloaded from, OSA's online repository for its 12 journals. All five papers were published in OSA's premier open access journal Optics Express. A list of the papers appears below.

The research covers a range of topics in the field of optics from semiconductor lasers and electron lasers to cloaking and negative-index materials.

According to Tony Campillo, OSA's senior director of science policy, it is likely the most downloaded paper was so popular because it details a recent advance in a current hot topic in optics called cloaking, or making an object invisible, and contains interesting multimedia files of the authors' findings.

In this paper, the authors consider a two-dimensional cloaking system consisting of a hollow plasmonic shell," Campillo said. "In previous works, the object to be hidden is placed within the structure and is invisible from the outside; in this paper, the hidden object, which is either a point dipole or a polarizable line, is placed external to the cloak but nearby."

OSA tracks the most downloaded papers each month at

Top Five Optics InfoBase Downloads in 2007:

1. Paper: Quasistatic cloaking of two-dimensional polarizable discrete systems by anomalous resonance Authors: N. A. Nicorovici, G. W. Milton, R. C. McPhedran, and L. C. Botten, University of Sydney, University of Utah and University of Technology, SydneyIssue: Optics Express, Vol. 15, Issue 10, pp. 6314-6323 Number of downloads: 12,815

2. Paper: An Optical Solution For The Traveling Salesman Problem Authors: Tobias Haist and Wolfgang OstenIssue: Optics Express, Vol. 15, Issue 16, pp. 10473-10482Number of downloads: 9,177

3. Paper: High power frequency doubled GaInNAs semiconductor disk laser emitting at 615 nm Authors: Antti Härkönen, Jussi Rautiainen, Mircea Guina, Janne Konttinen1, Pietari Tuomisto1, Lasse Orsila, Markus Pessa and Oleg G. Okhotnikov Issue: Optics Express, Vol. 15, Issue 6, pp. 3224-3229Number of downloads: 3,507

4. Paper: Photorealistic images of objects in effective negative-index materials Authors: Gunnar Dolling, Martin Wegener, Stefan Linden, and Christoph Hormann Issue: Optics Express, Vol. 14, Issue 5, pp. 1842-1849Number of downloads: 3,484

5. Paper: Characteristics of focused soft X-ray free-electron laser beam determined by ablation of organic molecular solids Authors: J. Chalupský, et. al.

Issue: Optics Express, Vol. 15, Issue 10, pp. 6036-6043Number of downloads: 2,557

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