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Breakthroughs in optics and optical materials continue apace, and Advanced Optical Materials is again here to present a diverse selection of discoveries in our 3rd issue of 2012. One of many reasons why optical materials is such a dynamic topic is that it encapsulates materials of all categories, from polymers and biological tissue to metals and oxides, from nanoscale to bulk. This is why Advanced Optical Materials serves as a platform to bring together discoveries from across the spectrum of materials and give a regular snapshot of progress in optical materials.

Looking back on the previous issue, metamaterials are again topping the Advanced Optical Materials download charts (see Table 1), with a Progress Report on Metamaterial Electromagnetic Wave Absorbers from Prof. Willie Padillaís team in Boston College at number one. Not far behind is an intriguing report from Chiba University describing an electrochromic device that can change between transparent, mirror and black at the flick of a switch, while Prof. Ulrich Steiner and coworkers from the University of Cambridge exploit electrohydrodynamic instabilities to produce robust SERS structures for biological and chemical sensing; lensing is also a hot topic occupying 4th and 5th position in the chart.

Table 1. Top 5 most downloaded articles in Advanced Optical Materials issue 2.
TitleDOI
Metamaterial Electromagnetic Wave Absorbers10.1002/adma.201200674
Electrochemical Optical-Modulation Device with Reversible10.1002/adma.201200060
Transformation Between Transparent, Mirror, and Black 
Hierarchical Electrohydrodynamic Structures for Surface-Enhanced10.1002/adma.201104159
Raman Scattering 
Fabrication of Microlens Arrays with Well-controlled Curvature by Liquid10.1002/adma.201104625
Trapping and Electrohydrodynamic Deformation in Microholes 
Can Nanotubes Make a Lens Array?10.1002/adma.201200296

This issue sees even more discoveries than before – which of these publications will be topping the charts when the next issue of Advanced Optical Materials is published? To submit your work to Advanced Optical Materials, see “Call for Papers” at www.advopticalmat.de/call-for-papers/. We look forward to reading your next manuscript, and weíll be back in November for the next installment of cutting-edge discoveries in light-matter interactions.

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