2014 celebrates the 50th year of publication for the IET’s internationally renowned, rapid communication journal, Electronics Letters. This peer-reviewed journal has a broad and interdisciplinary scope which focuses on the latest advances in all electronic engineering related fields including communications, photonics, energy sustainability and biomedical technology.
Publishing every two weeks, Electronics Letters also provides further insight into some of the latest developments through feature articles and author interviews.
Over the last five decades Electronics Letters has published over 43,000 papers and throughout this time the scope of the journal has evolved to reflect changes and advances in the field, allowing the journal to continually publish the latest research from 1965 to the present day.
Follow the links to read the full papers in the IET Digital Library.
1965: The first issue of Electronics Letters presents a discussion of colour television system parameters. UK researchers argue that the present system is too complicated, particularly when looking forward to the possibility of a unified European carrier-modulation and to a time when picture quality is not limited by instrumentation inadequacies.
1975: The translinear principle is defined by Barrie Gilbert, introducing the world to translinear circuits and elements. The principle allows exponential current-voltage transistor circuits – such as CMOS and BJTs – to operate as multipliers or amplifiers, and also provides more effective analysis of such circuits.
Lighter and faster
1985: The first all-silicon integrated optical components are developed by US researchers, creating the world of silicon photonics. Optical interconnects have a significant effect on the speed of communications systems and the possibilities for monolithic integration of optics and microelectronics.
1999: Researchers at Bell Labs in the US describe a simplified version of the BLAST detection algorithm, known as vertical BLAST, or V-BLAST. Using their laboratory prototype, they effectively eliminate interference caused by successive issuers, with spectral efficiencies as high as 40bit/s/Hz in an indoor environment.
Covering the field
2000: In the new millennium, Electronics Letters continues to offer multi-application research, with Amnon Yariv providing universal relations for coupling of optical power between microresonators and dielectric waveguides. By considering a generic dielectric waveguide coupled to a ring resonator, he describes the fundamental working equations for a vast range of devices.