Special Issue "Liquid Crystal THz Photonics: Materials, Devices and Applications"

A special issue of Applied Sciences (ISSN 2076-3417). This special issue belongs to the section "Optics and Lasers".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2018

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Ci-Ling Pan

Department of Physics, National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu 30013, Taiwan
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Interests: ultrafast, liquid crystal and THz photonics; laser science and applications

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Terahertz (THz) science and technology have advanced significantly over the last three decades. Applications are abundant in topics such as material characterization, data communication, biomedicine, 3D imaging, and environmental surveillance. These developments were hampered somewhat as crucial quasi-optic components, such as phase shifters, modulators, attenuators, polarizers, waveguides, beam splitters and deflectors in the THz range, are still relatively underdeveloped.

Recently, a number of tunable THz devices employing liquid crystals (LCs) have attracted considerable attention. Partly, the unexpected large birefringence of liquid crystals and low attenuation in the THz frequency range is responsible for the realization of such advances. Specially designed liquid crystals with the above-mentioned desirable characteristics have been reported lately. The response time of liquid crystal THz photonic devices typically much slower than similar devices for the visible. Continuing research development is essential.

In this Special Issue, recent advances in the field of liquid crystal THz photonics are presented. Topics include the optical properties of liquid crystals in the THz frequency range, design and synthesis of liquid crystals for THz applications, THz liquid crystal devices with liquid crystal enabled functionalities and their applications. Novel approaches with combination of liquid crystals and engineered materials such as metamaterials and photonic crystals are also covered.

Prof. Dr. Ci-Ling Pan
Guest Editor

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  • liquid crystal
  • nematic
  • isotropic
  • lyotropic
  • ferroelectric
  • birefringence
  • absorption
  • terahertz
  • far-infrared
  • millimeter wave
  • optics
  • phase shifter
  • photonics
  • optical and photonic devices (polarizer, grating, beam deflector, filter, spatial light modulator)

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission, see below for planned papers.

Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Authors: Dr. Chan-Shan Yang and his group
Affiliation: Department of Physics, National Tsing Hua University, No. 101, Section 2, Kuang-Fu Road, Hsinchu 30013, Taiwan

Authors: Prof. Ci-Ling Pan and his group
Affiliation: Department of Physics, National Tsing Hua University, No. 101, Section 2, Kuang-Fu Road, Hsinchu 30013, Taiwan

Authors: Dr. Makoto Nakajima and his group
Affiliation: Institute of Laser Engineering, Osaka University, Suita, Osaka 5650871, Japan

Authors: Dr. Ryouta Ito and his group
Affiliation: Department of Electronics and Information Systems, Akita Prefectural University, Tsuchiya , Yurihonjo, Akita, Japan

Authors: Prof. Toshiaki Nose and his group
Affiliation: Faculty of Systems Science and Technology, Akita Prefectural University, Yurihonjyo 015-0055, Japan

Authors: Dr. Lei Wang and his group
Affiliation: School of Optoelectronic Engineering, Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications, Nanjing 210023, China

Authors: Dr. Boris Lambricov and his group
Affiliation: Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Electronics, Holon Institute of Technology, 52 Golomb Str., P.O.B. 305, Holon 58102, Israel

Authors: Dr. Guoqiang Li and his group
Affiliation: Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43212, USA

Authors: D Prof. Wei Hu and his group
Affiliation: National Laboratory of Solid State Microstructures, College of Engineering and Applied Sciences and Collaborative Innovation Center of Advanced Microstructures, Nanjing UniversityNanjing, China

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