Special Issue "Optics of 2D Materials: Fundamentals 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: closed (20 August 2020) | Viewed by 2771

Special Issue Editors

1. SDU Nano Optics, University of Southern Denmark, Mads Clausen Institute, Campusvej 55, DK-5230 Odense M, Denmark
2. Centre for Photonics and 2D Materials, Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (State University), Institutsky Lane 9, 141700 Dolgoprudny, Russia
Interests: graphene; 2D materials and van der Waals heterostructures; novel optical materials; bio-sensing technology; linear and nonlinear nano-optics; plasmonics (including plasmonic and optical interconnects); scanning near-field optical microscopy; integrated and fiber optics; functional graphene-based devices
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1. Donostia International Physics Center (DIPC), Manuel Lardizabal Ibilbidea, 4, 20018 Donostia-San Sebastian, Spain
2. IKERBASQUE, Basque Foundation for Science, 48013 Bilbao, Spain
Interests: wave phenomena; polaritons in 2D materials and metamaterials (particularly in atomically-thick van der Waals structures); hyperbolic light; theory for near-field optical microscopy
School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Manchester, Manchester M13 9PL, UK
Interests: graphene; 2D materials and van der Waals heterostructures; molecular transport; two-dimensional channels; nanofluidics; novel optical materials; optical biosensors; surface plasmon resonance; plasmonics; integrated optics

Special Issue Information

Dear colleagues,

Since the first isolation of graphene, two-dimensional (2D) materials have been the subject of intense research. With the development of the synthesis/fabrication methodology, structure characterization, and functionality modification, a new era of 2D materials has begun, with a huge number of publications in the last few years dealing with the applications of 2D materials in a variety of areas. Most recently, increasing research efforts into 2D materials have been projected toward the optical phenomena within them, which are of interest not only from a fundamental scientific point of view but are also fascinating for various potential optoelectronic applications and technologies, covering a very wide spectral range from microwave to ultraviolet.

This Special Issue aims to bring together detailed studies and high-quality papers from the field of the optical properties of 2D materials and van der Waals heterostructures. We would like to bring together experiments and theorists to review the current status of this burgeoning field and to identify the crucial areas where progress can be made. Accepted contributions will include fundamental optical properties (experiments, theory and simulations) and novel applications of 2D materials at the forefront of scientific knowledge (optical sensors, THz technologies, flexible optoelectronics, energy harvesting and storage, biomedical, thermal management and others).

Prof. Dr. Valentyn S. Volkov
Dr. Alexey Y. Nikitin
Dr. Yury V. Stebunov
Guest Editors

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  • Graphene
  • van der Waals materials
  • 2D materials
  • plasmons
  • excitons
  • phonons
  • polaritons
  • atomically-thick layers
  • ultra-thin films
  • meta-surfaces
  • THz technologies
  • optical sensors
  • novel optical materials

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Conventional Soliton and Noise-Like Pulse Generated in an Er-Doped Fiber Laser with Carbon Nanotube Saturable Absorbers
Appl. Sci. 2020, 10(16), 5536; https://doi.org/10.3390/app10165536 - 11 Aug 2020
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Conventional soliton (CS) and noise-like pulse (NLP) are two different kinds of pulse regimes in ultrafast fiber lasers, which have many intense applications. In this article, we experimentally demonstrate that the pulse regime of an Er-doped fiber laser could be converted between conventional [...] Read more.
Conventional soliton (CS) and noise-like pulse (NLP) are two different kinds of pulse regimes in ultrafast fiber lasers, which have many intense applications. In this article, we experimentally demonstrate that the pulse regime of an Er-doped fiber laser could be converted between conventional soliton and noise-like pulse by using fast response saturable absorbers (SA) made from different layers of single-wall carbon nanotubes (CNT). For the monolayer (ML) single-wall CNT-SA, CS with pulse duration of 439 fs at 1560 nm is achieved while for the bilayer (BL) single-wall CNT, NLP at 1560 nm with a 1.75 ps spike and a 98 ps pedestal is obtained. The transition mechanism from CS to NLP is investigated by analyzing the optical characteristics of ML and BL single-wall CNT. The further theoretical simulation illustrates that CNT-SA enables the switching between CS and NLP in anomalous dispersion regime in Er-doped fiber lasers. Full article
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