Special Issue "Emerging Applications of Dielectric and Plasmonic Nanostructures: From Design to Fabrication"

A special issue of Electronics (ISSN 2079-9292). This special issue belongs to the section "Microelectronics".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2021).

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Gaetano Bellanca
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Guest Editor
Department of Engineering, University of Ferrara, 44122 Ferrara, Italy
Interests: numerical techniques for electromagnetics and optics; integrated optics; on-chip optical interconnection; photonic crystals; plasmonic nanoantennas
Dr. Giovanna Calò
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Guest Editor
Department of Electrical and Information Engineering, Polytechnic of Bari, 70125 Bari, Italy
Interests: plasmonic nanoantennas; on-chip optical interconnection; photonic crystals; linear and nonlinear optical devices; active periodic devices

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In recent years, dielectric and plasmonic nanostructures have been widely investigated thanks to their potential to enable a large number of applications in fields ranging from communication, bioscience, and quantum optics to sensing.  

Plasmonic nanostructures and nanoparticles allow enhancing light confinement and maximizing light–matter interactions at the nanoscale. Their integration with photonic components and/or with other materials and structures, such as semiconductors and quantum dots, is opening up new fields of application from signal processing to biosensing and optical tweezing. 

Dielectric nanostructures, based on high index-contrast materials, have enabled the implementation of miniaturized resonant or nonresonant components, which are basic building blocks not only for signal processing and routing, but also for sensing platforms. Exploiting periodicity, such as in photonic crystals and metasurfaces, enhanced light–matter interaction can be achieved.  

The aim of this Special Issue is to highlight the most recent developments of research on dielectric and plasmonic nanostructures and to promote cross-fertilization between different research fields. The topics covered include, but are not limited to, a wide range of research areas, either from the experimental or theoretical points of view, including numerical modeling, nanofabrication, and characterization.

Dr. Giovanna Calò
Dr. Gaetano Bellanca
Guest Editors

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  • Design, fabrication, and characterization of plasmonic and dielectric nanostructures
  • Dielectric and plasmonic components for interconnections
  • Photonic and plasmonic sensors
  • Optical tweezing
  • Novel optical fibers and fiber-based devices
  • Biophotonics
  • Silicon photonics, indium phosphide, silicon nitrate, and other technologies
  • Integrated and wireless optical networks
  • Photonic crystal devices
  • Metamaterials and metasurfaces

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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