Special Issue "Spin Optoelectronics"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2016).
Dr. Christian Rinaldi
Spin-optoelectronics is a novel research area at the crossroads between the fundamental physics of quantum-mechanical spin, optoelectronics, and nanotechnology. Spin- and light-polarization effects in nanostructures, possibly involving the confinement of both charges and photons, are very appealing for the implementation of innovative optoelectronic systems. In particular, the coupling between the photon helicity and the spin angular momentum of electrons can be used for the magnetically controlled generation and detection of circularly polarized light, to be employed in systems exploiting the additional degree of freedom connected to the light polarization.
Multiple-state logic and novel communication protocols can be implemented based on the capability of manipulating and detecting the different polarization states of light pulses in integrated platforms without the use of external optical elements. In this framework, novel devices such as optical interconnects, optical switches, and modulators can be realized with reconfigurable functionality depending on the configuration of the magnetic electrodes embedded in the emitters and detectors of the polarized light. The information, ultimately carried out by the spin of electrons and photons, can be encoded in the confined spin state, manipulated at the nanoscale and redelivered in the form of polarized photons. Major future applications of such a novel approach comprise the areas of quantum computing and data-transmission cryptography based on the coherent interaction between qubits via photon-polarization effects.
We invite researchers to submit cutting-edge research articles describing and assessing spin-optoelectronic devices and related physics, as well as experiments, numerical methods and models, in order to provide a complete overview of the research activity in this fascinating multi-disciplinary field, at the crossroad between different disciplines such magnetism, spintronics, electronics and optics.
Potential topics include, but are not limited to:
- Optical spin orientation
- Spin photodiodes
- Spin LEDs
- Reconfigurable optoelectronic devices
- Semiconductor spintronics
Prof. R. Bertacco
Prof. M. Cantoni
Dr. C. Rinaldi
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