Special Issue "Nano-Opto-Mechanics"

A special issue of Materials (ISSN 1996-1944). This special issue belongs to the section "Optics and Photonics".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Alexander Shalin
Guest Editor
ITMO University, Department of Nano-Photonics and Metamaterials, Saint Petersburg, Russia
Interests: optomechanics, optical manipulation nanophotonics, metasurfaces

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Opto-mechanics—the field of science studying mechanical action of light on material bodies—possesses grandiose fundamental significance and drives a variety of practical applications in physics, biology, and medicine. Optical micromanipulators, first introduced by A. Ashkin (the 2018 Nobel Prize winner), paved the way to efficient, non-invasive control over particles dynamics via focused laser beams. This investigation started the era of ‘optical tweezers’.

Recently, advances in opto-electronic and nano-technologies have boosted the development of opto-mechanics, providing cutting-edge abilities in manipulation on micro- and nano-scales. For example, holographic optical tweezers enable simultaneous manipulation of hundreds of particles; tractor beams provide additional degrees of freedom by attracting objects to a source of illumination; plasmonic tweezers mediate subwavelength self-organisation of particles and their enhanced trapping; and plenty of other systems flexibly govern complex nano-structures.

Therefore, the main research focus of the ‘Nano-Opto-Mechanics’ Special Issue is on up-to-date fundamental opto-mechanical phenomena; novel types of optical manipulators; optically driven micro- and nano-mechanical devices (NOMS); auxiliary structures for tweezing, optical binding, and optical matter; applications of optomechanics in bio-physics and bio-medicine; etc. Authors are encouraged to contact me or the Editorial Office, to publish their valuable original papers in this well-timed thematic Issue.

Prof. Alexander Shalin
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • optomechanics
  • optical tweezers
  • binding
  • plasmonic tweezers
  • tractor beams
  • holographic tweezers
  • nano-optomechanical devices

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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