Special Issue "Advances in Nanoscale Optics"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Behrad Gholipour
Guest Editor
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Donadeo Innovation Centre for Engineering, University of Alberta, Canada
Interests: Nanophotonics/electronics; Metamaterials/Plasmonics

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The introduction of optical fibre networks in the 1980s along with the ongoing merger of optics and electronics has led to light becoming the major information carrier and manufacturing tool in 21st-century society. One cannot imagine modern life without the internet, telecommunication, data storage, additive/subtractive manufacturing, and modern display technologies. Essential to the evolution of these critical societal technology platforms is the ability to control light with high spatial, intensity, and temporal resolution. Subsequently controlling light on the nanoscale has become a major area of multidisciplinary research in the last decade and continues to grow at an exponential rate. Within this context, this Special Issue welcomes submissions on the following topics:

  • Novel materials and fabrication processes: Almost from its inception, the field of nanoscale optics has recognized and sought solutions to assorted obstacles and application-dependent challenges through the exploration of novel material systems and related fabrication processes. Current material platforms widely researched in the field now encompass chalcogenide semiconductors, conductive oxides, nitrides, superconductors, graphene, and other 2D materials, to name but a few.
  • Integrated optical devices: Optical fibres and silicon photonic technologies are the most mature, widely used photonic technology platforms in commercial use today. Therefore, the integration and utilization of future nanoscale optical devices aimed at combatting optical-electronic conversion losses, latency bottlenecks, and increasing energy consumption levels in current and emerging telecommunication architectures has become a growing pillar of this vibrant field.
  • Metamaterials, metadevices, and metasystems: From their emergence as a paradigm for engineering new passive electromagnetic properties such as a negative refractive index or perfect absorption, metamaterial concepts have extended rapidly to include a wealth of dynamic, switchable, tunable, reconfigurable, and nonlinear optical functionalities.

Prof. Dr. Behrad Gholipour
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • nanoscale optics
  • integrated optics
  • metamaterials
  • reconfigurable devices
  • silicon photonics
  • nonlinear optics
  • 2D materials
  • complex semiconductors

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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