Special Issue "Structured Optical Surfaces and Interfaces, Fabrication and Characterization"

A special issue of Micromachines (ISSN 2072-666X). This special issue belongs to the section "D:Materials and Processing".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2021) | Viewed by 417

Special Issue Editor

Department of Physics & Optical Science, The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, 9201 University City Boulevard, Charlotte, NC 28223, USA
Interests: spectroscopy; diffractive micro-optical elements; photo-lithographic fabrication processes applied to wafer-scale micro-optics; applications of micro-optics in laser cavities and devices; artificial optical surfaces and coatings

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The engineering of optical surfaces and interfaces has radically changed optoelectronic device technology since the late 1980s. Optical surface design is no longer limited to the delivery of images or power, attempting to control wavefront aberrations or Fresnel effects; it now includes complex wavefront manipulation and unconventional power re-direction, sometimes along only “thin” surface regions of single substrates. What is considerably different from those early days is optical structured-surface fabrication and the ever-increasing sophistication in testing and characterization of optical interface performance. This evolution in optical surface structuring started with the application of electronic microlithographic fabrication processes to optical-grade substrates, and has presently expanded to include novel additive and subtractive techniques, on optical substrates too numerous to list. Device structured interfaces, from diffractive-couplers, to guided-resonant high-power mirrors, to planar photonic crystals and metamaterial surfaces, to ultra-sensitive absorbers, to deterministic diffusers, are now more diverse and optoelectronic system architectures have come to rely on them more than ever. The unending demand for miniaturization of functional systems is driving greater challenges for structured optical elements, with surface and interface engineering at the center. Sophisticated designs and rigorous computational modeling provide direction for technological evolution, with optical surface fabrication and characterization providing component realization, one surface at a time.

It is my pleasure to invite your contributions to this Special Issue, seeking to collect research papers and review articles that focus on the following: (1) fabrication and, (2) characterization of optical structured surfaces and interfaces; including evolutionary, disruptive, revolutionary, and incremental techniques and methods.

Prof. Dr. Menelaos K. Poutous
Guest Editor

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  • micro- and nano-structured optical surfaces
  • bio-mimetic optical structures
  • layered metamaterials
  • surface hierarchical structures
  • optical nano-surface fabrication
  • plasmonic and photonic nanopillars
  • nanorod arrays
  • nanosphere optical layers
  • lithographic nano/micro-fabrication
  • optical surface modification
  • subwavelength diffractive optics
  • surface holograms
  • nano-imprinting lithography
  • optical surface characterization
  • metamaterial absorbers
  • functional optical surfaces

Published Papers

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