Special Issue "Nanomaterials: Ultrafast Optoelectronic Processes and Their Applications"

A special issue of Nanomaterials (ISSN 2079-4991). This special issue belongs to the section "Nanophotonics Materials and Devices".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2023 | Viewed by 184

Special Issue Editors

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Utah State University, Logan, UT 84322, USA
Interests: nanomaterials; light-matter interaction; nano-imaging; opto-electronic devices
Department of Physics and Materials Science, The University of Memphis, Memphis, TN 38152, USA
Interests: ultrafast spectroscopy; plasmonics; single-photon sources; nanomaterials; nonlinear optics

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to invite you to submit your original and review papers to this Special Issue of Nanomaterials focusing on ultrafast optical processes and the applications of nanomaterials.

Materials at low dimensional such as quantum dots, quantum wires, Van der Waals 2D materials, and conjugated molecules exhibit distinctive physical properties compared with their bulk counterparts. At a small dimension below the exciton Bohr radius, carrier–carrier interaction and light–matter interaction are significantly enhanced in the regime, namely, quantum confinement. Such strong quantum confinement in combination with ultrashort optical pulses results in many exotic physical properties, especially at a short time scale, including many-body interaction, phonon-bottleneck, multiple exciton generation, Auger interaction, enhanced emission rate, enhanced surface plasmonic resonance, lifting of the spin degeneracy and spin relaxation, quantum beating, and coherent oscillations.

Ultrafast optical spectroscopic techniques could reveal rich information on light–matter interaction at the nanoscale. With ultrashort light pulses, we can probe the dynamical motions of charges, spins, and lattices on femtosecond or even down to attosecond timescales. In addition, the nonlinear response of nanomaterials to intense laser fields induces various exotic phenomena, such as high harmonic generation, nonlinear magneto-electric nonlinearities, and materials phase transitions.

Those emerging properties at the nanoscale can lead to a vast number of applications in optoelectronics, spintronics, and flexible devices. That includes highly efficient light-emitting diodes, photodetectors, photovoltaics, photoresistors, and biophotonics, to name only a few.

This Special Issue highlights the recent advances in the study of ultrafast phenomena in nanomaterials, including 0D materials (molecules, quantum dots, and metal nanoparticles), 1D materials (CNTs, nanorods, nanowires, etc.), 2D materials (graphene, transition metal dichalcogenides, perovskites, Mxenes, etc.) and their applications enabling exotic properties. In addition, we would like to extend the topic to the area of light–matter interactions in nanomaterials assisted by optical nano/micro-cavities.

We welcome your contributions both in theoretical and experimental works to the above-related fields.

Dr. Minh Tuan Trinh
Dr. Thang B. Hoang
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • nanomaterials
  • quantum dots
  • 2D materials
  • 1D materials
  • ultrafast spectroscopy
  • light-matter interaction
  • ultrafast processes
  • plasmonic
  • opto-electronic devices
  • spintronics

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