Special Issue "Active Plasmonics with Liquid Crystals"
A special issue of Nanomaterials (ISSN 2079-4991).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2020.
CNR-Lab. Licryl, Institute NANOTEC, Arcavacata di Rende, 87036, Italy
Interests: plasmonics; liquid crystals; optics; biomaterials; optical components; nanomedicine
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Interests: hybrid plasmonic - soft matter systems, liquid crystals, nonlinear optics, nanomaterials, photoactive organic films
Plasmonic nanoparticles (NPs)—including gold and silver—have attracted a considerable attention in the past decade because of the possibility to confine a strong electromagnetic field at the nanoscale through a physical phenomenon called localized plasmonic resonance (LPR), a coherent and dipolar oscillation of the free electrons localized at the metallic/dielectric interface. The LPR frequency can be tuned from the visible to the near-infrared regions of the electromagnetic spectrum by carefully varying the NPs size, shape, composition, and dielectric function of the medium surrounding the NPs. Liquid crystals (LCs) are smart anisotropic fluids which are responsive to several external stimuli, such as electric/magnetic/optical fields and temperature variations. LCs combined with NPs enable the possibility to conceive novel active plasmonic architectures with reconfigurable optical parameters. In this framework, LCs have been used as reconfigurable hosts or surrounding media for realizing several active controls of plasmonic properties. As such, particular examples are isolated NPs dispersed in LCs and nanotechnology-inspired platforms layered with LCs. In this context, the present Special Issue is seeking both original and review papers addressing the most recent developments in the field of liquid crystal based plasmonics. Suitable topics include but are not limited to:
Plasmonic nanoparticles dispersed in liquid crystals;
Self-assembly of plasmonic nanoparticles in liquid crystalline materials;
Synthesis of liquid crystals with embedded plasmonic nanoparticles;
Themo-plasmonics with liquid crystals;
Plasmonic architectures layered with liquid crystals.
Dr. Luciano De Sio
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- liquid crystals
- optical devices