Special Issue "Plasmonics and Nano-Optics from UV to THz: Materials and Applications"

A special issue of Nanomaterials (ISSN 2079-4991). This special issue belongs to the section "Nanophotonics: Characterization, Modelling, and Nanodevices".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Fernando Moreno
Guest Editor
Department of Applied Physics (Group of Optics), Faculty of Sciences, Universidad de Cantabria, Avda. de los Castros s/n. 39005 Santander, Spain
Interests: Light scattering; Wave propagation; Plasmonics; Nanomaterials; Nano-Optics; Biosensing; Optical spectroscopies
Dr. Yael Gutiérrez
Guest Editor
Department of Applied Physics, University of Cantabria, Avda. Los Castros, s/n., 39005 Santander, Spain
Interests: Plasmonics; Nano-Optics; Nanomaterials; Photocatalysis
Prof. Francisco González
Guest Editor
Department of Applied Physics, University of Cantabria, Avda. Los Castros, s/n., 39005 Santander, Spain
Interests: Light scattering; Plasmonics; Optical spectroscopies; Color; Biosensing
Prof. Maria Losurdo
Guest Editor
Institute of Nanotechnology, CNR-NANOTEC, Via Orabona 4, 70126 Bari, Italy
Interests: Nanomaterials; Nanofabrication; Optical spectroscopies; Photocatalysis; Energy harvesting and storage; Nanophotonics; Plasmonics; Biosensing and their applications

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The study of light–matter interactions at the nanoscale has attracted the attention of researchers for the last two decades, giving rise to a new discipline: Nano-optics. The control of light at the diffraction limit, or even below it, is inside their main study goals. Passive plasmonic nanostructures made of metals (and in combination with dielectrics and/or semiconductors) have provided new practical and efficient tools that have enabled endless possibilities in many different and complementary fields such as matter analysis, optical communications, photocatalysis, biology, medicine, metamaterials, etc. With the evolution of this blooming field, not only metals but also nanostructures made of dielectrics with a high refractive index and low losses (like many semiconductors at the VIS-NIR ranges) have been studied. They have been shown to be highly efficient in governing the directionality of scattered light and building new materials whose optical properties can be selected “à la carte” (chirality, for instance). In light of recent technological developments, new trends in nano-optics aim to go beyond passive plasmonic platforms, resulting in the dawn of active plasmonics. This new field focuses in the study of new plasmonic systems with a reconfigurable optical response controlled by external stimulus.

This Special Issue is intended to gather among others, recent research results on resonant phenomena in nanostructures made of metals and/or dielectrics for applications in nano-optics, with a special emphasis on plasmonics with transdimensional materials whose phase can be controlled in a wide spectral range with low losses and fast response. The main goal is building multifunctional and reconfigurable optical devices (multiservice antennas, all-optical switches, etc.). Part of the results contained in this Special Issue will be framed in our recent EC granted H2020-FETOPEN project PHEMTRONICS (#899598).

Prof. Fernando Moreno
Dr. Yael Gutiérrez
Prof. Francisco González
Prof. Maria Losurdo
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Plasmonic materials
  • Phase-change materials
  • Surface-enhanced spectroscopy (SERS, SERRS, TERS ...)
  • Photocatalysis
  • Reconfigurable plasmonics
  • Chiral plasmonics
  • Metasurfaces
  • Nanofabrication and material synthesis
  • Computational optical properties

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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