Optical and Photonic Materials
A section of Materials (ISSN 1996-1944).
The section “Optical and Photonic Materials” provides a platform for original articles and comprehensive reviews exploring all aspects of fundamental science and applied research that relates to materials used for optics and photonics. This is a dynamically developing area of knowledge and technology in need of new materials with unique properties. Since 2009, several Nobel Prizes in physics and chemistry have been awarded for research in this area:
2009—For groundbreaking achievements concerning the transmission of light in fibers for optical communication (Charles Kuen Kao); for the invention of an imaging semiconductor circuit—the CCD sensor (Willard S. Boyle and George E. Smith).
2010—For groundbreaking experiments involving two-dimensional material graphene (Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov).
2011—For the discovery of quasicrystals (Dan Shechtman).
2014—For the invention of efficient blue light-emitting diodes, which has enabled bright and energy-saving white light sources (Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano and Shuji Nakamura); for the development of super-resolved fluorescence microscopy” (Eric Betzig, Stefan W. Hell and William E. Moerner).
2018—For groundbreaking inventions in the field of laser physics, for optical tweezers and their application to biological systems (Arthur Ashkin), and for their method of generating high-intensity, ultra-short optical pulses (Gérard Mourou and Donna Strickland).
2022—For experiments with entangled photons, establishing the violation of Bell inequalities and pioneering quantum information science (Alain Aspect, John F. Clauser and Anton Zeilinger).
Optics and photonics refer to all methodologies and technologies that use photons over the entire spectrum from X-ray, ultraviolet, visible, and infrared, to the terahertz range, and their interaction with a variety of materials. Advanced and intelligent materials are needed to ensure the outstanding properties of light sources, light delivery devices, mirrors, fibers, and efficient laser active media. Relevant methods and instruments are widely used for precise processing of all types of materials, involving well-known and widely used technologies such as photolithography, laser printing, and laser engraving.
As part of photonics, biophotonics stimulates accelerated progress in medicine and biotechnology. This important technology arose at the junction of the most innovative developments of the last century, including photonics, biotechnology, and nanotechnology. This evolving interdisciplinary field covers the optical technologies used in life sciences and medicine. Special, new, and biocompatible materials for implants, tissue phantoms, cell printing, cell labeling, light delivery, etc., must be extensively researched by physicists, chemists, engineers, biologists, and medical doctors, among other scientific professionals.
Topics of interest for this section include (but are not limited to) materials for:
Optical engineering; optoelectronics; nanophotonics; biophotonics; acoustooptics; thermal photonics; photoelectric devices; photocatalytic applications; luminescence applications; photoluminescence; organic and polymeric thin films; solar cells; photonic sensors and implants; photovoltaics; memristive devices; terahertz devices; nonlinear optics; photonic devices; light-emitting devices; photosensitizers and photosensitive systems; optical fibers; structured waveguides; lasers; luminescent detectors; transformers of ionizing radiation; optical metasurfaces and metamaterials; optical imaging and detection.
Topical Advisory Panel
Following special issues within this section are currently open for submissions:
- Manufacturing and Applications of 2D Photoelectric Materials and Devices (Deadline: 10 October 2023)
- Advanced Materials for Biophotonics Applications (Volume II) (Deadline: 20 October 2023)
- Advanced Composite and Laser-Processed Glasses for Optoelectronic and Photonic Applications (Deadline: 20 October 2023)
- Advanced Optical Materials: Design, Fabrication, Measurement and Application (Deadline: 20 November 2023)
- Optical Imaging and Detection Applied in Characterizing Material Properties (Deadline: 20 November 2023)
- Formation, Characterization and Optical Properties of Crystals (Deadline: 20 November 2023)
- Synthesis and Application of Advanced Optical and Optoelectronic Functional Materials (Deadline: 20 November 2023)
- III-V Semiconductor Optoelectronics: Materials and Devices (Deadline: 10 December 2023)
- Advances in Fluorescent Materials (Deadline: 20 December 2023)
- The 15th Anniversary of Materials—Recent Advances in Optical and Photonic Materials (Deadline: 31 December 2023)
- Recent Insights into Organic Light Emitting Materials and Devices (Deadline: 10 January 2024)
- Advanced Materials for Optical and Luminescence Applications (Deadline: 10 January 2024)
- Design and Fabrication of Organic Light-Emitting Materials and Devices (Deadline: 20 January 2024)
- Photonic Sensor Materials: Properties and Applications (Deadline: 20 January 2024)
- Thermal Photonic Metamaterials (Deadline: 20 January 2024)
- Luminescent Properties of Advanced Materials (Deadline: 20 January 2024)
- Advanced Photocatalytic Material: Synthesis, Characterization and Application (Deadline: 10 February 2024)
- Acousto-Optical Spectral Technologies (2nd Edition) (Deadline: 20 February 2024)
- Design and Applications of Terahertz Metamaterials (Deadline: 10 March 2024)
- Advances of Photoelectric Functional Materials and Devices (Deadline: 10 March 2024)
- Liquid Crystals and Other Partially Disordered Molecular (Deadline: 10 March 2024)
- Opto/Electronics Materials and Devices Applied for Telecommunications (Deadline: 10 March 2024)
- Research on New Optoelectronic Materials and Devices (Deadline: 20 March 2024)
- Recent Progress in Nanomaterials for Optoelectronics (Deadline: 20 March 2024)
- Advances in Optoelectronic Functional Crystals: Crystal Growth, Properties, Evaluation and Applications (Deadline: 20 March 2024)
- Luminescent Nanomaterials for Imaging and Sensing (Deadline: 20 March 2024)
- Electronic and Optical Properties of Heterostructures (2nd Edition) (Deadline: 10 April 2024)
- Advancements in Optical Materials and Photonic Device Technologies (Deadline: 10 April 2024)
- Advances in Multimaterial Fibers and Devices (Deadline: 20 April 2024)
- Design of Luminescent Functional Organic Materials (Deadline: 20 September 2024)
Following topical collection within this section is currently open for submissions: