Trends and Prospects on Nonlinear Optics with Symmetry/Asymmetry

A special issue of Symmetry (ISSN 2073-8994). This special issue belongs to the section "Physics".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 April 2024 | Viewed by 94

Special Issue Editor

Qingdao Key Laboratory of Terahertz Technology, College of Electronic and Information Engineering, Shandong University of Science and Technology, Qingdao 266590, China
Interests: optical sensing and precision measurement; micro optics; nano optics; optics devices

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The field of nonlinear optics investigates the behavior of light–matter interactions under intense light conditions, enabling a deeper understanding of the fundamental principles governing nonlinear optical phenomena. Two distinct approaches in nonlinear optics research are asymmetric and symmetric studies, which provide valuable insights into the complex nature of these interactions.

Asymmetric studies in nonlinear optics involve the investigation of systems or materials that possess inherent asymmetry or exhibit asymmetric responses to light. This asymmetry can arise from various factors, such as the structural arrangement, electronic properties, or optical configurations of the materials. By analyzing the asymmetric aspects, researchers aim to comprehend phenomena such as optical chirality, polarization-dependent responses, and asymmetric energy transfer processes. These studies have significant implications in areas such as optical signal processing, sensing, and enhanced light–matter interactions.

On the other hand, symmetric studies focus on exploring the behavior of symmetric systems and materials under nonlinear optical conditions. Symmetry plays a crucial role in governing the generation and manipulation of optical signals. By carefully designing symmetric optical structures or using materials with symmetric properties, researchers can achieve enhanced nonlinear effects, frequency conversion, and phase matching. Symmetric studies in nonlinear optics are particularly relevant for applications in optical communication, laser technology, and quantum optics.

Both asymmetric and symmetric studies on nonlinear optics contribute to our collective knowledge by providing a comprehensive understanding of the underlying principles and mechanisms governing light–matter interactions. These studies pave the way for the development of advanced optical devices, novel material platforms, and cutting-edge applications in fields such as telecommunications, biophotonics, and quantum information processing.

Prof. Dr. Yandong Peng
Guest Editor

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  • asymmetry nonlinear optics
  • symmetry nonlinear optics
  • optical phenomena
  • nanoscale manipulation
  • plasmonic nanoparticles
  • metamaterials
  • group theory
  • crystals
  • molecules
  • optical materials
  • lasers
  • optical modulators
  • frequency converters

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