Special Issue "Symmetry in Optical Semiconductors"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2024 | Viewed by 256

Special Issue Editor

Institute for Physics of Microstructures, 603950 Nizhny Novgorod, Russia
Interests: laser; silicon; terahertz radiation; stimulated emission; lasing threshold

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The search for symmetry manifestation in light–matter interactions is one of the most popular and powerful ways to study semiconductor materials. Traditionally, both theoretical and experimental investigations usually include the relationship between crystal structure with interbands and lattice absorption, as well as Raman scattering. The embedding of shallow or deep impurities in particular semiconductors leads to different additional optical properties, including absorption lines and bands in the far- and mid-infrared range. External perturbtions, such as magnetic and electric fields and uniaxial strain, can result in additional polarization effects and the appearance of some spectral features in absorption. The data obtained have given rise to different fields of applications, e.g., optoelectronics and laser physics. Due to the extensive research carried out by scholars, the development of new types of optical semiconductors creates new challenges and opens up new opportunities. We are pleased to invite researchers to share their original and high-quality research articles to contribute new knowledge about the influence of crystal symmetry on the optical properties of semiconductors. Potential topics include, but are not limited to, the following: 

  • Theoretical consideration and symmetry group analysis of various optical semiconductors;
  • Optical properties of semiconductors with different types of crystal structures;
  • Selection rules in the processes of absorption, radiation and scattering (in particular, Raman scattering);
  • Symmetry of optical properties of new optical semiconductor materials;
  • Influence of external disturbances, such as magnetic and electric fields and deformation, on the symmetry of optical properties;
  • Optical properties of defects in semiconductors.

Dr. R. Kh. Zhukavin
Guest Editor

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  • symmetry
  • optical properties
  • selection rules
  • Raman scattering
  • polarization effects
  • strain effects
  • magneto-optics
  • novel optical semiconductors
  • optical symmetry of defects
  • breaking or lowering symmetry
  • symmetry in low-dimensional optical semiconductors

Published Papers

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