Special Issue "Symmetries in Photonic Topological Insulators"

A special issue of Symmetry (ISSN 2073-8994). This special issue belongs to the section "Chemistry: Symmetry/Asymmetry".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2024 | Viewed by 99

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Yun Shen
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Guest Editor
Terahertz Physics and Equipment Laboratory, Nanchang University, Nanchang, China
Interests: metamaterials & metasurfaces; terahertz physics

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

A topological insulator supports some of the most fascinating properties for signal transport. It insulates in the bulk area but conducts along the edge and offers unprecedented robustness to defects and disorder, leading to advances in numerous research fields. As an extension of topological insulators from condensed matter physics, photonic topological insulators (PTIs) have been proposed and experimentally investigated from different approaches, analogous to the quantum Hall effect, quantum spin Hall effect, and quantum valley Hall effect. Generally, symmetry plays a crucial role in the study of PTIs, from their design to application. Various kinds of photonic devices with different functions can also be designed with the incorporation of symmetry, some of which might provide breakthroughs in their corresponding research fields.

In this Special Issue of Symmetry, we will focus on novel approaches, advanced technologies, and further applications in this field, as well as the consequences of the prevalent use of symmetry in theoretical and experimental studies on the design, fabrication, and application of PTIs. We welcome the submission of original research articles, reviews and communications on PTIs, which might be constructed by photonic crystals, metamaterials/metasurfaces, and related to symmetry or lack of symmetry.

Dr. Yun Shen
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • symmetry
  • photonic topological insulators
  • photonic crystals
  • metamaterials/metasurfaces

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