Special Issue "Symmetry and Asymmetry in Nano-Optics, Nano-Photonics and Optomechanics: Theory, Applications, and Reviews"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2023 | Viewed by 496

Special Issue Editors

Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE), Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), 2 Fusionopolis Way, Singapore 138634, Singapore
Interests: near-field optics; NSOM; SNOM; Raman; 2D materials; nonlinear optics; quantum optics; artificial intelligence (AI)
Department of Mechanical Engineering, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Interests: haptics; human-machine mechanical interface; sensors and actuators for wearable electronics; tribology; cross-scale and multi-physics modeling; application of artificial intelligence
School of Optoelectronic Engineering and Instrumentation Science, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian, China
Interests: near-field optics; NSOM; interferometry; structured light; Raman; 2D materials quantum optics

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Symmetry and asymmetry are everywhere in the rapidly developed nano-optics, nano-photonics and optomechanics. Photonic crystals, for example, the artificial superlattice with C4 or C6 symmetry can support Fano resonance with ultra-high-Quality factors (Q-factor) or even bound state in the continuum (BIC) with theoretically infinite Q-factors and have demonstrated the applications in nano-lasing, high sensitivity sensors, beam steering, enhance light-matter-interaction, etc. Exploring the symmetry or asymmetry in artificial materials (including artificial superlattice) leads to new physics. For example, by breaking the inverse symmetry or C2 symmetry of the unit cell of a photonics crystal with C4 lattice symmetry, chirality can be induced. In optomechanics, symmetry and asymmetry are playing important roles as well. Light-driven motors, which are made of helix structures with Cx (x = 3, 4 or 6) symmetry, can convert spin moments to orbital moments via spin-obit coupling leading to rotation motion.

In this Special Issue of Symmetry, we invite research articles and reviews in the fields of nano-optics, nano-photonics, and optomechanics with a special focus on symmetry- and asymmetry-related exploration. This includes, but is not limited to, manipulating, characterizing and engineering photons in nanoscale, light-matter-interactions, photonic crystals, sensors, optical vortex, resonances, and machine learning applications in nano-optics and nano-photonics.

Dr. Xuezhi Ma
Dr. Yuan Ma
Prof. Dr. Qiushi Liu
Guest Editors

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  • nanophotonics
  • nano-optics
  • optomechanics
  • quantum-optics
  • artificial materials
  • chirality
  • light-matter-interactions
  • artificial intelligence (AI)

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