Special Issue "Photonic Crystals and Their Applications"

Daniel Ho, Mike Taverne, John G. Rarity

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Dear Colleagues,

An atomic crystal is formed from a periodic and systematic arrangement of atoms within which electrons feel a periodic potential. This leads to wave vector-specific electronic band structures and is the origin of electronic bandgaps in semiconductor materials. Similarly, in a photonic crystal, the dielectric function varies periodically, leading to photonic band structures. Thus, light can be manipulated by such a structure when its periodicity is comparable to the wavelength of interest.

Since 1987, when photonic crystals were first considered for the strong localization of photons and modification of spontaneous emission by atoms, research on photonic crystals has become one of the most intensely studied subjects.

Photonic crystals have myriad applications in photonics, optomechanics, optoelectronics, signal processing, and quantum technologies ranging from the generation of photons (single-photon sources and lasers), through to their manipulation (waveguiding, beam splitting, filters, spin-photon entanglement) and detection (single-photon detectors) as well as the detection of other changes (gas sensors, biosensors). Their potential to reduce energy losses and increase lasing and energy-harvesting efficiencies could help make technologies more sustainable and ecological.

We invite researchers to contribute to the Special Issue on “Photonic Crystals and Their Applications”, which is intended to serve as a unique multidisciplinary forum covering broad aspects of the science, technology, and application of artificially structured photonic bandgap materials.

The potential topics include, but are not limited to:

-Design and simulation of novel photonic structures and nanophotonic devices;

-Fabrication of novel photonic micro‐ and nanostructures;

-Characterization of photonic crystal structures by angle-resolved light scattering techniques and other advanced techniques;

-Exploitation of the remarkable properties of photonic bandgap materials in various emerging applications.

Dr. Daniel Ho
Dr. Mike Taverne
Prof. John Rarity
Guest Editors
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages2
Publication statusPublished - 3 Mar 2021


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