Optical Materials Express Feature issue

Photonic Materials for THz Light Control

Submission Opens: 1 May 2023
Submission Deadline: 1 June 2023

The frequency range between 0.1 and 10 THz, the so-called TeraHertz gap, holds promise for a myriad of applications such as high-speed communication, nondestructive testing, medical imaging and remote sensing. New materials have been engineered to realize high-power solid-state THz sources like quantum cascade lasers, and to achieve ultrabroadband emission (e.g., spintronic emitters). Also, the advent of metasurfaces has provided an efficient and compact platform for the manipulation of THz light. This progress in materials underpins today’s high-performance spectroscopy and imaging systems that enable the characterization and optimization of new materials for the next generation of THz technology.

This feature issue will highlight recent advances in materials, including metamaterials, for the development of THz technology. It will also cover the latest progress in understanding systems that have characteristic lifetimes in the picosecond region and energetic transitions in the meV range matching THz time and energy scale, even if those systems are not intended for THz applications; these systems include semiconductors and biomolecules. Submissions on advanced devices (e.g., sources, detectors, cameras, etc.) and systems (e.g., spectrometers and microscopes) for THz science and engineering, as well as contributions that focus on new devices, characterization, performance, modelling and synthesis of materials are welcome.

Topics to be covered include but are not limited to:

  • THz metamaterials and photonic crystals
  • Semiconductors and 2D materials
  • THz spin dynamics
  • THz properties of materials used in additive manufacturing
  • Ultrafast measurements (spectroscopy and microscopy)
  • THz metrology
  • THz spectroscopy of gases, liquids, and solids
  • High-field THz wave generation and nonlinear THz physics
  • THz sources, detectors, receivers and systems

Manuscripts must be prepared according to the usual guidelines for submission to Optical Materials Express and must be submitted online through the Prism submission system. When submitting, authors should specify that the manuscript is for the "Photonic Materials for THz Light Control" feature issue (choose from the drop-down menu).

Feature Issue Guest Editors
Miguel Navarro Cía, University of Birmingham, UK (Lead Editor)
Juliette Mangeney, Laboratoire de Physique de l'Ecole Normale Supérieure, ENS, Université PSL, NRS, Sorbonne Université, Université de Paris, France
Silvia Motti, University of Southampton, UK
Teun-Teun Kim, University of Ulsan, South Korea
Igal Brener, Sandia National Labs, USA