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Applied Optics and Optical Materials Express Feature Announcement

Hybrid Organic-Inorganic Materials for Novel Photonic Applications

Submission Deadline: 15 December 2012

It is well-known that many natural materials consist of inorganic and organic building blocks where the inorganic part provides mechanical strength and an overall structure to the natural objects, while the organic part delivers bonding between the inorganic building blocks and/or the soft tissue. The most obvious advantage of inorganic-organic hybrids is that they can favorably combine the often dissimilar properties of organic and inorganic components in one material. The study of such materials has encouraged many materials researchers to use a biomimetic approach to artificially manufacture many novel materials for use in applications such as scratch-resistant coatings, dental fillings, fire-retardants, super-capacitors and energy production and storage devices, etc. Electro-optical applications of hybrids include light-emitting diodes, photodiodes, solar cells, sensors (including plasmonic and bio-sensors), field-effect transistors, efficient nonlinear optical devices; other novel optical applications include organic-inorganic based meta and plasmonic materials for imaging and sensing.

Hybridization of organic and inorganic materials also opens up yet another new and exciting area in applied optics where surface charges originating from an inorganic layer change the optical properties of an adjacent organic layer (bulk materials and nanoparticles) or vice versa. Areas of interest include the different mechanisms by which inorganic substrates generate localized and bulk electromagnetic fields, the interaction between surface fields (or fields localized at the surface) and adjacent liquid crystal layers, and the interaction between liquid crystals and inorganic ferroelectric/ferromagnetic and metallic nanoparticles. Devices exploring these phenomena may find applications in optical beam coupling, optical switches, optical bio-sensors, spatial filters, beam shaping, displays, and hybridized light valve technologies.

In light of the rapid progress in this area, we are announcing a joint Feature Issue in Applied Optics and Optical Materials Express entitled "Hybrid organic-inorganic materials for novel photonic applications" that should encourage researchers to present their work in the area and stimulate further exciting research. Specifically, for this special issue, we invite contributions which show synergetics between theoretical background and experimental techniques as - but not limited to - the following:

  • Hybrid photorefractive systems: inorganic windows surrounding organic layer (with and without nanoparticles)
  • Liquid crystal devices and metamaterials (with organic/inorganic components) with metallic or ferroic nanoparticles
  • Enhanced performance in linear/nonlinear optical systems through the incorporation of nanomaterials
  • Experimental and theoretical investigations of the mechanisms by which inorganic substrates generate localized and bulk electric fields, the interaction between surface fields and adjacent liquid crystal layers, and the interaction between liquid crystals and inorganic ferroic nanoparticles
  • Photonic applications related to hybrid photorefractive, liquid crystal, and metamaterial systems

Manuscripts must be prepared according to the usual standards for submission to OMEx and Applied Optics and must be uploaded through OSA's electronic-submission system, (http://www.opticsinfobase.org/omex/ for OMEx or http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/ for Applied Optics). Applied Optics papers should be sent to the Information Process division of the journal. Please keep in mind that all submissions are subject to the standard fees for both publications. When submitting your work, please specify that the manuscript is for the Hybrid Materials feature (choose from the feature issue drop-down menu).

Feature Issue Editors
Partha Banerjee
University of Dayton
Dean Evans
US Air Force Research Laboratory
Wei Lee
National Chiao Tung University
Victor Reshetnyak
National Taras Shevchenko University of Kyiv
Nelson Tansu
Lehigh University

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