The topic of “light and matter interactions” has been revolutionizing the science and technology of modern society in an unprecedented way. Interactions between light and matter are of vital importance since it covers original scientific aspects concerning physics, chemistry, materials, and electrical and optical engineering. More importantly, it offers an irreplaceable way to investigate physical and chemical phenomena to associate applications of arisen novel materials in microscopic, mesoscopic and macroscopic scales.
The field continues to grow in a very rapid pace, which brings many new exciting discoveries almost every day. To attract broad attention on the light and matter interactions of novel materials, we organize this special to provide insightful overview and summarize recent advances in the field.
Topics covered include, but are not limited to:
- Light-matter coupling
- Metamaterials and metasurfaces
- Two-dimensional quantum materials
- Structure-property relationships
- Optic, electronic and magnetic properties
- Devices and applications
- Thin film/nanosheet fabrication, patterning, and lithography
- Single photon emitters
- Photovoltaic materials
- Photonic and phononic crystals
Lei Ye, Huazhong University of Science and Technology
Christos Argyropoulos, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Nicholas Borys, Montana State University