The field of plasmonics studies the remarkably strong interaction of metallic nanoparticles with light, resulting from the resonant excitation of their quasi-free electrons. Among the various properties of plasmonic resonances, it has become clear that the excitation of high-energy electrons holds particular interest for implementing energy harvesting or photodetection strategies as well as activating chemical reactions. In this Special Topic, we showcase new studies presenting a longitudinal slice of the current state of research in plasmonic hot electrons, covering fundamentals to novel approaches, while discussing both the promise and limitations of using plasmonic hot carriers in scientific and technological applications.
Topics covered include, but are not limited to:
- General theory of hot electrons
- Dynamics of hot electrons and their measurement
- Ultrafast phenomena and nonlinear optics
- Thermometry and heat at the nanoscale
- Applications in catalysis and photochemistry
- Applications in bio-detection
- Applications in photovoltaics and photodetection
- Applications using hot holes
- Applications in photonics
- New materials for hot carrier generation
- Hot carrier injection and emission
- Novel applications
Rupert Oulton, Imperial College London, UK
Lucas V. Besteiro, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, National Institute of Scientific Research (INRS), Canada
Emiliano Cortés, LMU Munich, Germany
Satoshi Ishii, National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), Japan, University of Tsukuba, Japan
Prineha Narang, Harvard University, USA
Submission and acceptance criteria:
Manuscripts considered for publication as Articles in Journal of Applied Physics are expected to meet the journal’s standard of acceptance, i.e. to report on original and timely results that significantly advance understanding in the current status of contemporary applied physics: material that is exclusively review in nature is not considered for publication. Manuscripts submitted for consideration in this Special Topic must meet the same criteria and will undergo the journal’s standard peer-review process. The Editorial Team of Journal of Applied Physics will issue final decisions on the submitted manuscripts.
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