Mechanical strain is a potent means of customizing material properties or designing new device functionalities. Two-dimensional (2D) materials represent both the ultimate limit of mechanically stable atomic membranes and electrically active quantum materials, allowing them to undergo unique 3D deformations and strain. This Special Topic showcases recent progress in engineered strain within 2D materials, quasi-2D thin films, and heterostructures. This will include modeling, metrology, and fabrication approaches to quantify and design strain, explorations of how strain disrupts symmetry to trigger phase transitions and modulate properties, and demonstrations of systems which actively utilize strain to induce functionality.
Topics covered include, but are not limited to:
- Studies of strain, including anisotropic strain, strain gradients and 3D deformation in 2D materials, quasi-2D thin films, heterostructures and moiré superlattices
- Methods to engineer and model strain
- Measurement and metrology of strain at the nanoscale
- Experiments, modeling, and physics studying how properties change under strain
- Studies unraveling the impact of strain on properties including structural phases, interfacial interactions, tribology, chemical reactivity, mechanics, electronics, and optics
- Quantum systems and properties from localized strains or strain gradients
- Electronic, photonic, or quantum devices actively using strain to induce or modulate functionality.
Arend van der Zande, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Scott J. Bunch, Boston University
Stephen Wu, University of Rochester
Kirill Bolotin, Free University Berlin
Axel Hoffman, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Submission and acceptance criteria:
Manuscripts considered for publication in Journal of Applied Physics are expected to meet the journal’s standard of acceptance: to report on original and timely results that significantly advance understanding in 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. Manuscripts will publish immediately upon acceptance.
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Manuscripts must be submitted through the online submission system (PXP) of Journal of Applied Physics. Please select the Special Topic “Two-Dimensional Materials and Heterostructures Under Strain” to submit your manuscript for consideration in this Special Topic.