Special Section on Nanostructured Thin Films: Evolving Perspectives

Low-dimensional optics

[+] Author Affiliations
François Flory

Aix Marseille Université, CNRS, IM2NP UMR 7334, 13397 Marseille, France

Ecole Centrale Marseille, 13451 Marseille, France

Ludovic Escoubas, Judikaël Le Rouzo

Aix Marseille Université, CNRS, IM2NP UMR 7334, 13397 Marseille, France

Gerard Berginc

Thalès Optronique S.A., 2 Avenue Gay-Lussac, 78995 Elancourt Cedex, France

Cheng-Chung Lee

National Central University, Thin Film Technology Center, Jhongli 32001, Taiwan

J. Nanophoton. 9(1), 093594 (Feb 26, 2015). doi:10.1117/1.JNP.9.093594
History: Received November 2, 2014; Accepted February 4, 2015
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Abstract.  Thanks to progress in material science and nanotechnologies, surfaces and thin films can now be structured at different scales. Photonics components take advantage of this possibility to fulfill still more and more complex functions. They are composed of organic and inorganic materials, dielectrics, semiconductors, and metallic materials, or a mixture of them. Multiscale and chiral structures can be used to control both spectral and spatial distributions of light together with its polarization state. The optical mode density in the near field and in the far field can then be designed in particular by combining more or less resonant structures for the optical waves, associating diffraction, interferences, and anisotropic structures like Fabry–Perot, waveguide, plasmons, and photonic crystals. Artificially nanostructured materials, often called metamaterials, exhibit new properties. Different phenomena, including optical topological insulator and structures for vortex waves transporting angular momentum of photons, are discussed and illustrated. With the development of nanometer size structures, another step is taken toward allowing control of the intimate interaction of optical waves with materials to tune their basic electronic properties and permittivity. Both optical and electronic properties are also strongly dependent on coupling effects and need a global approach.

© 2015 Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers


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