Complex composite materials arise from the judicious combination of simpler materials. By design, their response characteristics may be entirely different from those of their component materials. Material complexity may also engender multifunctionality, and certain materials are multiphase nanocomposites designed for desirable response characteristics that are otherwise unavailable. Materials and structures with the same chemical composition but different optical response characteristics depending on their nanoscale morphology are often fabricated by nanoscale engineering. Quantum and/or semiclassical approaches are therefore required for understanding, analysis, and design of the interaction of electromagnetic fields with (sub)nanostructures.
This Feature Issue is focused on theoretical and experimental research on electromagnetic optics with complex materials and nanostructures and is aimed at scientists, engineers, and practitioners interested in understanding the role of novel physical mechanisms in complex materials and nanostructures and exploring their applications. Experimental papers dealing with fabrication and/or characterization of complex materials and nanostructures are especially welcome.
Topic areas include, but are not limited to:
All papers need to present original, previously unpublished work, and will be subject to the normal standards and peer-review process of the journal. Manuscripts must be prepared according to the usual guidelines for submission to JOSA B and must be uploaded through OSA's electronic submission system. When submitting, please specify that the manuscript is for the Optics with Complex Materials and (Sub)Nanostructures feature issue (choose from the drop-down menu).