Engineering of thermally emitted light can enable applications in energy harvesting, lighting, thermoregulation, and imaging. This feature issue will cover optical materials and devices that allow for such engineering efforts. This is an active and rapidly evolving research field that sits at the intersection of materials science, photonics, and thermal physics. Contributions should highlight advanced structures that realize narrowband, directional, and dynamically reconfigurable thermal light, both in the far- and near-field. We welcome submissions that focus on modelling, synthesis, fabrication, and characterization of optical materials and devices for applications in thermal light control. Emerging topics such as the use of nonreciprocal or nonlinear materials for thermal-light engineering are also encouraged.
Topics to be covered include but are not limited to:
All papers need to present original, previously unpublished work, and will be subject to the normal criteria and peer-review process of the Journal. The standard OMEx publication charges will apply to all published articles.
Manuscripts must be prepared according to the usual guidelines for submission to Optical Materials Express and must be submitted online through OSA's electronic submission system. When submitting, authors should specify that the manuscript is for the "Materials and Devices for Engineering of Thermal Light" feature issue (choose from the drop-down menu).