Optical Materials Express (OMEx) is planning a feature issue on Optical Properties of Metal Clusters that will cover both experimental and theoretical studies.
Metal Clusters with atomic definition have attracted considerable interest among physicists and chemists in recent years due to their intriguing, size-dependent properties. There have been tremendous advances in synthesis and isolation, structure determination via x-ray crystallography or electron microscopy, and theoretical investigation of the electronic structures of metal clusters. Current trends include the preparation of bimetallic clusters, understanding of the behavior of the ligand layer, (nonlinear) optical properties, and dynamic behavior of the clusters. Potential applications lie in catalysis, sensing, as contrast agents in imaging, or as building blocks in novel materials such as metallic glasses.
We welcome contributions that display a clear focus on the non-scalable, optical properties of metal clusters and encourage submissions focusing on ‘advanced spectroscopy’ and on recent developments in bare and monolayer-protected clusters. Submissions that merely report an absorption spectrum along with a novel synthetic route will not be considered; likewise, submissions dealing with ‘nanoparticles’ will not be considered.
All papers need to present original, previously unpublished work, and will be subject to the normal standards and peer-review process of the journals. Papers will be published online upon acceptance, and all papers will later be combined in a virtual table of contents.
Manuscripts must be prepared according to the usual guidelines for submission to Optical Materials Express and must be submitted online through OSA's online submission system. When submitting, authors must specify that the manuscript is for the "Optical Properties of Metal Clusters" feature issue. The standard OMEx publication charges will apply to all published articles.
Stefan Knoppe, KU Leuven, Belgium
Aras Kartouzian, TU Munich, Germany
Kenneth L. Knappenberger, Jr., Florida State University