Advanced Optical Materials is an international, interdisciplinary forum for peer-reviewed papers on materials science which focuses on all aspects of light-matter interactions. Advanced Optical Materials was published as a special focus section integrated in Advanced Materials in 2012 and launched as a journal at the start of 2013. Scope of Advanced Optical Materials Advanced Optical Materials is dedicated to breakthrough discoveries and fundamental research in photonics, plasmonics, metamaterials, and more.
Researchers develop liquid-crystal-based compound lenses that work like insect eyes
The compound eyes found in insects and some sea creatures are marvels of evolution. There, thousands of lenses work together to provide sophisticated information without the need for a sophisticated brain. ...
'Nano-earthquakes' hold key to smarter electronics
The performance of mobile phone cameras and solar cells could be boosted by "nano-earthquakes", researchers have found.
Optical fibres light the way for brain-like computing
Computers that function like the human brain could soon become a reality thanks to new research using optical fibres made of speciality glass.
Three-dimensional metamaterials with a natural bent
Metamaterials, a hot area of research today, are artificial materials engineered with resonant elements to display properties that are not found in natural materials. By organizing materials in a specific way, scientists ...
Novel porous silicon microfabrication technique increases sensing ability
Georgia Institute of Technology researchers have developed a novel method for improving silicon-based sensors used to detect biochemicals and other molecules in liquids. The simplified approach produces micro-scale ...
Measuring absorption maps and spectra of plasmonic resonators with nanoscale resolution
Researchers from the NIST Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (CNST) and the University of Maryland have for the first time used photothermal induced resonance (PTIR) to characterize individual plasmonic ...
New type of solar concentrator doesn't block the view
(Phys.org) —A team of researchers at Michigan State University has developed a new type of solar concentrator that when placed over a window creates solar energy while allowing people to actually see through ...
Iridescent films made from wood pulp cellulose may replace toxic dyes
Intensely coloured low-cost films made from cellulose could be used in place of toxic dyes, or to detect counterfeit materials.
Improving terahertz optics with efficient broadband antireflection coatings
Antireflection coatings are familiar from their use in everyday optical devices, such as glasses and lenses. They can increase the amount of light that passes through optical instruments by reducing the fraction ...
Researchers develop scalable methods for manufacturing metamaterials
(Phys.org) —Metamaterials, or materials that have had their matter rearranged so they interact with light in specific ways, could be key to making everything from super lenses for satellite surveillance to biosensors that ...
A breakthrough in creating invisibility cloaks, stealth technology
Controlling and bending light around an object so it appears invisible to the naked eye is the theory behind fictional invisibility cloaks.
Squeezing light into metals: Team controls conductivity with inkjet printer
Using an inexpensive inkjet printer, University of Utah electrical engineers produced microscopic structures that use light in metals to carry information. This new technique, which controls electrical conductivity ...
(Phys.org) —'Smart' holograms, which are currently being tested to monitor diabetes, and could be used to monitor a wide range of medical and environmental conditions in future, have been developed by researchers.
'Inverse opal' structure improves thin-film solar cells
(Phys.org) —Researchers have shown how to increase the efficiency of thin-film solar cells, a technology that could bring low-cost solar energy. The approach uses 3-D "photonic crystals" to absorb more ...
Trapping T-rays for better security scanners
(Phys.org) —Medical diagnostic and security scanners with higher sensitivity could result from University of Adelaide research into detecting T-rays (terahertz waves).