Special Issue "Photonic Crystal Sensors"


A special issue of Photonics (ISSN 2304-6732).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 October 2014)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Alan X. Wang

School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science , Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR 97331-5501, USA
Website: http://web.engr.oregonstate.edu/~wang/wang.htm
Interests: nano-photonic devices based on photonic crystals and surface plasmonics; optical interconnects for board-to-board and chip-to-chip; optical sensors using surface-enhanced Raman Scattering (SERS) and infrared absorption; nonlinear optical devices using state-of-the-art polymer materials: electro-optic modulators and all-optical switching; RF photonic devices

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

During the past two decades, photonic crystal sensors have gained tremendous amount of research interests due to the ultra-compact size, high sensitivity, and ease of integration into various platforms. Compared with conventional optical fiber and waveguide-based sensors, photonic crystals offer unique properties that can be obtained from the photonic bandgap structures. For example, slow-light enhanced photonic crystal waveguide and high Q-factor photonic crystal microcavity have been demonstrated for ultra-sensitive gas sensing and biomarker detection.

This Special issue covers a large scope of research in photonic crystal sensors, and solicits contributions in, but not limited to:

  • Innovative photonic crystal sensor structures: photonic crystal slot waveguides, photonic crystal microcavities, photonic crystal fibers, bio-inspired and bio-enabled photonic crystals, metallic photonic crystals, and etc.
  • New sensing mechanisms on photonic crystal devices: refractive index sensing, UV-Vis-IR absorption, Raman scattering, fluorescence, or combination of multiplex sensing mechanisms
  • Broad engineering applications of photonic crystal sensors: gas sensors, chemical sensors, and biosensors
  • Photonic crystal sensors based on emerging materials: silicon, organic materials, biological materials, metals, transparent conductive oxides, and 2-D materials
  • Clinical applications of photonic crystal sensors, especially for cancer biomarker detections

Dr. Alan X. Wang
Guest Editor


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  • photonic crystal slabs
  • photonic crystal waveguides
  • photonic crystal fibers
  • photonic bandgap
  • slow-light effects
  • optical sensors
  • biomedical devices

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p. 516-529
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Photonics 2014, 1(4), 516-529; doi:10.3390/photonics1040516
Received: 31 October 2014 / Revised: 3 December 2014 / Accepted: 3 December 2014 / Published: 8 December 2014
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p. 432-441
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Photonics 2014, 1(4), 432-441; doi:10.3390/photonics1040432
Received: 28 October 2014 / Revised: 19 November 2014 / Accepted: 19 November 2014 / Published: 21 November 2014
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Photonics 2014, 1(4), 412-420; doi:10.3390/photonics1040412
Received: 14 October 2014 / Revised: 30 October 2014 / Accepted: 30 October 2014 / Published: 3 November 2014
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Photonics 2014, 1(4), 380-389; doi:10.3390/photonics1040380
Received: 16 September 2014 / Revised: 20 October 2014 / Accepted: 20 October 2014 / Published: 23 October 2014
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