About this Research Topic
Nanodevices are of particularly high technological interest as they hold promise for the development of electronics with significantly less power consumption, faster operation and higher integration than conventional microelectronic devices. However, as miniaturization of nanoelectronic devices is reaching its limits due to reliable manufacturing constraints, implementing optoelectronic or photonic components in nanodevices is emerging as an alternative way to add functionality and increase their performance and scalability. Despite optical or photonic signals offering the advantages of ultrafast propagation speed and high bandwidth, they have been so far mostly exploited in optical communication devices. Lately, the integration of optoelectronic devices, such as photodiodes, light-emitting devices and laser sources, with nanoelectronic components, such as sensors, switches and memories, is constantly gaining momentum.
The goal of this research topic is to address challenges as well as opportunities presented by devices and systems that utilize both electrons and photons, ranging from ultraviolet (UV), visible, infrared (IR) to terahertz (THz) and microwave (MW) parts of the spectrum. Photons may be used to control the device operation, add extra functionality or enhance performance by coupling photonic and electronic properties in the device or circuit level. Applications of such integrated nanodevices may be expected in on-chip optical wireless communications, artificial visual sensors, nanomedicine, disruptive computing and AI hardware as well as energy harvesting and storage towards the self-powered Internet of Things.
The scope of this Research Topic is to attract original research articles, communications, reviews and perspectives on devices and systems enabling photoelectric integration of nanodevices with content spanning across engineering and materials science disciplines. We welcome contributions that fall under one or more of the following categories:
- novel approaches to manufacturing of optoelectronic nanodevices with rigid or flexible substrates
- nanofabrication of photonic structures merged with electronic components
- elucidation of device physics and operational principle via theoretical modeling
- nanomaterials and thin films integration in novel structures
- specialized opto/electronic and structural characterization techniques clearly addressing the low-dimensionality challenges
- circuits incorporating multi-element device arrays
We also welcome submissions from the participants of the Innovations in Large Area Electronics (InnoLAE 2021) conference, which will take place 23-25 February 2021 online, should they be within the scope of this Research Topic. The InnoLAE conference focuses on new ways to make electronics, leveraging novel processes and new functional materials to provide electronic functionality in thin, flexible and transparent designs.
Keywords: nanodevices, nanoelectronics, optoelectronics, photonic integration, light tunability
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