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In this specialty section of Metamaterials, a wide scope of concepts concerning innovative science and technologies of metamaterials will be covered – ranging from theoretical studies to applications.
This section welcomes submissions that include, but not limited to, the following topics:
Physics of complex electromagnetic materials
Analytical and numerical study of metamaterials
Homogenization of metamaterials and effective medium
Novel metamaterial concepts
RF and microwave metamaterials
Millimeter wave/THz metamaterials and applications
Optical metamaterials and their applications
Two-dimensional metamaterials or meta-surfaces
Active, tunable or reconfigurable metamaterials
Chiral and bi-anisotropic metamaterials
Nanocircuits and nanoantennas
New materials for metamaterials such as carbon nanotubes and graphene
Metamaterials with plasmonics and nanophotonics
Metamaterials for nanoelectronics and nanophotonics
Sub-diffraction and super-resolution imaging
Mechanical metamaterials such as elastic-, ultrastiff-, auxetic-, ultralight-metamaterial, or meta-fluids
Unprecedented phenomena such as extraordinary transmission and perfect absorption
Applications for quantum electronics
Biological and biomedical applications of metamaterials
Advances in cloaking and invisibility
Micro- and nano-fabrication techniques for metamaterials
Novel Top-down and bottom-up fabrication methods
Characterization techniques for metamaterials
Metamaterials are man-made materials consisting of tiny unit structures whose scale is substantially much smaller than the wavelength of the exciting field. The most important and interesting point of metamaterials is their properties are derived from geometrically designed structures rather than constituent materials and, by engineering such kind of materials, they enable us to obtain unprecedented materials whose properties are difficult to find in nature. Owing to this unique characteristic, metamaterials have introduced new concepts and new paradigms to optics and photonics. Historically, metamaterial research began by realizing negative index materials in the microwave frequency region, and the working frequency has been intensively extended to the visible region. Now, the concept of metamaterials has spread, not only to electromagnetic waves, but also to acoustic waves, material waves, heat flux, and so on.
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Metamaterials welcomes submissions of the following article types: Specialty Grand Challenge.
All manuscripts must be submitted directly to the section Metamaterials, where they are peer-reviewed by the Associate and Review Editors of the specialty section.
Articles published in the section Metamaterials will benefit from the Frontiers impact and tiering system after online publication. Authors of published original research with the highest impact, as judged democratically by the readers, will be invited by the Chief Editor to write a Frontiers Focused Review - a tier-climbing article. This is referred to as "democratic tiering". The author selection is based on article impact analytics of original research published in all Frontiers specialty journals and sections. Focused Reviews are centered on the original discovery, place it into a broader context, and aim to address the wider community across all of Materials and Physics.