A special issue of Micromachines (ISSN 2072-666X)

Special Issue "Nonlinear Photonics Devices" 


Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 December 2019.

Special Issue Editors:

Dr. Luigi Sirleto

Institute for Microelectronics and Microsystems, National Research Council, 80131 Napoli, Italy

Website: https://www.na.imm.cnr.it/users/lsirleto

E-Mail: luigi.sirleto@cnr.it

Interests: nonlinear optics, ultrafast optics, nonlinear spectroscopy and microscopy, photonic devices.


Dr. Giancarlo C. Righini

1 “Enrico Fermi” Historical Museum of Physics and Study & Research Centre, Italy
2 “Nello Carrara" Institute of Applied Physics (IFAC), National Research Council, Italy

Website: http://www.ifac.cnr.it/~righini/index_e.html#E

E-Mail: giancarlo.righini@centrofermi.it or righini@ifac.cnr.it

Interests: glassy and nanostructured materials; integrated optics; optical microresonators; photonic devices



The first nonlinear optical effect was observed in the XIX century by John Kerr. Nonlinear optics, however, started to grow up only after the invention of laser, when intense light sources became easily available. The seminal studies by Peter Franken and Nicolaas Bloembergen, in the 1960s, paved the way to the development of today’s nonlinear photonics, the field of research which encompasses all the studies, designs and implementations of nonlinear optical devices which can be used for the generation, communication, and processing of information.

This field attracts a huge attention, also due to the great potential of exploiting the optical nonlinearities of new or advanced materials to induce new phenomena and achieve new functions. According to Clarivate Web of Science, almost 200,000 papers were published which refer to the topic “nonlinear optic*”. Over 36,000 papers were published in the last four years (2015-2018) with the same keyword, and over 17,000 used the keyword “nonlinear photonic*”.

The present Special Issue of the Micromachines journal aims at reviewing the current state of the art and presenting the perspectives of further development. Fundamental and applicative aspects will be considered, with special attention to the hot topics that may lead to technological and scientific breakthroughs. Both research articles dealing with the latest work in the field and reviews on all aspects of nonlinear photnic theory, processes, materials, applications et al. related to micro/nano optical devices and systems will be considered.


Nonlinear optics; nonlinear photonics; nonlinear optical materials; optical harmonics generation; stimulated scattering; optical solitons; controlling light with light, nonlinear guided-wave photonics; nonlinear spectroscopy and microscopy