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A transparent luminescent solar concentrator that selectively harvests NIR photons is demonstrated. R. R. Lunt and co-workers describe the photophysical and electronic properties of the luminophores, the impact of ligand-host control, and the optimization of the solar concentrator architectures to realize their potential for use in electronic displays, solar windows, and other glazing systems with high defect tolerances and processability.
Au/Co/Au magnetoplasmonic nanorings present a bimodal spectral dependence of the magneto-optical activity, with maximum values in the visible and NIR regions. The spectral positions of these maxima are tuned by F. Luo, A. Cebollada, and co-workers by modifying the structural parameters of the rings. This controlled modification of the magneto-optical activity of nanostructured systems may find interesting applications in areas like sensing, optical communications, and isolators.
Chalcogenides are promising materials for photonics due to their extraordinary optical properties. In order to achieve their full technological exploitation, they must be manufactured in photonic devices with various geometries necessitated by their unique optical functionalities. M. Bayindir and co-workers develop a new route for the fabrication of on-chip photonic elements. This novel technique provides a low-cost, high-yield production method with a compatible and extendable integration phase.