Special Issue on Metamaterials, Metadevices and Applications

T-MTT Special Issue on Metamaterials, Metadevices and Applications

In the last two decades, metamaterials and metasurfaces have introduced many new concepts in electromagnetic (EM) theory and inspired new design methodologies for EM devices and systems. The first artificial inclusion to realize an effective negative permeability medium – the split-ring resonator – was proposed in a seminal IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques paper in 1999 by Sir Pendry etc., cited to date over 10,000 times (Google Scholar). Later in 2001, the first metamaterial with a negative index of refraction was experimentally realized and validated by the microwave engineering community. Since then, a host of efforts have been spent on the fundamentals of complex materials, effective medium models, anomalous EM phenomena, chirality, invisibility cloaks, and bianisotropic metamaterials. Recent research efforts indicate that metamaterials are capable of performing computational operations, even solving differential and integral equations. Metamaterials can be used to control EM waves over a two-dimensional surface, realizing metasurfaces that are currently raising enormous interest. Their thin, low-profile, and low-cost features have been opening many novel EM functionalities and devices, such as metasurface-inspired antennas, metasurface superstrates, and metalenses. Another class of metasurfaces is associated with spoof surface plasmon polaritons (SPPs), which can be modeled as transmission lines and can be widely used in microwave devices and wireless systems. In the increasingly complex EM world, digital coding and programmable metamaterials and metasurfaces have been enabling commercial opportunities with broad impact on wireless communications. By controlling the EM amplitude, phase, polarization, spectrum, and their interactions with digital information, the incoming signals can be directly modulated by programmable metamaterials or metasurfaces. Further applications based on information metamaterials and topological metamaterials include novel microwave components, 5G/6G communication systems, reconfigurable intelligence surfaces (RIS), low-cost phased arrays, artificial-intelligence-driven designs, computational imaging, wireless power transfer and wireless energy harvesting, and microwave sensing and recognizing.

This special issue brings these subjects into focus, creating a forum for researchers and engineers. The special issue aims to stimulate in-depth overviews, frontier exploration, novel designs, and applications of metamaterials and metasurfaces. The topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Physics and fundamentals of complex electromagnetic materials
  • Analytical and numerical modeling of metamaterials and metasurfaces
  • Anomalous phenomena of metamaterials
  • Chiral and bianisotropic metamaterials
  • Computational and signal-processing metamaterials
  • Nonreciprocal and topological metamaterials
  • Nonlinear metamaterials and metasurfaces
  • Metasurface-inspired antennas
  • Metasurface superstrate and metalens
  • Digital coding and programmable metamaterials and metasurfaces
  • Active metamaterials and metasurfaces
  • Advances in cloaking and invisibility
  • Spoof surface plasmon polaritons (SPPs)
  • Space-time modulated metamaterials and metasurfaces
  • Information theory and information processing of metamaterials
  • Metamaterials for microwave/millimeter-wave components
  • Metamaterials and metasurfaces for 5G/6G applications
  • Information metamaterials and metasurfaces
  • Reconfigurable intelligent surfaces
  • Programmable metasurfaces for low-cost phased arrays
  • Millimeter wave and terahertz metamaterials and applications
  • Artificial-intelligence-driven metamaterials designs
  • Metamaterials and metasurfaces for computational imaging
  • Metamaterials and metasurfaces for wireless power transfer and wireless energy harvesting
  • Metamaterials for microwave sensing and recognition

Authors should consult the link for submission instructions: https://www.mtt.org/author-information-transactions/.

The submission deadline is December 20, 2022. Expected publication July 2023.

Guest Editors:
Professor Tie Jun Cui
Southeast University, China

Professor Andrea Alù
City University of New York, USA

Professor Sir John Pendry
Imperial College London, UK