Terahertz Metamaterials for Free-Space and on-Chip Applications: From Active Metadevices to Topological Photonic Crystals

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The open access journal Advanced Devices & Instrumentation, published in association with BIACD, is a forum to promote breakthroughs and application advances at all levels of electronics and photonics.

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Advanced Devices & Instrumentation’s editorial board is led by Wei Wang (China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation) and Daping Chu (University of Cambridge) and is comprised of experts who have made significant and well recognized contributions to the field.

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Advanced Devices & Instrumentation presents its first special issue: Metasurface-Based Devices

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