Technical Conference:
17 – 21 October 2016
19 – 20 October 2016

Submission Categories

Call for Papers 2016

FiO 1: Optical Design and Instrumentation
FiO 2: Optical Sciences
FiO 3: Optics in Biology and Medicine
FiO 4: Fiber Optics and Optical Communications
FiO 5: Integrated Photonics
FiO 6: Quantum Electronics
FiO 7: Vision and Color
Laser Science Topics

FiO 1: Optical Design and Instrumentation

1.1 General Optical Design, Fabrication, Testing, and Instrumentation
1.2 Coherence, Interference, and Polarization
1.3 Three-Dimensional Optical Structure Design, Fabrication and Nanopatterning
1.4 Wavefront Sensing and Adaptive Optics
1.5 Computational Optical Sensing and Imaging 
1.6 Optical Fabrication and Testing
1.7 Optics in Consumer Electronics

FiO 2: Optical Sciences

2.1 Laser-Plasma Based Acceleration and Light Sources
Laser-plasma accelerators enable intense, compact, ultrafast sources of charged particles and electromagnetic radiation, opening new possibilities for scientific, medical, industrial, security, and other applications.  Charged particles are accelerated by wakefields in underdense plasmas, by sheathfields in overdense plasmas, and by radiation pressure. The accelerated electrons have been used to date to produce positrons, neutrons and electromagnetic radiation in various ways, which is also produced by direct mechanisms, such as high harmonic generation in solids and gases and THz production from solids. Contributions are sought that explore these laser-based radiation sources and their applications.
2.2 Frequency Combs, High-Harmonic Generation, and Attoscience
New frontiers in temporal resolution and spectral coverage are opened by precise control of optical pulses. High harmonic generation (HHG) in solids and gasses produces intense bursts of UV and XUV light. Attosecond sources including HHG are enabling applications such as molecular dynamics with unprecedented time resolution. Comb technologies include novel fiber systems, high power solid-state devices, comb generation from quantum cascade lasers, direct modulators, and micro combs. These devices are extending spectral coverage and adding new dimensions of rapid re-configurability, scalability and compactness to the field of frequency combs. Submissions are encouraged for source development and possible applications.
2.3 Laser-Matter Interaction (Material Processing and Fabrication)
Ultrafast lasers are playing revolutionary roles in material processing and finding new applications in areas such as advanced optics, photonics and medical device fabrication. The ultrafast-laser material interaction time is of the same order as the electron-phonon coupling time, therefore it is particularly attractive for investigating light-matter interactions, as well as for cutting, polishing, welding or machining brittle, hard, or additively manufactured materials, for processing medical implants and for delicate surgery. Submissions are encouraged about fundamental and applied aspects of laser irradiation-based material, structural, and surface modification.
2.4 Ultrafast Lasers and Applications
Ultrafast lasers are being developed to achieve high-average-power trains of ultrashort pulses or single-shot systems for extremely high intensities approaching 1024 W/cm2. These advances are leading to exciting applications in basic and applied research. In addition to the very active area of laser-particle acceleration, the use of such lasers is notable in advanced concepts for laser fusion, THz generation and X-ray diagnostics, as well as remote sensing by use of laser filamentation. Lower-energy, high repetition rate systems continue to be instrumental to chemistry and materials research, as well as laser-materials processing. Submissions are encouraged in the broad area of ultrafast laser technologies, system design and applications in science and industry.
2.5 Exotic States of Light
This theme encompasses states of light with features that make them fundamentally unique. Examples include: wavefields with orbital angular momentum, novel solutions of the wave equation, tailored-shaped beams and optical fields with polarization or phase singularities. Submissions are encouraged on progress in this theme and the development of applications related to these states of light.
2.6 General Optical Sciences
This theme encompasses a broad range of optical science topics which do not fit in the other specific topics. Submissions of both experimental and theoretical work are invited, ranging from fundamental to applied research in optical sciences.

FiO 3: Optics in Biology and Medicine

3.1 Microscopy and Optical Coherence Tomography (special event marking 25 years of OCT)
3.2 Diffuse Optics, Molecular Imaging and Hybrid Optical and Acoustic Methodologies
3.3 Optical spectroscopy in biomedicine
3.4 Novel fiber-optics and endoscopic methodologies
3.5 Optical Trapping and Manipulation
3.6 Photoactivation, phototherapy and light interactions with tissue
7.5 Optical Technologies in Neuroscience (Joint with FiO 7)

FiO 4: Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

4.1 High Capacity Optical Communications and Data Centers
This theme will cover enabling technologies for high-capacity telecom and datacom optical communication systems. Of particular interest are enabling components and fiber designs for multi-mode transmission (e.g., multi-core fibers, and multi-mode fibers), novel encoding schemes (i.e., OAM, Nyquist pulses / spectrum shaped modulation, super-channel and multi-carrier transmission techniques), transmission in unconventional bands, DSP for optical transmission systems; linear and nonlinear impairments compensation and mitigation, including transport fibers, muxes & demuxes, amplifiers, switches, and signal processing technologies; data center optical-source banks and power consumption, source & receiver packing density, multimode & single-mode fiber transmission over data-center distances, and novel architectures and components for data-center applications.
4.2 Optical Fiber Sensors
This theme covers discrete, distributed and hybrid optical fiber sensors based on conventional and specialty fibers, including photonic crystal, polymer, and multi-core fibers.  Of particular interest are optical fiber sensors for monitoring harsh environments in oil & gas, power generation, aerospace, and nuclear applications.  Contributions will be considered ranging from new concepts for photonic sensing of physical, chemical, and biological parameters to practical applications of fiber optic sensors as an enabling technology to develop smart systems in a variety of applications, including structural health monitoring, transportation, security, and biomedical sensing.  Also of particular interest are integrated fiber optic sensor units using on-chip or lab-on-fiber technology.
4.3 Novel Light Generation and Manipulation in Fiber Devices
This theme covers the generation, manipulation, and delivery of light using optical fibers, ranging from fundamental physical processes to design and fabrication specialty fibers to performance results.  Particular topics of interest include: fiber-based generation and delivery of entangled photons, optical frequency combs, and THz waves; nonlinear frequency conversion, particularly to mid- and far-infrared and UV bands; ultra-fast dynamics and rogue wave generation and control; and other nonlinear effects in optical fibers.
4.4 Quantum Communications
This theme focuses on the use of standard and novel fibers in the creation, manipulation transformation, and teleportation of quantum states of light. Topics considered include the transmission of single and entangled photon states over free-space and fiber-optic links; entanglement measurement and decoherence; low-overhead correction codes; quantum key distribution systems; and implementation of quantum protocols. Contributions to hybrid optical quantum devices for storage, regeneration, retrieval, and exchange of quantum information are also sought with application to high capacity quantum networking, secure transmission, and quantum sensing.
4.5 Optical Fibers for Space Projects
Optical fibers and fiber-based components are becoming important technologies in several space-based projects due to their advantages for communication and sensing. Contributions will be considered for fiber technologies relevant to applications in astrophotonics, including radiation effects on active and passive optical fiber components and systems to qualify technologies initially developed for terrestrial applications for space projects. Of particular interest are radiation effects on optical fibers, fiber amplifiers, fiber optic sensors, and fiber optic gyroscopes.
4.6 High Power Fiber Lasers and Beam Combining
This theme covers multi-kilowatt class continuous-wave fiber lasers suitable for beam combining.  Topics of interest include novel fiber designs and techniques for mitigating optical and thermo-optical nonlinearities, including stimulated Brillouin scattering, self-phase modulation, and transverse mode instability.  Contributions are also sought for efficient beam combination of five or more high-power fiber lasers using either coherent (tiled or filled aperture) combining or spectral combining.
4.7 General Fiber Optics and Optical Communications
The subcommittee on fiber optics and optical communications encompasses the science and engineering of optical fibers for use in sources, components, systems, and applications.  Contributions that convey innovations in theory, design, modeling and simulation, materials, fabrication, test and measurement, lasers, systems, and applications are encouraged that do not fit within the above-mentioned specific themes. 

FiO 5: Integrated Photonics

5.1 Silicon Photonics
5.2 Hybrid Integration
5.3 Strongly Confined Nanoscale Waveguide and Resonator Devices
5.4 Plasmonics
5.5 Integrated Nonlinear Optics
5.6 Mid-Infrared Integrated Photonics
5.7 General Integrated Photonics

FiO 6: Quantum Electronics

6.1 Integrated Quantum Optics
6.2 Quantum Communication and Networking
6.3 Quantum Optical Measurement and Quantum Technologies
6.4 Nonlinear Optics in Micro/Nano-Optical Structures
6.5 Optics and Photonics of Disordered Systems
6.6 General Quantum Electronics

FiO 7: Vision and Color

7.1 Novel Design Concepts for Eye Correction and Vision Simulators
Refractive errors and presbyopia affect a large proportion of the population, requiring corrections in the form of ophthalmic corrections, contact lenses, intraocular lenses or corneal surgical corrections.  The session will cover novel approaches to the optical design of eye corrections as well as vision simulators, such as adaptive optics based instruments, aiming at providing the visual experience of new corrections to patients.
7.2 Understanding Myopia Development
Myopia affects 25% of the population in western countries and over 90% in Asian countries.  Why the tuning of the optical power of the cornea and lens and the axial growth of the eye is disrupted in myopia is not well understood.  Studies in animal models of myopia and epidemiological studies help understanding the roles of accommodation, ambient light exposure,  ocular morphology and potential myopia control treatments in the development of myopia. The session will present an update on current understanding of the factors involved in the development of myopia and how this knowledge drives new treatment alternatives.
7.3 Probing Ocular Biomechanics with Imaging Technologies
Quantifying the biomechanical properties of ocular tissue in vivo has important diagnostic applications in ophthalmology, and will help to improve the predictability of treatments that rely on the mechanical response of the eye.  The session will address novel imaging technologies which, in combination with mechanical models, aim at retrieving the inherent mechanical parameters of ocular tissue. Techniques include, but are not limited to, optical elastography, phase-sensitive optical coherence tomography vibrography, air-puff corneal deformation imaging, Brillouin microscopy.
7.4 Novel Applications of Femtosecond Lasers in Ophthalmology
Femtosecond lasers have become an invaluable tool, both in investigating the ultrastructure of ocular tissue through multiphoton imaging techniques and as a therapeutic tool in cornea and crystalline lens surgery.  The session will cover applications of femtosecond lasers in multiphoton fundus imaging, collagen arrangement using second harmonic generation in the cornea as well as uses of femtosecond lasers for corneal tissue removal and refractive index modification in corneal refractive surgery, as well as in cataract and crystalline lens surgery
7.5 Optical Technologies in Neuroscience (Joint with FiO 3)
The use of optical technologies to probe neural function has seen intense development in the last years.  In-vivo imaging using light provides unprecedented sensitivity to functional changes through intrinsic contrast, as well as exogenous optical contrast agents. Light can be used to image microscopic structure and function in vivo in exposed animal brain,  to functionally image neurons in the retina, while also allowing noninvasive imaging of hemodynamics and metabolism in a clinical setting. Techniques include, but are not limited to multispectral optical imaging, in-vivo two-photon microscopy of the living brain, or optical diffusing tomography. Furthermore, the development of optogenetics tools, using Light to control the activity of neurons which have been modified to express light-sensitive proteins, is opening new avenues in brain research. The session will address the principles of these technologies and their applications in neuroscience
7.6 Visual Psychophysics and Physiological Optics
This session will include contributed papers on the use of imaging, psychophysical tools and models to probe, understand and characterize vision. The session will cover use of optical technologies (from wavefront sensing to adaptive optics,  anterior segment and fundus imaging), psychophysical studies and vision models ranging from physical models of the optical system of the eye to models of visual observers.


Laser Science Categories

1. High Harmonic Generation from Solids to Gases 
High harmonic generation from solids is a new area that will likely lead us to the extension of these powerful optical tools to the domain of large molecular systems. High harmonic generation is of broad interest for its potential as a diagnostic for liquid phase chemistry; new attosecond sources and its relation to gas harmonics.
2. Multiphoton Effects and High Resolution Imaging
Nonlinear and spectroscopic imaging systems convert spatial variations in optical properties into useful imaging contrast. This theme will cover techniques such as hyperspectral, Raman, photoacoustic, multiphoton, and transient absorption imaging, with a broad range of applications from remote sensing and nanomaterials to biology and medicine.

3. Advanced Nano-Photonic Lasers: Science and Application
Nanophotonic structures give researchers unprecedented abilities to control and manipulate light, which has enabled great advances in nano-photonic lasers in the past decade. In this session, we focus on recent advances in developing nano-photonic lasers and the real-world applications of these unconventional laser beams. Through the presentations and discussion from both the science and the application sides of this topic, we hope to inspire exciting opportunities and build new collaborations between the two communities.
4. Quantum Light Sources
Conventional lasers and light emitting devices generate classical fields whose properties are well-described by Maxwell’s equations. Quantum light sources seek to harness the properties of strongly nonlinear materials and discrete quantum degrees of freedom to create fields whose properties require a quantum description. These sources play a central role in a broad range of applications that include quantum communication, quantum information, and quantum enhanced sensing. This session will explore the latest developments in the generation of non-classical light sources and their various applications.
5. Integrated Quantum Photonics
The field of photonic quantum information is rapidly progressing to the stage where integration of sources, optical components, nonlinear materials, and detectors on a chip is becoming a practical reality. Such integration enables routing and processing of single photons in a photonic circuit with unprecedented complexity. Integration of photonic structures with quantum emitters is also a key step towards generating strong light-matter interactions at the quantum level. This session will highlight recent advances in the field of integrated quantum photonics and their various applications in fields such as communication, computation, and sensing.
6. Nonreciprocal and Topological Photonic Devices
The majority of optical systems exhibit time-reversal symmetry which ensures that electromagnetic fields propagate symmetrically in the forward and backward direction. Recent advances, however, have enabled new photonic components that break this symmetry. Such non-reciprocal photonic devices are important for molding the flow of light on-a-chip and constructing on-chip photonic isolators. At the same time, ideas from the field of condensed matter physics have shed new light on how to achieve topological protection in photonic structures. Such topological devices could enable fascinating new capabilities such as chiral interactions between emitters and photonic modes and topologically robust optical delay lines. In this session we will explore these new concepts in photonics engineering.
7. Nano-Plasmonics for Spectroscopy and Imaging
Nanoscale structures permit spatial localization and imaging resolution beyond the traditional far-field diffraction limit by concentrating light in small objects. Progress in nano-plasmonics both for microspectrometry and for imaging is advancing rapidly, with applications in materials and biological, as well as other areas.
8. Advances in X-ray and XUV Laser Science and Applications
Both table-top and large-scale sources of x-ray radiation are poised to dramatically revolutionize the ability to time-resolve structural changes in systems ranging from atoms to proteins. There have already been numerous demonstrated successes at the X-ray free-electron lasers (XFELs) LCLS and SACLA, with new facilities set to being operations in the coming years. Simultaneously, table-top sources of extreme ultraviolet (XUV) light have begun to show promise for illuminating structural dynamics in materials and other systems. This topic area seeks contributions from all X-ray and XUV areas, including XFEL, synchrotron, high-harmonic generation, plasma sources.
9. General Laser Science
This is a broad theme related to laser science. Submissions of both experimental and theoretical work are welcome, with an emphasis which can range from fundamental to applied research, and which do not fit in the above-mentioned specific themes.


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