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Technical Conference: 19-23 October 2014
Exhibition: 21-22 October 2014

Submission Categories

Call for Papers 2015 opens 13 February 2015

FiO 1: Optical Design and Instrumentation
FiO 2: Optical Sciences
FiO 3: Optics in Biology and Medicine
FiO 4: Optics in Information Processing
FiO 5: Fiber Optics and Optical Communications
FiO 6: Integrated Photonics
FiO 7: Quantum Electronics
FiO 8: Vision and Color
Laser Science Topics

FiO 1: Optical Design and Instrumentation

1.1 General Optical Design, Fabrication, Testing, and Instrumentation

Optical design, fabrication, and testing are essential in developing new optical instruments. Contributions are sought in the area of optical design, aberrations, system analysis, wavefront sensing/correction, diffractive and holographic optical elements and systems, three-dimensional structure design, optical display, and novel optical instruments.

1.2 Coherence, Interference, and Polarization

Coherence and polarization are fundamental properties of light fields which can be utilized and manipulated in optical science and engineering. Submissions are encouraged in coherence, interferometry, applications of interferometers, digital holography, holographic micro- and nano-fabrication methods, 3D holographic microscopy, optical image processing, beam shaping, subwavelength optics, fabrication of diffractive and micro-optical elements, creation and characterization of unconventional polarization states, the interaction of nanostructures with polarized light, polarizing in scattering, and other polarization related subjects.

1.3 Three-Dimensional Optical Structure Design, Fabrication and Nanopatterning

The field of optical materials has been rapidly developing in recent years, promising to deliver new materials with exotic properties generally unattainable in nature. Full exhibition of their properties and functionalities relies on 3-D control of metallic or dielectric structures in the nanoscale. This theme is focused on the design and fabrication of 3D optical materials, integrated optics,  and integrated circuits, which may include 3D photonic crystals, 3D metamaterials, and 3D optical circuits.  The theme also includes optical nanolithography, EUV lithography, maskless lithography, plasmonic imaging and metamaterials, nanoimprint technology, self-assembly nanopatterning, organic electronic device patterning, lithography for display technology, flexible electronic devices, etc.

1.4 Wavefront Sensing and Adaptive Optics

This theme is intended to promote technical exchange in the sciences and engineering of wavelength sensing and adaptive optics, with broad coverage ranging from theory, algorithm developments, numerical simulations, to hardware implementation and applications. The topics to be covered include but not limited to: aberration theory; orthogonal polynomials in wavefront and aberration analysis, orthogonal polynomials descriptions for optical systems,  wavefront sensing techniques,  compressive sensing techniques, development and application of adaptive optics enabled imaging techniques, adaptive optical systems and optical instrumentation. 

1.5 Freeform Optics

Freeform optics is a rapidly developing field and will have a huge impact on optical systems for both imaging and illumination. This theme will feature recent advances on freeform optics. Contributions are sought in the area of aberration fields of optical systems with freeform surfaces, freeform surface representations, and optical design methods, imaging/illumination systems with freeform surfaces, freeform surface fabrication and testing.

3.2  Microscopy and OCT (Joint with FIO 3)

8.4 Low-cost Ophthalmic Instrumentation and Imaging (Joint with FiO 8)

FiO 2: Optical Sciences

2.1. Novel Intense Attosecond Sources (Joint with LS)

The development of attosecond XUV and X-ray sources from atomic and relativistic plasma medium has recently reached a breakthrough by increasing the beam energy to a sufficient level for novel applications. This opens up the fields of XUV nonlinear optics with attosecond pulses and XUV-pump and XUV-probe investigations with attosecond time resolution. Submissions are encouraged about source development providing these powerful attosecond pulses and their possible applications.

2.2. Coherent Combination of Laser Beams

Coherent beam combining offers a potential to scale the peak and average power of lasers beyond the capacity of a single aperture and has therefore been a subject of intense research activity in the recent period. Of particular interest has been the scaling of fiber lasers by coherent beam combining to realize the high peak power necessary for challenging applications such as laser particle acceleration. Coherent combining has also been explored to realize ultra-broadband sources of radiation for ultrafast applications. Contributions are sought that explore the recent technical advances in coherent beam and pulse combining by a variety of approaches, including spectral and nonlinear combining, with applicability to both fiber and bulk lasers and synthesizers.

2.3. Frequency Combs in Novel Spectral Ranges

The development of frequency combs has supported and created a host of spectroscopic applications, offering the potential for high-resolution, broadband measurements with intrinsic frequency calibration. The expansion of combs beyond the optical and telecom wavelengths and into the ultraviolet, mid-IR and far-IR region greatly increases the applicability and sensitivity of these spectroscopic techniques and may even provide a window into fundamental questions of nature. Submissions dealing with frequency combs in these novel spectral ranges are encouraged.

2.4. Relativistic Light Sources

Relativistic particles and laser intensities enable novel tunable, narrow bandwidth light sources via Thomson scattering, betatron oscillation, harmonic generation, and other techniques. Submissions on topics related to this area, including radiation and related particle generation methods, their performance and associated target production are encouraged.

2.5 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  Fibers for Biomedical Applications (Joint with FiO 5)

Fibers are ubiquitous in the field of biomedical engineering and in the study of biological systems – they are used for sensing, imaging, endoscopy, multi-photon microscopy, tissue engineering, tissue ablation, and a host of other technological applications, either as a simple delivery medium, or for complex photonic functionalities enabled by the fiber. This theme will explore new directions in which fibers can enhance the biomedical field. Papers will be considered on both novel fiber structures, as well as fiber devices and lasers motivated by biomedical applications, and on proof-of-concept demonstrations of the use of fibers in specific biomedical applications.

3.2  Microscopy and OCT (Joint with FIO 1)

The fields of optical microscopy and optical coherence tomography remain at the forefront of biophotonics and medical optical imaging. The spatial resolution and exquisite sensitivity of these technologies to sources of both endogenous and exogenous contrast, enable scientists to push the boundaries of what is currently known about the structure and function of in-vitro and in-vivo systems. With use of novel superresolution techniques and a wide array of molecular probes and nanostructures, study of single molecules is possible. Advances in light sources and data-acquisition schemes enable real-time microscopy and OCT. Submissions on innovative technology research and the biological and medical applications of microscopy and OCT, are strongly encouraged.

3.3  Optical Trapping and Manipulation

Optics in biological experiments extends far beyond imaging and can be used to exert forces, change chemistry and alter biological function in cells and molecules. Combined with microscopy and other measurement techniques, these advances in optical trapping and manipulation enable new biological experiments. Optical trapping is an established method for study of single-cell behavior in solution, but recent developments extend the applications and capabilities of this technique. Other optical innovations enable novel manipulations and measurements in cultured cells and in vitro experiments. Submissions on novel techniques and combinations of methods that yield new biological experimental capabilities are highly encouraged.

3.4  Lab-on-a-chip and Optofluidics

The combination of inexpensive optical technologies, optofluidics, microfluidics and cellular technologies has led to novel technologies for biotechnology and medical applications.  The potential to use these platforms for on-site diagnostic tests at the bedside or in resource-poor areas across the globe is considerable. In addition, the growth in microfluidic/lab-on-a-chip technologies enables development of novel combined optical/microfluidic approaches to achieve point-of-care diagnostics. Additional applications of these advances are high-throughput research and clinical screening tools.  Submissions on innovative optical technologies and methodologies that are deployable, robust, scalable or applicable to the biotech industry are strongly encouraged.

3.5 Novel Methods for Tissue Imaging and Therapy

Due to the interdisciplinary nature of biophotonics research projects, technologies and methodologies from both biology and optics are being combined to yield groundbreaking findings. This is a broad theme related to tissue and in vivo imaging, spectroscopy, therapy and a range of light-tissue interactions. As evidenced by the increasing number of high-profile journals that describe experimental methods and protocols, there is a clear growing demand for dissemination of innovative, unique methods to the scientific community. Submissions that are designed to disseminate details on innovative methods, analyze system capabilities and illustrate potential applications are strongly encouraged.

3.6 General Optics in Biology and Medicine

The pace of innovation in the application of optics to biology and medicine rapidly generates new technologies and opportunities. Broadly applicable submissions or topics that extend beyond the existing themes should submit to this theme.

FiO 4: Optics in Information Processing

4.1  Optical System Design for Information

As the field of information optics grows, it becomes worthwhile to consider whether traditional design metrics (such as the MTF and PSF) retain their general utility, or if new metrics and design strategies must be developed. Contributions are sought on topics related to optical system design in the context of information optics. Examples include, but are not limited to, non-traditional optical system architectures and information-based design metrics.

4.2  Coherence and Polarization Imaging

The coherence and polarization states of the optical field contain additional information regarding a scene that often reveals aspects that are hidden to traditional, radiance-based methods. Contributions are sought that address the physical, architectural, and analytical challenges of extracting and processing this information to create an image.  

4.3  Image and Information Processing in Bio-optics

Interrogation of biological systems with light simultaneously presents both unique opportunities and unique challenges. Contributions are sought that address the particular issues of imaging, diagnosing, and otherwise interrogating biological samples and the subsequent analysis and processing of the resultant data.  Examples include phase retrieval in bioimaging, and image analysis.

4.4  Information Capacity of the Photon

Optical fields are routinely used for communicating information across free-space and fiber channels in modern communication systems. The optical field emanating from a scene also conveys information about the scene to sensors and imagers. In both cases, the photon is the underlying career of information with several degrees of freedom such as frequency, polarization, phase, arrival time, coherence, orbital angular momentum, etc. Contributions are sought that explore the classical/quantum understanding of the information capacity of a photon or classical field, in particular in connection to sensing and imaging.

4.5  Analysis Techniques, Signal Recovery, and Synthesis

Contributions are sought in analysis of optical systems in the context of information capacity, image analysis and image quality assessment, computed imaging and inverse problems.  The theme also encompasses new theoretical tools and mathematical transforms to represent and analyze optical signals, such as phase space optics.

4.6  General Information Optics

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 5: Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

5.1 Enabling Technologies for High Speed Optical Communications

This theme will cover enabling technologies for high-speed optical communication systems using single-mode fibers, multi-core fibers, and multi-mode fibers, including transport fibers, amplifiers, switches, and signal processing technologies.  Of particular interest are enabling components and fiber designs for multi-mode transmission, such as transducers, switches, and mode-coupling elements. Novel encoding schemes (i.e., OAM) are also of significant interest.

5.2 Optical Fiber Sensors

This theme covers advanced fiber optics sensing techniques including discrete (FBG based), distributed, and hybrid sensor systems based on conventional and specialty fibers. Of particular focus this year will be components and fiber designs for sensing, including fiber Bragg gratings and their fabrication for various sensing applications.  Applications of fiber optic sensors are encouraged for applications physical, chemical and biological monitoring.

5.3 Long Wavelength (Mid-IR to THz) Fiber Devices

The fabrication of specialty fibers for the delivery and generation of long wavelengths ranging from the Mid-IR to THz has witnessed many developments in the past few years with tremendous progress. Contributions in this area will be considered including: design and fabrication of fibers with low attenuation; long wavelength lasers, amplifiers, optical emission, or nonlinear frequency conversion; and long wavelength fiber devices.

5.4 Frequency Comb Generation in Optical Fibers and Their Applications

This theme covers a comprehensive list of topics related to fiber-based optical frequency combs, including, but not limited to: generation physics; performance characteristics; and novel fibers, fiber devices, and architectures that facilitate frequency comb generation. Concepts and demonstrations of novel applications using fiber-based frequency combs, such as frequency characterization and calibration, spectroscopy, telecommunications, and nonlinear conversion, are also encouraged.

5.5 Optical Interconnections for Data Centers

This theme will cover optical interconnection technologies for data center applications, including power efficient optical components and architectures that are suitable for interconnection within data centers.  Specifically, papers are encouraged in the areas of network designs and data encoding schemes to support Big Data initiatives (including datacom), as well as intelligent urban network design combining energy efficiency with ubiquitous connectivity.

5.6 Enabling Technologies for Astrophotonics (Joint with FiO 6)

Astrophotonics is a relatively new field bridging the gap between astronomy and photonics, applying technologies originally developed for telecommunications and sensing for astronomers to advance the search for and understanding of the origins of the universe. This theme covers all of the optical technology areas that can enable and advance the area of astrophotonics, including passive optical devices for collection and spectral filtering of faint light, sources for guidestar applications, and methods for detection and noise cancellation.

5.7 General Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

Topics which do not fit in well with the other specific themes should be submitted to this theme.

3.1  Fibers for Biomedical Applications (Joint with FiO 3)

FiO 6: Integrated Photonics

6.1 Silicon Photonics

Silicon has emerged as an important building material for photonic devices and integration, offering advantages such as reduced footprint and power consumption, wide functionality, and the possibility of integration with electronics.  This theme involves micro and nanophotonics in the silicon material system.  Submissions are encouraged in the areas of passive and active devices, components and circuits, modeling and simulation, fabrication processes and techniques, and applications such as optical interconnects and biological sensing.

6.2 Hybrid Integrated Photonics

Integrated photonics involving hybrid material systems aim to achieve unique or optimized functionalities that are challenging to obtain from any single material system.  This theme focuses on novel integrated photonic devices and circuits consisting of dissimilar components or material platforms.  Contributions are sought in the areas of optical gain/absorption integrated devices, III-V's on silicon, ferroelectrics on silicon, integrated photonics incorporating graphene, organic/inorganic devices, and hybrid integration for on-chip non-reciprocal devices.

6.3 Waveguide Integrated Optics

Waveguide integrated optics involves that control of light in planar optical waveguides in a manner that is analogous to integrated circuits in electronics.  Processing or routing of data in the optical domain can offer advantages compared to electronic solutions, especially at increasing data rates.  This theme welcomes submissions based on planar optical waveguides including modulators, switches, couplers, resonators, filters, and nonlinear optics in a waveguide platform.  The application space includes, but is not limited to, the areas of highly integrated photonics for communications, optical interconnects, and optical signal processing.

6.4 Photonic Crystals

Integrated photonics based on photonic crystals harness the dispersion engineered properties of guided wave periodic dielectric structures.  Advances in the design and fabrication of photonic crystals have enabled the demonstration of novel capabilities involving the control of light.   Submissions are sought that cover the science and engineering of photonic crystal structures for photon emission, propagation, amplification, storage, and material interaction.

6.5 Plasmonics and Nanophotonics

Plasmonic and nanophotonic interactions with guided waves have been used both for the manipulation of electromagnetic fields on sub-wavelength length scales as well as for the enhancement of linear and nonlinear effects.  This theme focuses specifically on optical guided wave interactions with free-metal electrons, nanowires, nanotubes, and nanostructures for integrated photonics.  Submissions involving graphene plasmonics for integrated photonics are also of interest.

6.6 General Integrated Photonics

The subcommittee on integrated photonics encompasses the science and engineering of optical guided waves in highly integrated devices, components, circuits, and systems.  Contributions that convey innovations in theory, design, numerical modeling and simulation, materials, fabrication, test and measurement, and applications are encouraged.

5.6 Enabling Technologies for Astrophotonics (Joint with FiO 5)

FiO 7: Quantum Electronics

7.1 Integrated Quantum Optics

Topics include: waveguides, couplers, interferometers, phase control, gates, etc.; sources: heralded (SPDC, SFWM, etc.) & triggered (single quantum emitter); single photon detectors, number resolving detectors, state tomography; circuit QED, various other integration schemes; implementation of algorithms using circuits; feedback and error control, quantum plasmonics.

7.2 Quantum Communications

Topics covered include: experimental and theoretical reports ranging in subject from enabling technologies such as detectors and sources to implementations of light-based quantum-information processing and communication protocols. This theme will also accept fundamental studies on non-classical aspects of light.

7.3 Quantum Optical Measurement and Quantum Technologies

Topics covering theoretical development and experimental implementation of qubits and quantum gates using optical, semiconductor, atomic, superconducting, and hybrid environments are invited. Special emphasis will be given to fresh creative ideas targeting quantum information techniques and applications such as quantum metrology and sensors, quantum communication and networking,

7.4 Nonlinear Optics in Micro/Nano-Optical Structures

Papers are invited on optics in frequency (up/down) conversion, including infrared and ultraviolet generation, nonlinear devices (for applications such as switching, modulation, memories and logic), nonlinear optics in waveguides and resonators, including frequency combs, nonlinear optics in metamaterials, and optomechanics

7.5 Optics and Photonics of Disordered Systems

Papers are invited on random lasers and control, localization, electrically-pumped random lasers, optical forces, aperiodic structures, transmission, focusing and imaging through random media, bio-photonic applications of random media, quasi-crystals, topologically protected transmission and disorder tolerant structures, and symmetry and optical nonreciprocity in photonic structures.

7.6 General Quantum Electronics

This is a broad theme related to laser physics, quantum mechanics, and light-matter interactions. This includes, but is not limited to, the following specific fields: quantum optics, nonlinear optics, meta-materials, random media, micro cavity design, and laser science and engineering. 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.

FiO 8: Vision and Color

8.1 Wavefront Sensing and Adaptive Optics for the Eye

Accurate wavefront sensing for the eye is critical for optimized refractive correction and for imaging the eye fundus with near-diffraction-limited resolution using adaptive optics systems.Fritz Zernike introduced the Zernike polynomials as an orthogonal normalized set for phase-contrast microscopy in 1934 and they have become widely accepted in the visual sciences. Contributions are solicited on the use of Zernike polynomials and other basis functions for ophthalmic applications, on wavefront sensing and adaptive optics applications for the eye.

8.2 Analysis of the Eye from the Retina to the Visual Cortex

Imaging and analysis of the retinal structure and neurons is essential to gain insight into visual function and, in particular, to identify changes incurred by retinal degenerations and disease. High resolution and speed is required to identify changes as early as possible. Submissions are encouraged on high-resolution retinal imaging in relation to neural function, photoreceptor analysis, ganglion cells, and retinal vasculature.

8.3 Applications of Visual Science and Physiological Optics

The use of optics to examine the eye and visual system is essential to gain insight into vision mechanisms and to detect abnormalities. Temporal dynamics of the eye, the tear film, refractive corrections, accommodation, scattering and glare are examples that all play crucial parts in how our visual system works. Contributions are sought on methods that explore the visual system which may include eye modeling, accommodation, intraocular lenses, color sensitivity, scattering and glare for both monocular and binocular vision.

8.4 Low-cost Ophthalmic Instrumentation and Imaging (Joint with FiO 1)

The availability of low-cost ophthalmic instrumentation is increasingly important with the ageing population in areas where it may not always be possible to have access to more expensive instrumentation and ophthalmic facilities. Indeed, many eye diseases may be identified and treated but are not due to financial or infrastructure limitations. Imaging systems and sensing systems based on mobile phone cameras and low-cost fundus cameras are becoming increasingly important. Contributions are sought on low-cost ophthalmic instrumentation and applications that target high-quality ophthalmic care at a reduced cost.


Laser Science Categories

1. Photonic Crystals: Fundamentals and Applications

Whether for guiding or confining light, photonic crystals represent a remarkable tool in photonics. Wavelength scale dimensions offer minimum mode volumes and exceptionally high cavity lifetimes. These properties have played a principal role in enabling recent advances in the performance of integrated photonic devices. This theme will cover the latest in the design, fabrication and novel application of this workhorse structure.

2. Optical and Laser-Based Approaches in Chemical and Biological Sensing

This topic addresses emerging research associated with optical and laser-based methods of chemical and biological detection, characterization and application. Specific emphasis is laid on techniques which improve device detection limits and response time, shorten detection period, enhance sensor specificity, and facilitate multi-target detection.  These techniques include such as, but are not limited to, cavity ring-down spectroscopy and related designs, surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy, surface plasmon resonance, microwave or Telahertz-based detectors, laser-induced fluorescence or ionization, and on-chip or fiber-based microfluidic devices.

3. Filamentation of Ultrashort Intense Laser Pulses

Femtosecond duration, ultraintense laser pulses generate intense light strings and elongated plasma channels with concomitant broadband supercontinuum radiation at ranges reaching kilometers and beyond. This session will explore means  extend and manipulate light filaments and plasma channels by utilizing unconventional laser beam profiling, initiating high voltage discharges over long pathways, initiating lasing in air, enabling km range LIBS (Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy) and building femtosecond LIDAR systems.

4. Cold Atoms and Molecules - Exploring New Physics with Quantum Degenerate Gases

Increasingly, Bose-Einstein condensates are used as platforms to explore challenging general physics topics in new ways.  With quantitatively close correspondence and correlations between theoretical, numerical, and experimental methods and data, new research directions show significant prospects for deepening our understanding of numerous areas of physics.  The proposed invited speakers specialize in a wide range of such topics, including: topological quantum matter, turbulence in quantum fluids, quantum phase transitions, emergent phenomena, far-from-equilibrium phenomena, spin-orbit coupling and gauge fields, spin textures, persistent current physics, atomtronics, nonlinear dynamics, imaging techniques, magnetometry, and light-matter coupled systems.  The proposed speakers are leaders in their respective areas, and their selection is intended to consist of enough breadth to interest contributions from researchers and students in numerous areas of BEC research, while also enough overlap to foster numerous beneficial scientific interactions.

5. Attosecond EUV and X-ray Light Sources and Their Applications

The rapid progress in table-top attosecond EUV and x-ray laser sources has revolutionized the science of light-matter interaction. New approaches and experimental techniques made possible with these sources have begun to make a lasting impact in deepening our understanding of inner-shell electrons, their electronic and magnetic properties, and structure and dynamics in atoms and molecules alike. It is now possible to investigate processes involving inner-shell electrons in atoms and molecules, on surfaces and in matter, in quantitative details that are undreamed of a few years back. Auger decay, tunneling, atom migration, inner-shell photoabsorption and photoionization, polarization, alignment and orientation, as well as nonlinear processes are probed with attosecond precision. This session is a forum aiming to provide a snapshot on the most recent advances in the field and to act as a platform for scientists and students to interact through presentations, discussions, and networking to promote further advances in the field of attosecond science and technology.

6. Innovative Resonator-Emitter Coupled Systems

Emitters coupled to resonant cavities and antennas has provided a unique platform for the study of fundamental light matter interactions. This sessions aims to explore the variety of new and innovative coupled systems which utilize semiconductors, dielectrics, and metals, as well as atomic and hybrid systems.  Emitters such as atoms, quantum dots, and NV centers in diamond coupled to solid state cavities,
nano-fibers, and metallic nano-antennas are all of interest.

7. Quantum Information with Photons

Photons are ideal carriers of information for quantum information processing and communication. Using the quantum properties of light can allow for measurements beyond classical limits. In addition, photons can enable quantum information transfer for applications in quantum key distribution, long distance quantum communication and quantum teleportation. This session will focus on the quantum properties of light for enabling novel technologies for information processing and communications.  Key topics include quantum information processing with light and light-matter interactions, optical amplification, entanglement, and other non-classical effects.

8. Semiconductor Nanooptics

The interaction of electromagnetic radiation with semiconductor nanostructures allows for a wide range of fundamental and application oriented studies. Of particular interest are investigations with ultra short and/or ultra strong fields in the optical and/or terahertz spectral range, as well as active nanostructure systems. Another topical area is defined by semiconductor quantum optics, focussing on novel light-matter coupling phenomena caused by quantization effects of either the light fields or the elementary material excitations.

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.

2.1 Novel Intense Attosecond Sources (Joint with FiO)

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