Optical Engineering

Editor-in-Chief: Michael T. Eismann, Air Force Research Laboratory, USA

Optical Engineering publishes peer-reviewed articles reporting on research, development, and applications of optics and photonics.

 

Call for Papers
How to Submit to a Special Section

To submit a manuscript for consideration in a special section, please prepare the manuscript according to the journal guidelines and use the online submission systemLeaving site. A cover letter indicating that the submission is intended for this special section should be included with the paper. Papers will be peer‐reviewed in accordance with the journal's established policies and procedures. Authors have the choice to publish with open access.

High Power Fiber Lasers
Publication Date
Special section papers are published as soon as the copyedited and typeset proofs are approved by the author.
Submission Deadline
15 March 2019
Guest Editors
Nicholas Morley

Air Force Research Laboratory
Directed Energy Directorate
Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico, USA
Email: nicholas.morley@us.af.mil

Craig Robin

US Army SMDC
Directed Energy Directorate
Huntsville, Alabama, USA
Email: craig.a.robin.civ@mail.mil

Eric Honea

Lockheed Martin Corp.
Bothell, Washington, USA
Email: eric.honea@lmco.com

Johan Nilsson

Optoelectronics Research Centre
University of Southampton
Hampshire, UK
Email: jn@orc.soton.ac.uk

Liang Dong

Clemson University
Clemson, South Carolina, USA
Email: dong4@clemson.edu

Scope

Research, development, and deployment of large mode area fiber lasers continues to increase, leading to their constant advancement in power generation and delivery capacity. Recent progress made in the areas of optical components, novel cladding and core designs, beam combination, fiber materials, suppression techniques for nonlinear optical phenomena, and laser packaging solutions has led to a  steady increase in power generation and delivery capabilities for scientific, industrial, and military applications. In the extreme, power scaling has reached a point where researchers and entrepreneurs are actually beginning to postulate arrays of fiber lasers large enough to enable rapid solar system travel and relativistic flight for interstellar missions, albeit for extremely small payloads. With this background, Optical Engineering is interested in publishing a special section dedicated to capturing the most recent advancements in the area of high-power fiber laser development.

Submissions are sought in all areas related to high-power optical fibers and fiber lasers. Topics relevant for this issue include but are not limited to the following subcategories:

  • Fiber lasers and amplifiers
  • Fiber laser materials, design, fabrication, and characterization
  • Fiber laser devices, subsystems, and components
  • Advancement in multiphysics fiber laser theory and modeling
  • Novel fiber structures for the suppression of nonlinear phenomena
  • Promising new device concepts and architectures
  • Application-specific fiber laser designs
  • Enabling component technologies
  • Multifiber beam combining
  • Passive delivery fibers for long-path high-power transmission
  • Laser damage thresholds for optical materials and components
  • Testing and unique diagnostics for high-power fiber lasers and amplifiers

This call for papers is open to all professionals and academics in relevant fiber laser fields. Participants in the Fiber Lasers XVI: Technology and Systems, Components and Packaging for Laser Systems V, and Solid State Lasers XXVIII: Technology and Devices Conferences at Photonics West 2019 are especially encouraged to consider submitting to this special edition.

The guest editors are also seeking comprehensive review papers in the areas listed above. Authors interested in submitting a review paper to this special section should contact the guest editors with a brief proposal on the paper. Such proposals should be submitted by 1 December 2018 to allow time for their consideration.

All submissions will be peer-reviewed. Peer review will commence immediately upon manuscript submission, with a goal of making a first decision within six weeks of manuscript submission. Special sections are opened online once a minimum of four papers have been accepted. Each paper is published as soon as the copyedited and typeset proofs are approved by the author. Submissions should follow the guidelines of Optical Engineering. Manuscripts should be submitted online at https://oe.msubmit.net.

Manuscript Submission Deadline: 15 March 2019.

Laser Damage IV
Publication Date
Special section papers are published as soon as the copyedited and typeset proofs are approved by the author.
Submission Deadline
Closed for submissions.
Guest Editors
Vitaly Gruzdev

University of Missouri
Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
Columbia, Missouri, USA
E-mail: gruzdevv@missouri.edu

Jonathan W. Arenberg

Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems
Redondo Beach, California, USA
E-mail: jon.arenberg@ngc.com

Scope

The annual Laser Damage Symposia is the leading forum for the exchange of information on all aspects of laser-induced damage in materials for high-power/high-energy lasers. In 2018 this trailblazing meeting will celebrate its 50th anniversary. The series of conference proceedings has grown to be a comprehensive source of information on optics and materials for high-power/high-energy lasers and their interaction. Materials of interest include, but are not limited to thin films, bulk optical materials, glass, fibers, metaoptics, and materials with nanostructured surfaces.

The participants of the Laser Damage Symposia have expressed a strong continuing need to publish selected presentations from the symposia in a peer-reviewed journal. To meet that need, Special Sections on Laser Damage were published by Optical Engineering in 2012, 2014, and 2017. These special sections received remarkable attention of readers and experts. The success of the previous effort makes it reasonable to publish the fourth Special Section on Laser Damage, in connection with the symposium's 50th anniversary. This special section is open for submissions from participants of the symposia, but also from all interested researchers worldwide who wish to publish original and novel results (even if they have not been presented at the symposia) in the following areas:

  • Laser-component fabrication
  • Measurements of laser-damage threshold
  • Laser-induced damage protocols
  • Optical materials for high-power lasers
  • Characterization of properties of the optical materials
  • Novel materials for high-power lasers
  • Materials for thin films and thin-film preparation
  • Thin-film properties, design, and durability
  • Aging issues for laser optics
  • Contamination of optical components
  • Fundamental mechanisms of laser-solid interactions
  • Fundamental effects in laser damage of optical materials
  • Ultrafast laser-material interactions
  • Nonlinear effects in laser-solid interactions
  • High-power propagation effects in transparent solids
  • Modeling of the laser-material interactions
  • Perspectives from 50 years of research into laser matter interactions and laser-induced damage.

The guest editors are also seeking comprehensive review papers in the areas listed above. Authors interested in submitting a review paper to this special section should contact the guest editors with a brief proposal of the paper. Such proposals should be submitted by 10 February 2018 to allow adequate time for their consideration.

All submissions will be peer reviewed. Peer review will commence immediately upon manuscript submission, with a goal of making a first decision within 6 weeks of manuscript submission. Special sections are opened online once a minimum of four papers have been accepted. Each paper is published as soon as the copyedited and typeset proofs are approved by the author. Submissions should follow the guidelines of Optical Engineering. Manuscripts should be submitted online at https://oe.msubmit.net.

Laser Damage
Sensors and Systems for Space Applications
Publication Date
Special section papers are published as soon as the copyedited and typeset proofs are approved by the author.
Submission Deadline
Closed for submissions.
Guest Editors
Genshe Chen

Intelligent Fusion Technology, Inc.
Germantown,Maryland, USA
gchen@intfusiontech.com

Khanh Pham

Air Force Research Lab.
Space Vehicles Directorate
Kirtland AFB, New Mexico, USA
khanh.pham.1@us.af.mil 

Erik Blasch

Air Force Office of Scientific Research
Arlington, Virginia, USA
erik.blasch.1@us.af.mil

Scope

Space assets are critical to our daily life. Sensors and systems play essential roles in space applications. This special issue aims to shed light on cutting-edge technology lines of interdisciplinary research in optics, photonics, sensor design, autonomy, optical detection, system analysis, space-based sensors, and situational awareness. Recent advances and research on sensors and systems for space applications will be discussed in this special section.
Topics relevant to this special issue include, but are not limited to:

  • Instrument and sensor architecture and design for space applications
  • Emerging systems and architectures for space applications
  • Perception and autonomy for aerospace applications
  • Emerging concepts for space communications
  • Optical detection and analysis for free -space laser communications
  • Space sensors and mission options
  • AI for space applications.

This call for papers is open to everyone.  Participants in the Sensors and Systems for Space Applications XI at Defense + Commercial Sensing 2018 are especially encouraged to submit an expanded or related paper for consideration. SPIE publication policy permits submission of journal papers based on proceedings papers, but may not be published in or submitted to other journals. 

All submissions will be peer reviewed. Peer review will commence immediately upon manuscript submission, with a goal of making a first decision within 6 weeks of manuscript submission. Special sections are opened online once a minimum of four papers have been accepted. Each paper is published as soon as the copyedited and typeset proofs are approved by the author. Submissions should follow the guidelines of Optical Engineering. Manuscripts should be submitted online at https://oe.msubmit.net.

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Situation Awareness in Degraded Environments
Publication Date
Special section papers are published as soon as the copyedited and typeset proofs are approved by the author.
Submission Deadline
Closed for submissions.
Guest Editors
Trey Arthur

NASA Langley Research Center
Hampton, Virginia, USA
trey.arthur@nasa.gov

Jack Sanders-Reed

The Boeing Company
Boeing Research & Technology / Avionics Systems Technology, USA
Jack.Sanders-Reed@Boeing.com

Niklas Peinecke

German Aerospace Center (DLR)
Institute of Flight Guidance
Brunswick, Germany
niklas.peinecke@dlr.de

Scope

Papers are sought on all aspects of situation awareness in degraded environments.  Applications include both civilian and military operations of both air and surface vehicles.

Degraded visual environments (DVE) are described as obscurants that reduce operator visibility such as smoke, haze, fog, dust, rain, snow, or reduced illumination (night). Vehicle structures that reduce direct external viewing (e.g., embedded cockpits or armored vehicles) represent another form of DVE.  Degraded environments also include electromagnetic effects (EME) such as GPS jamming or denial and degraded radio frequency environments (loss of communications). Optical degradation includes the effects of dazzlers or laser illumination. Papers discussing phenomenology of degraded environments and sensing for pilotage, targeting, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR), threat detection, and other functions are sought.

Factors which support situation awareness include sensing (both on-board and off-board sensors), databases (e.g., terrain and cultural features), sensor processing (fusion, stitching, feature extraction, image enhancement, and threat detection), data integration, display, and human factors. The intersection of data integration, display, and human factors is of interest to support human situation awareness and decision making in high tempo operations with many near-simultaneous events that could lead to high operator workload. Papers that explore concepts for collaboration of manned-unmanned teaming to extend sensor range and provide improved situation awareness are invited. This includes multiship operations (including combinations of manned and unmanned vehicles) and maintenance of a common operating picture (COP). It also includes system concepts that couple sensor processing directly to vehicle control systems.

In addition, we are also seeking papers on: distributed aperture systems (DAS) supporting 360-deg vision and multiple users with simultaneous, independent viewing angles; the use of head mounted displays (HMDs); the use of intelligent agents to augment human cognition; combined vision systems (CVS) consisting of live and synthetic vision; multiuse sensors (targeting, self-protection and threat warning, and pilotage); advanced perception and human interface technologies including 3D displays, haptic, and other novel interface technologies.

Additional topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

DVE Operations

  • operational surveys, studies, and trials
  • flight qualification and certification issues
  • operations through DVE weather, smoke, and other obscurants
  • windowless cockpits
  • runway and taxiway following
  • runway incursions, collision avoidance
  • automated landing systems
  • development of DVE system requirements: methodology and results

DVE-Penetrating Sensors and Systems

  • enhanced low-light CCD
  • long-wave, mid-wave, and short-wave infrared
  • active millimeter-wave radar
  • passive millimeter-wave imaging
  • terahertz imaging for obscurant penetration
  • obscurant penetrating 3D lidar
  • night vision, color night vision
  • weather radar exploitation
  • sensor operation and control
  • multiband/multiphenomenology approaches
  • dual- or multiuse sensors
  • sensor, weather, and environmental effect simulation
  • airport surface characterization at low-grazing angles (MMW effects)
  • phenomenology

Sensor Processing Algorithms, Architectures, and Capabilities

  • image enhancement, registration, exploitation
  • multispectral image fusion, feature extraction, obstacle and wire detection
  • coupling sensor processing to vehicle control systems
  • dangerous weather identification (microburst, wind shear, etc.)
  • airport, runway, and taxiway feature matching
  • world-conformal display alignment methods
  • system latencies, refresh rates
  • architectures for sensor and information management and distribution
  • terrain and obstacle database management, including sensor-driven real-time updating
  • database acquisition, generation, verification, certification, formats
  • efficient rendering techniques for terrain and high-volume ladar/lidar data
  • embedded graphics systems, multicore GPU algorithm acceleration

Display Systems and Presentation Formats

  • head-up, head-down, head-worn display formats
  • heads up/eyes out flight information and formats
  • 360° viewing, picture-in-picture windows
  • photo-realistic display, 3D stereo display formats
  • augmented and virtual reality displays
  • value and limitations of color information display
  • dynamic perspective flight guidance, 4D pathway, highway in the sky
  • flight-management and planning systems integration
  • electronic Flight Bag integration
  • information management, integration, and presentation
  • human perception capabilities.


This call for papers is open to everyone.  Participants in the Situation Awareness in Degraded Environments 2018 Conference at Defense + Commercial Sensing 2018 are especially encouraged to submit an expanded or related paper for consideration. SPIE publication policy permits submission of journal papers based on proceedings papers.

All submissions will be peer reviewed. Peer review will commence immediately upon manuscript submission, with a goal of making a first decision within 6 weeks of manuscript submission. Special sections are opened online once a minimum of four papers have been accepted. Each paper is published as soon as the copyedited and typeset proofs are approved by the author. Submissions should follow the guidelines of Optical Engineering. Manuscripts should be submitted online at https://oe.msubmit.net.

DVE
Polarization: Systems, Measurement, Analysis, and Remote Sensing
Publication Date
Special section papers are published as soon as the copyedited and typeset proofs are approved by the author.
Submission Deadline
Manuscripts due 30 November 2018
Guest Editors
David B. Chenault

Polaris Sensor Technologies, Inc. (USA)
david.chenault@polarissensor.com

Dennis H. Goldstein

Polaris Sensor Technologies, Inc. (USA)
dgoldstein7@cox.net

Michael W. Kudenov

North Carolina State University (USA)
mwkudeno@ncsu.edu

Meredith Kupinski

University of Arizona (USA)
meredith@optics.arizona.edu

J. Larry Pezzaniti

Polaris Sensor Technologies, Inc. (USA)
larry.pezzaniti@polarissensor.com

Joseph A. Shaw

Montana State Univ. (USA)
joseph.shaw@montana.edu

Frans Snik

Leiden University (Netherlands)
snik@strw.leidenuniv.nl

J. Scott Tyo

Australian Defence Force Academy (Australia)
s.tyo@adfa.edu.au

Christine L. Bradley

Jet Propulsion Laboratory (USA)
christine.l.bradley@jpl.nasa.gov

Scope

Optical Engineering and the team of guest editors above cordially invite submissions of papers for a special section on polarization. Optical polarization continues to garner interest across optical disciplines, and the applications and uses of polarization are growing. Exploiting polarization has resulted in new sensing capabilities for remote sensing, enabled greater multiplexing of signals, produced new propagation modes, and driven development of new devices. Better analytical understanding of polarization has resulted in improved performance of optical systems that both minimize and maximize polarization effects. Polarization has been demonstrated to enhance contrast, aid in target detection, assist in the penetration of scattering media, probe material surfaces, and characterize atmospheric aerosols and cloud particles. Applications for polarimetry have included air- and ground-based sensors, remote sensing, underwater imagers, medical imagery, and nonimaging sensors for environmental and industrial monitoring applications, and new applications continue to emerge.

This call for papers seeks rigorous manuscripts that fully explore and explain the uses and understanding of polarization in optical systems, from measurement and analysis of polarized light in materials, optical components, and optical systems, to polarization sensing systems for applications like those listed above. Papers that describe novel applications of polarization devices and instrumentation, detailed descriptions of the sensors that address these applications, and new analytic methods to describe polarization phenomena are especially encouraged. 

Following is a nonexclusive set of topics appropriate for this special section:

Polarization in Remote Sensing

  • polarization as a discriminator
  • polarization for target classification
  • atmospheric polarization measurements and modeling including cloud and haze property determinations
  • polarization remote sensing programs
  • terrestrial and planetary surface polarization, including agricultural crop and soil modeling
  • astrophysical applications
  • polarimetric ladar/lidar

Polarization Properties of Materials

  • natural background materials
  • optical materials
  • liquid crystals
  • crystalline materials
  • ceramics and plastics
  • organic and biological materials

Polarization Simulation and Modeling

  • signature modeling
  • algorithms for modeling scattering and/or surface features
  • capabilities of current modeling codes

Mathematics of Polarization and Scattering

  • physical understanding of polarization quantities
  • mathematical descriptions of instruments
  • development in polarization calculi
  • understanding of depolarization phenomenon

Polarization-Based Devices and Optical Elements

  • electro-optic modulators
  • liquid crystal modulators
  • novel materials for new devices
  • novel device applications.
  • polarizers and retarders
  • thin-film coatings, phase conjugators
  • lenses, mirrors, gratings, beamsplitters
  • optical fibers and waveguides

Polarization Analysis of Optical Systems

  • Polarization ray tracing, aberration theory, and optical design with polarized light
  • instrumental polarization
  • thin-film design

Polarization-Based Optical System Concepts

  • architectures and design tradeoffs
  • optical signal processors and computers
  • optical data storage
  • fiber optic sensors

Polarization Metrology and Instrumentation

  • ellipsometry
  • polarization scattered light measurements
  • spectropolarimetry
  • imaging polarimetry
  • calibration of polarizing devices and polarization systems
  • use of calibration standards
  • characterization of polarization devices, subsystems, and systems, and data reduction.

All submissions will be peer reviewed. Peer review will commence immediately upon manuscript submission, with a goal of making a first decision within 6 weeks of manuscript submission. Special sections are opened online once a minimum of four papers have been accepted. Each paper is published as soon as the copyedited and typeset proofs are approved by the author. Submissions should follow the guidelines of Optical Engineering. Manuscripts should be submitted online at https://oe.msubmit.net.

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Optical Fiber Sensor Technology
Publication Date
Special section papers are published as soon as the copyedited and typeset proofs are approved by the author.
Submission Deadline
Manuscripts due 1 December 2018
Guest Editors
Gary A. Miller

US Naval Research Lab.
Washington, DC, USA
dr.gamiller@gmail.com

Stavros Pissadakis

Institute of Electronic Structure and Laser (IESL)
Foundation for Research and Technology - Hellas (FORTH)
Heraklion, Greece
pissas@iesl.forth.gr

Ping Lu

National Research Council Canada
Fibre Photonics
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Ping.Lu@nrc-cnrc.gc.ca

Scope

There has been continuous progress in the field of optical fiber sensors over the last several decades. The use of microstructured and specialty glass optical fibers, the implementation of new transducing materials, and the deployment of efficient light localization schemes has redrawn the landscape of optical fiber sensors (OFSs), allowing the demonstration of devices with high performance and new functionalities. This progress has also prompted the penetration of OFSs into new application fields and markets.

The purpose of this special section is to attract original contributions and niche review articles into the rapidly transforming field of OFSs. Current advances and emerging trends in the relevant application domains of bio- and chemo-sensing, structural health monitoring, and E/M fields sensing among others are requested for submittal. Demonstrations including new transduction and sensing methods or materials, new types of optical fibers, and alternative concepts for light manipulation for enhancing efficient sensing processes in optical fibers are particularly welcome.      

The guest editors invite contributions to this special section of Optical Engineering in all areas of fiber optic sensors. Topics relevant to this issue include, but are not limited to:

  • Physical, mechanical, and electromagnetic fields sensors
  • Chemical, environmental, and biological sensors
  • Optofluidic, interferometric, and distributed sensors
  • Structural health monitoring systems and smart structures
  • Microstructured optical fiber sensors
  • Novel optical fiber and related materials sensing concepts
  • Multiplexed and networked sensors
  • Sensor interrogation and system integration.

This call for papers is open to all professionals and academics in relevant fields. Participants in the Fiber Optic Sensors and Applications XV Conference are especially encouraged to submit an expanded or related paper for consideration. SPIE publication policy permits submission of journal papers based on proceedings papers, but may not be published in or submitted to other journals.

The guest editors are also seeking comprehensive review papers in the areas listed above. Authors interested in submitting a review paper to this special section should contact the guest editors with a brief proposal of the paper. Such proposals should be submitted by 2 July 2018 to allow adequate time for their consideration.

All submissions will be peer reviewed. Peer review will commence immediately upon manuscript submission, with a goal of making a first decision within 6 weeks of manuscript submission. Special sections are opened online once a minimum of four papers have been accepted. Each paper is published as soon as the copyedited and typeset proofs are approved by the author. Submissions should follow the guidelines of Optical Engineering. Manuscripts should be submitted online at https://oe.msubmit.net.

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Security in Optical Communications: Quantum and Classical Technologies from Devices to Systems
Publication Date
Special section papers are published as soon as the copyedited and typeset proofs are approved by the author.
Submission Deadline
Manuscripts due 15 December 2018
Guest Editors
Jacob Scheuer

Tel-Aviv University, Israel
kobys@eng.tau.ac.il

Roberto Llorente

Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain
rllorent@ntc.upv.es

Barry C. Sanders

University of Calgary, Canada
sandersb@ucalgary.ca

Scope

Transferring information in a secure and private manner is a key ingredient to many aspects of society. Fundamental social and economic processes rely on privacy and safekeeping of secrets. This special section on Security in Optical Communications seeks high-quality research contributions in all areas of secure communication technologies (such as optical fiber, free-space, optical wireless, short-haul, visible light communication, data centers) with emphasis on the role of photonics and optical devices, transport, subsystems, systems, and networks.

The main focus of this special section is fundamental methods and novel engineering techniques, whether classical or quantum, for secure optical communications as well as enabling technologies (e.g., signal processing, photonic devices) that can advance secure optical communication.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited, to the following:

Key Generation, Distribution, and Authentication

  • Public key infrastructures, key management, credential management
  • Quantum communication, quantum cryptography, quantum networks
  • Classical key distribution

Encryption and Secure Data Transmission

  • Quantum codes and fundamental theory
  • Novel optical encryption schemes
  • Hybrid optical/electronic encryption, and multiple layer encryption
  • Noise-aided encryption techniques: quantum-, chaos-, classical-, speckle-noise aided approaches

Hardware-Software Co-design for System-Level Security Protection

  • Secure software-defined optical networks
  • System security and isolation in cloud, network slicing, and virtual networks
  • Secure optical data transport
  • Multilayer security

Trusted and Reliable Hardware

Vulnerability Discovery Techniques in Optical Transport, Systems, and Networks

  • Intrusion detection and prevention
  • Jamming and anti-jamming
  • Enabling signal processing

Security Technologies for Different Physical Layer Optical Communications Platforms

  • Optical long-haul, metro, and core networks
  • Optical access, shorthaul, and data center
  • 5G optical backhaul and fronthaul, optical-wireless (VLC) and fiber-wireless
  • Enabling photonic devices and integrated systems

Testbed and Demonstration for Secure Communications: Optical Classical, Quantum/Hybrid

  • Layer 1, combined layer 1 and 2 demonstration experiments
  • Functional validation and interoperability issues
  • Techno-economics and pricing strategies.

All submissions will be peer reviewed. Peer review will commence immediately upon manuscript submission, with a goal of making a first decision within 6 weeks of manuscript submission. Special sections are opened online once a minimum of four papers have been accepted. Each paper is published as soon as the copyedited and typeset proofs are approved by the author. Submissions should follow the guidelines of Optical Engineering. Manuscripts should be submitted online at https://oe.msubmit.net.

Optical Communication
Ultraprecision Optics Fabrication and Characterization
Publication Date
Special section papers are published as soon as the copyedited and typeset proofs are approved by the author.
Submission Deadline
Manuscripts due 1 January 2019
Guest Editors
Dae Wook Kim

University of Arizona
Tucson, Arizona, USA
dkim@optics.arizona.edu

Tayyab Suratwala

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Livermore, California, USA
suratwala1@llnl.gov

Sven Schröder

Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering IOF
Jena, Germany
sven.schroeder@iof.fraunhofer.de

Scope

This special section will cover advanced high precision optical manufacturing technologies (e.g., single point diamond turning, precision CNC grinding, sub-aperture computer controlled optical surfacing, continuous planetary polishing, freeform optics postprocessing) along with optical metrology solutions (e.g., surface scattering measurement, surface scanning profilometry, high dynamic range deflectometry/interferometry, white light interferometry). A special focus is on fabrication and characterization of optical components over the entire spectrum of surface errors and imperfections covering the low- to mid- to high spatial frequencies (e.g., power spectral density function, structure function) as well as on links to the optical performance (image quality, point spread function, bidirectional reflectance distribution function). Cutting-edge applications with innovative optical design not only require new fabrication and metrology technologies but also need a coherent view of the relationships between the different process steps as well as pragmatic approach to provide optical surfaces with tailored specifications for a specific application. This special section will concentrate on the comprehensive subjects and interlocking technologies for ultraprecision optics fabrication and characterization. We are soliciting contributions in these areas and others as appropriate: 

  Fabrication technology

  • SPDT (single point diamond turning)
  • Precision CNC grinding
  • Micromilling
  • Active/conformable tools                
  • MRF (magnetorheological finishing)
  • IBF (ion beam figuring)
  • FJP (fluid jet polishing)
  • Bonnet polishing
  • Molding                
  • Alignment and datum systems                
  • Tolerancing                
  • Additive manufacturing                
  • Freeform optics postprocessing  

Optics characterization and metrology                

  • Mid-spatial frequency metrology
  • High spatial frequency metrology                
  • Light scattering techniques                
  • Defects and contaminations
  • Alignment                
  • Profilometry                
  • Deflectometry                
  • Wavefront sensing                
  • Surface form descriptions - NURBS, point cloud, polynomials
  • Interferometric methods including stitching and computer generated hologram (CGH)  


Precision optics application                

  • Imaging                
  • Illumination
  • Novel application solutions
All submissions will be peer reviewed. Peer review will commence immediately upon manuscript submission, with a goal of making a first decision within 6 weeks of manuscript submission. Special sections are opened online once a minimum of four papers have been accepted. Each paper is published as soon as the copyedited and typeset proofs are approved by the author. Submissions should follow the guidelines of Optical Engineering. Manuscripts should be submitted online at https://oe.msubmit.net.
Ultraprecision
Published Special Sections

High Power Laser Ablation
Guest Editors: Vitaly Gruzdev, Claude Phipps

Nonlinear Frequency Conversions
Guest Editors: Rita D. Peterson, Christelle Kieleck, and Pete Schunemann

Advances in Optical Design (October 2018)
Guest Editors: Peter Clark, Julius Muschaweck, Richard Pfisterer, and John Rogers

Light Field and Holographic Displays: New trends in 3-D Imaging and Visualization (June 2018)
Guest Editors: Jung-Young Son, Michael T. Eismann, Sumio Yano, Jose Manuel Rodrigues Ramos, and Yi-Pei Huang

Self-Mixing Interferometry for Industrial Applications (May 2018)
Guest Editors: Silvano Donati and Michele Norgia

3-D Printing and Manufacturing (April 2018)
Guest Editors: Henry Helvajian and Bo Gu

Photon Counting Technology (March 2018)
Guest Editors: Majeed Hayat and Gerald Buller

Solid-State Lasers (February 2018)
Guest Editors: Patrick Berry, Jonathan Evans, and Brian Dolasinski

Quantum and Interband Cascade Lasers with Applications (January 2018)
Guest Editors: Jerry R. Meyer, Igor Vurgaftman, and Gerard Wysocki

Plasmonic Systems and Applications (December 2017)
Guest Editors: Monica Allen, Jeffery Allen, Daniel Wasserman, G. V. Pavan Kumar, and Stefan Maier

Interferometry (November 2017)
Guest Editors: Peter de Groot and Erik Novak

Infrared Sensors (September 2017)
Guest Editors: Arvind D'Souza and Paul D. LeVan

Imaging Spectrometry (August 2017)
Guest Editors: John F. Silny, Emmett J. Ientilucci, Joseph Meola, and Thomas Chrien

Long-Range Imaging (July 2017)
Guest Editors: Daniel LeMaster, Szymon Gladysz, Andrew Lambert, and Michael Hart

Wearable Vision Systems (May 2017)
Guest Editors: Darrel G. Hopper, James E. Melzer, Michael Browne, and Peter Marasco

Optical Computational Imaging (April 2017)
Guest Editors: Abhijit Mahalonobis, Amit Ashok, and Lei Tian

Active Electro-Optical Sensing: Phenomenology, Technology, and Applications (March 2017)
Guest Editors: Paul F. McManamon, Walter F. Buell, Gary Kamerman, Ove Steinvall, and Kazuhiro Asai

Optical Refrigeration and Radiation-Balanced Lasers (January 2017)
Guest Editors: Richard Epstein and Mansoor Sheik-Bahae

Laser Damage III (January 2017)
Guest Editors: Vitaly Gruzdev and Michelle D. Shinn

Speckle-Based Metrology (December 2016)
Guest Editors: Fernando Mendoza Santoyo, Marc Georges, Peter Lehmann, Wolfgang Osten, and Armando Albertazzi G., Jr.

Free-Space Laser Communication (November 2016)
Guest Editor: Hamid Hemmati

Instrumentation and Techniques for Geometrical and Mechanical Quantity Measurement (September 2016)
Guest Editors: Liandong Yu, Peter Ott, Lian Qing Zhu, Ben Yong Chen, and Lian Xiang Yang

2-D Materials for Optics and Photonics (August 2016)
Guest Editors: Han Zhang, Edmund Kelleher, and Juejun Hu.

Freeform Optics (July 2016)
Guest Editors: Oliver Fähnle, Ray Williamson, and Dae Wook Kim

Microwave Photonics: Deep Interactions between Microwaves and Lightwaves (March 2016)
Guest Editors: Xihua Zou, Attila Szep, and Chao Wang

Structural Health Monitoring: Use of Guided Waves and/or Nonlinear Acoustic Techniques (January 2016)
Guest Editors: Tribikram Kundu, Francesco Lanza di Scalea, and Hoon Sohn

Complex Light (November 2015)
Guest Editors: David L. Andrews, Enrique J. Galvez, and Jesper Glückstad

Digital Photoelasticity: Advancements and Applications (August 2015)
Guest Editor: Krishnamurthi Ramesh

Computational Approaches to Imaging LADAR (March 2015)
Guest Editors: David Rabb and Joseph Marron

Fiber Lasers and Applications (January 2015)
Guest Editors: Zeev Zalevsky, Abraham Katzir, and Yoav Sintov

Optical Frequency Combs (December 2014)
Guest Editors: Vladimir Ilchenko and Zhaohui Li

Laser Damage II (December 2014)
Guest Editors: Vitaly Gruzdev and Michelle D. Shinn

Advances of Precision Optical Measurements and Instrumentation for Geometrical and Mechanical Quantities (December 2014)
Guest Editors: Lian Dong Yu, Ben Yong Chen, and Lianxiang Yang

Practical Holography: New Procedures, Materials, and Applications (November 2014)
Guest Editors: A.R. Ganesan and Pietro Ferraro

High-Speed 3-D Optical Metrology and Applications (November 2014)
Guest Editors: Song Zhang, Rongguang Liang, and Lianxiang Yang

Slow and Fast Light (October 2014)
Guest Editors: Selim Shahriar and Jacob Scheuer

Machine Vision: Processing, Components, and Systems (October 2014)
Guest Editors: Richard Kleihorst and Hideo Saito

Optical Fabrication, Testing, and Metrology (September 2014)
Guest Editors: Daniel Malacara-Hernández, Joanna Schmit, and Sven Schröder

Single-Photon Detection, Generation, and Applications (August 2014)
Guest Editors: Alex McIntosh and Mark Itzler

Glass Photonics for Integrated Optics (July 2014)
Guest Editors: Maurizio Ferrari and Stefano Taccheo

Human Vision (June 2014)
Guest Editors: Eli Peli, Joyce Farrell, Stephen Burns, and Susana Marcos

Laser Sensing and Imaging (June 2014)
Guest Editors: Chunqing Gao and Dingyuan Tang

Ocean Optics (May 2014)
Guest Editor: Weilin Hou

Ultrashort Pulsed Laser and Applications Engineering (May 2014)
Guest Editors: Marcos Dantus and Gerald C. Manke II

Terahertz Physics and Applications (March 2014)
Guest Editors: Mehdi Anwar, Joseph S. Melinger, Ekmel Ozbay, and Masayoshi Tonouchi

Freeform Optics (March 2014)
Guest Editors: Groot Gregory, Craig Olson, and Florian Fournier

Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Explosive Sensing (February 2014)
Guest Editor: Augustus W. Fountain III

Optical and Hybrid Imaging and Processing for Big Data Problems (January 2014)
Guest Editors: Khan M. Iftekharuddin, Abdul A. S. Awwal, S. Susan Young, and Ghaleb M. Abdulla

Gradient-Index Optics (November 2013)
Guest Editors: Predrag Milojkovic, Stefanie Tompkins, and Ravindra Athale

High Dynamic Range Imaging (October 2013)
Guest Editors: Touradj Ebrahimi and Andrew G. Tescher

Speckle Metrology (October 2013)
Guest Editors: Ángel F. Doval, Cristina Trillo, and José Carlos López Vázquez

Space Telescopes II (September 2013)
Guest Editors: Jim Oschmann, Mark Clampin, and Howard MacEwen

Diffractive Optics and Nanophotonics (September 2013)
Guest Editor: Chunlei Du

Ground-Based/Airborne Telescopes and Instrumentation (August 2013)
Guest Editor: Helen Hall

Aero-Optics and Adaptive Optics for Aero-Optics (July 2013)
Guest Editor: Eric J. Jumper

Video Compression Technology (July 2013)
Guest Editors: Ofer Hadar and Dan Grois

Infrared Systems (June 2013)
Guest Editors: Michael Eismann and Phil Perconti

Optical Materials (May 2013)
Guest Editor: Ishwar D. Aggarwal

Target Search and Detection Modeling (April 2013)
Guest Editors: Piet Bijl, Tana Maurer, David Wilson

High-Energy Laser Systems and Components (February 2013)
Guest Editor: John R. Albertine

Laser Damage (December 2012)
Guest Editors: Vitaly E. Gruzdev and Michelle D. Shinn

Hyperspectral Imaging Systems (November 2012)
Guest Editors: John N. Lee and Christoher G. Simi

Imaging Through the Atmosphere (October 2012)
Guest Editor: Giesele Bennett

Terahertz and Millimeter Wave Imaging (September 2012)
Guest Editors: Eddie Jacobs, Roger Appleby, and Dennis Prather

Precision Optical Measurements and Instrumentation for Geometrical and Mechanical Quantities (August 2012)
Guest Editors: Kuang-Chao Fan, Rong-Sheng Lu, and Lian-Xiang Yang

Computational Imaging (July 2012)
Guest Editors: David J. Brady and Robert Gibbons

Active Imaging: Concepts, Components, and Application (June 2012)
Guest Editor: Edward A. Watson

Free-Space Laser Communications (March 2012)
Guest Editor: Hamid Hemmati

3-D and 4-D Imaging Techniques and Applications (February 2012)
Guest Editors: G. Charmaine Gilbreath and Lenny Lipton

Space Telescopes (January 2012)
Guest Editors: Mark Clampin and Kathryn A. Flanagan

Optical Design (December 2011)
Guest Editors: G. Groot Gregory and Bryan Stone

Fiber Lasers (November 2011)
Guest Editor: Dahv Kliner

Advances of Optical Metrology in the Transportation Industry (October 2011)
Guest Editors: Lianxiang Yang and Andreas Ettemeyer

Digital Holography and Holographic Displays (September 2011)
Guest Editor: Hans I. Bjelkhagen

Liquid Crystals for Photonics (August 2011)
Guest Editor: Ignacio Moreno

Integrated Optics (July 2011)
Guest Editor: Giancarlo C. Righini

Infrared Detectors (June 2011)
Guest Editors: Paul Norton and Mel Kruer

Quantum and Interband Cascade Lasers (November 2010)
Guest Editors: Jerry Meyer and Igor Vurgaftman

Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Laser (September 2010)
Guest Editors: Gregory J. Quarles and Yehoshua Kalisky

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