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 a Manuscript

Regular papers: Submissions of regular papers are always welcome.

Special section papers: Open calls for papers are listed below. A cover letter indicating that the submission is intended for a particular special section should be included with the paper.

To submit a paper, please prepare the manuscript according to the journal guidelines and use the online submission systemLeaving site. All papers will be peer‐reviewed in accordance with the journal's established policies and procedures. Authors have the choice to publish with open access.

Spatial Light Modulators: Devices and Applications
Publication Date
Vol. 59, Issue 4
Submission Deadline
Closed to submissions.
Guest Editors
Ignacio Moreno

Universidad Miguel Hernandez
Elche, Spain
i.moreno@umh.es

María del Mar Sánchez-López

Universidad Miguel Hernandez
Elche, Spain
mar.sanchez@umh.es

Andrew Forbes

University of the Witwatersrand
Johannesburg, South Africa
andrew.forbes@wits.ac.za

Yoshio Hayasaki

Utsunomiya University
Utsunomiya,  Japan
hayasaki@cc.utsunomiya-u.ac.jp

Scope

Spatial light modulators (SLM) are opto-electronic devices that modulate amplitude, phase, and polarization of light waves in space and in time. Well-established technologies such as liquid-crystal devices and digital micro-mirror devices are currently used in many different applications requiring these capabilities. Newer devices with higher resolution, higher speed, or extended operational spectral ranges have led to progress in different areas of optics and photonics.

This special section of Optical Engineering aims at capturing the most recent advancements in the area of spatial light modulators. Relevant topics for this issue include advances in:

  • Liquid crystal and digital micro-mirror based SLM fabrication technology
  • Techniques for the characterization, modelling and compensation of the SLM optical modulation properties

as well as the application of SLMs in areas which include but are not limited to the following subcategories:

  • Wavefront sensing and adaptive optics
  • Customized light beam shaping
  • Pulse shaping
  • Optical metrology techniques
  • Reconfigurable interconnects
  • Wavelength selective switches
  • Beam-steering devices
  • Optical communications
  • Quantum information processing
  • Quantum optical computing;
  • Holographic displays
  • Displays for augmented and virtual reality
  • Holographic microscopy
  • Optical trapping and tweezing
  • Computational imaging
  • Holographic material laser fabrication
  • Massless lithography and 3-D printing

 

This call for papers is open to all professionals and academics in fields related to SLM technology or who are users of these devices.

Comprehensive review papers in the areas listed above are also welcome. Authors interested in submitting a review paper to this special section should contact the guest editors with a brief proposal on the paper. Review proposals should be submitted by 15 May 2019 to allow time for their consideration.

All submissions will be peer-reviewed. Peer review will start immediately upon manuscript submission, with the 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.

Machine Learning in Optics
Publication Date
Vol. 59, Issue 5
Submission Deadline
Closed to submissions.
Guest Editors
Jonathan Howe

NVIDIA Corp., USA
jhowe@nvidia.com

Travis Axtell

Department of the Navy, USA
Dr.Travis.Axtell@ieee.org

Khan Iftekharuddin

Old Dominion University, USA
kiftekha@odu.edu

Scope

Machine learning is a rapidly evolving field, due to the large community of interdisciplinary researchers currently focused on the topic. Major breakthroughs in computer vision helped to inspire the intense focus on machine learning. This special section will cover recent advances in machine learning through innovation in the science of optical systems. The guest editors cordially encourage submitting original manuscripts in the following topics and other related topics:

 

  • Smart optical systems
  • Detector or sensor designs with tensor computation
  • Algorithm training and inference techniques enabled by light
  • Algorithm designs informed by image science
  • Combined metrics for image quality and algorithm performance
  • Development of labeled datasets for optical engineering applications
  • Optical system designs to counter adversarial AI techniques or failure modes
  • Novel methods to reduce SWAP-C through the applications of ML
  • Sensor fusion of multi-aperture optics
  • Machine learning applications:
    • Optical fabrication and optomechanical analysis
    • Radiometry
    • Calibration
    • Coherent and noncoherent optical systems
    • Computer vision
    • Reconstruction of degraded imagery (e.g. optical turbulence, haze, low light, sensor damage, …)
    • Optical control and feedback systems
    • Enhanced spectroscopy

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 August 2019 to allow time for their consideration.
The guest editors highly encourage the use of Code Ocean to facilitate working demonstrations of the concepts presented in the 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.
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.

Terahertz and Infrared Optics: Towards Biophotonics
Publication Date
Vol. 59, Issue 6
Submission Deadline
Closed to submissions.
Guest Editors
Kirill I. Zaytsev

Prokhorov General Physics Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences,
Moscow, Russia
and
Bauman Moscow State Technical University,
Moscow, Russia
kirzay@gmail.com

Irina N. Dolganova

Institute of Solid State Physics of the Russian
Academy of Sciences
Chernogolovka, Russia
and
Bauman Moscow State Technical University
Moscow, Russia
in.dolganova@gmail.com

Valery V. Tuchin

Saratov State University
Saratov 410012, Russia
and
Institute of Precision Mechanics and Control of the Russian Academy of Sciences
Saratov, Russia
and
Tomsk State University, Tomsk, Russia
tuchinvv@mail.ru

Vladimir N. Kurlov

Institute of Solid State Physics of the Russian
Academy of Sciences
Chernogolovka, Russia
kurlov@issp.ac.ru

Scope

This special section will present results of modern research in the field of terahertz and infrared science and technology, which have been developing rapidly over the past decades. Recent progress in the field of materials, components, instruments, and methods of terahertz and infrared technology opens up a new avenue for developing portable and ergonomic sensors, and spectroscopic and imaging systems that are capable of solving numerous complex problems in areas such as material science and chemistry, security and nondestructive remote sensing, biology, and medicine. We emphasize applications of these novel terahertz and infrared instruments and methods in label-free medical diagnosis of malignant neoplasms and other diseases thanks to a specificity of interactions of electromagnetic wave with biological tissues in the terahertz and infrared ranges. Considering this rapid progress, Optical Engineering intends to publish a special section to capture the most recent advances of terahertz and infrared optics with prospects for biophotonics.

Topics relevant to this special section include but are not limited to:

  • Advanced terahertz and infrared materials and related fabrication technologies;
  • Terahertz and infrared laser systems and components, including solid state and quantum cascade lasers;
  • Semiconductor devices for terahertz and infrared applications;
  • Methods and instruments for spectroscopy and imaging at terahertz and infrared wavelengths;
  • Digital signal processing and inverse ill-posed problems in terahertz and infrared spectroscopy, imaging and holography;
  • Wide-aperture optical systems and sub-wavelength-resolution imaging in terahertz and infrared ranges;
  • Flexible fibers and hard waveguides for terahertz and infrared-wave delivery to hardly accessible objects for diagnostic and therapeutic applications;
  • Numerical modeling of electromagnetic wave – matter interactions in terahertz and infrared ranges;
  • Medical diagnosis and therapy using terahertz and infrared waves;
  • Multimodal methods of spectroscopy and imaging for industrial and biomedical applications.

 This call for papers is open to all professionals and academics in relevant fields of terahertz and infrared technology. Participants in conference on Terahertz Optics and Biophotonics and conference on Advanced Materials for Optics and Biophotonics at Saratov Fall Meeting 2018 (SFM’18) are especially encouraged to consider submitting to this special section.

 The guest editors are also seeking comprehensive review papers in the above-mentioned research fields. Authors interested in submitting a review paper to this special section should contact the guest editors via email with a brief proposal on the paper. Such proposals should be submitted by April 1, 2019, for consideration.

All submissions will be peer-reviewed. Peer review will start immediately upon manuscript submission, with the 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 OpticalEngineering. Manuscripts should be submitted online at https://oe.msubmit.net.

Adapted from [N. V. Chernomyrdin et al., "Reflection-mode continuous-wave 0.15λ-resolution terahertz solid immersion microscopy of soft biological tissues," Applied Physics Letters 113(11), 111102 (2018), DOI: 10.1063/1.5045480], with the permission of AIP Publishing.
Optical Quantum Computing
Publication Date
Vol. 60, Issue 4
Submission Deadline
1 September 2020
Guest Editors
Eric Donkor

University of Connecticut
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Storrs, Connecticut
United States
eric.donkor@uconn.edu

Brandon Rodenburg

Quantum Information Science Group
The MITRE Corporation
200 Forrestal Road
Princeton, New Jersey
United States
brodenburg@mitre.org

Scope

The guest editors seek papers that highlight current research and development efforts towards the realization of optical quantum computers for a Special Section on Optical Quantum Computing. Recent advances in scalable optical logic circuits, the development of high-efficiency quantum detectors, quantum memories, the generation of nonclassical light sources, as well as the development of efficient quantum computational algorithms, have accelerated progress in optical quantum computing for which single photons and quantized light fields are utilized for information processing. Papers that report on emerging hardware technologies and efficient software protocols with potential to advance the current state of optical quantum computing are of interest. Topical areas include but are not limited to:

 

  • Optical quantum state preparation and measurement
  • Scalable optical quantum computer architectures and implementations
  • Optical quantum computing protocols
  • Fault-tolerant and error-correction algorithms
  • Single-photon and entangled-photon sources
  • Quantum detectors
  • Quantum memories

 

All submissions will be peer-reviewed. Peer review will start immediately upon manuscript submission, with the 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.

Optical Quantum Computing
Holography
Publication Date
Vol. 59, Issue 10
Submission Deadline
Closed to submissions.
Guest Editors
Maria Luisa Cruz Lopez

Universidad Panamericana
Faculty of Engineering
Jalisco, Mexico
mlcruz@up.edu.mx

Pasquale Memmolo

National Research Council
Institute of Applied Sciences and Intelligent Systems "Eduardo Caianiello" 
Pozzuoli, Italy
p.memmolo@isasi.cnr.it

Hao Zhang

Tsinghua University
Department of Precision Instruments
Beijing, China
haozhang274@tsinghua.edu.cn

Manoj Kumar

Kobe University
Graduate School of System Informatics
Kobe, Japan
manojklakra@gmail.com

Osamu Matoba

Kobe University
Graduate School of System Informatics
Kobe, Japan
matoba@kobe-u.ac.jp

Scope

Holography is an indispensable technique that has proven its capabilities in many fields. The term hologram, meaning “whole drawing,” was coined in 1948 by Dennis Gabor in reference to the hologram allowing the whole wavefront reconstruction. However, it was not until the 1960s with the introduction of the laser, as recording and illumination light, that holography’s capabilities become of great interest in the scientific and industrial world. Today, after 71 years of research and innovations, the holographic applications cover a wide variety of fields, including three-dimensional (3-D) displays, industrial metrology nanophotonics, and biomedicine, among many others.

The development of new optoelectronic devices for display and capturing complex wavefronts has opened new applications and research areas in holography for the detection of microparticles in hazardous environments and 3-D image displays with interactive capabilities. Meanwhile, the introduction of new algorithms from artificial intelligence has become a revolutionary way to solve some classic or new problems in digital holography.

This special section of Optical Engineering is focused on recent progress in the field of holography and covers but is not limited to the following topics:

  • Imaging display systems
  • Computer-generated holograms
  • Full-color hologram
  • CGH optimization
  • Hologram compression
  • Real-time and interactive 3-D image displays
  • Holographic head-mounted displays
  • Holographic displays for augmented and virtual reality
  • Holographic techniques in metrology
  • Hologram recording
  • Digital holographic microscopy
  • Phase retrieval in holography
  • Multi-wavelength holography
  • Ultrafast digital holography
  • Holographic tomography
  • Development and use of holographic materials
  • Incoherent holography
  • Biomedical applications based on holographic techniques
  • Terahertz holography
  • Cytometry applications based on holographic techniques
  • Application of artificial intelligence algorithms in holography
  • Fluorescent holographic microscopy
  • Development of holographic printers
  • Holographic encryption
  • Optical trapping and tweezing based on holographic techniques

This call for papers is open to all professionals and academics in fields related to holography.

Papers will be peer-reviewed in accordance with the journal's established policies and procedures. Authors have the choice to publish with open access.

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 15 July 2019 to allow time for their consideration.

All submissions will be peer-reviewed. Peer review will start immediately upon manuscript submission, with the 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.

Atmospheric Propagation
Publication Date
Vol. 59, Issue 8
Submission Deadline
Manuscripts due 1 January 2020.
Guest Editors
Steven Fiorino

Air Force Institute of Technology
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, USA
Steven.Fiorino@afit.edu

Alexander (Lex) M.J. van Eijk

TNO Waalsdorp
The Hague, The Netherlands
Lex.vaneijk@tno.nl

Steve Hammel

Naval Information Warfare Center Pacific
San Diego, California, USA
hammel@spawar.navy.mil

Alexander (Lex) Berk

Spectral Sciences Inc.
Burlington, Massachusetts, USA
lex@spectral.com

Scope

The Special Section on Atmospheric Propagation is a forum for the presentation of research on the physics of light propagation, optical remote sensing, and EO/IR effects in the atmosphere, to include distributed volume turbulence, gravity waves, vortex shedding, stably stratified turbulence, persistent eddies, and cloud/aerosol/molecular scattering and absorption, refractive effects such as mirages and over-the-horizon viewing, as well as characterization of these phenomena.

 The following is a nonexclusive set of paper topics appropriate for the special section:

  • Distributed volume turbulence: Kolmogorov and non-Kolmogorov turbulence, optical beam properties, such as scintillation, phase variance, branch points, etc.
  • Meteorological phenomena: Refractive layers, boundary layer measurements, stratified turbulence, gravity waves, vortex shedding, large scale eddies, micro-meteorology, cloud/aerosol extinction
  • Atmospheric modeling and simulation: Multi-phenomena atmospheric characterizations and computationally efficient methods to incorporate physically realistic characterizations into M&S
  • Exploitation and enhancement of numerical weather prediction (NWP) modeling: Turbulence (Cn2) and aerosol content are not common NWP products—how can these be elucidated from NWP?
  • Atmospheric measurement devices beyond standard pressure, temperature, humidity, and wind: The potential implementation of turbulence measuring devices such as sonic anemometers, scintillometers, time-lapse photography, digital holographic instruments, etc.; aerosol/particle measurement devices such as water and alcohol-based condensation particle counters and particle sizers

All submissions will be peer-reviewed. Peer review will start immediately upon manuscript submission, with the 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.

Atmospheric propagation
Active Spectroscopy
Publication Date
Vol. 59, Issue 9
Submission Deadline
Manuscripts due 31 January 2020.
Guest Editors
Joseph Meola

Air Force Research Laboratory
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, USA
joseph.meola.1@us.af.mil

Robert Bedford

Air Force Research Laboratory
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, USA
robert.bedford@us.af.mil

Kristin Dewitt

Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity
River Park, Maryland, USA
kristin.dewitt@iarpa.gov

Timothy Johnson

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Richland, Washington, USA
timothy.johnson@pnnl.gov

Christopher Kendziora

Naval Research Laboratory
Washington, DC, USA
chris.kendziora@nrl.navy.mil

Scope

Passive hyperspectral imaging (HSI) has found widespread use in various applications, such as mineral mapping, search and rescue, vegetation health assessment, and target detection. Advances in spectral illumination sources with higher power and broad spectral coverage allow for their use as illumination sources for spectral receivers as well as excitation sources in nonlinear measurements, such as Raman spectroscopy. Use of an illumination source can extend operability of solar reflective systems for traditional missions as well as improving performance for certain applications (e.g., trace chemical detection) and enabling new applications (e.g. 3D HSI). Numerous challenges still exist with the development and use of active spectral systems. These challenges include opto-mechanical designs, increased power and spectral range of sources, system trade-offs, calibration, data exploitation, coherence effects such as speckle, and atmospheric compensation. Equally important is the understanding and modeling of material spectral properties and associated active spectral phenomenology for development of useful exploitation tools.

We invite contributions for this special section of Optical Engineering in the following areas of active spectroscopy:

Phenomenology and Applications

  • Spectral bidirectional reflectance distribution function measurements
  • Day/night remote spectral sensing from the UV to the thermal IR
  • Detection and identification of trace surface residue
  • Spectral LADAR
  • Physical modeling of the effect of quantities such as sample state (particles vs. thin films), particle size and morphology, illumination and viewing geometry on spectra
  • Tradeoff analysis (e.g. full instantaneous spectral collection vs. fast time-sequential tuning)
  • Effects of deposition phenomenology/methodology on morphology
  • Imaging vs. nonimaging schemes

Systems and Components

  • Active hyperspectral transceivers
  • Broadband and rapidly tunable sources such as quantum cascade lasers, supercontinuum lasers, fiber lasers, solid state lasers, and frequency comb sources
  • Active spectroscopy detection approaches: imaging and nonimaging detectors, FTIR, spatial interferometry approaches, photoacoustic detection
  • Amplitude, frequency, and other modulation schemes for enhanced detection
  • Advances in (array) detector technologies
  • Power scaling schemes to enable range

Data Processing and Exploitation

  • Automated target detection and identification algorithms
  • Reflectance retrieval algorithms
  • Background subtraction on homogenous and nonhomogeneous substrates
  • Atmospheric turbulence mitigation and compensation
  • Speckle compensation
  • Synthetic data generation for use in machine learning
  • AI/ML techniques to identify signatures in noisy environments
  • Multimodal sensing techniques for reducing false positives
  • Generation of synthetic reference spectra from n/k and first principles
  • Creation of spectral libraries for solids and liquids


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.

Active Spectroscopy
Advances in Gradient Index Optics Technology
Publication Date
Vol. 59, Issue 11
Submission Deadline
Manuscripts due 1 February 2020.
Guest Editors
Peter L. Marasco

Air Force Research Laboratory,
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, USA
peter.marasco@us.af.mil

Clara Rivero-Baleine

Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control,
Grand Prairie, Texas, USA
clara.rivero-baleine@lmco.com

Guy Beadie

Peak Nano
Coppell, Texas, USA
gbeadie@peaknano.com

Duncan Moore

University of Rochester
Rochester, New York, USA
duncan.moore@rochester.edu

Michael Ponting

PolymerPlus
Valley View, Ohio, USA
mponting@polymerplus.net


Kathleen Richardson

University of Central Florida (CREOL)
Orlando, Florida, USA
kcr@creol.ucf.edu

Jasbinder S. Sanghera

U.S. Naval Research Laboratory
Washington, DC, USA
jas.sanghera@nrl.navy.mil

Scope

Gradient-index (GRIN) optical technologies have the potential to meet the ever-increasing demands on imaging for low system weight, volume, and cost yet high performance. Advances in GRIN materials, design, and fabrication have enabled new concepts in single- and multi-band optical systems. In particular, GRIN-based designs are particularly useful for designing systems optimized over wide wavelength bands. These developments contribute significantly to answering the recurring demands for sensor systems having better imaging performance, longer target acquisition ranges, greater reliability, greater flexibility, reduced weight, volume, power consumption, and lower cost. A strong trend towards the use of optical multi-band sensor systems requires designers to consider solutions throughout the full optical region from ultraviolet to long-wave infrared.

This special section will address advancements in GRIN technology brought about by new technologies and techniques in design, development, and manufacturing. Papers that examine and advance novel concepts in GRIN optics and demonstrate their utility in relevant, real-world context are desired. Technologies of interest include but are not be limited to:

  • Material systems and science
  • Multi-waveband GRIN systems
  • Optical systems enabled by GRIN technology
  • Advances in metrology motivated by GRIN optics
  • Designs and design approaches
  • Fabrication techniques
  • Conventional and freeform index gradients
  • Low-cost GRIN optics
  • Molded optics GRIN
  • Unconventional coatings for filters, lenses
  • GRIN optics created through additive manufacturing techniques
  • Design tools for new developing optics technologies

This call for papers is open to all professionals and academics in relevant fields. Participants in the “Advanced Optics for Imaging Applications: UV through LWIR” 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 they may not be published in or submitted to other journals.

Comprehensive Review Papers: In addition to technical contributions, the guest editors will consider accepting 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 15 December 2020 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.

Electromagnetic Window and Dome Technologies and Materials
Publication Date
Vol. 59, Issue 12
Submission Deadline
Manuscripts due 1 May 2020.
Guest Editors
W. Howard Poisl

Raytheon
Tucson, Arizona, USA
whpoisl@raytheon.com

John S. McCloy

Washington State University
Pullman, Washington, USA
john.mccloy@wsu.edu

Scope

This special section will cover advanced optical materials or manufacturing technologies intended for use in aggressive environments, such as those for defense applications. This section will present advances in design, processing, characterization, and use of optical windows, domes, and related materials technology for defense applications. It is particularly focused on optical materials intended for operation from the ultraviolet to the infrared wavebands. These materials technologies will impact electro-optic (EO) systems and the platforms on which they operate, including ground, air, and sea-based systems.

The special section will concentrate on the comprehensive subjects listed below and the interlocking technologies for optical materials or assemblies in demanding applications. Focused reviews are especially encouraged.

We are soliciting contributions in these areas and others as appropriate: 

Optical Materials Characterization, Modeling

  • Materials characterization and testing, especially at elevated temperatures
  • Theoretical studies and modeling of materials and opto-photonic crystal applications to windows and domes
  • Modeling of transmittance, surface and bulk scattering, and absorption in window and dome materials
  • Physically induced phenomenon in optical materials (e.g., dn/dT, fracture, impact resistance, rain and sand impact and erosion, thermal shock, emission, ballistic impact)

Optical Materials

  • Optical ceramics and glasses of oxides, nitrides, sulfides, and phosphides
  • Semiconductor optical materials (i.e.; Ge, Si, GaAs, GaP, ZnS, ZnSe)
  • Diamond and diamond-like material and coatings
  • Sapphire and polycrystalline alumina
  • UV-VS-NIR transmitting materials
  • 3-5 μm transmitting materials
  • 8-12 μm transmitting materials
  • Nanophase and nanocomposite optical materials and processing
  • Optical metamaterials for window and dome applications
  • Optical materials for high-energy laser applications
  • Multifunctional optical materials and structures
  • Alkali halide optical elements
  • Optical materials for supersonic and/or hypersonic applications
  • Optical materials for window applications including multimode operation
  • Abrasion and rain erosion protective and related hard coatings
  • Conductive coatings and structures for EMI protection
  • Optical filters, frequency selective coatings, and microstructures
  • Actively cooled windows and domes
  • Conformal optics: design, manufacturing, and testing 

Fabrication Technology and Metrology

  • Fabrication of optical materials for windows and domes
  • Deterministic optical finishing methods
  • Metrology of windows and domes

Participants in the Window and Dome Technologies and Materials Conferences 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 they may not be published in or submitted to other journals.

The guest editors are also allowing 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 1 April 2020 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.

High Power Laser Ablation II
Publication Date
Vol. 60, Issue 1
Submission Deadline
Manuscripts due 30 June 2020.
Guest Editors
Vitaly Gruzdev

University of New Mexico
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
vgruzdev@unm.edu

Claude Phipps

Photonic Associates, LLC
Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
crphipps@aol.com

Scope

Since the first meeting in 1998, the biannual international conference on High Power Laser Ablation (HPLA) has grown into a premier international meeting in the field of laser-material interactions, laser ablation, and numerous applications of laser ablation. It brings together the leading experts from academia, industry, and government research centers representing all leading research groups worldwide.

The participants of the conference have expressed a strong need to publish selected presentations in a peer-reviewed journal. In response, the first HPLA special section was published in 2018 in Optical Engineering. Success of the first HPLA special section has motivated another effort of the guest editors to prepare the second HPLA special section in Optical Engineering. This special section will be mainly based on the top works presented at the HPLA conference in April 2020, though authors may also submit relevant work to this special section even if they did not attend the conference.

This special section will consider manuscripts with original, significant, and previously unpublished results in the areas related to laser ablation and applications, including but not limited to the following topics:

  • Beamed energy propulsion
  • Next-generation beamed energy propulsion
  • Thermal coupling in laser and microwave propulsion problems
  • Laser systems for precise orbit measurements and traffic management of low-Earth-orbit debris
  • Optical limiting and beam control using phase changing materials
  • Terawatt and petawatt lasers and secondary laser-driven sources for societal applications
  • Novel lasers for laser ablation and applications
  • High-power lasers for directed energy
  • Emerging laser-enabled ablation applications
  • Biological applications of lasers
  • Burst-mode ultrafast laser machining on the GHz forefront
  • Fundamentals of ultrashort-pulse laser-material interactions
  • Ultrashort pulse effects in solids, liquids, at solid-liquid interfaces, and in gases
  • Ultrafast materials processing
  • Theory and simulations of intensive pulsed laser-material interactions
  • Novel trends and challenges in modeling ultrafast laser-material interactions
  • Thermal and mechanical coupling for ultrashort pulses
  • Applications of ultrashort-pulse lasers in materials science and particle acceleration
  • Laser ablation for pulsed laser deposition (PLD) of various materials
  • Laser ablation for matrix-assisted pulsed laser evaporation (MAPLE)
  • Laser direct writing in bulk, thin films, and at surfaces
  • Lasers in additive manufacturing
  • Laser-induced modification of material microstructure and surface morphology
  • Laser-induced generation of periodic surface structures
  • Ultrafast laser micro- and nano-texturing of solid surfaces
  • Generation and applications of laser-induced shock waves
  • Laser-material interactions in a liquid environment
  • Time-resolved imaging and probing of ablation plumes and material transformations

 To submit a manuscript for consideration in the special section, please prepare the manuscript according to the journal guidelines and submit the paper via the online submission system. A cover letter indicating that the submission is intended for this special section should be included with the paper.

Manuscripts published in the Proceedings of SPIE are welcome for submission to this special section after proper revision to meet the standards of a journal publication. All submissions will be peer-reviewed in accordance with the journal's established policies and procedures.

Optical Engineering doesn’t have mandatory publication charges, but open access publication is optional for a fee of $1675. ( Discounts may apply.)  

Please contact Dr. Claude Phipps if you would like to prepare a review paper for this special section.

Laser ablation
Solid-State Lighting and LED Optics
Publication Date
Vol. 60, Issue 2
Submission Deadline
Manuscripts due 1 July 2020.
Guest Editors
Ching-Cherng Sun

National Central University
Chung Li, Taiwan
ccsun@dop.ncu.edu.tw

Virendra N. Mahajan

University of Arizona
Tucson, Arizona, USA
virmahajan12@gmail.com 

Scope

Light emitting diodes (LEDs) have been studied intensively for solid state lighting (SSL) since their luminous efficacy exceeded 100 lm/W. The advantages of SSL include fast response, vivid color, compact size, energy savings, more design freedoms, and long life. Currently, SSL is expected to undergo more energy efficiency and lighting quality and effects related to human factors, where novel optical design approaches will play an important role yielding more uniform illumination, higher contrast for special lighting, higher signal-to-noise ratio for communications, higher efficiency in color-light projection, and more functions for new applications in indoor/outdoor or special lighting.

This special section of Optical Engineering is focused on recent progress in the field of SSL and LED optics, and its scope covers but is not limited to the following topics:

  • Novel structure in enhancing light extraction
  • Novel LED packaging for better performance
  • Phosphor technology for higher color rendering
  • New approach on light source modeling
  • Novel design in secondary optics
  • Optical design for anti-glare
  • Outdoor lighting, indoor lighting, or automotive forward lighting
  • White light with laser diodes
  • New optical designs for special lighting
  • New optical schemes in free-space communications with LEDs
  • New approach for measuring illuminance, luminance, or optical flux in large field-of-view systems
  • New applications for micro-LED, mini-LED, and LED arrays
  • New optical approach to reduce LED manufacturing cost 
  • New optical approaches to reduce yellowness or blueness in SSL

 This call for papers is open to all professionals and academics in fields related to SSL and LED optics. 

All submissions will be peer-reviewed. Peer review will start immediately upon manuscript submission, with the goal of making a first decision within six weeks. 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.

SSL 1SSL 2
Laser Damage V
Publication Date
Vol. 60, Issue 3
Submission Deadline
Manuscripts due 1 July 2020.
Guest Editors
Vitaly Gruzdev

University of New Mexico
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
vgruzdev@unm.edu

Jonathan W. Arenberg

Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems
Redondo Beach, California, USA
jon.arenberg@ngc.com

Scope

The annual Laser Damage Symposium 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 celebrated its 50th anniversary. Over the half-century history of the symposium, the series of conference proceedings has grown to be a highly comprehensive source of information on optics, materials for high-power/high-energy lasers, and various aspects of intensive laser interaction with optical materials. The materials of interest include but are not limited to optical thin films, bulk optical materials, glasses, nonlinear crystals, semiconductors, fibers, and meta-optics materials with nanostructured surfaces. 

Over last decade, participants of the Laser Damage Symposia expressed a strong demand to publish selected works in a peer-reviewed journal after presenting them at the conference. To meet that need, Special Sections on Laser Damage were published by Optical Engineering in 2012, 2014, 2017, and 2019. These special sections have received remarkable attention from readers and experts in laser-damage and other related fields. The success of those special sections and the continuing demand from symposium participants have motivated the fifth Optical Engineering Special Section on Laser Damage. This special section is open not only to submissions from participants of the Laser Damage Symposium and Pacific Rim Laser Damage Symposium of any year but also to all interested researchers worldwide who wish to publish original and novel results even if they were not presented at the symposia. The topics of interest for this special section include: 

  • Measurements of laser-damage threshold
  • Laser-induced damage test protocols
  • Laser-component fabrication
  • Optical materials for high-power and high-energy lasers
  • Characterization of properties of the optical materials
  • Characterization of defects in 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
  • Influence of ambient conditions on aging and surface contamination
  • Novel methods of surface polishing and fining/re-fining for optical components
  • Methods of laser-damage mitigation
  • Final optics of high-power lasers and laser facilities
  • Novel lasers and regimes of laser operation
  • High-intensity laser-surface interactions
  • Generation of periodic surface structures
  • Fundamental effects of high-power laser-material interactions
  • Fundamental mechanisms of laser damage of optical materials
  • Ultrafast laser-material interactions
  • Thermal effects of laser-material interactions
  • Laser-defect interactions in optical materials
  • Nonlinear effects in laser-solid interactions
  • High-power propagation effects in transparent materials
  • Modeling of intensive laser-material interactions 

To submit a manuscript for consideration in the special section, please prepare the manuscript according to the journal guidelines and submit the paper via the online submission system. A cover letter indicating that the submission is intended for this special section should be included with the paper. Manuscripts published in the Proceedings of SPIE are welcome for submission to this special section after proper revision to meet the standards of a journal publication. Regular submissions will be peer-reviewed in accordance with the journal's established policies and procedures.

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.

Frontiers of Optical Coatings
Publication Date
Vol. 60, Issue 9
Submission Deadline
Manuscripts due 1 February 2021.
Guest Editors
Xinbin Cheng

Tongji University
Shanghai, China
chengxb@tongji.edu.cn

Sven Schroder

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

Christopher Stolz

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Livermore, California, USA
stolz1@llnl.gov

Xu Liu

Zhejiang University
Hangzhou, China
liuxu@zju.edu.cn

Scope

This special section will present results of modern research in the field of optical coatings. Optical coatings is one of the core technologies in modern optical fields. Recent progress in the field of materials, design theory, instruments, and techniques of optical coatings opens up a new avenue for developing advanced thin film optical filters, low-loss coatings, high power laser coatings and novel functional optical coatings that are capable of solving numerous complex problems in areas such as biomedical, laser systems, security, remote sensing, astronomy, and aerospace. Considering this rapid progress, Optical Engineering intends to publish a special section to capture the most recent advances of optical coatings.

Topics relevant to this special section include but are not limited to:

  • Design, analysis, optimization, and reverse engineering methods of optical coatings
  • Novel deposition methods, online process monitoring technologies, and pre- and post-treatment techniques for thin films and substrates
  • Characterization technologies, such as weak absorption, laser resistance, environmental stability, stress, etc.
  • Composite, metal, organic, and microstructure materials for thin films and substrates
  • Applications in optical communication, laser, EUV to FIR, astronomy, and aerospace

This call for papers is open to all professionals and academics in relevant fields of optical coatings. Participants in the conference on Frontiers of Optical Coatings 2020 (FOC 2020) are especially encouraged to consider submitting to this special section.

The guest editors are also seeking comprehensive review papers in the above-mentioned research fields. Authors interested in submitting a review paper to this special section should contact the guest editors via email with a brief proposal on the paper. Such proposals should be submitted by November 1, 2020, for consideration.

All submissions will be peer-reviewed. Peer review will start immediately upon manuscript submission, with the goal of making a first decision within six weeks. 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.

Published Special Sections
Ultraprecision Optics Fabrication and Characterization (September 2019)
Guest Editors: Dae Wook Kim, Tayyab Suratwala, Sven Schröder
 
Polarization: Systems, Measurement, Analysis, and Remote Sensing (August 2019)
Guest Editors: David B. Chenault, Dennis H. Goldstein, Michael W. Kudenov, Meredith Kupinski, 
J. Larry Pezzaniti, Joseph A. Shaw, Frans Snik, J. Scott Tyo, Christine L. Bradley
Guest Editors: Gary A. Miller, Stavros Pissadakis, Ping Lu

Situation Awareness in Degraded Environments (May 2019)
Guest Editors: Trey Arthur, Jack Sanders-Reed, Niklas Peinecke

Sensors and Systems for Space Applications (April 2019)
Guest Editors: Genshe Chen, Khanh Pham, and Erik Blasch

High Power Laser Ablation (January 2019)
Guest Editors: Vitaly Gruzdev, Claude Phipps

Laser Damage IV (December 2018)
Guest Editors: Vitaly Gruzdev, Jonathan W. Arenberg

Nonlinear Frequency Conversions (November 2018)
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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