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About Spotlights and Calls for Spotlight Authors


Interested in writing a Spotlight? View the Calls for Authors below.

 

What are Spotlights?

SPIE Spotlights are the innovative eBook series featuring concise, digital-only publications which either summarize a broad topic or highlight a specific niche. Written for a wide audience, these peer-reviewed eBooks get straight to the point, highlighting the most important aspects of the given subject. Several dozen highly-informative Spotlight eBooks have been published so far to great reception.
    
Each Spotlight is
  • 20-40 pages of concise, focused material
  • Rapidly published using a streamlined submission and production process
  • Peer reviewed
  • Included in the eBooks program on the SPIE Digital Library, with a large number of major subscribing institutions worldwide
  • Available for mobile devices - Kindle, nook, and iOS/Android
  • A source of author royalties like our traditional books - get paid for your eBook sales and downloads


Editorial Board

Series Editor: Robert D. Fiete

Editorial Board Members for the Spotlight technology areas:

  • Aerospace and Defense Technologies - Rick Kendrick, Lockheed Martin
  • Biomedical Optics and Medical Imaging - Brian Sorg, National Cancer Institute
  • Electronic Imaging and Signal Processing - Sohail Dianat, Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Energy and the Environment - Paul Lane, US Naval Research Lab
  • Optical Design and Engineering - Rich Youngworth, Riyo, LLC
  • Semiconductor, Nanotechnology, and Quantum Technology - Stefan Preble, Rochester Institute of Technology

 



   
Calls for eBooks
 
Biophotonics Sensing and Detection

Photonic Integrated Circuits (PICs) as used in Electro-Optical Systems

Optical Design and Engineering
      

Your synopsis, together with your CV, should be submitted to SPIE indicating that the submission is intended for the respective Spotlight call. All submissions will go through the standard review process. SPIE publication policy permits submission of manuscripts based partly on scientific content previously reported in SPIE proceedings or journals.

Online Submission System 

If you have any questions or wish to discuss your authorship, please contact SPIE Press Manager Tim Lamkins.



Biophotonics Sensing and Detection
Brian Sorg, Editorial Board Member

SPIE is seeking submissions for Spotlight eBooks on Biophotonics Sensing and Detection. Your submission can cover a variety of areas, such as methods of manufacture, integration with sample handling platforms like microfluidics, sensors for in vivo use, low-cost devices, and emerging biophotonics sensor materials (e.g., graphene). Imaging is beyond the scope of this topic.

Please submit a synopsis (1-2 paragraphs) for topical discussions and tutorials, noting that your submission is intended for Spotlights on Biophotonics Sensing and Detection.

For priority consideration, submit your synopsis by 30 June 2016.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

Biophotonics sensing and detection

  • Sensing and detection technologies and methods (e.g., photonic crystals, plasmonics, nanohole arrays)
  • Applications in genomics, proteomics, metabolomics, etc.
  • Implantable sensors
  • Device validation, characterization, and regulatory approval

Manufacturing and integration techniques

  • Miniaturization of components
  • System integration (e.g., microfluidics and lab-on-a-chip)
  • Scale-up from laboratory to mass-produced devices
  • Sustainable design for disposable devices

Point-of-care technology

  • Integration of biophotonics sensing technology with widely available consumer products (e.g., smartphones)
  • Wearable sensors
  • Creation/adaption of technology for use in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs)


 


    
Photonic Integrated Circuits (PICs) as used in Electro-Optical Systems
Rick Kendrick, Editorial Board Member

The Aerospace and Defense Technologies Spotlight area is requesting submissions of eBook topics that address the growing field of Photonic Integrated Circuits (PICs) as used in Electro-Optical Systems. The ideal eBook will offer an overview of a topic (or topics) related to PICs giving the reader a basic understanding of these devices and the many ways that they can be used to replace traditional optical components.

Please submit a synopsis (1-2 paragraphs) for topical discussions and tutorials, noting that your submission is intended for Spotlights on Photonic Integrated Circuits (PICs) as used in Electro-Optical Systems.

For priority consideration, submit your synopsis by 30 September 2016.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

Photonic Integrated Circuit Description

  • What are PICs?
  • What materials are used for PICs and what are the advantages and disadvantages of each?
  • What is the current state of the ART for PIC fabrication?


Components Currently Fabricated on PICs

  • Array waveguide gratings
  • Waveguide splitters and beam combiners
  • Photodetectors
  • Thermal phase shifting elements
  • EO phase shifting elements


PIC Fabrication

  • Vapor deposition
  • Etching
  • 3D laser fabrication


Coupling Light into a PIC

  • Lenslet arrays
  • Tapered fibers
  • Coded apertures


System Level Designs using PICs

  • Biochemical detection
  • Imaging systems
  • LADAR systems
  • Telecom


Future Capabilities

  • Complete imaging systems
  • DNA testing
  • Hyperspectral imaging
  • Single-photon detection

   


  
Optical Design and Engineering
Rich Youngworth, Editorial Board Member

SPIE is seeking submissions for Spotlight eBooks on Optical Design and Engineering - a very broad topic that covers the design and engineering of an incredibly wide set of systems. The ideal subject matter for this call will offer an overview of a topic (or topics) related to any branch of the field: illumination systems, radiometric applications, imaging systems, machine vision, and beam shaping systems. Applications may be in medical, spaceborne, consumer, commercial, or industrial in nature.

Please submit a synopsis (1-2 paragraphs) for topical discussions and tutorials, noting that your submission is intended for Spotlights on Optical Design and Engineering.

For priority consideration, submit your synopsis by 30 May 2016.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

Optical Design and Engineering of Systems

  • Imaging Systems such as Camera, Capture, Mobile, Machine Vision, and Projection Systems
  • Systems Engineering and Tradeoffs
  • Specification Considerations
  • Biometric and Biomedical Systems
  • Virtual and Augmented Reality Systems
  • Display Systems
  • Machine Vision
  • Beam Shaping
  • Spaceborne Systems
  • Consumer Optics
  • Commercial Optical Applications
  • Metrology Systems and Industrial Applications
  • Illumination, Filter, and Source Considerations
  • Light Field Capture
  • Hybrid Digital-Optical Systems

    Enabling Technology

    • Aspheric and Freeform Optics
    • Active Components
    • Alignment and Optomechanics


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