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Optical Engineering Special Section Calls for Papers

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Calls for Papers:

Optical Refrigeration and Radiation-Balanced Lasers

Active Electro-Optical Sensing-Phenomenology, Technology, and Applications

Optical Computational Imaging

Quantum and Optical Computing

Wearable Vision Systems: Head/Helmet-Mounted Displays

Advancing Bandgap Photonics with Quantum Cascade and Ultrafast Lasers

Long-Range Imaging

Imaging Spectrometry

Infrared Sensors

Plasmonics Systems and Applications


Optical Refrigeration

January 2017

Optical Refrigeration and Radiation-Balanced Lasers

Guest Editors:

Richard Epstein
ThermoDynamic Films, LLC
1313 Madrid Road
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505 United States
E-mail: richard.epstein@gmail.com

Mansoor Sheik-Bahae
University of New Mexico
Physics and Astronomy Department
MSC07 4220
1919 Lomas Boulevard NE
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87131 United States
E-mail: msb@unm.edu

Call for Papers: The laser cooling of solids by anti-Stokes emission has been advancing on many fronts. Work on the laser cooling of rare earth–doped solids has expanded to include materials comprised of ytterbium, thulium, holmium, erbium, and dysprosium dopants in a variety of crystal and glass hosts. The quality of these cooling materials has improved to the point that operating temperatures are approaching liquid nitrogen temperatures. Rare earth–based cryogenic optical refrigerators may soon find applications in cooling infrared cameras, low-noise electronics, high-purity germanium gamma ray spectrometers, and high-temperature superconductors. Laser cooling in semiconductor devices has also been pursued intensively, and net cooling in CdS nanostructures was recently reported. Innovative approaches such as Raman cooling in photonic crystal structures have been proposed. In parallel, "athermal" or radiation-balanced lasers (RBL), which exploit anti-Stokes fluorescence to balance the heat generated by quantum defect in rare earth–doped lasers, may enable the development of extremely high-power devices with excellent beam quality. Extending the RBL concept to optically pumped semiconductor lasers will potentially open exciting new frontiers in this field.

We encourage the submission of papers on all aspects of optical refrigeration of solids and radiationally balanced lasers. Topics include experimental and theoretical studies, related materials science issues, diagnostic and characterization techniques, device development, and technological applications. In particular, participants in the 2016 Photonics West conference on Optical and Electronic Cooling of Solids IX are welcome to adapt and expand their conference presentations for possible publication in this special section.

Manuscripts due 31 July 2016.



March 2017

Active Electro-Optical Sensing: Phenomenology, Technology, and Applications

Lead Guest Editor:

Paul F. McManamon
Exciting Technology LLC, and
University of Dayton
Dayton, Ohio, United States
E-mail: paul@excitingtechnology.com

Associate Guest Editors:

Walter F. Buell
The Aerospace Corporation
Los Angeles, California, United States
E-mail: Walter.F.Buell@aero.org

Gary Kamerman
FastMetrix, Inc.
Huntsville, Alabama, United States
E-mail: gwk@fmi-usa.com

Ove Steinvall
Swedish Defense Research Agency
Linköping, Sweden
E-mail: ove.steinvall@foi.se

Kazuhiro Asai
Tohoku Institute of Technology
Environmental Information Engineering Department
Sendai, Miyagi, Japan
E-mail: asai@tohtech.ac.jp

Call for papers: Active electro-optical (EO) sensing—known by its various names of light detection and ranging, lidar, laser detection and ranging, ladar, laser radar, and optical radar—is becoming much more prevalent, as highlighted by the 2014 U.S. National Academy of Sciences study on the subject.

This special section will include phenomenologies exploited by active EO sensing, and include 2-D and 3-D active imaging, active spectral sensing of gasses and surfaces, Doppler and microDoppler (vibration) sensing. Active EO sensing finds applications in topographic mapping, long-range imaging, satellite laser ranging, space science and exploration, environmental sensing, archaeology, forestry, metrology for manufacturing (including additive manufacturing), gaming, robotics, and self-driving cars among many others. The components making up a lidar instrument are maturing rapidly, including lasers, optical apertures, receivers, and processing. The aim of this special section is to solicit archival articles in the area of active EO sensing, spanning the various phenomenologies, the various applications, and various components that are driving the strong emergence of this technical area. We welcome both review and conventional papers covering these and related topics of interest.

Topics of interest for this special section of Optical Engineering include, but are not limited to:

Active EO phenomenologies

  • 2-D and 3-D active imaging
  • Active spectral sensing
  • Frequency and phase-sensitive measurement
  • Atmospheric propagation and statistical optics

Active EO applications

  • Topographic mapping
  • Bathymetric lidar
  • Atmospheric sensing
  • Geodesy and plate tectonics
  • Space science and exploration
  • Robotics, self-driving cars, precision navigation for unmanned aerial systems and spacecraft

Active EO methods and technologies

  • Direct detection
  • Coherent detection
  • Synthetic and holographic aperture techniques
  • Digital holography and spatial heterodyne
  • Synthetic wavelength techniques
  • Advanced waveform techniques

Active EO components

  • Laser sources and modulators
  • Active EO detectors, including Geiger-mode avalanche photodiodes (APD) and linear-mode APDs
  • Wavelength conversion and frequency modulation elements
  • Spectral filtering, particularly over wide fields of view
  • Mechanical and nonmechanical beam steering, including optical phased arrays

Active EO processing and exploitation

  • Data fusion and 3-D texturing
  • 3-D Lidar processing algorithms
  • Noise reduction techniques
  • Atmospheric retrievals
  • Chemical analysis algorithms
  • Metrics for evaluation of active EO sensing products, including comparison of methods of generating 3-D images
  • Modeling and simulating lidar systems.

Prospective authors should submit original high-quality papers. This call for papers is open to everyone. Participants in the 2016 conferences on Laser Radar Technology and Applications XXI and Advanced Photon Counting Techniques X, both held as part of the Defense and Commercial Sensing Symposium in Baltimore, and Lidar Remote Sensing for Environmental Monitoring XV from Asia-Pacific Remote Sensing in New Delhi, are specifically invited to submit work presented at the conference. Submissions should follow the guidelines of Optical Engineering, which can be found at http://spie.org/OEauthorinfo. Manuscripts should be submitted online at http://oe.msubmit.net.

Closed for submissions.


April 2017

Optical Computational Imaging

Guest Editors:

Abhijit Mahalanobis
Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control
Orlando, Florida, United States
E-mail: abhijit.mahalanobis@lmco.com

Amit Ashok
University of Arizona
College of Optical Sciences
Tucson, Arizona, United States
E-mail: ashoka@optics.arizona.edu

Lei Tian
University of California Berkeley
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Berkeley, California, United States
E-mail: lei_tian@berkeley.edu

Call for Papers: The field of computational imaging deals with image formation from measurements that are not directly acquired as "pixels." The advent of inexpensive focal plane technology has made digital imaging systems an indisputable success for visible band applications. However, the same is not true for other parts of the electro-optical EO spectrum, and sensors remain expensive for short wavelengths (e.g., x-ray and ultraviolet), and longwave infrared parts of the spectrum. In addition to intensity imaging, many applications seek to exploit the polarization and multispectral information contained in light. In recent years, EO computational imaging has made significant strides to go well beyond the traditional role of the digital cameras to generate multidimensional images that contain depth and spectral and polarization information, in addition to spatial intensities.

This special section is seeking high-quality journal articles describing recent work on the design, analysis, simulations, and experimental results involving any and all aspect of electro-optical computational imaging. Particular topics of interest include but is not limited to:

Instrumentation design for computational imaging

  • Compressive, feature-specific, and coded-aperture imaging
  • Point spread function and pupil engineering
  • Light field and tomographic imaging
  • Digital and optical superresolution
  • Adaptive optics, phase conjugation, and phase diversity
  • Computational/structured illumination
  • Multimodal and multiplexed imaging, e.g., 3-D, hyperspectral, spatiotemporal, polarization
  • Multiple aperture systems

Algorithms in computational imaging

  • Sparsity and low-rank minimization methods
  • Bayesian techniques in image reconstruction and phase retrieval
  • Automatic target recognition and tracking techniques for compressed data
  • Blind deconvolution and superresolution methods
  • Multidimensional reconstruction, e.g. 3-D, hyperspectral, spatiotemporal, polarization

Applications of computational imaging

  • Multispectral, hyperspectral, and polarization imaging
  • High-throughput and high-content disease screening
  • Security x-ray, terahertz, millimeter wave, ultraviolet, infrared imaging
  • Surveillance and situation awareness sensing and imaging

Computational imaging at extreme limits

Manuscripts due 1 September 2016.


Optical Computing

April 2017

Quantum and Optical Computing

Guest Editors:

Eric Donkor
University of Connecticut
Electrical and Computer Engineering Department
Storrs Mansfield, Connecticut
E-mail: donkor@engr.uconn.edu

Brian Kirby
Army Research Laboratory
Adelphi, Maryland
E-mail: brian.t.kirby4.ctr@mail.mil

Bryant Wysocki
Air Force Research Laboratory
High Performance Systems Branch (RITB)
Rome, New York
E-mail: bryant.wysocki.2@us.af.mil

Joseph Osman
Air Force Research Laboratory
Sensors Directorate
Rome, New York
E-mail: joseph.osman@us.af.mil

Call for Papers: Optical computing for which data, signals, and images are processed with photons continues to grow due to progress in optical science, photonics technology, and the development of novel optical materials. This special section invites papers that present advances in the areas of optical digital computing, optical analog computing, optical image computing, and enabling technologies for optical computing. Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

Optical Digital Computing

  • optical computing using linear optics
  • optical computing using nonlinear and quantum optics
  • optical computing with optical lattices and trapped photons

Optical Analog Computing

  • Holographic optical computing
  • Optical computing with diffractive and Fourier optics
  • Optical computing with metamaterials
  • Optical neural computing

Optical Image Computing

  • Quantum image processing
  • Symbolic substitution optical image computing
  • Cellular logic image processing

Enabling Technology for Optical Computing

  • Optical transistors
  • Optical logic gates
  • Optical memories
  • Optical processors
  • Photonic chips and integrated circuits for optical computing
  • Optical interconnects
  • Single-photon sources and detectors
  • Entangled-photon sources and detectors.

Submissions due 1 October 2016.


Wearable Vision Systems

May 2017

Wearable Vision Systems: Head/Helmet-Mounted Displays

Lead Guest Editor:

Darrel G. Hopper
Air Force Research Laboratory
2255 H Street, B248 R300, 711 HPW/RHCV
Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio 43433
E-mail: darrel.hopper@us.af.mil

Associate Guest Editors:

James E. Melzer
Thales Visionix, Inc.
E-mail: james.e.melzer@gmail.com

Michael Browne
SA Photonics, Inc.
120 Knowles Drive
Los Gatos, California 95032
E-mail: m.browne@saphotonics.com

Call for papers: Wearable optoelectronics may enable the next killer app beyond smartphones. Near-to-eye (NTE) visualization systems, headworn or handheld, are being developed by consumer electronics and social media companies to enable hopefully compelling episodic experiences in augmented (AR) and virtual reality (VR). The current period of significant commercial investments in wearable NTE visualization systems is also creating advances in optoelectronics that can be leveraged in the design of military head- and helmet-mounted display systems.

The aim of this special section is to solicit archival articles in the various areas of NTE visualization, spanning hard/soft/human-ware studies, phenomenologies, components, subassemblies, and systems. We welcome both review and research papers covering these and related topics of interest.

Topics of interest for this special section of Optical Engineering include, but are not limited to:

Wearable Vision System (WVS) Components

  • optical elements (materials, design, fabrication)
  • sensors (passive/active night/day electro-optical (EO) imaging, motion detection, distance measurement, 3-D mapping, etc.)
  • interconnects
  • processors
  • algorithms
  • microdisplays, spatial light modulators
  • EO light sources (display, scene illumination)
  • batteries

WVS Subassemblies

  • objective optical system (for sensor)
  • near-eye optical system (for display)
  • cameras (image engine)
  • electronics
  • eyepiece (display engine)
  • tracking (eye, head, helmet)
  • measurement (3-D mapping of immediate environment)

WVS Prototypes and Products

  • design issues for user acceptance of wearables
  • NTE handheld systems (AR, VR)
  • eyewear AR systems (digital glasses)
  • headworn VR systems (immersive)
  • multispectral visualization systems
  • digital enhanced vision systems
  • binocular multispectral adaptive imaging systems
  • digital multispectral binocular systems
  • digital night vision goggles
  • digital panoramic night vision goggles
  • see-through display with eye tracker avionics helmet systems

WVS Evaluation and Human Factors

  • anthropometrics and standards
  • testing equipment and procedures
  • performance required to "compel" a user for an entertainment or educational application
  • performance required to "compel" a user when their life depends on it
  • continuous versus episodic usage issues
  • perceptually based requirements for digital systems in combat versus noncombat applications
  • true limits of the human visual system: identify objectives for hard/soft-ware developers
  • binocular (two sensors, one per eye) versus digocular (one sensor, warped twice to each eye)
  • dichoptic imaging and display
  • stereo perception issues (focus/vergence mismatch, eyestrain, diplopia, symbology)
  • peripheral obscuration effects on performance and safety
  • latency impacts on perceived image quality and nausea.

Prospective authors should submit original high-quality papers. This call for papers is open to everyone. Participants in the following 2016 SPIE conferences are specifically invited to submit work presented at the conference:

Submissions should follow the guidelines of Optical Engineering, which can be found at http://spie.org/OEAuthorInfo. Manuscripts should be submitted online at http://oe.msubmit.net.

Manuscripts due 1 October 2016.


June 2017

Advancing Bandgap Photonics with Quantum Cascade and Ultrafast Lasers

Guest Editors:

Michael K. Rafailov
University of Alberta Edmonton
Alberta, Canada
E-Mail: rafailov@ualberta.ca

Igor Pastirk
M Squared Lasers
Glasgow G20 0SP, Scotland
E-mail: igor4801@sbcglobal.net

Call for Papers: We are seeking contributions for a special section of Optical Engineering that will address the two overlapping areas of quantum cascade and ultrafast lasers, including but not limited to the specific topics listed below.

Quantum Cascade Lasers:
The quantum cascade laser (QCL) has been undergoing a rapid development since its first demonstration over 20 years ago. From the very first theoretical prediction of an inter-subband laser in 1970 and a cryogenically operated device demonstration in 1994, we have witnessed many examples of innovative materials and device concepts applied to this new class of devices based on the powerful tool of ‘bandgap engineering." The high versatility of design and the intrinsic robustness of the unipolar operation of QCLs has made them the platform of choice from where to branch out into the evolution of some of the most diverse devices and applications in the mid- and far-infrared. Particularly significant are developments enabling applications otherwise unachievable and bridging the gap with alternative technologies, such as QCLs emitting in the terahertz range, at the long-end of the optical frequencies spectrum, where electronics and photonics start to merge.

The objective of this special section is to solicit research papers addressing the key technologies in QCL device and application development, along with future directions of the field. With this perspective in mind, we invite contributions for this special section of Optical Engineering that include, but are not limited to, the following topics:

  • Bandgap engineering and QCL theoretical foundations
  • QCL operation in very long-wave infrared and terahertz regions
  • High-power generation and QCL with high pulse repetition rate
  • QCL with Q-switching: ideas and implementation
  • Broadband generation with QCL and QCL frequency comb.

Ultrafast Lasers:
Ultrashort pulse (ultrafast) lasers (USPL) have been shifting our views on elemental processes through ever-expanding scientific advantages for more than three decades. Up to date, most efforts have been concentrated in development of mid- to high-energy per pulse lasers. That allowed USPL lasers to enter mass markets and industrial applications, like material processing and ophthalmology.

The other end of USPL (low pulse energy, high stability, high pulse repletion rate) have been somewhat less in the spotlight. The variety of design and lasing media combined with inherent broadband nature of USPL ensures a very broad field of applications for this type of lasers. We are interested in learning of emerging low-energy applications and USPL sources of wavelengths extended to extreme short and long wavelengths.

The objective of this call for papers is to solicit research papers addressing advances in both miniaturization of USPL sources and applications of low-energy ultrashort pulses with current (meso-scale) commercially available lasers. This special section will explore and cover ideas and technological advances both on a fundamental scientific level, and commercial developments where nano – micro J could make a difference. We invite contributions to this special section of Optical Engineering that will include, but are not limited to, the following topics:

  • Bandgap engineering in USPL
  • Ultrafast lasers operational outside "traditional" USPL regions
  • USPL with high pulse repetition rates
  • Broadband generation and USPL frequency comb
  • USPL for imaging and sensing.

Prospective authors should submit original papers. This call for papers is open to everyone, and participants of the 2016 conferences on Micro- and Nanotechnology Sensors, Systems, and Applications VIII and Ultrafast Bandgap Photonics (both held in Baltimore, Maryland) are specially invited to submit results presented at the conference. Submissions should follow the guidelines of Optical Engineering, which can be found at http://spie.org/OEauthorinfo. Manuscripts should be submitted online at http://oe.msubmit.net.

Submissions due 1 November 2016.


Image courtesy of Defense Research Associates, Inc.

July 2017

Long-Range Imaging

Guest Editors:

Daniel LeMaster
Sensors Directorate
Air Force Research Laboratory
Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, United States
E-mail: daniel.lemaster@us.af.mil

Szymon Gladysz
Fraunhofer IOSB
Ettlingen, Germany
E-mail: szymon.gladysz@iosb.fraunhofer.de

Andrew Lambert
University of New South Wales Canberra
School of Engineering and Information Technology
Canberra, Australia
E-mail: A.Lambert@adfa.edu.au

Michael Hart
College of Optical Sciences
University of Arizona
Tucson, Arizona, United States
E-mail: mhart@optics.arizona.edu

Call for Papers: The purpose of this special section on long-range imaging is to explore technologies that operate at or beyond the boundaries of current range performance across land, sea, air, and space. We encourage articles on new system concepts, component technologies, sensing modes and observables, processing techniques, modeling, applications, field testing, and phenomenology. We also welcome comprehensive review papers describing the difficulties associated with long-range imaging in a particular environment and attempts to overcome these challenges.

Topics of interest for this special section of Optical Engineering include, but are not limited to:

  • Optics and optomechanics for high-performance imaging constrained by size, weight, and power. Concepts that leverage emerging technologies like composite, gradient index, and freeform optics are of interest. Similarly, papers on interferometric imaging and aperture synthesis techniques are welcome.
  • Systems, component technology, processing, and figures of merit for nonliteral exploitation of imagery, e.g. hyperspectral, hypertemporal, polarimetric imaging and so on. In general, interesting topics include any system or modality that provides information beyond what can be achieved with 2-D spatial information alone at long range.
  • Modeling and image restoration techniques in the presence of turbulence. In the case of long-range imaging, special emphasis is given to non-Kolmogorov conditions and cases that extend beyond the Rytov weak turbulence regime.
  • Approaches to 3-D imaging and photogrammetry at long range, especially those that increase accuracy in the presence of refractive effects along the path.
  • Computational imaging techniques for recovering task-specific information at long range.
  • Improvements in conventional imaging systems that lead to enhanced resolution, noise reduction, atmospheric penetration, etc.

This call for papers is open to everyone, and participants of the 2016 conference on Long-Range Imaging held in Baltimore, Maryland, are invited to submit results presented at the conference. Submissions should follow the guidelines of Optical Engineering, which can be found at http://spie.org/OEauthorinfo. Manuscripts should be submitted online at http://oe.msubmit.net.

Submissions due 1 October 2016.


Gas release

August 2017

Imaging Spectrometry

Guest Editors:

John Silny
Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems
2000 E. El Segundo Boulevard
El Segundo, California 90245, United States
E-mail: jsilny@raytheon.com

Emmett Ientilucci
Rochester Institute of Technology
Center for Imaging Science
Rochester, New York, United States
E-mail: emmett@cis.rit.edu

Joseph Meola
Air Force Research Laboratory
2241 Avionics Circle
Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio, United States
E-mail: joseph.meola.1@us.af.mil

Thomas Chrien
Aerospace Corporation
2310 E. El Segundo Bouelvard
El Segundo, California 90245, United States
E-mail: tchrien@aero.org

Call for Papers: The newest scientific and commercial imaging spectroradiometers collect high signal-to-noise ratio data with simultaneously high spectral and spatial resolution. The design of these systems and the availability of high information-rich data pose unique challenges to system designers and data analysts. These challenges include: optomechanical sensor designs, system trade-offs, calibration, on-board processing, compression, data exploitation, and atmospheric correction. Equally important is the understanding of hyperspectral phenomenology and its translation into useful exploitation tools for the scientific community, supporting applications such as homeland security and defense, environmental monitoring, atmospheric profiling, maritime sensing, and other similar relevant areas.

We invite contributions for this special section of Optical Engineering in the following areas of imaging spectrometry:

Sensor Design and Implementation

  • Active and passive spectrometer design and development for all spectral regions from the ultraviolet to the thermal infrared, for space, airborne, and ground-based systems
  • Verification and calibration methods and techniques
  • Simulation techniques in sensor design and characterization
  • Sensor artifact assessment and suppression
  • Novel architectures and spectrometer designs
  • Enabling technologies

Data Processing and Exploitation

  • Real-time and off-line data processing and exploitation methods and algorithms
  • Spectral signature libraries and databases
  • Laboratory and field measurement data-collection techniques
  • Physics-based spectral phenomenology understanding and modeling
  • Atmospheric correction techniques
  • Radiative transfer modeling
  • Advances in detection, classification, and characterization
  • Sensor and data fusion.

This call for papers is open to everyone. Participants in the Imaging Spectrometry XXI conference held in San Diego, California are especially encouraged to submit a revised and expanded paper for consideration. All submissions will be peer reviewed.

Manuscripts due 1 December 2016.


September 2017

Infrared Sensors

Guest Editors:

Arvind D'Souza
DRS Technologies
Advanced ISR
10600 Valley View Street
Cypress, California 90630
E-mail: Arvind.DSouza@drs.com

Paul D. LeVan
Air Force Research Laboratory
3550 Aberdeen Avenue SE
Kirtland AFB, NM 87117, United States
E-mail: afrl.rvse@us.af.mil

Call for Papers: Infrared detectors have made significant progress over the past few decades. Improvements in the growth of a variety of infrared materials combined with a proliferation of detector architectures have significantly increased detector performance. Results are orders of magnitude higher and sometimes theoretical performance is achieved at low temperature or, for some applications, required performance is obtained at high operating temperatures. The combination of the above suggests that high performance systems can be designed for both low and high background applications with low and high sensor operating temperatures, respectively.

The emphasis of this special section is on papers that either provide a history of the infrared material/detector technology, describe physics and chemistry of existing materials/detectors, or imaginative designs for the future. This is a solicitation of papers from students and professors at universities, scientists and technologists in industry, and government laboratories from all countries.

Papers solicited may address all infrared materials, detectors and technologies, including:

  • IR detector materials
  • uncooled microbolometer arrays
  • cooled single element detectors and detector arrays
  • single or multicolor detectors
  • detectors for low- and high-background applications
  • radiation hardness of detectors
  • high operating temperature detectors
  • avalanche photodiodes—Geiger or linear mode
  • photovoltaic, photoconductive, or barrier detectors
  • single element such as Si, doped Si, or Ge, III-V or II-VI
  • quantum dot, quantum well etc.

Submissions due 1 November 2016.



October 2017

Plasmonics Systems and Applications

Guest Editors:

Monica Allen
Air Force Research Laboratory
Munitions Directorate
Eglin AFB, Florida 32542
E-mail: monica.allen.3@us.af.mil

Jeffery Allen
Air Force Research Laboratory
Munitions Directorate
Eglin AFB, Florida 32542
E-mail: Jeffery.allen.12@us.af.mil

Daniel Wasserman
University of Texas at Austin
Electrical and Computer Engineering Department
Austin, Texas 78701
E-mail: dw@utexas.edu

G. V. Pavan Kumar
Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Pune
Division of Physics
Pune, Maharashtra 411008, India
E-mail: pavan@iiserpune.ac.in

Stefan Maier
Imperial College London
Faculty of Natural Sciences, Department of Physics
Lee-Lucas Chair in Experimental Physics
London SW7 2AZ, United Kingdom
E-mail: S.Maier@imperial.ac.uk

Call for Papers: The field of plasmonics has seen rapid growth in both research and application over the last two decades. One of the driving forces of this growth has been the maturation of several key nanotechnology processes which have made subwavelength features and structures, and thus the realization of theoretically predicted phenomena, possible. Electromagnetic waves in the optical regime are manipulated through light-matter interactions using conductive nanostructures, nanoparticles, thin films, or periodic arrays that are designed for propagation (via surface plasmon polaritons) or local field enhancement (with localized surface plasmons). Plasmonics combines many attractive features in nanoelectronics and optics, opening the door to highly integrated dense subwavelength components and circuits which will help alleviate the speed/bandwidth-bottleneck in important technologies such as information processing and on-board computing. Plasmonic devices could provide improved performance with respect to cost, size, weight, and power consumption as compared to conventional systems. This technology also feeds into a new class of devices that can provide unique functionality such as superlensing, etc. Recently several important practical plasmonic devices and systems have been demonstrated in applications. Particularly significant are developments enabling applications otherwise unachievable in either electronics or photonics alone, thus providing the bridge between these two technologies. The objective of this special section is to solicit research papers addressing the key technologies in plasmonic systems and application development, along with future directions of the field.

With this perspective in mind, we invite contributions for this special section of Optical Engineering that include, but are not limited to, the following topics:

  • plasmonic sensors
  • nanoplasmonic waveguides and resonators
  • plasmonic-enhanced detectors and focal plane arrays
  • plasmonic-aided sources and emitters
  • plasmonic nanocircuits; logical nanoscale elements
  • plasmonic ultramicroscopies and nanoscopic spectroscopies
  • plasmonics-assisted memory
  • plasmonic transistors
  • plasmonic nanolasers and spasers
  • nanoplasmonic antennas and their applications in nanoscopes, photodetectors, solar cells, and lighting devices
  • plasmonic imaging, including probe ultramicroscopies, superlenses, and hyperlenses
  • modulators and switches based on active plasmonics
  • 3D plasmonic nanostructures and nanoelectronics
  • solar energy harvesting
  • long-wavelength infrared to THz plasmonic materials and devices
  • devices for telecommunications
  • medical and health applications
  • hot electron effects and plasmon-assisted chemistry.

Prospective authors should submit original papers. This call for papers is open to everyone, and participants of the 2016 conference on Plasmonics: Design, Materials, Fabrication, Characterization, and Applications (held in San Diego, California) are specifically invited to submit results presented at the conference. Submissions should follow the guidelines of Optical Engineering, which can be found at http://spie.org/OEauthorinfo. Manuscripts should be submitted online at http://oe.msubmit.net.

Submissions due 1 December 2016.



November 2017


Guest Editors:

Peter de Groot
Zygo Corporation
21 Laurel Brook Road
Middlefield, Connecticut, United States
E-mail: peterd@zygo.com

Erik Novak
4D Technology Corporation
3280 E. Hemisphere Loop
Tucson, Arizona, United States
E-mail: erik.novak@4dtechnology.com

Yukitoshi Otani
Utsunomiya University
Department of Optical Engineering
Utsunomiya, Japan
E-mail: otani@cc.utsunomiya-u.ac.jp

Call for Papers: This special section of Optical Engineering gathers insightful review and new research papers on the principles and applications of optical interferometry. The scope encompasses both fundamental methods as well as applications ranging from interferometry for optics, industrial metrology, process control, surface analysis, new instrument design, advanced techniques, "big science" and R&D. Of particular interest is interferometry for precision measurement, including but not limited to:

  • High-speed stage positioning
  • Large-scale dimensional measurements
  • Interferometric optical encoders
  • Testing of optical components and systems
  • Interferometry for aspheric and freeform optics
  • Interference microscopy
  • Space-based interferometry
  • Calibration, certification, and standardization of instruments that use interferometry
  • "Instantaneous" and "dynamic" areal surface measurements
  • Quantitative phase imaging using interference
  • Imaging of life-science objects, including cells and tissue
  • Digital holography and speckle techniques
  • Phase estimation and fringe analysis techniques
  • Wavefront evaluation
  • Gravitational wave interferometry
  • Miniaturized systems
  • Model-based techniques
  • Interferometric fiber-optic sensors
  • Deformation, vibration, and strain measurements over all scales
  • MEMS/MOEMS reliability analysis, assembly, and packaging testing
  • Nondestructive testing and failure analysis
  • Full-field optical coherence tomography
  • Point-scanning interferometric probes
  • Semiconductor wafer inspection using interferometry
  • Photolithography mask metrology, and inspection
  • Shearing interferometry and other gradient methods
  • Astronomical and adaptive optics
  • Thin-film interferometric metrology
  • Roll-to-roll manufacturing metrology
  • Design and optimization of new instruments
  • Novel wavelengths, including terahertz interferometry
  • Enhanced performance and resolution
  • Measurements at the physical limits of detection.

This call for papers is open to everyone, and participants of the 2016 conference on Interferometry, part of Optics + Photonics in San Diego, California, are invited to submit results presented at the conference. Submissions should follow the guidelines of Optical Engineering, which can be found at http://spie.org/OEauthorinfo. Manuscripts should be submitted online at http://oe.msubmit.net.

Manuscripts due 1 January 2017.


Published Special Sections:

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 (November 2011)
Guest Editors: G. Groot Gregory and Bryan Stone

Fiber Lasers (September 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

Optics and Photonics for Homeland Security (October 2004)
Guest Editor: Bahram Javidi

Trends in Pattern Recognition Algorithms, Architectures, and Devices (August 2004)
Guest Editors: Mohamad S. Alam and Mohammad A. Karim

Polarization (May 2002)
Guest Editors: Dennis Goldstein, J. Scott Tyo, and David Chenault

Advances in Pattern Recognition, Techniques, Devices, and Algorithms (January 2002)
Guest Editors: Mohamad S. Alam and Mohammad A. Karim

Optical Computing Systems, Materials, and Devices (November 2001)
Guest Editors: Abdul A. S. Awwal and Khan M. Iftekharuddin

Active and Passive Components for Optical Networks (July 2001)
Guest Editors: Suning Tang and Yao Li

Distance and Displacement Measurements by Laser Technique (January 2001)
Guest Editors: Thierry Bosch and Silvano Donati

Pushing the Envelope in Optical Design Software (July 2000)
Guest Editor: Mary G. Turner

Target Recognition Techniques (May 2000)
Guest Editors: Mohammad S. Alam and Mohammad A. Karim

Information Optics Using Polymeric Materials (March 2000)
Guest Editor: Yao Li

Optical Methods for Shape Measurement (January 2000)
Guest Editors: Gordon M. Brown and Frank Chen

Solid State Lasers (November 1999)
Guest Editor: Richard Scheps

Acousto-optic Devices and Optical Information Processing: Research and Developments (July 1999)
Guest Editors: Partha P. Banerjee and Ting-Chung

Sampled Imaging Systems (May 1999)
Guest Editors: Ronald G. Driggers, Carl E. Halford, and Richard Vollmerhausen

Computer Arithmetic for Optical Computing (March 1999)
Guest Editors: Abdul Ahad S. Awwal and Khan M. Iftekharuddin

Optical Security (January 1999)
Guest Editors: Joseph L. Horner and Bahram Javidi

Optical Data Communication (December 1998)
Guest Editor: Casimer DeCusatis

High-Speed Photography (August 1998)
Guest Editors: Dennis L. Paisley and Mikhail Ya Schelev

Advances in Target Acquisition Modeling (July 1998)
Guest Editors: Thomas J. Meitzler, Grant R. Gerhart, and Harpreet Singh

Laser Metrology Developments and Applications in the Automotive Industry (May 1998)
Guest Editors: Fang Chen and Christopher T. Griffen

Integrated Optics (April 1998)
Guest Editor: S. Iraj Najafi

Advances in Recognition Techniques, Part 2 (March 1998)
Guest Editors: Mohammad S. Alam and Mohammad A. Karim

Sensor Fusion 1998: A Case for Intelligent Fusion (February 1998)
Guest Editor: Belur V. Dasarathy

Advances in Recognition Techniques, Part 1 (January 1998)
Guest Editors: Mohammad S. Alam and Mohammad A. Karim

Correlation Pattern Recognition (October 1997)
Guest Editor: Abhijit Mahalanobis

Smart Structures (July 1997)
Guest Editor: William B. Spillman

Optical Materials for Optical Systems (June 1997)
Guest Editor: Tadeusz Kryszczynski

Micro-Opto-Electro-Mechanical Systems (May 1997)
Guest Editor: M. Edward Motamedi

Sensor Fusion 1997 (March 1997)
Guest Editor: Belur V. Dasarathy

Photoacoustic and Photothermal Science and Engineering (February 1997)
Guest Editors: Andreas Mandelis and Kirk H. Michaelian

Optical Security (September 1996)
Guest Editors: Joseph L. Horner and Bahram Javidi

Applications of Neural Networks in Optics (August 1996)
Guest Editors: Suganda Jutamulia, Francis T. S. Yu, and Toshimitsu Asakura

Electronic Holography (June 1996)
Guest Editor: Chung J. Kuo

Optical Science and Engineering in Romania (May 1996)
Guest Editors: Ion M. Popescu, Dan C. Dumitras, and Niculae N. Puscas

Sensor Fusion 1996 (March 1996)
Guest Editor: Belur V. Dasarathy

Optical Science and Engineering in Argentina (January 1996)
Guest Editor: Guillermo H. Kaufmann

Optics in Polymer Science and Technology (December 1995)
Guest Editors: Maksymilian Pluta and Andrzej Wasiak

Optical Remote Sensing and Image Processing (November 1995)
Guest Editors: Mohammad A. Karim and Bradley D. Duncan

Optical Science and Engineering in Finland (September 1995)
Guest Editor: Seppo Honkanen

Optics in Switzerland, Part 3: Industries and Observatories (September 1995)
Guest Editor: Pramod K. Rastogi

Photorefractive Nonlinear Optics (August 1995)
Guest Editor: Partha P. Banerjee

Optics in Switzerland, Part 2: Universities and Research Institutes (August 1995)
Guest Editor: Pramod K. Rastogi

Optics in Switzerland, Part 1: Federal Institutes of Technology (July 1995)
Guest Editor: Pramod K. Rastogi

Polarization Analysis and Measurement (June 1995)
Guest Editors: Dennis H. Goldstein, David B. Chenault, and Russell A. Chipman

Optics in the Ukraine (April 1995)
Guest Editor: Oleg V. Angelsky

Optical Engineering in Ophthalmology (March 1995)
Guest Editors: Suganda Jutamulia and Toshimitsu Asakura

High Heat Flux Optical Engineering (February 1995)
Guest Editor: Ali M. Khounsary

Optics in Ireland (December 1994)
Guest Editors: John Hegarty, Noel Mitchell, and Conleth D. Hussey

Micro-Optics (November 1994)
Guest Editor: Chandrasekhar Roychoudhuri

Optics in Russia: Selected Topics (October 1994)
Guest Editor: Vladislav Y. Panchenko

Digital Image Recovery and Synthesis (October 1994)
Guest Editor: Paul S. Idell

Optics in South Africa (September 1994)
Guest Editors: Johannes I. Markusse and Maurice W. McDowell

Adaptive Wavelet Transforms (July 1994)
Guest Editor: Harold H. Szu

Optical Pattern Recognition (June 1994)
Guest Editors: Joseph L. Horner and Bahram Javidi

Optical Science and Engineering in India (June 1994)
Guest Editor: Rajpal S. Sirohi

Semiconductor Infrared Detectors (May 1994)
Guest Editor: Antoni Rogalski

Optical Interconnects and Packaging (May 1994)
Guest Editor: Sing H. Lee

Infrared Technology-Part 2 (March 1994)
Guest Editor: Marija Strojnik

Magnetospheric Imagery and Atmospheric Remote Sensing-Part 2 (February 1994)
Guest Editor: Supriya Chakrabarti

Infrared Technology-Part 1 (January 1994)
Guest Editor: Marija Strojnik

Magnetospheric Imagery and Atmospheric Remote Sensing-Part 1 (December 1993)
Guest Editor: Supriya Chakrabarti

Phase Contrast Microscopy (December 1993)
Guest Editor: Maksymilian Pluta

Acquisition, Pointing, and Tracking (November 1993)
Guest Editor: Mohammad A. Karim

Optical Engineering in Hungary (October 1993)
Guest Editors: Tivadar Lippenyi and Zoltan Fuezessy

Microlithography (October 1993)
Guest Editor: James R. Sheats

Optical Science and Engineering in Canada (September 1993)
Guest Editor: Chander P. Grover

A Tribute to Rudolf Kingslake (August 1993)
Guest Editor: Arthur Cox

Visual Communications and Image Processing IV (July 1993)
Guest Editors: Cheng-Tie Chen, Hsueh-Ming Hang, and Kou-Hu Tzou

From Numerical to Symbolic Image Processing: Systems and Applications (June 1993)
Guest Editor: Gianni L. Vernazza

Emerging Optoelectronic Technologies (April 1993)
Guest Editors: Vijai K. Tripathi, Govind P. Agrawal, and Ananth Selvarajan

Optical Research in Asia (January 1993)
Guest Editors: Chung Jung Kuo, Toshimitsu Asakura, Yong-Hee Lee, and Runwen Wang

Automatic Target Recognition (December 1992)
Guest Editor: Firooz A. Sadjadi

Acousto-Optics (October 1992)
Guest Editor: Ting-Chung Poon

Wavelet Transforms (September 1992)
Guest Editors: Harold H. Szu and H. John Caulfield

Optical Engineering in U.K. Industry (August 1992)
Guest Editors: Lionel R. Baker and Richard J. Parker

Biomedical Optics (July 1992)
Guest Editor: Abraham Katzir

Adaptive Signal Processing (June 1992)
Guest Editor: Simon Haykin

Optical Information Processing (May 1992)
Guest Editor: Bahram Javidi

Modern Optics and Information Processing (April 1992)
Guest Editor: Mikhail M. Miroshnikov

Optics in Poland (March 1992)
Guest Editor: Romulad Jozwicki

Optical Fiber Sensor Based Smart Materials and Structures (January 1992)
Guest Editor: Richard O. Claus

Infrared Imaging Systems (November 1991)
Guest Editor: Mohammad A. Karim

X-Ray/EUV Optics (August 1991)
Guest Editor: Richard B. Hoover

Visual Communications and Image Processing III (July 1991)
Guest Editors: Kou-Hu Tzou and Hsueh-Ming Hang

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