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Optical Engineering Special Sections


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Calls for Papers:

Panoramic Imaging

Digital Photoelasticity: Advancements and Applications

Complex Light


May 2015

Panoramic Imaging

Guest Editor:

Raghu Menon
RemoteReality Corporation
100 Northfield Drive
Windsor, Connecticut 06095
E-mail: rmenon@remotereality.com

Call for Papers: The ultrawide field of view provided by panoramic imaging techniques enables a broad range of applications, ranging from defense to medical diagnostic equipment and entertainment. Over the last decade, advancements in imaging sensor technologies, as well as the availability of powerful low-power processing architectures, have enabled an ever-widening scope of applications of panoramic imaging. New tablet- and phone-based display technologies have also expanded the availability of powerful computing platforms for panoramic video display.

The purpose of this special section is to present an overview of the current state of the art in panoramic imaging technologies, as well as detailed analysis on promising new approaches for panoramic image and video capture, processing, display, and vision.

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

  • Panoramic image and video capture technologies
  • Specialized optics for panoramic image capture, including catadioptric and distributed aperture systems
  • Algorithms and methods for producing panoramic images and video
  • Real-time processing for low-latency panoramic video
  • Panoramic video compression and distribution
  • User interfaces for panoramic video and image display
  • Applications of panoramic imaging.

Manuscripts due 31 October 2014.

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August 2015

Digital Photoelasticity: Advancements and Applications

Guest Editor:

Krishnamurthi Ramesh
Indian Institute of Technology Madras
Department of Applied Mechanics
Chennai, India 600 036
E-mail: kramesh@iitm.ac.in

Call for Papers: Proper understanding of the nature of stresses developed is crucial in design and analysis of real-world systems. Photoelasticity is a whole-field optical technique used for analyzing the stress/strain fields and has been in existence for more than 150 years. Ever since the work of Hecker and Morche in 1986, a paradigm shift in data acquisition and processing saw the emergence of digital photoelasticity. Initially, there was quite a bit of success in automating the isochromatic fringe data. Later issues related to reliable acquisition of isoclinics over the domain has been resolved with the understanding of inconsistent and ambiguous zones in isoclinic and isochromatic phase maps, respectively. New equipment and software has been designed to adopt the new methodologies. In addition, methods such as three-fringe photoelasticity and RGB photoelasticity have been developed to process data in the color domain. Confidence gained in automating transmission photoelasticity has been extended to other variants of photoelasticity.

Significant improvements in integrated photoelasticity, scattered-light photoelasticity, dynamic photoelasticity, and reflection photoelasticity have helped the scientific community in solving complex problems with greater accuracy. Digital photoelastic techniques are now capable of handling very small retardations on the order of nanometers, which could measure very low stresses in glass components. Commercial equipment has been developed for automated quality testing and inspection in the manufacturing industries.

Digital photoelastic techniques have a broad spectrum of applications in all fields of mechanics spanning from aerospace to underwater systems, biomechanical systems, civil structures, glass stress analysis, micro/nanoparticle inclusion studies, and fracture mechanics, etc. Recent advances in digital image acquisition and processing capabilities have enhanced the scope of photoelastic studies.

The objective of this special section is to bring together the recent techniques and advancements in digital photoelasticity and its applications in various domains. This will motivate and help the scientific community to solve complex problems using digital photoelasticity and to further explore the field. Original research and review articles are solicited on digital photoelasticity topics that could include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Phase-shifting techniques
  • Phase unwrapping methodologies
  • Data extraction from high-stress/strain gradient zones
  • Three-fringe photoelasticity/ RGB photoelasticity
  • Design and construction of modern polariscopes
  • Three-dimensional and integrated photoelasticity
  • Conjunction of rapid prototyping with photoelasticity
  • Variants of photoelasticity:
    • reflection photoelasticity
    • dynamic photoelasticity
    • scattered light photoelasticity
    • infrared photoelasticity
  • Innovative applications of photoelasticity:
    • Fracture mechanics
    • Stress analysis of glass/plastics
    • Biomedical applications
    • Structural engineering and micromechanics
    • Quality inspection in manufacturing industries.

Manuscripts due 1 February 2015.

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November 2015

Complex Light

Guest Editors:

David L. Andrews
University of East Anglia
School of Chemical Sciences
Norwich, NR4 7TJ United Kingdom
E-mail: D.L.Andrews@uea.ac.uk

Enrique J. Galvez
Colgate University
Physics and Astronomy Department
13 Oak Drive
Hamilton, New York 13346-1379
E-mail: egalvez@colgate.edu

Jesper Glückstad
Technical University of Denmark
DTU Fotonik, Department of Photonics Engineering
Ørsteds Plads 343
DK-2800 Kongens Lyngby, Denmark
E-mail: jesper.gluckstad@fotonik.dtu.dk

Call for Papers: For this special section of Optical Engineering, the guest editors are pleased to invite contributed papers from participants at the 2015 Photonics West conference on Complex Light and Optical Forces. Submissions are also welcome from other researchers in the field.

The subject of light with complex structured wavefronts, polarization profiles, and phase landscapes has become a focus of growth in modern optics. Now that it is possible to produce beams of essentially nondiffractive character, or others conveying widely ranging quantities of orbital angular momentum, with embedded singularities, there is wide anticipation of applications emerging in wide-ranging fields. This has led to a proliferation of methods and devices for producing structured light, and techniques for downstream deployment or interrogation of the beam structure.

Fundamental topics in the field include classical and quantum aspects of the spin and orbital angular momentum of light; optical beams with structured wavefronts and polarization distributions; high-order modes and their generation methods; optical waves with singularities and exotic distributions of phase and polarization; monochromatic and polychromatic vortices; vortex loops and knots; novel propagation dynamics; and the interactions of complex light with rotating optical elements and in laser cavities. These are aspects that may link directly to quantum information and optical communications applications.

Complex light fields also offer unprecedented control for probing and exerting forces on matter at the microscale and nanoscale level. Suitably tailored light can organize, rotate, bind, channel, or sort microscale or nanoscale particles. To such ends there is interest in methods of generating beams with vortices, singularities, and other kinds of phase structure, such as hollow beams, tailor-made three-dimensional optical traps, sheets of light, curved focus beams, and evanescent waves. The optical elements associated with the production and detection of such beam structures themselves also prove to have significant imaging applications.

Papers are invited on all such topics, with the compilation for this special section representing a landmark in the ongoing development of the subject.

SPIE publication policy permits manuscripts based partly or entirely on scientific content previously reported in SPIE proceedings to be submitted to this special section. In most cases, it is anticipated that the journal submission will represent a substantively expanded, refined, or otherwise revised manuscript to fully satisfy the journal's standards of significance, originality, and presentation quality, which will be assessed by a formal peer review process.

Manuscripts due 15 March 2015.

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Published Special Sections:

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


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