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Optical Engineering Special Sections

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Calls for Papers:

Computational Approaches to Imaging LADAR

Electro-optical/Infrared System Measurement for Modeling Performance

Panoramic Imaging

Digital Photoelasticity: Advancements and Applications

March 2015

Computational Approaches to Imaging LADAR

Guest Editors:

David Rabb
Air Force Research Laboratory
Building 622, 3109 Hobson Way Street
WPAFB, Ohio 45433-7700
E-mail: david.rabb@wpafb.af.mil

Joseph Marron
Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems
Building E1, 2000 El Segundo Boulevard
El Segundo, California 90245
E-mail: joseph.marron@raytheon.com

Call for papers: Laser radar (LADAR) technology has advanced significantly in the last several years resulting in compact LADAR sensors with fine resolution capabilities and fast imaging rates. These advances have been enabled by improved performance of components such as lasers, detectors, and processors. Another important enabling factor has been the development of computational algorithms for LADAR image formation and data exploitation.

Computational approaches have been used to enhance both direct and coherent detection LADAR sensors. Direct-detection 3-D mapping LADAR (sometimes referred to as LIDAR) and flash LADAR systems have used computational methods to overcome spatial resolution limitations through microscanning and superresolution. Computational methods are prevalent in coherent systems that make complex-valued field measurements over physical apertures and digitally synthesize larger imaging apertures through temporal, spatial, and frequency diversity. Coherent systems also sometimes use computational methods to reduce complexity; for example, self-reference and phase retrieval techniques can be used to eliminate the local oscillator. LADAR systems also use a variety of approaches to overcome the effects of atmospheric turbulence on sensor data through phase error correction, modulation transfer function filtering, or dewarping. With higher imaging rates, there is also a need for data compression, motivating methods for compressive imaging and sampling techniques.

This special section will summarize current research on computational techniques used for the enhancement of coherent and direct-detect LADAR systems. Original and review articles are solicited in the following topics:

  • synthetic aperture LADAR
  • digital holography
  • mapping LADAR
  • flash LADAR
  • superresolution
  • aperture synthesis
  • phase retrieval
  • compressive imaging/sampling.

Closed for submissions.


April 2015

Electro-optical/Infrared System Measurement for Modeling Performance

Guest Editors:

Jonathan Hixson
Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate
Modeling and Simulation Division
10221 Burbeck Road
Fort Belvoir, Virginia 22060
E-mail: jonathan.hixson@us.army.mil

Stephen Burks
Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate
Modeling and Simulation Division
Advanced Sensor Evaluation Facility
10221 Burbeck Road
Fort Belvoir, Virginia 22060
E-mail: stephen.burks1@us.army.mil

David Haefner
Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate
Modeling and Simulation Division
Advanced Sensor Evaluation Facility
10221 Burbeck Road
Fort Belvoir, Virginia 22060
E-mail: david.p.haefner@us.army.mil

Call for papers: Electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) system testing entails the measurements of various component and system-level parameters that systems engineers deploy in design evaluation and system performance modeling. The components of an EO/IR imaging system, such as focal plane arrays, optics, electronics, displays, filters, ROICs, etc., each contribute to the overall system performance. Accurate performance modeling and component-level trade studies require consistent measurements and the ability to identify the nature of the contribution of a system component to the systems performance. This special section of Optical Engineering is intended to provide the latest methodologies and state of the art techniques in EO/IR systems and component testing and evaluation.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Modulation transfer function (MTF) measurement techniques, system or component level
  • Color accuracy measurement techniques
  • Minimum resolvable temperature (MRT) and minimum resolvable contrast (MRC) testing
  • Noise characterization, system or component level
  • Test equipment and calibration 
  • Stability studies.

Manuscripts due 1 September 2014.


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 1 September 2014.


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 November 2014.


Published Special Sections:

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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