Topic Categories

Applications & Technology
QELS/ Fundamental Science
Science and Innovations

Science and Innovations

1. Light-matter Interactions and Materials Processing
2. Advanced Science and Technology for Laser Systems and Facilities
3. Semiconductor Lasers
4. Nonlinear Optical Technologies
5. Terahertz Technologies and Applications
6. Optical Materials, Fabrication and Characterization
7. Micro- and Nano-Photonic Devices
8. Ultrafast Optics, Optoelectronics and Applications
9. Components, Integration, Interconnects and Signal Processing
10. Biophotonics and Optofluidics
11. Fiber Photonics
12. Lightwave Communications and Optical Networks
13. Active Optical Sensing
14. Optical Metrology


S&I 1: Light-matter Interactions and Materials Processing

Topics include, but are not limited to, the science of laser-materials interactions and materials processing from continuous-wave to ultrafast time scales and from the nanoscale to macroscale; innovations in laser fabrication techniques for materials synthesis; coupled photon-materials interactions such as plasmon polaritons or surface acoustic waves for materials modification; wavelength selective electronic and vibrational excitations in materials; coherent, nonlinear and multiphoton effects; time-, frequency- and space-resolved techniques for controls, diagnostics and process monitoring; and beam shaping, pulse shaping and adaptive optics in materials processing.

S&I 2:  Advanced Science and Technology for Laser Systems and Facilities

Topics include, but are not limited to fundamental laser science, technology development and system-related issues, including: laser science – fundamental issues, including dynamics and spectroscopic investigations of novel laser media; laser gain materials – solid-state, liquid and gas, FELs, including: ceramics, Raman, alkali metal vapor, colloidal-suspension and other liquid media, and organic dye-based lasers in solid hosts; laser technology – advanced pump sources and resonator geometries; modeling of lasers and resonators; advanced laser systems; advanced laser diagnostics; laser beam shaping and combining; temporal pulse shaping; adaptive optics and wavefront control; high-average-power lasers – laser systems producing over 10 W; thermal management and thermo-optical effects in lasers, including cryogenic laser, frequency conversion; high-intensity and high-energy lasers and technology – recent progress in terawatt to petawatt lasers, including: advanced front-end systems, diffraction gratings, and optics; fusion lasers; laser induced optical damage science and technology; beam transport; hybrid laser systems – fiber/solid-state/OPCPA; Secondary sources – laser driven secondary source generation, including: laser-based high harmonic generation, EUV, X-ray and Gamma-ray sources.

S&I 3: Semiconductor Lasers

Topics include, but are not limited to, visible lasers; near-infrared lasers, mid to-far-infrared lasers; quantum cascade lasers from near-IR to THz; nanolasers and plasmonic lasers; quantum well, wire, and dot lasers; high-power and high-brightness lasers including 1- and 2-D laser arrays; tunable and/or single mode lasers and lasers for WDM; high-speed modulation dynamics; mode-locked lasers; integrated laser structures; vertical cavity lasers; semiconductor disk lasers; photonic crystal lasers; hybrid and epitaxial Si-based lasers; novel laser structures and applications; and effects of materials on laser performance.

S&I 4: Nonlinear Optical Technologies

Topics include, but are not limited to, nonlinear wavelength conversion, optical parametric processes, quasi-phase-matching techniques and devices; third-order and higher order processes, wave mixing, stimulated scattering, self- and cross-phase modulation; phenomena and techniques involving propagation instabilities, continuum generation, filamentation and optical solitons; exploitation of nonlinear optics in waveguides, fibers and surface waves; novel nonlinear materials and structures; nonlinearities in gain media, laser cavities, and optical amplifiers; applications of nonlinear optical effects in nanostructures and metamaterials; methods and techniques of nonlinear spectroscopy; novel optical applications of nonlinear phenomena; nonlinear optical effects leading to laser damage; and technologies and methods based on near-field nonlinear optics.

S&I 5: Terahertz Technologies and Applications

Topics include, but are not limited to, sources and systems that provide access to the far- infrared region of the spectrum, in the approximate range from 200 GHz to 30 THz, including ultrafast time-domain systems, high-intensity terahertz sources, direct generation using terahertz lasers, and cw generation based on nonlinear optical mixing; applications using terahertz radiation for static or time-resolved, linear and nonlinear spectroscopy, sensing, and imaging in physics, chemistry, biophotonics as well as technical sciences; advances in terahertz communications concepts and systems; new terahertz measurement techniques and instrumentation, including advances in imaging configurations, detector technologies, and terahertz optical components and waveguides; and terahertz optical measurements using surface plasmons, near-field effects, photonic crystals and metamaterials, and nonlinear optics.

S&I 6: Optical Materials, Fabrication and Characterization

Topics include, but are not limited to, concepts, design, fabrication and characterization of novel, conventional, structured, or engineered optical materials, components and devices for photonic applications; micro- and nanofabrication techniques; low-dimensional structures – quantum wires and wells; nanotubes/nanoneedles; liquid-based adaptive optics; organic emitters and absorbers; non-linear optical materials; optical materials for high power/intensity applications and systems; and characterization of transient material modifications and processes leading to material failure at operational conditions.

S&I 7: Micro- and Nano-Photonic Devices

Topics include, but are not limited to, microfabricated devices with sub-wavelength dimensions of optical confinement and intended for on-chip applications. Primarily for advances in micro/nano-photonic device design, rather than new applications of known designs. Device design may be based on high index contrast micro photonic structures, photonic crystals, resonators, or surface plasmons. Devices may be fabricated in group IV or group III-V semiconductors, or in other materials compatible with on-chip integration, including polymers. Devices may be passive, active or a combination thereof. Nonlinear effects including optomechanics in micro and nano devices, as well as linear and nonlinear effects enhanced by high index contrast waveguides, resonators or photonic crystals, are of interest.

S&I 8: Ultrafast Optics, Optoelectronics and Applications

Topics include, but are not limited to, femtosecond solid-state and fiber lasers, ultrafast semiconductor lasers, optoelectronic materials, devices, and systems; ultrafast measurement and characterization techniques; femtosecond pulse shaping; carrier-envelope phase stabilization; new ultrafast laser materials; high average power ultrafast amplification (>1kHz); femtosecond wavelength conversion schemes and supercontiuum generation; and femtosecond optical parametric oscillators and amplifiers.

S&I 9: Components, Integration, Interconnects and Signal Processing

Topics include, but are not limited to, discrete components and their integrated systems, photonic integrated circuits, microsystem integration, short-distance optical interconnections, and signal processing subsystems. Discrete components may be either free-space optical devices or waveguide devices with wavelength-scale or greater dimensions of optical confinement. Types of components include optical modulators, switches and amplifiers, optical detectors and focal-plane arrays, passive optical components (filters, isolators, splitters), and optical micro-electrical-mechanical devices. Integration approaches may be either monolithic or hybrid, may involve micro- and nano-photonic fabrication techniques, may involve integration with electronics, and may range in scale from a few devices to high densities. Interconnect and signal processing topics include novel transmitters and receivers, free-space and waveguide optical processing, microwave photonic analog links and signal processing for non-telecommunications applications, and photonic analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog converters.

S&I 10: Biophotonics and Optofluidics

Topics include but are not limited to biomedical optics, laser medical diagnostics and therapeutics; optical biopsy; optofluidics for bioanalytics and other photonic applications, biosensing and other related applications, including spectroscopic optical diagnostics; diffuse optical imaging, steady-state and time-resolved fluorescence techniques; bio-photonic fluorescence materials and techniques; optical coherence tomography; advanced biological endoscopy and microscopy; molecular imaging, photochemistry and photobiology; multi- and hyperspectral imaging; laser tissue interactions; laser surgery; photodynamic therapy; minimally invasive optical diagnostics; photoacoustic techniques; optics in biotechnology; image reconstruction and processing; optical-system engineering for medicine; optical and photonic biosensors; pathogen detection; optical tweezing and manipulation in biological or medical applications; optogenetics; lab-on-chip devices; on-chip imaging techniques; single molecule spectroscopy; microfluidically tunable or reconfigurable optical and photonic systems; photonic crystals; optofluidic assembly and lithographic techniques; on-chip light and laser sources. Primarily for studies that have not progressed beyond pilot studies.

S&I 11: Fiber Photonics

Topics include all aspects of linear and nonlinear propagation, manipulation and device effects in fibers, as well as fiber materials and fabrication techniques. This includes, but is not limited to, the physics of linear and nonlinear propagation in fibers and associated effects on signal transmission, pulse interactions, and ultrafast phenomena; fiber based nonlinear devices such as supercontiuum sources, nonlinear switches, regenerators, amplifiers, etc.; lasers, CW and pulsed, mode-locked fiber oscillators, high-power fiber lasers, coherent and non-coherent combination of fiber lasers, etc.; discrete or distributed fiber amplifiers such as doped fiber amplification, Parametric or Raman amplification, etc.; design, optical properties, or characterisation of transmission fiber, photonic bandgap fiber, microstructured fiber, multimode or higher-order mode fiber, multi-core fiber, highly nonlinear fibers, etc.; materials properties of silica or non-silica fibers, fabrication or characterization; fiber devices such as fiber gratings, fiber beam combiners, multimode interference devices, fiber sensors, biomedical fiber devices, etc.

S&I 12: Lightwave Communications and Optical Networks

Topics include, but are not limited to, long-haul and short-haul fiber-optic communication systems and networks; optical access networks; effects of fiber nonlinearities and other transmission impairments on system performance; system applications of optical amplifiers; advanced optical modulation formats; digital signal processing techniques; coding including forward error correction for optical systems; coherent detection and advanced receiver structures; free-space optical communication links; atmospheric effects and their mitigation; wavelength and time-division multiplexed systems; optical subcarrier-multiplexed technologies; telecommunications applications of microwave photonics; optical routing and switching in networks; all-optical processing in devices and networks; optics-based network elements for routing and switching; and novel optical network elements.

S&I 13: Active Optical Sensing

Topics include, but are not limited to the science and development of active optical sensing strategies, including remote sensing and point sensing; fiber sensors; chemical and biological agent detection and identification; detection of surface-bound contamination; active optical detection of ionizing radiation; indoor and outdoor environmental monitoring; industrial/thermal process monitoring; combustion and emissions monitoring; measurement of air, water, and soil quality; atmospheric studies; spacecraft and aircraft safety; and mapping and imaging. Techniques of interest include differential absorption lidar, fluorescence spectroscopy, laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, photoacoustic spectroscopy, ring-down spectroscopy, active multispectral and hyperspectral imaging from the UV to the IR, tunable diode laser absorption spectroscopy, Doppler imaging, heterodyne and homodyne detection, time-of-flight ranging, and Pockels effect detection.

S&I 14: Optical Metrology

Topics include, but are not limited to, optical devices, instruments, and technologies for precision measurements; time and frequency metrology; optical frequency standards; length, distance, and dimensional metrology; lasers, supercontinua, and broadband sources for optical metrology; frequency-comb generation, control, and applications; carrier-envelope phase control; conversion between optical and microwave frequencies; optical transmission and dissemination of time and frequency; light-matter interaction for metrology; pulse shaping and arbitrary waveform generation; instrumentation and devices for optical metrology; precision interferometry and other novel measurement methods.
 

QELS/ Fundamental Science

1. Quantum Optics of Atoms, Molecules and Solids
2. Quantum Science, Engineering and Technology
3. Metamaterials and Complex Media
4. Optical Excitations and Ultrafast Phenomena in Condensed Matter
5. Nonlinear Optics and Novel Phenomena
6. Nano-Optics and Plasmonics
7. High-Field Physics and Attosciences

FS 1: Quantum Optics of Atoms, Molecules and Solids

Topics include, but are not limited to, quantum interactions of light with atoms, molecules, quantum dots, NV centers in diamonds, superconducting circuits and other emitters; optical characterization of quantum states of matter; matter-light and matter-matter entanglement, hybrid quantum systems; quantum memory for photons;  electromagnetically induced transparency, four-wave mixing and other coherent optical effects; slow and fast light; novel quantum protocols for precision measurements, optical frequency standards and atomic sensors; laser cooling and trapping; optical lattices; degenerate atomic gases; cold molecules; trapped ions; atom optics and lithography; cold collisions.

FS 2: Quantum Science, Engineering and Technology

Topics include, but are not limited to, quantum measurement and control; quantum feedback; quantum sensors and quantum metrology; single-photon sources and detectors; generation, detection, characterization and application of squeezed, entangled, and other non-classical states of light; quantum communication and cryptography; quantum information processing; quantum repeaters; quantum error correction, fault-tolerant  quantum computing architectures, and other approaches to decoherence suppression; fundamental studies of decoherence, quantum measurement theory, and novel quantum algorithms and protocols.

FS 3: Metamaterials and Complex Media

Topics include, but are not limited to, fundamentals of metamaterials, metasurfaces, photonic crystals, random and aperiodic media; transformation optics; plasmonic nanomaterials, negative and near-zero refractive index materials; chaotic optics; chiral media; multiple scattering and light localization; microlasers and random lasers; nonlinear optics in metamaterials and complex media; structured light in photonic nanostructures, slow light in photonic nanostructures, ultrafast optics in metamaterials and complex media, hybrid systems, exciton-plasmon interaction, gain and loss compensation in metamaterials and plasmonics, novel effects in metamaterials and complex media, linear and nonlinear optical properties of nanoantennas and coupled systems.

FS 4: Optical Excitations and Ultrafast Phenomena in Condensed Matter

Topics include, but are not limited to, fundamental optical processes in semiconductors, metals, insulators, superconductors, magnetic materials, and strongly correlated materials; CW and time-resolved optical spectroscopy of elementary and collective excitations in solids, including low-dimensional systems such as quantum wells, wires, dots, nanocrystals, organics, graphene, and nanotubes; ultrafast dynamics of charges, spins, excitons, phonons, plasmons, polarons, polaritons, and other excitations; low-energy phenomena in the gigahertz, terahertz, and infrared, including electron spin resonance, cyclotron resonance, and intersubband transitions; ultrafast and nonlinear optical phenomena and coherent control in condensed matter; strongly driven systems and non-perturbative light-matter coupling.

FS 5: Nonlinear Optics and Novel Phenomena

Topics include, but are not limited to, nonlinear optics in condensed matter, fluids, gases, and plasmas; new nonlinear optical materials; supercontinuum phenomena; extreme UV and X-ray generation; single-photon nonlinear optics; nonlinear dynamics of light; optics of few cycle light pulses; nonlinear phenomena in the THz region; self-accelerating beams, optical solitons, vortices, light bullets and related phenomena; nonlinear optics in photonic crystals, waveguide arrays, nanocavities, slow light media, metamaterials, PT and other synthetic materials; local field effects; near-field and sub-wavelength linear and nonlinear optics; novel linear and nonlinear surface phenomena, multiphoton spectroscopy and other novel methods for sensing; optical micro-manipulation of particles.

FS 6: Nano-Optics and Plasmonics

Topics include, but are not limited to, light in confined structures;  plasmonic and photonic nanostructures coupled to quantum dots, graphene, molecules; nanocavities and nanoapertures;  plasmon and polariton optics; nanolasers and active nanophotonics; linear and nonlinear spectroscopy of nanostructures, single atoms, and molecules in solid hosts; quantum effects at nanoscale; near-field optics; ultrafast plasmonics; optics with sub-wavelength resolution; nanolithpgraphy; plasmonic spectroscopy and biosensing.

FS 7: High-Field Physics and Attoscience

Topics include, but are not limited to, strong field science including interactions with atoms, molecules, clusters and plasmas; production and measurement of attosecond pulses and pulse trains; production of ultrafast extreme UV and X-ray pulses using high harmonic sources and XFELs; application of attosecond pulses to atomic and molecular systems; ultrafast molecular imaging and dynamics in the gas phase using femtosecond lasers, XFELs, x-ray diffraction and electron diffraction; high field rescattering and recollision physics; studies of atomic and molecular systems using XFEL sources; high-energy-density science, and high-intensity laser-matter interactions, including unique states of matter obtainable with these lasers.
 

Applications & Technology


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1. Biomedical Applications
2. Industrial Applications
3. Photonic Instrumentation & Techniques for Metrology & Industrial Process
4. Laser & Photonics Applications for Energy & Environment

A&T 1 Biomedical applications

  1. Biomedical spectroscopy, microscopy, and imaging
  2. Neurophotonics and brain activity monitoring
  3. Optogenetics and Optical Control of
  4. Light sources and devices for biomedical imaging
  5. Clinical technologies and systems

 

A&T 2 Industrial Applications 

  1. New laser sources for industrial use
  2. Micro/nanoprocessing and manufacturing
  3. Sensing and process control
  4. Ultrafast lasers

 

A&T 3 Photonic Instrumentation and Techniques for Metrology and Industrial Processes 

  1. Chemical sensing
  2. Security applications
  3. Process monitoring
  4. Metrology

 

A&T 4 Lasers and Photonic Applications to Energy and Environment

  1. New energy sources
  2. Solar energy systems
  3. Photonic instrumentation for energy and environment