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CLEO: Applications & Technology
CLEO: Science and Innovations
CLEO: QELS—Fundamental Science

CLEO: 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, laser cooling and trapping; degenerate atomic gases; quantum dots; NV centers in diamond; circuit quantum optics; superconducting qubits;  electromagnetically induced transparency and other coherent effects; slow and fast light; quantum memory for photons; matter-light entanglement; advanced quantum protocols for future optical frequency standards and precision measurements; optical lattices; cold  collisions; coherent transients; cold molecules; trapped ions; atom optics and lithography.

FS 2: Quantum Science, Engineering and Technology
Topics include, but are not limited to, generation, detection, characterization and application of squeezed, entangled, and other non-classical states; quantum measurement and control; quantum feedback; quantum sensors and quantum metrology; single-photon sources and detectors; quantum communication and cryptography; quantum information processing; quantum repeaters; quantum error correction, fault-tolerant architectures, and other approaches to decoherence suppression; fundamental studies of decoherence, quantum measurement theory, and quantum statistical mechanics; 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.


CLEO: 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. Fibers, Propagation and Nonlinear Effects, Lasers, Devices and Materials
12. Lightwave Communications and Optical Networks
13. Active Optical Sensing
14. Optical Metrology
15. LEDS, Photovoltaics and Energy-Efficient ("Green") Photonics

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: Fibers, Propagation and Nonlinear Effects, Lasers, Devices and Materials
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, regenators, 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.

S&I 15: LEDS, Photovoltaics and Energy-Efficient ("Green") Photonics
Topics include, but are not limited to fundamental energy-efficient photonic science, including: LED physics and devices – novel LED architectures and methods, improved photon extraction, surface modification techniques, photonic crystal LEDs, plasmonic LEDs, flexible LEDs, organic LEDs (OLEDs), improved radiative efficiency, epitaxial layer and structural physics, radiative recombination physics, white LEDs, lasers or coherent sources for lighting; LED materials – inorganic materials, organic materials, hybrid light-emitting materials based on group III-V, II-VI, and IV semiconductors, polymers, and organic materials, wavelength converter materials, such as phosphors, dyes, and quantum dots, ultra-violet, visible, and infrared emitting materials, colloidal quantum dots and nanocrystals, nanowire or nanorod structures, epitaxial growth improvements; Photovoltaic physics and devices – novel photovoltaic architectures and methods, improved photon absorption, light trapping, surface modification techniques, plasmonic structures, flexible solar cells, epitaxial layer and structural physics, carrier collection physics, single and multi-junction cells; Photovoltaic materials - inorganic materials, organic materials, hybrid materials based on group III-V, II-VI, and IV semiconductors, polymers, and organic molecules, solar cells incorporating colloidal quantum dots and nanocrystals, nanowire or nanorod structures.


CLEO: Applications & Technology

1. Biomedical
2. Environment/Energy
3. Government & National Science, Security & Standards Applications
4. Industrial

A&T 1: Biomedical
This track focuses on the translation of new applications from the bench-top to the bedside and on advanced engineering and applied studies. Topics may include clinical studies that demonstrate accuracy of a diagnostic or therapeutic modality, clinical demonstration and validation of bio-photonic devices, and large-scale trials of biosensors.

Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • clinical diagnostic and therapeutic applications; optical biopsy using optical spectroscopy and imaging
  • optics and laser instruments in clinical translation
  • endoscopic applications of optical systems
  • pre-clinical and clinical applications of in vivo molecular imaging, photo-acoustic imaging and tomography, multi- and hyper-spectral imaging, pathogen detection and photodynamic therapy (PDT)
  • optical techniques in surgical applications
  • in vivo microscopy in biomedical sciences & clinical medicine
  • disease applications for diffuse optical imaging, diffuse optical tomography (DOT), and optical coherence tomography (OCT)
  • point-of-care optical sensor systems
  • medical imaging systems and clinical applications using optical technologies and algorithms, visualization technologies and image reconstruction and processing. Primarily for advanced engineering and applied studies, such as clinical studies that show accuracy of a diagnostic or therapeutic modality, clinical demonstration and validation of bio-photonic devices, and large-scale trials of biosensors.
  • Nonlinear microscopy and endomicroscopy: pre-clinical and clinical applications;
  • In vivo molecular imaging, photo-acoustic imaging and tomography, multi- and hyper-spectral imaging, pathogen detection and photodynamic therapy (PDT);
  • Optical coherence tomography: clinical diagnostic and therapeutic guidance applications including ophthalmic, optical biopsy guidance  and therapy monitoring;
  • Multimodal optical imaging and spectroscopy:   optics and laser instruments in clinical translation;  endoscopic applications of optical systems;   optical techniques in surgical applications
  • Image-guided surgery and point of care optical sensors, systems, algorithms, visualization technologies and image reconstruction and processing

A&T 2: Environment/Energy

Photonic-based electrical power generation and energy efficient photonics will play a key role in the reduction of the collective energy footprint that is fast becoming an important global priority. Photonics will also find important applications in environmental monitoring and purification. This conference will focus on photonic technologies and their applications addressing energy efficiency and the environment.

Topics include, but are not limited to concepts and systems:

  • concepts and systems for environmental remote sensing (air/water/soil quality monitoring)
  • concepts and systems for food and water safety monitoring and control
  • concepts and systems for solar energy harvesting and storage
  • concepts and systems for solid-state lighting and human impact
     

A&T 3: Government & National Science, Security & Standards Applications
Wide-spread applications in government and national science, security and standards, from miniature optical devices to large facility class laser systems including advances in performance and in size, weight, and power will be covered.

Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • status of current national/ international programs and new initiatives related to applications of lasers and electro-optics (EO)
  • laser radar systems; atmospheric sensing, gas detection and characterization
    directed energy and laser defense systems
  • highly stable lasers for laser radar and navigation (INS/GPS); optical telescopes; laser guidestars and EO systems for astronomy
  • space technology and missions using EO
  • security sensors; optical communications
  • national standards programs in optical metrology.

A&T 4: Industrial
This conference focuses on emerging industrial applications of lasers and photonics. Topics include fundamental scientific work that opens a path to new fields of activity, application development and feasibility demonstration, as well as pre-industrial prototyping. Advanced industrial applications demonstrating novel uses of laser and photonics technologies are actively encouraged.

Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • current and emerging industrial applications of lasers including laser material processing , laser micro-and nano-machining, rapid prototyping, surface functionalization, metrology and process control using advanced optical systems, etc.
  • advanced applications of ultrafast lasers including micro-and nano-machining, polymerization, 3D nanofabrication, micro-fluidics, nano-texturing, etc.
  • laser applications in semi-conductors, photovoltaics, energy storage, green photonics, display, telecom, etc.