• Technical Conference:  5 – 10 May 2019
  • Exhibition: 7 – 9 May 2019

Topic Categories

Applications & Technology
The latest advancements in applied optics and photonics and use of these technologies in products.

Fundamental Science
The latest advances in all aspects of optical physics.

Science & Innovations
The current advances in applied research results on all types of lasers, optical materials and photonic devices.

Applications & Technology

1. Biomedical Applications
2. Industrial Applications
3. Optical Instrumentation for Measurements and Monitoring
4. Applications in Energy & Environment

A&T 1 Biomedical applications

This sub-committee seeks original submissions in the general area of photonics and related techniques for biology, chemistry, medicine and any healthcare related fields. Example topics include:

  • Biomedical Imaging and Sensing
  • Clinical Technologies and Systems
  • Photodynamic Therapy and Laser Surgery
  • Optical Endoscopy and Virtual biopsy
  • Neurophotonics and Optogenetics
  • Light Source and Devices for Biomedical Imaging
  • Novel imaging contrast dyes, nanoparticles, and optical clearing reagents
  • Label-free optical technologies in clinical applications

A&T 2 Industrial Applications 

Papers in this category should be directly related to laser-based industrial applications, such as materials processing, fabrication and additive manufacturing, including novel methods, laser systems, models, processes, and in-situ metrology. Example topics include but not limited to:

  • Novel or improved laser sources, beam delivery, beam shaping, wavefront control, beam interaction models, and diagnostic systems
  • Advanced laser machining techniques for materials processing, photonics fabrication and additive manufacturing
  • New manufacturing methods, materials, and products based on laser-modified surfaces or bulk materials
  • Metrology and sensing methods for laser-based subtractive and/or additive fabrication processes and manufacturing equipment

A&T 3 Optical Instrumentation for Measurements and Monitoring

This sub-committee seeks original submissions on photonic instruments/techniques for measuring or monitoring. Such optical techniques could include, but are not limited to spectroscopy, visible and thermal imaging, velocimetry, fiber optic sensing, standoff detection, and laser radar techniques. The general “Applications and Technology” (A&T) category is for submissions that report on developments toward an operational instrument (product). The submission should demonstrate progress on the path to implementation including maturing hardware/processes or in-situ/field/real-time demonstrations of the following:

  • Industrial process monitoring (compliance/tolerance, composition, safety)
  • Combustion diagnostics (species, temperature, pressure, velocity)
  • Metrology (distance, temperature, composition, laser beam characterization)
  • Structural health monitoring (stress/strain, vibration, temperature)
  • Security applications (chemical/biological/explosive threat detection)
  • Remote sensing/LIDAR (reconnaissance, 3D imaging, autonomous navigation, bio-chem, agricultural and mineral sensing, transmitter/detector technology)

A&T 4 Applications in Energy and Environment

This sub-committee seeks original submissions in the field of optical devices and instrumentation applied to fields of the environment, energy applications, and energy generation . Example topics include:

  • Optical measurements of greenhouse gases or air pollutants
  • Optical measurements of species important for the carbon, nitrogen, and sulfur cycles
  • Remote sensing of the atmosphere or environment
  • Field experiments or field data to address key environmental issues
  • Novel applications of optical devices for environmental state parameters
  • Techniques to overcome sampling challenges in field environments
  • Optics related to solar cell operation
  • Photonic schemes to enhance solar cell performance
  • Novel photovoltaic energy generation for remote sensing systems


Fundamental Science

1. Quantum Optics of Atoms, Molecules and Solids
2. Quantum Information and Communication
3. Quantum Photonics
4. Optical Interactions with Condensed Matter and Ultrafast Phenomena
5. Nonlinear Optics and Novel Phenomena
6. Nano-Optics and Plasmonics
7. High-Field Physics and Attoscience
8. Metamaterials and Complex Media  

 FS 1: Quantum Optics of Atoms, Molecules and Solids

This subcommittee seeks original contributions in the general area of atomic, molecular and optical physics that address quantum state characterization, quantum interactions and their applications. Contributions involving quantum dots, color centers and superconductors are encouraged, in addition to those concerning neutral atoms, ions, and molecules. Example topics include but are not limited to:

  • Quantum interactions of light with matter
  • Optical characterization of quantum states of matter
  • Matter-light and matter-matter entanglement
  • Quantum memories and repeaters
  • Electromagnetically induced transparency, four-wave mixing, slow and fast light, and other coherent effects
  • Novel quantum precision measurement systems and optical frequency standards
  • Laser cooling and trapping, cold molecules, trapped ions, optical lattices, cold collisions and degenerate atomic gases
  • Atom optics and lithography
  • Characterization and physics of single quantum emitters: atoms, molecules, quantum dots, and color centers.
  • Quantum optomechanics and photon-phonon interactions

FS 2: Quantum Information and Communication

This subcommittee seeks original contributions in the general area of quantum information science and its applications to communication and computation. 

  • Quantum information processing
  • Quantum algorithms and protocols
  • Entanglement, squeezed states, and other non-classical states of light
  • Fundamental studies in decoherence
  • Quantum communications and cryptography
  • Quantum computing and quantum error correction

 FS 3: Quantum Photonics

This subcommittee seeks original contributions in generation, detection, characterization and application of faint light, including single-photon and few-photon quantum states as well as supporting optical technologies for their realization. 

  • Single-photon sources, integration, and characterization
  • Single-photon detectors, electronics, and time-taggers
  • Photon-counting and photon-number resolved faint-light measurements
  • Photon-counting and quantum imaging
  • Quantum-enabled measurements, characterization of nonclassical states, and quantum metrology

FS 4: Optical Interactions with Condensed Matter and Ultrafast Phenomena

This subcommittee seeks original contributions in the general area of optical processes in condensed matter systems such as quantum wells, wires and dots, graphene and nanotubes, metals, insulators, organics, magnetic materials, and superconductors. Example topics include but are not limited to:

  • Nonlinear optics in condensed matter and nonlinear phenomena in the THz region
  • Continuous-wave and time-resolved optical spectroscopy of elementary and collective excitations, including excitons, magnons, phonons, and polaritons
  • Low-energy phenomena at GHz, THz, and infrared frequencies, including cyclotron resonance, cyclotron resonance, gap dynamics and intersubband transitions
  • Ultrafast and nonlinear optical phenomena in condensed matter, including strongly driven systems, non-perturbative light-matter coupling, and optically induced reversible structural changes
  • Coherent control of condensed matter systems

   FS 5: Nonlinear Optics and Novel Phenomena

This subcommittee seeks original contributions in the general area of nonlinear optics and associated novel optical phenomena, encompassing a broad range of material systems and wavelengths. Example topics include but are not limited to:

  • Nonlinear optics in fluids, gases, and plasmas
  • New nonlinear optical materials, devices and nonlinear plasmonics
  • Supercontinuum phenomena, optical combs, UV and X-ray generation
  • Nonlinear dynamics of light, including solitons, vortices, light bullets, and related phenomena
  • Optics of few-cycle light pulses
  • Self-accelerating beams and novel beam shaping techniques
  • Nonlinear optics in photonic crystals, waveguide arrays, nano-cavities, nonlinear optical resonators, slow light media, soft-matter, metamaterials, PT and other synthetic structures or materials
  • Local field effects, near-field and sub-wavelength linear and nonlinear optics, and single-photon nonlinear optics
  • Novel linear and nonlinear surface phenomena, multi-photon spectroscopy, other novel methods for sensing and optical micro-manipulation of particles

 FS 6: Nano-Optics and Plasmonics

This subcommittee seeks original contributions in the general area of plasmonics and nano-scale optics, including novel materials and structures, ultrafast and quantum phenomena, and a broad range of related applications. Example topics include but are not limited to:

  • Fundamental plasmon and polariton optics
  • Novel physics and applications of plasmonic and nanophotonic devices
  • Near-field optics, subwavelength resolution imaging, lithography, and recording
  • Novel materials and fabrication methods for plasmonic and nanophotonic devices
  • Ultrafast, nonlinear, and active plasmonics and nanophotonics
  • Quantum nanophotonics and plasmonics, including electron-plasmon interactions
  • Sensing and spectroscopy using plasmonic and nanophotonic structures
  • Optomechanics, trapping and manipulation using plasmonics and nanophotonics
  • Plasmonic and nanophotonic systems for energy applications

FS 7: High-Field Physics and Attoscience

This subcommittee seeks original contributions in the general area of high-power lasers and attosecond sources, as well as fundamental phenomena and applications that are enabled by interactions between the resulting fields and material systems. Example topics include but are not limited to:

  • Novel technologies, such as table-top lasers and free electron lasers, for high-field physics and attoscience
  • Generation and characterization of high peak/average power few-cycle laser pulses
  • Advanced laser-plasma technologies for secondary sources
  • Attosecond and strong-field phenomena in atoms, molecules, clusters, liquids, solids, and plasmas
  • Light filamentation
  • Rescattering and recollision physics
  • Relativistic nonlinear optical phenomena
  • Nonlinear quantum electrodynamics, including work towards pair production, radiation reaction, nonlinear Compton scattering, etc.
  • Generation and characterization of extreme wavelengths (THz to X-rays) and particle sources using table-top and free electron lasers
  • Applications of extreme wavelength and particle sources for dynamic imaging of ultrafast phenomena in atoms, molecules, clusters, liquids, solids, and plasmas.

 FS 8: Metamaterials and Complex Media

This subcommittee seeks original contributions in the general area of optical effects enabled by metamaterials and other complex media, including both linear and nonlinear behaviors and their uses. Example topics include but are not limited to:

  • Light manipulation with metamaterials, transformation optics, extreme values of refractive index
  • Wavefront shaping and other optics of metasurfaces and other complex planar composites
  • Enhancement of light-matter interaction, photon/exciton/polariton interaction, and nonlinear optics in structured media/surfaces
  • Near-field examination and other characterization of inhomogeneous media/surfaces
  • Isotropic and large-scale metamaterials
  • Metamaterials and metasurfaces on alternative material platforms
  • Gain/loss management in metamatrials and PT-symmetric structures
  • Topological optics and photonics
  • Random, aperiodic and quasiperiodic media, light localization, optical chaos
  • Coherent control of wave propagation and compressed sensing in complex media

Science & Innovations

1. Light-Matter Interactions and Materials Processing
2. Laser Systems and Facilities
3. Semiconductor Lasers
4. Nonlinear Optical Technologies
5. Terahertz Science and Technology
6. Optical Materials, Fabrication and Characterization
7. Micro- and Nano-Photonic Devices
8. Ultrafast Optics and Applications
9. Photonic Integration
10. Biophotonics and Optofluidics
11. Fiber Photonics: Novel Phenomena, Lasers, Systems and Fabrication
12. Lightwave Communications and Optical Networks
13. Active Optical Sensing
14. Optical Metrology
15. Quantum and Atomic Sensors, and their Applications

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

This sub-committee seeks original submissions in the general area of fundamentals of light-matter interactions, with an emphasis on strongly driven processes leading to generation and modification of materials in all forms (solids, soft-materials, liquid, gas, particles) over all temporal (continuous-wave, femtosecond, to attosecond) and spatial (macro-, meso-, to nano-) scales. Example topics include:

  • Fundamentals of light-matter interactions in non-perturbative regimes, including energy-particle coupling dynamics and relaxation processes.
  • Laser-based 2D or 3D micro- and nano-fabrication, including ablation, cutting, welding, transfer, and LIPSS.
  • Laser synthesis of materials, including ablation, pulsed laser deposition, crystallization, hyperdoping, and defect generation in bulk and on surfaces.
  • Laser additive manufacturing: principle, characterization, and applications.
  • Laser material processing with spatially and temporally structured light, including vector beams, non-diffractive beams, optical vortices, accelerating beams, and pulse shaping.
  • Laser-based diagnostic for materials processing, including LIBS, laser-induced secondary radiation such as x-ray and high-harmonic generation in condensed matter.
  • Laser-induced secondary particle generation, laser-particle interactions, and their applications.
  • Plasmon-assisted photochemical and photothermal effects and their applications in photocatalysis, nano-chemistry, nano-fabrication, sensing, and energy.
  • Optical manipulation of matter and light-controlled self-assembly.


S&I 2:  Laser Systems and Facilities

This sub-committee seeks original submissions in the general area of advanced laser systems and facilities. Example topics include:

  • Laser sources and gain materials: solid-state, liquid, gas and vapor, Raman, FELs.
  • Associated laser technology: pump sources, resonator geometries, laser diagnostics, laser beam shaping and combining, temporal pulse shaping, adaptive optics and wavefront control.
  • Fundamental laser science: theoretical studies and numerical modelling of laser-physical phenomena and processes.
  • High-average-power and high pulse energy lasers: thermal management and thermo-optical effects.
  • Large systems and facilities: terawatt to multi-petawatt systems; fusion lasers; CPA, OPCPA, and hybrid systems.
  • Technology for large systems: front end lasers; ancillary sources, e.g. for seeding, diagnostics, pump-probe studies, photo-injectors; pulse stretchers and compressors; prevention of laser-induced damage; beam transport.
  • Secondary sources: high-intensity radiation sources based on laser-plasma interactions in the relativistic regime.

S&I 3: Semiconductor Lasers

This sub-committee seeks original submissions in the general area of semiconductor lasers. Example topics include:

  • UV lasers, visible lasers, near-infrared lasers, mid- to far-infrared lasers
  • Cascade lasers (intersubband and interband) from near-IR to THz
  • Nano-scale, sub-wavelength sized, plasmonic lasers, polariton lasers
  • Quantum well, wire, and dot lasers
  • High-power and high-brightness lasers including 1- and 2-D laser arrays, semiconductor laser amplifiers
  • Tunable and/or single -mode lasers, and lasers for wavelength division multiplexing and sensing
  • Laser dynamics, high-speed modulation mode-locked lasers, feedback effects, chaos, frequency stability, narrow linewidth lasers
  • Integrated laser structures hybrid and epitaxial Si-based lasers
  • Novel laser structures and applications, effects of materials on laser performance, lasers with novel functionality
  • Vertical cavity surface emitting lasers, external cavity surface emitting lasers, photonic crystal lasers

S&I 4: Nonlinear Optical Technologies

This sub-committee seeks original submissions in advanced technologies based on nonlinear optics. Example topics include:

  • Nonlinear wavelength conversion
  • Applications of three- and four-wave mixing, stimulated scattering, self- and cross-phase modulation
  • Supercontinuum generation and applications involving propagation instabilities, filamentation and optical solitons
  • Optical parametric oscillation
  • Quasi-phase-matching techniques and devices
  • Applications of nonlinear optical effects in nanostructures
  • Exploitation of waveguide, surface, and near-field nonlinear optics
  • Applications of novel nonlinear materials and structures
  • Nonlinearities in gain media, laser cavities, and optical amplifiers
  • Nonlinear generation processes in micro-ring resonators and Kerr frequency combs
  • Methods and techniques of nonlinear spectroscopy
  • Novel optical applications of nonlinear phenomena


S&I 5: Terahertz Science and Technology

This sub-committee seeks original submissions in Terahertz (~200 GHz to 30 THz) science and technology. We invite submissions on THz-specific technologies (e.g. THz sensing, guiding, imaging, modulation, etc.), as well as submissions of cross-disciplinary impact such as THz studies relevant to energy, communications, memory, catalysis, and other technologies. Example topics include:

  • THz generation, detection, modulation and propagation
  • Novel concepts in THz spectroscopy and imaging
  • THz phenomena, in particular relevant for technology
  • THz nanoscopy and nano-imaging
  • Nonlinear THz interaction in materials
  • THz characterization of novel materials
  • Devices and systems for THz communications
  • Novel applications of THz radiation

S&I 6: Optical Materials, Fabrication and Characterization

This sub-committee seeks original submissions in the development, fabrication and characterization of optical materials. Example topics include:

  • Synthesis, fabrication, and characterization techniques of optical materials and devices
  • Basic properties of optical materials
  • Fabrication, characterization, and material properties of various photonic platforms (III-V, group-IV, glass and rare-earth doped, nanostructures, 2D, etc.)
  • Heterogeneous integration techniques
  • Optical fiber materials
  • Nonlinear optical materials
  • Optoelectronic materials


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

This sub-committee seeks original submissions covering micro/nano-photonic structures and chip-scale devices, with a primary focus on advanced concepts rather than new applications of established designs. Example topics include:

  • Passive structures and devices: waveguides, microresonators, mode converters, photonic crystals, metamaterials, and surface plasmons for chip-scale devices
  • Active structures and devices: classical and quantum light sources and photodetectors, modulators, and switches
  • Materials: group IV, III-V, III-nitride and organic semiconductors; polymers; phase change materials; semiconductor nanostructures; 2D materials; hybrid integration platforms
  • Devices using nonlinear optics: second-order and Kerr nonlinearities, Raman and Brillouin scattering, frequency conversion, integrated frequency combs, and supercontinuum generation devices
  • Engineered light-matter interactions: optomechanics, spontaneous emission control, thermal radiation control, microcavity polaritons, and surface plasmon-polaritons
  • Complex integrated photonic devices: photonic integrated circuits and architectures in novel and advanced applications

S&I 8: Ultrafast Optics and Applications

This sub-committee seeks original submissions in ultrafast optics. Papers in this category should be related to the generation, amplification, characterization, and applications of ultrashort optical pulses. Example topics include:

  • Techniques for the characterization of ultrashort pulses and ultrafast events, including time-resolved measurements of the electric field and polarization state of optical pulses, measurements of spatio-temporal coupling and chromatic dispersion
  • Optical pulse shaping, including the generation of trains of pulses, pulse compression, pulse dividing, pulse stacking, and coherent synthesis
  •  Carrier-envelope phase stabilization and characterization, including generation of phase-stable few-, single-, or sub-cycle pulses
  •  Ultrafast laser oscillators and amplifiers, including solid-state, semiconductor, fiber, gas lasers, modelocked sources, and CPA systems
  • Femtosecond and picosecond optical parametric amplifiers, including OPCPA systems
  • Optoelectronics systems for the generation, characterization, and shaping of ultrashort pulses
  • Applications of ultrashort pulses, including pump-probe spectroscopy, imaging, microscopy, sampling, and development of secondary sources in new wavelength ranges

S&I 9: Photonic Integration

This sub-committee seeks original submissions related to components, integration assembly, interconnections and signal processing. Example topics include:

  • On-chip integrated quantum photonic/optoelectronic circuits
  • Artificial-intelligence integrated photonic networks
  • Integrated photonic elements for enhanced virtual reality, augmented reality and Light Detection and Ranging systems
  • Optical interconnects
  • Heterogeneous integration and new phenomena of optical components
  • Optical modulators, switches, and detectors for integrated photonics
  • Applications of optical resonators and micro-cavities for photonic integration
  • Photonic integrated circuits and microsystem integration
  • Microwave photonics
  • Photonic and microwave signal processing

S&I 10: Biophotonics and Optofluidics Photonics

This sub-committee seeks original submissions related to the intersection of optics and fluidics or biology. Some applications may even target the merger of all three fields: optics, fluidics, and biology. Example topics include:

  • Optofluidics: lab-on-a-chip, photonic biosensors and systems, cytometry
  • Biophotonics: optogenetics, optical manipulation, photochemistry, photobiology
  • Microscopy: advanced, superresolution, intravital, on-chip
  • Spectroscopy: vibrational, biophotonic devices,
  • Biomedical Imaging: diffuse optical tomography, molecular imaging, fluorescence-enhanced, photoacoustic, optical coherence tomography
  • Computational imaging: image reconstruction, image processing

S&I 11: Fiber Photonics: Novel Phonomena, Lasers, Systems and Fabrication

This sub-committee seeks original submissions in fiber optics including fiber lasers and amplifiers, linear and nonlinear effects, devices, and materials. Example topics include:

  • Fiber lasers such as wavelength-tunable lasers, mode-locked lasers, Q-switched lasers, high-power lasers, random lasers, Brillouin/Raman lasers, distributed-feedback lasers, bi-directional lasers, frequency combs, vortex lasers, spatial multimode lasers
  • Fiber amplifiers, such as rare-earth doped amplifiers, parametric amplifiers, Raman amplifiers, multimode amplifiers, multicore amplifiers
  • Physics of linear and nonlinear propagation in fibers, including dispersion control, polarization effects, modes and orbital angular momentum, soliton formation, Raman/Brillouin scattering, optical wave mixing, optical parametric effects, acousto-optic effects, opto-mechanics
  • Fiber-based nonlinear devices, such as supercontinuum sources, nonlinear switches, regenerators, wavelength converters, fiber optical parametric oscillators, multimode nonlinear devices
  • Design, fabrication, and characterization of optical fibers, including photonic bandgap fibers, microstructured fibers, multimode fibers, few-mode fibers, single-mode fibers, multi-core fibers, highly nonlinear fibers, tapered/micro-fibers, low-nonlinearity large-core fibers, hollow-core fibers, semiconductor fibers, polymer fibers
  • Fiber materials, such as fluoride glass, chalcogenide glass, crystal, polymer, semiconductor, multi-component glass
  • Fiber-based devices, such as gratings, couplers, mode multiplexers, filters, multimode interference devices, multicore fan-out, photonic lanterns
  • Fiber-based systems, such as distributed thermal/strain sensing systems, inertia-sensing gyroscopes, quantum-optic systems, biomedical and chemical sensing systems

S&I 12: Lightwave Communications and Optical Networks

This sub-committee seeks original submissions in optical communications. Papers submitted to this committee are expected to present the results characterized by system performance metrics, e.g., bit error rates, error vector magnitudes, constellations, or eye diagrams. Example topics include:

  • Fiber-optic communication systems for long-haul, metro, and access networks
  • WDM, OTDM, and optical subcarrier-multiplexed technologies
  • Free-space optical communication links and mitigation of atmospheric effects
  • Analysis and mitigation of fiber nonlinearities and other transmission impairments •System applications of optical amplifiers and other devices
  • All-optical processing in devices and networks
  • Advanced optical modulation formats, coherent detection, and advanced receivers
  • Digital signal processing and forward error correction techniques for optical systems
  • Telecommunications applications of microwave photonics
  • Optics-based network elements and architectures for routing and switching

S&I 13: Active Optical Sensing


This sub-committee seeks original submissions in active optical sensing. Example topics include:

  • Tunable laser spectroscopy and sensing, including cavity-enhanced techniques and heterodyne/homodyne detection
  • Active standoff and remote sensing, including LIDAR and multi/hyperspectral imaging
  • Spectroscopy and sensing using broadband laser sources and frequency combs
  • Micro- and nano-optical sensors, including MEMS and integrated waveguide devices
  • Fiber-based sensing of chemicals (gas, liquid) or physical properties (temperature, pressure, strain, etc.)
  • Optical sensing and transduction for biological and medical applications
  • Raman, SERS, CARS, Brillouin, and fluorescence sensing
  • Optical microscopy combined with chemical or physical sensing
  • Active optical sensing of solids, liquids, gases, plasmas, and mixed material systems


S&I 14: Optical Metrology

This sub-committee seeks original submissions in optical metrology. Example topics include:

  • Optical devices, instruments, and technologies for precision measurements
  • Time, frequency, length, distance and dimensional metrology
  • Optical transmission and dissemination of time and frequency
  • Optical frequency standards
  • Lasers, supercontinua, and broadband sources for optical metrology
  • Frequency-comb generation, control, and applications
  • Conversion between optical and microwave frequencies
  • Precision interferometry, spectroscopy and other novel measurement methods

S&I 15: Quantum and Atomic Sensors, and their Applications

This committee seeks new research in the area of quantum and atomic sensors, including advances in device development and sensitivity, applications to precision and physical measurement, and technologies that support their integration and instrumentation. Example toopics include:

  • Atomic, solid-state, and quantum sensors (atomic-gyroscopes, atomic-based magnetometers and gravimeters, atom interferometry, atomic clocks, space-based cold atom experiments, atomic RF-field sensors superconducting quantum dots, opto-mechanics for sensing, NV centers in diamond )
  • Applications of quantum sensors and quantum optics (inertial navigation, gravitational wave detection, Color-center sensing, quantum metrology and quantum SI (gravimeters, emissivity, time and frequency etc)) 
  • Supporting technology (miniature vacuum and optical components and magnetic shielding, atomic cell technology, quantum device engineering, miniature frequency combs, integrated quantum sensors and optics) 




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