• Technical Conference: 

    9 - 14 May 2021

  • Exhibition: 

    11 – 13 May 2021

2020 Topic Categories


Applications & Technology (A&T) – demonstration and application of new evolving optical technologies and instrumentation to address problems in the medical, environmental, energy, and manufacturing industrial arenas.

A&T offers a forum for the presentation of the latest advances in optical engineering and its application to real world problems. Based on scientific discovery, engineering progress in maturing and implementing technology is presented. We encourage engineers to submit a paper for consideration to present. Emphasis is placed on uniqueness, impact of the work and how the work advanced the state of the art.

1. Biomedical Applications
2. Laser-based Micro-machining for Industrial Applications
3. Optical Instrumentation for Measurements and Monitoring
4. Applications in Energy & Environment

5. Quantum Technology in Transition

6. Advances in Semiconductor Technology


Fundamental Science (FS) - involves the theoretical and experimental investigation of the fundamental properties of materials,  radiation interactions, and other physical phenomena using light. Representative areas include; quantum phenomena, nano-optics and photonics, plasmonics, high-field physics/attoscience, and metamaterials/complex media etc.

1. Quantum Optics of Atoms, Molecules and Solids
2. Quantum Information and Communication
3. Quantum Photonics
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 Attoscience
8. Metamaterials and Complex Media


Science & Innovations (S&I) – includes the early development and demonstration of new optical devices and radiation sources, the use of optical technologies to probe and/or modify materials, environment, etc. and the development and application of novel metrology approaches based of optical techniques.

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. Photonic Innovations for Biological Sciences
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 Devices and Instrumentation

Applications & Technology

1. Biomedical Applications
2. Laser-based Micro-machining for Industrial Applications
3. Optical Instrumentation for Measurements and Monitoring
4. Applications in Energy & Environment

5. Quantum Technology in Transition

6. Advances in Semiconductor Technology

A&T 1 Biomedical applications

This sub-committee seeks original submissions in the general areas related to advancements in photonics for applications in medicine and healthcare. Example topics and areas, but not limited to, are following:

  • Biomedical Imaging and Sensing Technologies: advances in lasers and light sources, optical systems, devices, signal processing, imaging agents
  • Imaging for Preclinical Research: advances in structural, molecular and functional imaging of cells, tissue, organs etc. with range of advanced optical microscopic imaging techniques (nonlinear, multiphoton, photoacoustic, fluorescence, spectroscopic)
  • Clinical Technologies and Systems: optical coherence imaging systems and techniques (OCT), optical endoscopy, ophthalmic imaging, newer photonics based applications and medical devices in healthcare
  • Diagnostics: innovations in system design, multimodality imaging and sensing techniques,  point-of-care diagnostics, leveraging advanced algorithms such as machine learning, AI for photonics devices, clinical/field demonstrations
  • Photonics based Therapeutics: surgical or therapeutic applications of lasers, photobiomodulation and laser tissue interactions, ultrashort laser therapeutics, multi-functional materials, novel delivery systems, in-vitro/in-vivo systems, optically controlled methods
  • Novel Biophotonics Techniques and Applications: nano-bio photonics, neurophotonics, optical trapping and molecular/cellular manipulation, lab-on-a-chip or low resource setting techniques

A&T 2 Laser-based Micro-machining for Industrial Applications 

Papers in this category should be directly related to laser-based micro-machining for industrial applications, such as material ablation, surface modification, fabrication of functional devices and additive manufacturing, including novel methods, laser systems, models, processes, and in-situ metrology. Example topics include but not limited to:

  • Novel or improved micro-machining laser sources, beam delivery, beam shaping, wavefront control, laser-material interaction models, and diagnostic systems that can monitor the interaction process.
  • Advanced laser machining techniques for materials processing and additive manufacturing
  • New manufacturing methods and products that enable 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
  • Energy generation by monochromatic light or long wavelength light source e.g. laser power converter   
  • Novel photovoltaic energy generation for remote sensing systems

A&T5 Quantum Technology in Transition

Based on the increased understanding and active control of quantum phenomena we are now able to transition scientific discovery from the quantum world into future technology and applications. An active scene of established and start-up companies is emerging using the wealth of quantum phenomena as the basis of their business model. The technology field comprises among others quantum sensing, quantum imaging, quantum metrology, quantum computing and simulation.

The contributions to this session will address the technology, its engineering implementations, business models and will address the quantum advantage for future commercial success. A main target is to establish a lively platform for critical exchange of scientist and engineers of the emerging industry with their peers in science. Topics include but are not limited to:


  • Quantum technology as a business model
  • Transitioning from cold atom physics to quantum computers
  • Cold atoms in space
  • Quantum cryptography using satellites
  • Quantum sensing in real life applications
  • Classical optics tools to enable quantum technologies
  • Funding for quantum start-ups


A&T 6 Advances in Semiconductor Technology

Over several decades, semiconductor laser light source and detector technology have been transformed from fundamental areas of research into rapidly evolving applications and products. This subcommittee will present recent progress in the development of novel semiconductor based devices and technologies in a broad wavelength range as well as insight into metrology issues, scanner/source improvements and the integration of etch processes for fabrication and inspection of broader semiconductor products. Topics include:

  • Quantum-well, wire, dash and dot lasers and devices
  • Laser dynamics
  • MID-IR and Quantum Cascade lasers
  • Ultrashort pulse lasers
  • VCSELs/VECSELs and superlattice structures
  • UV and visible diode lasers and LEDs
  • Compact THz sources and applications
  • Silicon photonics
  • Group IV Photonics
  • Novel semiconductor-based devices and applications
  • Biophotonics and emerging applications

Fundamental Science

1. Quantum Optics of Atoms, Molecules and Solids
2. Quantum Information and Communication
3. Quantum Photonics
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 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 Excitations and Ultrafast Phenomena in Condensed Matter

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. Photonic Innovations for Biological Sciences
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 Devices and Instrumentation

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

This sub-committee seeks original submissions in the general area 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 to attosecond) and spatial (macro-, meso-, 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 periodic surface structures
  • Laser synthesis of materials, including ablation, pulsed laser deposition, crystallization, hyperdoping, and defect generation in bulk and on surfaces
  • Laser additive manufacturing: principles, 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 diagnostics for materials processing, including LIBS and laser-induced secondary radiation (e.g., 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 modeling 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; coatings for gain media and components; 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
  • Vertical cavity surface emitting lasers, external cavity surface emitting lasers, photonic crystal 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

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
  • Phase-matching techniques and devices
  • Applications of nonlinear optical effects in nanostructures
  • Exploitation of waveguide, surface, and near-field nonlinear optics
  • Nonlinearities in gain media, laser cavities, and optical amplifiers
  • Nonlinear processes in microresonators, guided wave devices, χ(3) and χ(2) frequency combs
  • Methods and techniques of nonlinear spectroscopy
  • Applications of novel nonlinear materials, structure, and 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 those relevant for technology
  • THz nanoscopy and nano-imaging
  • Nonlinear THz interactions in materials
  • THz characterization of novel materials
  • Devices and systems for THz communications and photonics
  • 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:

  • Novel techniques for the synthesis, fabrication, and characterization of optical materials and devices
  • Basic properties of optical materials
  • Fabrication, characterization, and material properties of various photonic platforms (III-V and group-IV optoelectronics, glass, nanostructures, 2D materials, etc.)
  • Heterogeneous integration techniques
  • Optical fiber materials
  • New materials for nanophotonics, plasmonics, and metasurfaces

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 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

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, autonomous driving and light detection and ranging systems
  • Optical interconnects and optical/quantum computing
  • Heterogeneous integration and new phenomena in 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: Photonic Innovations for Biological Sciences

This sub-committee seeks original submissions related to the intersection of biosciences and optical approaches that innovate how biological systems are sensed, reported, manipulated, and measured. Example topics include:

  • Optofluidics: microfluidics, lab-on-a-chip, photonic biosensors and systems, flow cytometry, velocimetry systems and PIV
  • Biophotonics: optogenetics, optical manipulation, photochemistry, photobiology, neurophotonics, excited-state dynamics, hand-held devices
  • Microscopy: advanced, superresolution, intravital, multi-photon, time-resolved, on-chip
  • Spectroscopy: spectral analyses and unmixing, Raman, surface-enhanced Raman, coherent anti-stokes Raman
  • Biomedical Imaging: diffuse optical tomography, molecular imaging, fluorescence-enhanced, photoacoustic, optical coherence tomography, functional imaging modalities, combined optical with nuclear or other photon energies, and ultrasound imaging
  • Computational imaging: image reconstruction, image processing, deep learning, and machine learning applied to biophotonics
  • Optical reporters: organic fluorophore development, dyes and markers,  inorganic materials for photonic sensing, light scattering approaches, voltage sensing dyes, contrast agents for nuclear, magnetic resonance, optical and ultrasound

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

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

  • Fiber lasers such as mode-locked lasers, wavelength-tunable lasers, Q-switched lasers, high-power lasers, random lasers, Brillouin/Raman lasers, bi-directional lasers, frequency combs, vortex lasers, and spatial multimode lasers
  • Fiber amplifiers, such as rare-earth doped amplifiers, bismuth-doped amplifiers, parametric amplifiers, Raman amplifiers, multimode amplifiers, and multicore amplifiers
  • Physics of linear and nonlinear propagation in fibers, including dispersion control, polarization and spatial-mode effects, orbital angular momentum, soliton formation, Raman/Brillouin/Rayleigh scattering, optical wave mixing, supercontinuum generation, optical parametric effects, modal instabilities, acousto-optic and thermo-optic effects, and opto-mechanics
  • Design, fabrication, and characterization of optical fibers, including but not limited to large mode area fibers, hollow-core fiber, anti-resonant fibers, photonic bandgap fibers, microstructured fibers, multimode fibers, few-mode fibers, multi-core fibers, highly nonlinear fibers, tapered/micro-fibers, and coatings
  • Fiber materials, such as fluoride glass, chalcogenide glass, crystal, polymer, semiconductor, and multi-component glass
  • Fiber-based devices, such as gratings, couplers, mode multiplexers, filters, multimode/multicore devices, photonic lanterns, beam-combiners, regenerators, wavelength converters, fiber optical parametric oscillators, multimode nonlinear devices­, and coherent beam steerers
  • Fiber-based systems, such as sensing systems, gyroscopes, quantum-information and quantum-communications systems, biomedical systems

S&I 12: Lightwave Communications and Optical Networks

This sub-committee seeks original submissions in classical optical communications. Papers submitted to this committee are expected to present quantitative system performance metrics such as bit error rates, error vector magnitudes, quality factor, mutual information (physical layer demonstration), or resource usage efficiency, energy efficiency, latency, cost (optical network architectures and solutions).  Example topics include:

  • Fiber-optic communication systems for long-haul, metro, and access networks
  • WDM, TDM, SDM and optical subcarrier-multiplexed technologies
  • Free-space optical communication links and mitigation of atmospheric effects
  • Underwater communication demonstrations and analysis
  • System demonstrations of THz communication
  • Analytical modeling and experimental characterization of linear and nonlinear impairments on the performance of photonic transmission systems, including mitigation techniques
  • System applications of optical amplifiers and other devices
  • All-optical processing in devices and networks
  • Advanced optical modulation formats, coherent detection, and advanced transmitters/receivers, including digital signal processing, machine learning and forward error correction techniques for optical communication systems
  • Telecommunications applications of microwave photonics
  • Optics-based network elements and architectures for routing and switching
  • New network architectures and protocols, network security analysis, devices and techniques for secure and resilient optical networks

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
  • Frequency combs and broadband lasers in sensing, applied spectroscopy, and radiative transfer
  • 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. This includes time, frequency, length, distance, and dimensional metrology, as well as other precision measurements using optical signals.  Submissions may cover either the development of sources and novel techniques or the results of optical measurements.  Example topics include: 

  • The development of lasers, supercontinua, and frequency combs as well as their control. 
  • The development of optical frequency standards and optical clocks
  • Frequency comb-based metrology, precision interferometry, and precision spectroscopy
  • Optical transmission and dissemination of time and frequency
  • Conversion between optical and microwave frequencies

S&I 15: Quantum and Atomic Devices and Instrumentation

This subcommittee seeks original submissions in the area of quantum and atomic devices for quantum sensing, metrology, quantum information processing, and quantum communication, with emphasis on their instrumentation. Example topics include:

  • Atomic and quantum sensors for magnetometry, relativistic geodesy, gravimetry, inertial navigation, and other applications
  • Solid-state quantum sensors based on optically-active defects (e.g. nitrogen-vacancy centers) in diamond, silicon carbide, and other materials
  • Portable atomic and quantum devices, and supporting technology (miniaturization and integration)
  • Space-based cold atom experiments
  • Gravitational wave detection
  • Technologies to scale up quantum computing/simulation platforms such as trapped ions, Rydberg atoms, and photonic circuits
  • Light–matter interfaces for quantum networks
  • Techniques for the entanglement of quantum devices for ensembles and sensor networks
  • Quantum optomechanics for high precision sensing




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