Biophotonics and Medical Optics describes the interaction of light with biological molecules, cells, and tissues. It covers diagnostic sensing and imaging applications as well as therapeutic uses of light. The Biophotonics and Medical Optics topics committee is soliciting papers in this multi-disciplinary field, covering the development, or refinement, of instruments and methods involving optics and photonics technology for applications in life sciences and biomedicine. The conference focuses on the technical and engineering aspects of new technologies and innovative approaches for sensing, imaging, signal and image processing, optical actuation, and therapy, rather than translation of biophotonics to biological and medical applications.
Specific topics of interest include instruments, devices, methods, algorithms, and materials for:
The subcommittee on Detection, Sensing, and Energy solicits papers on all types of photodetectors, imaging, optical and electro-optical sensors, as well as their related materials, devices and systems. Topics of interest include:
The subcommittee on Light Sources solicits papers on recent advances in the growths, computational designs, new theoretical concepts, fabrications, and characterizations of semiconductor lasers and sources. The subcommittee covers the basic sciences, devices, integrated technologies, and system-level implementation of semiconductor lasers and sources. The laser devices, sources, and integrated technologies will cover emission wavelengths from extreme ultraviolet up to terahertz spectral regimes. The specific areas of interest covered by this subcommittee include:
Original papers bridging the gap between materials, integrated optoelectronic and photonic devices, circuits, systems, and PIC foundries are solicited in the subject areas including, but not limited to, the following:
The Microwave Photonics and Vehicular Optics topic area focuses on several exciting application areas for photonics. Microwave photonics describes photonic techniques and components that enable or enhance microwave systems, including signal generation and signal processing for defense and commercial applications. Vehicular optics incorporates photonic sensing and communications methods on moving platforms, including LIDAR for autonomous vehicles and free space optics for optical inter-satellite links. Papers are solicited on recent advances in this multidisciplinary topic area, including:
This topic covers theoretical and experimental advances in engineering light-matter interactions through photonic and plasmonic structures, metamaterials, and novel material systems. Representative areas include but are not limited to:
This topic focuses on the general area of nonlinear photonics and novel optical phenomena. The topic seeks contributions ranging from theoretical and experimental studies of novel phenomena using light to engineering developments of devices and systems utilizing nonlinearities. Example topics include but are not limited to:
Nonlinear photonics and phenomena; parametric processes; wavelength conversion; supercontinuum generation; nonlinear dynamics; photonic solitons; non-Hermitian photonics; topological phenomena in photonics; ultra-short pulse and ultrafast photonics; nonlinear pulse propagation and interaction; X-rays and plasma; attosecond science; high precision metrology and frequency comb technology; magnetophotonics; acoustophotonics; photoacoustic effects; light-matter interactions; integrated nonlinear optics; nano-scale nonlinear optics; Mie-resonant dielectric and semiconductor nanoparticles, bound states in the continuum, near-zero-index materials, spin angular momentum of light and photonic skyrmions; new materials and nano- and micro-structures for nonlinear optics; nonlinear scattering effects.
Information processing is taking an ever-increasing relevance in businesses and our daily lives. With massive data being routed in the optical domain, naturally the question arises of what opportunities and advances exist in (pre)processing those optical data in the optical domain. The committee seeks papers discussing highlights and discusses recent advances, roadmaps, and innovation prospects from academia and industry alike. Of particular interest are approaches and system considerations on i) photonics for machine learning; ii) photonic hardware accelerators; iii) algorithm-hardware homomorphism; iv) reconfigurable photonic systems; and v) emerging materials for storage, quantum, and AI applications. Topics of interest and focus but not limited are summarized here:
This sub-committee solicits papers on analysis, modeling, demonstration, and implementation of digital optical networks and systems, ranging from telecom and datacom applications to radio-over-fiber and free-space, and including software defined optical networks orchestration and control. The topics include (but are not limited to) the following:
Optical Fiber Transmission Systems and Subsystems
Core and Metro Optical Networks
Access Optical Networks and Systems
Datacom and Computercom Networks and Systems
Radio-over-Fiber and Free Space Optical Systems
Radio-over-fiber and free-space optical systems, which are concerned with the development and improvement of broadband wireless communication systems and networks.
This topic seeks original submissions in the design and/or realization of active/passive devices, interconnects, and subsystems that support optical communications at all levels, i.e., intra and inter fiber optics, photonic integrated circuits, boards, and modules. This includes but is not limited to:
This sub-committee solicits papers on advancements in optics and photonics with applications to spectroscopy, imaging, and microscopy/nanoscopy. The topics include (but are not limited to) the following:
Imaging, Microscopy, and Nanoscopy
The topic focuses on photonic engineering solutions and technologies for quantum information science. These encompass complex systems such communication links, high capacity quantum channels, optical networks and photonic processing circuits as well as components comprising such systems, such as quantum gates and memories, quantum encoders and transducers. We are interested in on-chip hybrid quantum photonic integration technologies and novel light-matter interactions paradigms as well as methods and approaches to creation, manipulation, storage, control and transmission of entangled quantum states. Novel applications of optical quantum processors and networks as well as technologies that enable these applications and functionalities in communication, sensing, metrology, distributed computing and quantum information processing.