Topics

  • C1. Solid State, Fiber, and Other Laser Sources

    This sub-committee seeks original submissions in the general area of fundamentals of lasers and related sciences:

    • 1. Laser sources and materials, including solid-states, fibers, waveguides, semiconductors, etc.
    • 2. CW and pulsed lasers, and random lasers
    • 3. Optical frequency comb sources
    • 4. Associated laser technologies, including laser beam shaping and combining, temporal pulse shaping, resonators etc.
    • 5. UV lasers, visible lasers, near-infrared lasers, mid- to far-infrared lasers
    • 6. Free electron lasers (FELs) and electron-based coherent radiation sources
  • C2. Ultrafast and Nonlinear Phenomena

    This sub-committee seeks original submissions in the general area of fundamentals of ultrafast coherent light sources, technologies to control ultrafast laser pulses, ultrafast interaction between laser pulses and matter, and related sciences:

    • 1. Ultrafast lasers and amplifiers, ultrafast optical parametric oscillators/amplifiers
    • 2. Pulse control and characterization technologies
    • 3. Characterization technologies of ultrafast phenomena
    • 4. Nonlinear/ultrafast spectroscopy and methodology
    • 5. Applications of ultrashort pulses
    • 6. Nonlinear frequency conversion of ultrashort pulses
    • 7. Extreme nonlinear optics
    • 8. Novel nonlinear processes and strong-field processes
    • 9. Novel optical materials and devices
    • 10. Ultrafast nano-photonics and plasmonics
  • C3. Infrared and Terahertz Technologies and Applications

    This sub-committee seeks original submissions in Terahertz Science and Technology, where the THz spectral range is approximately defined as from 200 GHz to 30 THz. We invite the submissions on THz-specific technologies (e.g. THz sensing, guiding, imaging, modulation etc), as well as the submissions of cross-disciplinary impact: such as THz studies relevant to energy, communications, memory, catalysis, and other technologies. Example topics include:

    • 1. THz characterization of novel materials
    • 2. THz properties of materials for technology
    • 3. THz phenomena, in particular, relevant for technology
    • 4. THz generation, detection, modulation and propagation
    • 5. Novel concepts in THz spectroscopy and imaging
    • 6. Devices and systems for THz technology
    • 7. Novel applications of THz radiation
  • C4. High Power, High Energy Lasers

    This sub-committee seeks original submissions in the general area of high power and high energy lasers and related sciences:

    • 1. High-energy and high-power lasers
    • 2. Short-pulse and high-peak power lasers
    • 3. Front ends, devices, pump sources
    • 4. Large aperture optics and novel active optics
    • 5. Novel laser materials
    • 6. Frequency conversion
    • 7. Thermal problems
    • 8. Laser induced damages
  • C5. Laser Processing and Innovative Applications

    This sub-committee seeks original submissions in the general area of laser material processing, optical diagnostics and related sciences:

    • 1. Ultra-short pulse laser processing
    • 2. Advanced laser processing
    • 3. High speed imaging and time resolved measurements in laser processing
    • 4. Optics and systems for laser micro-processing
    • 5. Ultrashort pulsed laser processing toward industrial application
    • 6. Laser additive manufacturing
    • 7. AI/CPS laser processing
    • 8. Surface nano/micro structuring and surface modification
  • C6. Optical and Photonic Metrology

    This sub-committee seeks original submissions in the general area of Optical Metrology and related sciences:

    • 1. Optical devices, instruments, and technologies for precision measurements
    • 2. Lasers, broadband, narrowband and tunable sources for optical metrology
    • 3. Frequency comb generation, control, and applications
    • 4. Time, frequency, length, distance and dimensional metrology
    • 5. Precision interferometry, spectroscopy, imaging, sensing and other novel measurement methods
    • 6. Optical transmission and dissemination of time and frequency
    • 7. Conversion between optical and microwave frequencies
  • C7. Quantum Optics, Atomic Physics and Quantum Information

    This subcommittee seeks original contributions in the general area of atomic, molecular, optical physics that address quantum state characterization, quantum interactions and their applications, quantum information science, its applications to communication, computation and metrology. Example topics include:

    • 1. Quantum information processing
    • 2. Quantum photonics
    • 3. Single-photon sources and detectors
    • 4. Entanglement, squeezed states, and other non-classical states of light
    • 5. Quantum interactions of light with matter
    • 6. Quantum memories and repeaters
    • 7. Atom optics, including laser cooling and trapping, cold molecules, trapped ions, and optical lattices.
    • 8. Quantum-enabled measurements and quantum metrology
    • 9. Quantum communications and cryptography
    • 10. Quantum computing and quantum error correction
    • 11. Computation with photonics and quantum optics technologies
  • C8. Micro and Nanophotonics, and Light Localization Effects

    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:

    • 1. Micro/nano-photonic structures and devices, including photonic crystals, metamaterials, classical and quantum light sources, etc.
    • 2. Materials for mico/nano photonics
    • 3. Nonlinear micro/nano photonics
    • 4. Engineered light-matter interactions, including opto-mechanics, optical trapping, surface plasmon-polaritons etc.
    • 5. Complex integrated photonic devices and advanced applications
  • C9. Optical Communication Systems and Networks

    This sub-committee seeks original submissions in the general area of fundamentals of optical communication and related sciences:

    • 1. Fiber-optic communication systems
    • 2. WDM, OTDM, SDM, and optical subcarrier-multiplexed technologies
    • 3. Free-space and underwater optical communication links and the mitigation of channel effects
    • 4. Effects of fiber nonlinearities and other transmission impairments on system performance
    • 5. System applications of optical amplifiers and photonic devices
    • 6. All-optical processing in devices, subsystems, and networks
    • 7. Advanced optical modulation formats, coherent detection, and advanced receivers
    • 8. Digital signal processing and error correction techniques for optical systems
    • 9. Telecommunications applications of microwave photonics
    • 10. Network elements and subsystems for routing and switching
    • 11. Architecture, networking, control and management technologies for optical networks
  • C10. Optical Fiber and Waveguide Technologies

    This sub-committee seeks original submissions in the general area of all aspects of optical fibers and waveguides including their design, fabrication, and physical properties, and measurement or characterization methodologies. Fibers and waveguides include but are not limited to: those single- or multi-mode; single- or multi-core; planar or non-planar; silica- or non-silica based; and conventional or micro-structured. Example topics include:

    • 1. Design and fabrication of optical fibers and waveguides
    • 2. Micro-structured and photonic bandgap fibers
    • 3. Passive waveguide devices, such as filters, multiplexers, etc.
    • 4. Optical fiber and waveguide device design using machine learning
    • 5. Planar lightwave circuits
    • 6. Multimode and multicore fibers and waveguides
    • 7. Non-silica and multi-material optical fibers and waveguides
    • 8. Propagation, dispersion, and polarization related effects in fibers, waveguides, and free space
    • 9. Nonlinear effects, scattering, and propagation related transmission impairments in optical fibers
    • 10. Characterization and measurement techniques for fibers and waveguides
    • 11. Non-telecom (including biophotonic and astrophotonic) applications of fiber and waveguide technologies
  • C11. Semiconductor and Integrated Optical Devices

    This sub-committee seeks original submissions in the general area of active optoelectronic devices and their integrated photonics platforms. The active elements include laser diodes, modulators, detectors, semiconductor optical amplifiers, nonlinear and ultrafast devices, exploiting carrier dynamics in semiconductors. The integration platforms include those based on compound semiconductors, silicon and others. The level of integration is broad, ranging from novel discrete components to highly integrated photonic integrated circuits (PIC) and fully packaged devices. Also solicited are papers on design, fabrication techniques, and characterization of optoelectronic devices, hybrid and monolithic integration techniques, fundamental aspects of device packaging and reliability, and integration of novel functional materials, such as ferroelectric, organic, and phase-change materials. Example topics include:

    • 1. Semiconductor-based light sources, lasers, and detectors
    • 2. Semiconductor optical amplifiers (SOA)
    • 3. Semiconductor-based modulators and switches
    • 4. Optical signal processing and computing devices based on semiconductors
    • 5. Wavelength converters and comb sources based on semiconductors
    • 6. Nonlinear devices based on carrier dynamics in semiconductors
    • 7. III-V and silicon photonic integrated circuits (PIC)
    • 8. Electronic and photonic co-integration, wafer-scale assembly, and packaging
    • 9. Optoelectronic device testing and reliability
    • 10. Integrated optical devices with novel functional materials
  • C12. Silicon Photonics

    This sub-committee seeks original submissions in a wide range of topics on silicon photonics, from materials to packaging, from fundamental research to practical applications. Example topics include:

    • 1. New material platforms for silicon photonics
    • 2. Heterogeneous integration technologies for silicon photonics
    • 3. Device and circuit designs for silicon photonics
    • 4. Optical and electrical packaging technologies for silicon photonics
    • 5. Large-scale silicon photonic integrated devices
    • 6. Nonlinear silicon photonics
    • 7. Mid IR silicon photonics
    • 8. Silicon photonic devices for telecom, datacom and interconnects
    • 9. Emerging silicon photonics applications.
  • C13. Optical Signal Processing

    This sub-committee seeks original submissions in the general area of fundamentals of optical and photonic techniques for the processing of information. This includes active and passive optical signal processing subsystems for machine learning, photonic computing, general optic and photonic systems, telecommunications, and digital data processing applications. Example topics include:

    • 1. Photonic computing, programmable and neuromorphic photonics
    • 2. Active optical signal processing
    • 3. Passive optical signal processing subsystems
    • 4. Photonic signal processing
    • 5. Optical or opto-electronic signal processing for general optical
    • 6. Optical network processes
    • 7. Signal processing using optical systems
    • 8. Optical signal processing in spatially diverse systems
  • C14. Advanced 2D and Nanocarbon Materials for Photonics and Energy

    This sub-committee seeks original submissions in the general area of fundamentals of advanced 2D and nanocarbon (e.g., transition metal dichalcogenide, graphene, carbon nanotube, etc.) materials for photonics. Example topics include:

    • 1. Electronic band structure and transport of 2D and nanocarbon materials
    • 2. Light-matter interaction in 2D and nanocarbon materials
    • 3. Optical properties of 2D and nanocarbon materials
    • 4. Photonic and optoelectronic devices based on 2D and nanocarbon materials
    • 5. Heterostructures and optoelectronic devices based on 2D and nanocarbon materials
    • 6. Energy application based on 2D and nanocarbon materials
    • 7. Flexible photonic and electronic devices based on 2D and nanocarbon materials
    • 8. Sensors based on 2D and nanocarbon materials for medical and biological applications
  • C15. Biophotonics and Applications

    This sub-committee seeks original submissions in the general area of fundamentals of biophotonics and related sciences:

    • 1. Biomedical Imaging and Sensing
    • 2. Clinical Technologies and Systems
    • 3. Phototherapy and Laser Surgery
    • 4. Optical Endoscopy and Virtual biopsy
    • 5. Neurophotonics
    • 6. Optogenetics and surrounding technologies
    • 7. Light Source and Devices for Biomedical Applications
    • 8. Novel imaging contrast dyes, nanoparticles, and optical clearing reagents
  • C16. Plasmonics and Metamaterials

    This sub-committee seeks original submissions in the general area of plasmonics and metamaterials, including novel materials and structures, both linear and nonlinear behaviors, ultrafast and quantum phenomena, and a broad range of related applications. Example topics include:

    • 1. Fundamental plasmon and polariton optics
    • 2. Novel physics for plasmonics and metamaterials, such as parity-time symmetric materials etc.
    • 3. Novel plasmonics and metamaterial systems
    • 4. Plasmonic enhanced phenomena
    • 5. Novel applications, including opto-mechanics, optical trapping, energy harvesting, wavefront shaping etc.
    • 6. Light manipulation with plasmonics and metamaterials
    • 7. Novel fabrication techniques for plasmonics and metamaterials
    • 8. Ultrafast, nonlinear, and active plasmonics and metamaterials
    • 9. Quantum and topological plasmonics and metamaterials
    • 10. Biological/chemical sensing and spectroscopy using plasmonics and metamaterials
    • 11. Near-field examination and other characterization techniques
  • C17. Optical Sensors and Systems

    This sub-committee seeks original submissions in the general area of fundamentals of optical sensors and related sciences:

    • 1. Novel Optical Sensors and Systems
    • 2. Optical sensing and transduction for biological and medical applications
    • 3. Active standoff and remote sensing, such as LIDAR and multi/hyperspectral imaging
    • 4. Topological and structured light sensing
    • 5. Smartphone-based optical sensors and systems
    • 6. Tunable laser spectroscopy and sensing
    • 7. Spectroscopy and sensing using broadband laser sources and frequency combs
    • 8. Micro/nano optical sensors, including MEMS and integrated waveguide devices
    • 9. Fiber-based sensing of chemicals (gas, liquid) or physical properties (temperature, pressure, strain, etc.)
    • 10. Raman, SERS, CARS, Brillouin, and fluorescence sensing
    • 11. Optical microscopy and optical biomechanical analysis
  • C18. Microwave Photonics

    This sub-committee finds original submissions in the research field of radio-over-fiber (RoF), free-space optics (including visible light communications) and microwave photonics for telecom and non-telecom systems and applications. The microwave photonics technologies based on radio-over-fiber and optical wireless integration are developed for broadband wireless communication systems and networks such as a 6G and beyond. The emerging research field with the convergence between radio and optical systems is utilized for radio sensing, antenna remoting, high-speed instrumentation and measurement systems, biomedical systems, THz applications, ultra-wideband and ultra-stable frequency metrology, and the other high-frequency applications. The topics of the sub-committee includes: Example topics include:

    • 1. Radio-over-fiber (RoF) subsystems and systems
    • 2. Optical-wireless integration, including multi-technology converged transmission systems
    • 3. Microwave photonic devices and subsystems
    • 4. High-frequency systems and applications using microwave, millimeter and Terahertz photonics
    • 5. Optical X-haul (fronthaul, midhaul, and backhaul) systems for advanced wireless communications
    • 6. Free space optical communication and visual light communication systems
    • 7. Optical-wireless subsystems for non-telecom applications such as remote sensing and lidar
  • C19. XFEL and Xray Lasers

    This sub-committee seeks original submissions in the general area of fundamentals of X-ray free electron lasers and the other type of Xray lasers and related sciences:

    • 1. Fundamentals and theories of Xray lasers
    • 2. Novel techniques and method of generation of Xray lasers
    • 3. Xray optics and Xray optical systems
    • 4. Sample delivery, data acquisition and data science for Xray laser experiments
    • 5. Applications with Xray lasers
    • 6. Nonlinear optics and quantum physics in Xray