The Hong Kong Polytechnic University


The Optical Society

Permanent Sponsors

The Optical Society of America The Optical Society of Korea Japan Society of Applied Physics The Korean Physical Society IEEE Photonics Society Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers Communication Society Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers Electronics Society


This sub-committee seeks original submissions in the general area of fundamentals of light-matter interactions and advances in materials processing. Example topics include:

  • Fundamentals of Light-Matter interactions
  • Short and ultrashort laser materials synthesis and processing
  • Laser ablation of materials
  • Pulsed laser deposition of materials
  • Laser induced effects in organic and inorganic matter
  • Laser synthesis of clusters and nanostructures. Formation, deposition and characterization
  • Plasmonic properties and devices based on nanostructured systems
  • Analytical spectroscopies based on laser-matter interactions (LIBS, ICP-MS...)

This sub-committee seeks original submissions should be related to the generation, amplification, characterization, applications of ultrashort optical pulses and advanced technologies based on nonlinear optics. 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
  • Applications of ultrashort pulses, including pump-probe spectroscopy, imaging, microscopy, sampling, and development of secondary sources in new wavelength ranges
  • 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 and metamaterials
  • 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
  • Methods and techniques of nonlinear spectroscopy
  • Novel optical applications of nonlinear phenomena

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:(?)

  • THz characterization of novel materials
  • THz properties of materials for technology
  • THz phenomena, in particular relevant for technology
  • THz generation, detection, modulation and propagation
  • Novel concepts in THz spectroscopy and imaging
  • Devices and systems for THz technology
  • Novel applications of THz radiation

This sub-committee seeks original submissions in the general area of fundamentals of high power and high energy Lasers. Example topics include:(?)

This sub-committee seeks original submissions in the general area of fundamentals of laser processing and innovative applications. Example topics include:(?)

  • Ultra-short pulse laser processing
  • Advanced laser processing (Fiber laser, disc laser, FEL, etc.)
  • High speed imaging and time resolved measurements in laser processing
  • Optics and systems for laser microprocessing
  • Ultrashort pulsed laser processing toward industrial application

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 frequencys
  • 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

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.Contributions involving quantum dots, color centers and superconductors are encouraged, in addition to those concerning neutral atoms, ions, and molecules. Example topics include(?):

  • 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
  • Quantum information processing
  • Quantum measurement and control
  • Quantum metrology and quantum imaging
  • Single-photon sources and detectors
  • Entanglement, squeezed states, and other non-classical states of light
  • Quantum communications and cryptography
  • Quantum computing and quantum error correction
  • Fundamental studies in decoherence
  • Quantum algorithms and protocols

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; photovoltaic devices
  • Materials: group IV, III-V, III-nitride and organic semiconductors; polymers; semiconductor nanostructures; 2D materials; hybrid integration platforms
  • Nonlinear photonics: second-order and Kerr nonlinearities; Raman and Brillouin scattering; frequency conversion; frequency combs, supercontinuum generation
  • Engineered light-matter interactions: optomechanics; spontaneous emission control; microcavity polaritons; surface plasmon-polaritons
  • Complex integrated photonic devices: photonic integrated circuits and architectures in novel and advanced applications

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
  • Effects of fiber nonlinearities and other transmission impairments on system performance
  • 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

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

  • Design and fabrication of optical fibers
  • Specialty optical fibers for passive applications
  • Microstructured and photonic bandgap fibers
  • Multimode and multicore fibers
  • Non-silica and multi-material optical fibers
  • Sub-micron fibers and waveguides
  • Propagation, dispersion, and polarization related effects in fibers, waveguides, and free space
  • Nonlinear effects, scattering, and propagation related transmission impairments in optical fibers
  • Fiber characterization and measurement techniques
  • Fibers for ultrahigh capacity transmission
  • Fundamental studies on fiber reliability
  • Non-telecom (including biophotonic and astrophotonic) applications of fiber and waveguide technologies, e.g. for biomedical imaging or endoscopic optical coherence tomography (OCT)

This sub-committee seeks original submissions in the general area of f the active optical device elements and their integrated photonics platforms for optical communications. The active elements include laser diodes, modulators, detectors, semiconductor optical amplifiers, nonlinear (resonant) and ultrafast devices, exploiting carrier dynamics in semiconductors. The integration platforms include those based on compound semiconductor and silicon. The level of integration is broad, ranging from novel discrete components to highly-integrated photonic integrated circuits (PICs) 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. . Example topics include:(?)

  • Detectors and receivers
  • Silicon and III-V photonic integrated circuits
  • Semiconductor optical amplifiers (SOA)
  • Wavelength converters and comb sources (semiconductor-based only)
  • Nonlinear devices based on carrier dynamics in semiconductors (e.g. SOA-based)
  • Semiconductor-based active switches (and optical burst switching devices)
  • Optoelectronic hybrid and monolithic integration
  • Integration platforms for optoelectronic devices
  • Fundamental aspects of optoelectronic device testing, packaging and reliability

This sub-committee seeks original submissions in the general area of fundamentals of silicon photonics. Example topics include:(?)

  • Heterogeneous integration technology for silicon photonics
  • Mid IR silicon photonics
  • Silicon photonics for biomedical applications
  • Silicon photonics for lab-on-chip spectroscopy
  • Silicon photonics for telecom, datacom and interconnect
  • Silicon Photonics Process Technology
  • Super-resolved microscopy enabled by silicon photonics

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 all-optical signal processing subsystems for telecommunications and digital data processing applications. Example topics include:

  • Passive all-optical signal processing subsystems (e.g., based on wavelength-selective switches, ROADMs, and various optical filters)
  • Active all-optical signal processing (wavelength conversion, optical switching and routing, optical regeneration, optical clock recovery, optical multiplexing and demultiplexing, and other linear and nonlinear optical signal processing techniques)
  • Photonic signal processing including ADC and DAC
  • Optical logic and memory
  • Optical buffering, bit-, and label-processing subsystems
  • Optical packet and burst switching subsystems
  • Performance monitoring and signal characterization based on optical techniques
  • Control of optical network elements and nodes

This sub-committee seeks original submissions in the general area of fundamentals of advanced 2D materials for photonics.Example topics include:(?)

  • Electronic band structure and current transport of 2D crystals
  • Light-matter interaction in 2D crystals
  • 2D materials optical properties modification and characterization
  • Interactions of 2D crystals with their substrates and environment
  • Photonic and optoelectronic devices based on 2D crystals, including photo-detectors, light emitting diodes, optical modulators, lasers, optical frequency converters, polarizers, terahertz devices, waveguides, etc.
  • Heterostructures of 2D crystals
  • Batteries, fuel cells, photovoltaic cells, and super-capacitors based on 2D crystals for energy storage
  • Flexible photonic and electronic devices based on 2D crystals
  • Sensors based on 2D crystals for medical and biological 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

This sub-committee seeks original submissions in the general area of fundamentals 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:(?)

  • Fundamental plasmon and polariton optics
  • Novel physics and applications of plasmonic and metamaterial devices
  • Novel materials and fabrication methods for plasmonic and metamaterial devices
  • Ultrafast, nonlinear, and active plasmonics and metamaterials
  • Quantum plasmonics and metamaterials
  • Sensing and spectroscopy using plasmonic and metamaterial structures
  • Optomechanics, trapping and manipulation using plasmonics and metamaterials
  • Plasmonic and metamaterial systems for energy applications
  • Light manipulation with metamaterials, transformation optics, extreme values of refractive index
  • Wavefront shaping and other optics of metasurfaces
  • 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

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

This sub-committee seeks original submissions in the general area of fundamentals of imaging, display and storage technologies. Example topics include:

  • 3D Image Acquisition and Display: Technology, Perception and Applications
  • Applied Industrial Optics: Spectroscopy, Imaging and Metrology
  • Computational Optical Sensing and Imaging
  • Mathematics in Imaging
  • Digital Holography and Quantitative Phase Imaging
  • Optical Image Processing and Machine Learning
  • Information Optics
  • Microscopy
  • Holographic Data Storage Systems
  • 3D Optical Data Storage
  • 3D Reconstruction and Inverse Problems
  • Optical Metrology and Profilometry
  • Emerging Applications of Imaging, Display and Storage Technologies

This sub-committee seeks original submissions in the general area of radio-over-fiber (RoF), free-space (including visible light communications), microwave photonics and non-telecom systems and  applications. Radio-over-fiber and optical wireless integration are concerned with the development and improvement of broadband wireless communication systems and networks. Included are also  the transmission and control of microwave signals for, e.g., RF sensing, antenna remoting, high-speed instrumentation and measurement systems, or biomedical, THz, ultra-wideband, ultra-stable frequency metrology, and other high-frequency applications. Example topics include:

  • Radio-over-fiber (RoF) subsystems and systems
  • Optical-wireless integration, including multi-technology converged transmission systems
  • Microwave photonic subsystems, including microwave photonic filters, photonic generation and processing of microwave signals
  • High-frequency systems or applications, including microwave, millimeter-wave and Terahertz photonics
  • Front-haul systems based on analog radio signals
  • Optical subsystems for non-telecom applications such as remote sensing