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Feature Issue of Applied Optics

Laser Applications to Chemical, Security and Environmental Analysis

Submission Opens: 15 November 2020
Submission Deadline: 15 December 2020

Applied Optics welcomes submissions to a feature issue on "Laser Applications to Chemical, Security and Environmental Analysis" in conjunction with the 17th OSA Topical Meeting on Laser Applications to Chemical, Security and Environmental Analysis (LACSEA), which will take place virtually on 22-26 June 2020. Whereas meeting participants are particularly encouraged to submit their work, the feature issue is open to all contributions in related areas.

This special issue is aimed at scientists, engineers, and practitioners interested in understanding the basic principles and diagnostic purposes of a variety of laser-based methods designed for the quantitative detection and monitoring of essential parameters in probed samples of different origin and aggregate state (i.e., gas, liquid, or solid). Its intent is to bring together the development areas of the necessary equipment (lasers, detectors, optics) as well as the methods themselves, and new approaches. The emphasis should be on applications of methods; however, theoretical discussion of both methods and data evaluation is also invited. The methods discussed in this feature issue must meet the requirement of being spectrally selective and provide sufficient detection sensitivity to optimize performance for the application.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • New technologies in laser sources for optical sensing applications: Continuous wave, pulsed, modulated lasers and their characterization; high-repetition-rate sources; broadband lasers; ultrafast lasers; frequency combs
  • Chemical sensing methods: Spectroscopic sensing of gases, aerosols, and particulates; combustion, plasma and industrial process monitoring; real-time control; energy topics; extension of techniques toward the VUV or THz spectral ranges; novel spectroscopic science; extension to multiple points or to volumetric measurements; high-repetition-rate imaging; sensor miniaturization; medical diagnostic
  • Security applications: Remote sensing; miniaturization, optical lab-on-chip systems, and silicon photonics; distributed sensor networks; biochemical/biophysical applications of laser techniques; use of new sources offering high power or pulse energy; nonlinear optical techniques
  • Computational, adaptive, and compressive imaging: Wavefront coding and coded aperture systems; multi-aperture imaging systems; plenoptic imaging systems and image processing; new imaging system demonstrations; joint optical-digital system design and optimization; applications of computational imaging
  • Environmental analysis: Atmospheric sensing (concentration, vertical profile, flux, isotope ratio) of gases, solids, and liquids; atmospheric chemistry (smog chamber study and field campaign observation); advancements in LIDAR; extension and improvement of spectroscopic databases; airborne sensor systems; ruggedized sensor systems; propagation of laser beams through scattering media; air pollution and livestock emission

All submissions need to present original, previously unpublished work and will be subject to the normal standards and peer review processes of the journals. The standard Applied Optics publication charges will apply to all published articles. To be eligible for publication, an expanded conference paper needs to add value to the original conference proceedings and the conference paper number must be included in the cover letter at submission. Please see OSA's guidelines on expanded conference papers for details.

Please prepare manuscripts according to the author instructions for submission to Applied Optics and submit through OSA's electronic submission system, specifying from the drop-down menu that the manuscript is for the feature issue on Laser Applications to Chemical, Security and Environmental Analysis (LACSEA).

Feature Editors

Frank Beyrau, Universität Magdeburg, Germany (Lead Editor)
Joakim Bood, Lund University, Sweden
Paul S. Hsu, Spectral Energies LLC, USA
Johannes Kiefer, University of Bremen, Germany
Thomas Seeger, University of Siegen, Germany
Hans Stauffer, Spectral Energies LLC, USA

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