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Feature issue of Biomedical Optics Express

Polarization and Orbital Angular Momentum of Light in Biomedical Applications

Submission Opens: 1 October 2020
Submission Deadline: 31 March 2021

Biomedical Optics Express welcomes submissions to a feature issue on "Polarization and Orbital Angular Momentum of Light in Biomedical Applications." The use of polarization or Spin Angular Momentum of light and Orbital Angular Momentum (OAM) of light in Biomedical Applications is an emerging research field with significant progress achieved in recent years. In addition to polarization or Spin Angular Momentum, light can be more complex-structured, radially or azimuthally polarized and carrying OAM. OAM plays an emerging role in both classical and quantum science, and offers fascinating opportunities for exploring new fundamental ideas, as well as for being used as a tool for practical applications. While there is already a long history of using polarized light to study properties of objects in material science, astrophysics and biomedicine, the interaction of OAM of light with anisotropic tissue-like scattering media is just starting to be explored. This issue will highlight the most recent work and developments in the field of Polarized Light and OAM for practical biomedical applications.

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

  • higher order Poincare sphere, generalized Mueller matrix formalism
  • tissue birefringence, diattenuation, Poincare sphere
  • imaging of polarization properties
  • validation of polarimetric approaches
  • polarimetric instrumentation
  • interaction of spin and orbital angular momentum of light
  • topological states and scattering
  • chirality and Optical Angular Momentum
  • Optical Angular Momentum and tissue interaction
  • generation and analysis of vector light beams
  • propagation of vector light beams in complex media
  • super-resolution imaging
  • singular optics with phase or polarization discontinuities
  • 3D structured light, caustics and spatial wave-packets
  • optical tweezers, holographic optical trapping and manipulation
  • imaging with structured light

All submissions need to present original, previously unpublished work and will be subject to the normal standards and peer review processes of the journal. The standard Biomedical Optics Express Article Processing 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 Biomedical Optics Express and submit through OSA's electronic submission system, specifying from the drop-down menu that the manuscript is for the feature issue on Polarization and Orbital Angular Momentum of Light in Biomedical Applications.

Feature Editors
Igor Meglinski, Aston University, UK (Lead Editor)
Tatiana Novikova, CNRS, Ecole Polytechnique, France
Kishan Dholakia, University of St. Andrews, UK
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