Fluctuation-induced phenomena are ubiquitous manifestations of the statistical and/or quantum nature of a system. They are present in such areas of physics as quantum optics, gravity, statistical physics, and cosmology, etc, and permeate multidisciplinary topics such as biophysics, optomechanics, and light-matter interactions in general. An exact understanding of fluctuation-induced phenomena is rapidly becoming important, not only for fundamental investigations, but also for the characterization of experimental set-ups and for the opportunities and challenges that they offer and present to modern technologies. Specifically, the huge enhancement in performance promised by the advent of quantum technologies will be influenced by phenomena connected with irreducible quantum fluctuations. These phenomena will, therefore, play a decisive role in the development of many quantum devices, and are central to what is referred to as "the next quantum revolution".
The purpose of this feature issue is to present cutting-edge progress in theory, experiment, and applications in this exciting field that lies at the confluence of a number of different areas in optics and physics (e.g. thermodynamics, condensed matter theory, quantum field theory, atomic physics, quantum optics, photonic structures). The issue is aimed at scientists, engineers, and practitioners interested in understanding the status of fluctuation-induced phenomena and exploring their potential applications.
Topic areas include, but are not limited to:
All papers need to present original, previously unpublished work, and will be subject to the normal standards and peer-review process of the journal. Manuscripts must be prepared according to the usual guidelines for submission to JOSA B and must be uploaded through OSA's electronic submission system. When submitting, please specify that the manuscript is for the Fluctuation-Induced Phenomena in Photonic Systems feature issue (choose from the drop-down menu).