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Focus Issue on Nonlinear Photonics

Submission Deadline: 1 October 2014

This Focus Issue provides participants of the OSA Nonlinear Photonics (NP) Topical meeting, to be held in Barcelona, 27-31 July 2014, with the opportunity to publish their original work as a peer-reviewed paper in Optics Express. All papers need to present original, previously unpublished work, and will be subject to the normal standards and peer-review process of the journals. To be eligible for publication, the paper needs to add substantial and/or significant new information to the original conference summary. While NP meeting participants are particularly encouraged to submit their work, this Focus Issue is open to all contributions in this research area. We respect the fact that not everyone interested is able to attend the conference, and this Focus Issue provides everybody an equal chance to present his work even if the conference has been missed this time.

Nonlinear Photonics is a broad research area that includes several specific research directions. Among them, we can mention optoelectronics, nonlinear fiber optics, laser physics, quantum optics, photonics devices, and multiplicity of applications. These include applications in telecommunications, mobile phone industry, defense devices, and a wide range of medical applications. This Focus Issue is aimed at scientists, engineers, and students working in these hot areas of research. Its scope is to identify the latest research advances in these areas.

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

1. Temporal and Spatiotemporal Effects

  • Spatiotemporal effects: Spatiotemporal solitons; Filamentation
  • Nonlinear effects in fibers: Stimulated Raman Scattering (SRS) and Brillouin Scattering (SBS); Cross phase modulation; Four wave mixing; Self-phase modulation; Third-harmonic generation; Two-photon absorption
2. Nonlinear pulse propagation in fiber
  • Nonlinear pulse broadening and modulational instabilities; Pulse compression, and pulse train generation; Self similar pulse propagation
  • Temporal solitons in fibers: Generation of bright and dark solitons; Stability of soliton trains, and soliton control; Polarization effects; Soliton-noise interaction; Dispersion management; Application in transmission systems
  • Cascaded and second order nonlinearities: Second harmonic; X-waves; Frequency conversion; Quasi phase matching
3. Computational Analysis, Design and Modeling of Dissipative and Conservative Systems
  • FDTD: Full vector solutions to Maxwell's equations with nonlinearities; Pseudo spectral computations; Novel algorithms for solutions
4. Dissipative solitons, rogue waves and ultra-short pulse modelling
  • Going beyond the slowly varying envelope approximation; Modelling of super continuum generation; Pulse compression effects
  • Active device modelling: Laser models; Mode locking, new techniques; Rogue waves in laser systems
  • System modelling: Stochastic modelling for communication systems and error estimates; Effects of polarization and amplifiers; Novel modulation formats
5. Poling, Spatial and Periodic Nonlinear Effects
  • Spatial optical solitons, self-trapping, and self-guiding effects: Generation of bright and dark solitons via second order, third order and photorefractive effects; Longitudinal and transverse stability of solitary waves, modulation instability and spatio-temporal effects; Nonlinear effects in disordered media; Interaction of spatial solitons; Nonlinear guided modes in waveguides and at nonlinear interfaces, self-trapping effects in waveguide arrays and discrete spatial solitons, solitons in parity-time symmetric systems.
  • Nonlinear effects in periodic structures: Bragg gratings in semiconductor waveguides; Nonlinear effects in photonic crystals and Bragg gratings; Bragg solitons, gap solitons and solitons in photonic crystals; Devices based on nonlinear interactions in gratings; Spatial pattern formation in nonlinear cavities and waveguides.
6. Active and dissipative effects
  • Nonlinear amplifiers and amplifier solitons; Spatial solitons in cavities containing nonlinear materials, vortex solitons; Parabolic and self-similar pulses and lasers; Nonlinear modes and solitons in trapped Bose-Einstein Condensates and optical lattices; Nonlinear guided wave atom-optics; Waveguide and glass poling; Physics and chemistry of poling; Advances in thermal and uv-assisted poling of fibres and waveguides; Devices based on poled glass
7. All-Optical Devices and Applications
  • Nonlinear Devices and Systems; All-Optical Communications Devices and Systems; All-Optical Wavelength Conversion; All-Optical Signal Regeneration; Ultrafast Switching and Packet-Switching; All-Optical Signal Processing and Logic Functions; Optical storage and memory; Slow Light Phenomena; Entangled Photons (e.g. Quantum Cryptography, fiber-based EPR sources, quantum computing); Other devices and systems; Nonlinear Measurement and Detection; FROG / SPIDER; Optical sampling; Multiphoton microscopy; All-Optical Monitoring; Nonlinear guided wave spectroscopy.
8. Novel Nonlinear Materials and Structures
  • Novel Nonlinear Materials; Highly nonlinear fibers (e.g. novel glasses, photonic crystal fibers, poled fibers and nonsilica glasses); Nonlinear crystals (materials with improved photorefractive effects); Photonic crystals; Nonlinear semiconductors (SOAs, LDs, VECSELs); QD-materials; Polymers and organics for waveguides; Quasi-phase matched structures: cascaded nonlinearities, designer gratings; Metamaterials; Fabrication of micro and nano-structured materials, Bragg gratings, micro-ring resonators, and optimized nonlinear materials.

Manuscripts must be prepared according to the usual standards for submission to Optics Express; see the Information for Contributors in the OSA Style Guide: http://www.osapublishing.org/oe/home.cfm. Manuscripts must also be uploaded through OSA's electronic submission system: http://www.osapublishing.org/oe/journal/oe/author.cfm#submit. Please specify that the manuscript is for the Nonlinear Photonics Focus Issue (choose from the feature issue drop-down menu).

Feature Issue Editors

Nail Akhmediev, The Australian National University (Lead)
Yaroslav Kartashov, ICFO—The Institute of Photonic Sciences

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