The role of wearable optical technologies is rapidly expanding, fueled by the development of new scalable fabrication methods and engineering of organic materials and metamaterials that can provide flexibility without compromising optical performance. This feature issue will highlight recent advances in wearable optical and photonic technologies and applications with a focus on flexible materials, fibers and textiles with embedded photonic functionalities, including optical communication, sensing, thermoregulation, biomedical imaging and monitoring, and color engineering. We welcome submissions on emerging topics such as passive radiative cooling, solar energy harvesting, flexible photonic display technologies, and noninvasive, wearable photonic healthcare devices for personalized medicine.
Topics to be covered include but are not limited to:
Manuscripts must be prepared according to the usual guidelines for submission to Optical Materials Express and must be submitted online through OSA's electronic submission system. When submitting, authors should specify that the manuscript is for the "Flexible and wearable: exploring a new domain of Photonics and Optoelectronics" feature issue (choose from the drop-down menu).