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Joint Feature Issue of Optics Express and Optical Materials Express

Advanced Solid-State Lasers 2018

Submission Opens: 15 November 2018
Submission Deadline: 14 January 2019

Optics Express and Optical Materials Express welcome submissions to a feature issue on "Advanced Solid-State Lasers" in conjunction with the Advanced Solid State Lasers Conference in Boston, MA, USA, on 4-8 November 2018. Submissions of related papers that were not part of the Conference also will be considered.

This joint feature issue will aim at covering recent advances in both materials and sources aspects of solid state lasers. Materials encompasses advances in optics, materials science, condensed matter physics, and chemistry relevant to the development, characterization, and applications of new materials for lasers and photonics. These include crystals, glasses, and ceramics, as well as functionalized composite materials, from fibers and waveguides to engineered structures with pre-assigned optical properties. Coherent and high-brightness radiation sources include lasers as well as pump and nonlinear devices. Emphasis is on advances in science and technology, for improved power, efficiency, brightness, stability, wavelength coverage, pulse width, cost, environmental impact, or other application-specific performance.

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


  • Laser crystals and glasses
  • Transparent ceramics and glass ceramics
  • Crystal and glass fibers
  • Nonlinear materials and frequency conversion processes
  • Novel approaches and materials for lasers—topological photonics, plasmonics, 2D materials for lasers
  • Saturable absorbers
  • Waveguides and laser patterning
  • Semiconductors for lasers, LED, and detectors
  • Materials for lighting and laser display
  • Advances in crystal growth techniques
  • Modeling and characterization methods of materials, components, laser and nonlinear properties
  • Advances in mirrors, gratings, and other selective components
  • Advanced coating technologies including surface micro-structuring
  • Beam combiners, delivery fibers
  • Splicing techniques


  • Bulk solid state lasers
  • Fiber and waveguide lasers
  • Optical sources based on nonlinear frequency conversion
  • Laser-driven THz, IR, visible, UV, XUV, and X-ray sources
  • Laser beam combining and power scaling architectures
  • Short-pulse lasers
  • Frequency combs and frequency-stable lasers
  • Microchip, compact, and monolithic lasers
  • Tunable and new wavelength lasers
  • Semiconductor lasers
  • Lasing in disordered media

All papers need to present original, previously unpublished work and will be subject to the normal standards and peer review processes of the journals. The standard Optics Express and Optical Materials Express publication charges will apply to all published articles. To be eligible for publication, an expanded conference paper needs to add substantial and/or significant new information to the original conference summary. Please see OSA's guidelines on expanded conference papers for details.

Manuscripts must be prepared according to the usual standards for submission to Optics Express or Optical Materials Express and must be uploaded through OSA's electronic submission system, specifying from the drop-down menu that the manuscript is for the Feature Issue on Advanced Solid-State Lasers 2018.

Feature Editors

Benoît Boulanger, University Grenoble Alpes—CNRS, France (Lead Editor)
Gregory Goodno, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, USA
Shibin Jiang, AdValue Photonics, Inc., USA
Sergey Mirov, University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA
Johan Nilsson, University of Southampton, United Kingdom
Alan Petersen, Spectra Physics, USA
Stefano Taccheo, Swansea University, United Kingdom

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