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Feature Issue of Optical Materials Express

Mid-Infrared Optical Materials and their Device Applications

Submission Opens: 1 January 2018
Submission Deadline: 1 February 2018

Optical Materials Express (OMEx) is planning a feature issue on mid-infrared (mid-IR) optical materials and their device applications. We are soliciting original contributed papers on recent advances made in the area of mid-infrared optical properties of materials.

The mid-IR spectral band (2.5 to 10 μm) is technologically important to an array of applications including imaging, sensing, and communications. The field of mid-IR photonics, which spans the generation, manipulation, transmission, and detection of mid-IR radiation, has seen significant progress in the past decade, largely spurred by the rapid development of novel materials for this wavelength range. Examples include the design and fabrication of cascade laser sources and unipolar barrier infrared detectors, growth of narrow bandgap semiconductor nanostructures, synthesis of new infrared glasses and optical ceramics in bulk, planar and fiber forms, as well as exploration of nonlinear optical interactions in mid-IR transparent materials.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Novel active and passive optical materials and device structures for mid-IR lasers, LEDs, fibers, wavelength converters, and detectors, in both fiber-optic and planar forms;
  • New mid-IR material and device processing methods, such as narrow bandgap semiconductor growth, infrared optical materials including type-II superlattices, active and passive infrared glasses and ceramics, and novel fabrication methods of planar guided wave structures and fibers;
  • Advanced optical property characterization and related instrument development—absorption, emission, modulation, carrier lifetime, and nonlinear optical processes in the mid-IR spectral range;
  • Emerging applications of photon-matter interactions in the mid-IR, including but not limited to cascade lasing, nonlinear wavelength generation and conversion, spectroscopic sensing, and advanced infrared imaging.

All papers must present original, previously-unpublished work, and will be subject to the normal standards and peer-review process of the journal. Papers will appear in Optical Materials Express online upon acceptance.

Manuscripts must be prepared according to the usual guidelines for submission to Optical Materials Express, and be uploaded through OSA's online submission system. When submitting, please specify that the manuscript is for the Mid-Infrared Optical Materials and their Device Applications feature issue (choose from the drop-down menu). The standard OMEx publication charges will apply to all published articles.

Feature Issue Editors

Juejun Hu, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA (Lead Editor)
Luke Mawst, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
Steven Moss, Aerospace Corporation, USA
Laeticia Petit, Tampere University of Technology, Finland
David Ting, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, USA

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