Optical fibers enable all modern means of communication and e-commerce, from streaming videos and telemedicine to bank transfers and online shopping. They are also used in the medical field and in manufacturing electronics, automobiles, and planes. Furthermore, optical fibers have had emergent impact in sensing and lighting. Ongoing demand for greater performance, functionality, and use in extreme environments, not to mention scientific inquiry, has created a renaissance in optical fiber materials. New and useful effects are continually discovered through new materials and material microstructures that comprise modern optical fibers. The purpose of this special issue is to highlight the materials used to create both commodity and specialty optical fibers.
Topics to be covered 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All papers need to present original, previously unpublished work, and will be subject to the normal standards and peer-review process of the Journal. The standard OMEx publication charges will apply to all published articles.
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 "Optical Fiber Materials" feature issue (choose from the drop-down menu).
John Ballato, Clemson University, USA (Lead Editor)
Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem, University of Adelaide, Australia
Mukul Paul, Central Glass & Ceramics Research Institute, India
Laeticia Petit, Tampere University of Technology, Finland