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Applied Optics Feature Announcement

Applied Industrial Optics

Submission Deadline: 1 September 2012

The requirements for optical systems in an industrial or automated environment are frequently different from those that have a dedicated operator and/or operate in research and development labs. Not only are there higher demands on ruggedness and reliability, but cost, serviceability, and ease of operation also play an important role.

The articles in this special issue describe a wide variety of devices: from sensors and detectors to cameras, light sources, spectrometers, and microscopes. Similarly, their applications range from process control and quality monitoring to security and remote sensing. All optical systems have in common that they are designed for use in an industrial environment. Particular emphasis lies on emerging technologies, i.e., optical components and/or systems that were designed in industrial or academic labs and are either on the cusp of commercialization or have recently taken the leap to industrial use.

This special issue is aimed at scientists, engineers, and practitioners in industry, government, and academia. It will allow researchers who are working in companies, which are interested in applying optical systems, to catch a glimpse of new technologies in the development pipeline. Researchers in companies that provide optical components and systems may be given a chance to enhance their product offerings or to expand their market reach. Conversely, researchers having developed new and innovative optical technologies can present their work in the context of future industrial and commercial applications.

We welcome contributions from diverse market sectors, such as environmental, medical, defense, oil and gas, food and beverage, and pharmaceutical - to name a few.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Sensors and sensor systems for mechanical, thermal, chemical or biological changes
  • Optical metrology
  • Industrial spectroscopy
  • Fiber-optic devices for sensing and detection
  • Remote and automated systems, with emphasis on those in harsh environments
  • Illumination and light distribution
  • Imaging and image processing
  • Optical materials and coatings
  • Microanalysis, microscopy and micro-opto-electro-mechanical systems (MOEMS)

Authors will be instructed to emphasize not only the characteristics of their systems, but also to highlight the difficulties that had to be overcome and to describe how the system had to be adapted for the industrial/commercial environment.

At both the OSA Applied Industrial Optics Topical meetings in 2011 (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) and in 2012 (Monterey, California, USA) scientists and engineers from commercial, academic, and governmental backgrounds came together to share advances in optical systems and components. This special issue provides participants of these OSA topical meetings with the opportunity to publish an account of their work as a peer-reviewed archival paper in Applied Optics. While meeting participants are particularly encouraged to submit their work, the special issue is open to all contributions in this area.

Manuscripts must be prepared according to the usual standards for submission to Applied Optics; see the Information for Contributors in any printed issue or the OSA Style Guide: http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/submit/style/jrnls_style.cfm. Manuscripts must also be uploaded through OSA's electronic submission system: http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/journal/ao/author.cfm. All manuscripts must be submitted to the Optical Technology Division. Please specify that the manuscript is for the Applied Industrial Optics feature (choose from the feature issue drop-down menu).

Feature Issue Editors
Rongguang Liang
University of Arizona
Hans-Peter Loock
Queen's University Canada
Giancarlo Pedrini
Stuttgart University Germany

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