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JOSA B Feature Announcement

Structured Light Interactions

Submissions Open: 1 December 2013
Submission Deadline: 6 January 2014

For this special issue of the Journal of the Optical Society of America B, the Guest Editors will solicit invited papers from participants at the OSA meeting on 'Structured Light in Structured Media' in Washington, DC, from 29 September to 1 October, and will also be open to outside contributions in this field. Papers will be solicited on key topics, including theory, experiments, and applications emphasizing unique properties of structured light and its interactions with matter.

With the establishment of sound concepts and proven methods for engineering designed forms of wave-front or polarization structure in propagating beams, structured or complex light has become one of the most rapidly advancing fields in modern optics. Numerous opportunities are afforded by previously overlooked degrees of freedom associated with access to the spatial profile of both the wave-vector and polarization. Optical vortices and vector beams are two of the most prominent examples. Many of the novel aspects of structured light beams carry over into the quantum realm, where the character of distinct photon interactions becomes evident. It has been conjectured that the scale and pace of the current rethink on the traditional plane-wave assumptions underlying much of traditional optics now amounts to a landmark in optics; certainly much of the most active research in this area concerns topical areas that are yet to receive mention in most textbooks.

These developments are notably occurring alongside rapid progress in the science and technology of structured materials, especially fabricated materials and surfaces with nanoscale features. Together with the most recent advances in structured light, this technical capability is paving the way for new research targeting the novel interactions of structured light with matter, with developments in fundamental theory accompanying a wide range of real world applications. Amongst the facets of structured beams that invite prominent attention are phase singularities, beam helicity and chirality, non-diffracting propagation, vector polarization, quantum information conveyance, propagation through turbulent media, optical torque and motor action, particle sorting, optical drag, surface plasmon vortices, and a raft of issues specifically associated with angular momentum and spin. Developments in the associated optics are also leading to secondary applications such as optical element design, beam diagnostics, and coronagraphy.

Manuscripts must be prepared according to the usual standards for submission to JOSA B; see the Information for Contributors in any printed issue or the OSA Style Guide. Manuscripts must also be uploaded through OSA's electronic submission system. All manuscripts must be submitted to the JOSA B. Please specify that the manuscript is for the Structured Light Interactions feature (choose from the feature issue drop-down menu).

Feature Issue Editors

David Andrews, University of East Anglia
Natalia Litchinitser, State University of New York at Buffalo

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