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Optical Materials Express Feature Announcement

Optical Ceramics

Submission Deadline: 15 March 2013
Publish Date: 1 June 2013

The rapid-publication, open-access, electronic OSA journal, Optical Materials Express (OMEx), is planning a feature issue on Optical Ceramics for Photonics and Optoelectronics to be published in June 2013. We are soliciting original contributed papers on recent advances made in the area of optical properties of ceramic materials.

Since their invention in the late 1950's, transparent polycrystalline materials have largely transformed the field of optics and photonics. Unique ceramic fabrication processes enabling large parts to be formed with near-net shape, strain-free and homogenous doping have largely contributed to the success of optical ceramics over single-crystals in applications where high thermo-mechanical performance and large apertures are needed. In the last decade, remarkable progress has been made to produce ceramic laser gain media with superior optical quality, controlled micro-domains, microstructures, engineered index and doping profiles leading to the first 100kW class diode-pumped solid state lasers. Similarly, optical ceramics are now offering decisive advantages in applications such as efficient lighting, solar-energy harvesting, laser ignition for fusion and combustion, and radiological and nuclear detection for medical imaging and homeland security.

Topics covered will include:

  • Optical ceramic materials for high-strength windows, radiological and nuclear detectors, lasers, lighting, electro-optic, compact lenses and nonlinear applications in the UV, visible, near IR, mid IR, long IR and far IR (THz wave) regions
  • Photonics-related properties and characterizations of optical ceramics including absorption, emission, up-conversion, Raman, second- and third-order nonlinear optical processes, radiation hardness and scintillation response
  • New transparent ceramic materials and ceramic fabrication methods allowing micro-domain and microstructure control, dopant and index profiling for micro-solid-state photonics

All papers need to present original, previously unpublished work, and will be subject to the normal standards and peer-review process of the journal.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

Manuscripts must be prepared according to the usual standards for submission to Optical Materials Express and must be uploaded through OSA's electronic submission system. When submitting, please specify that the manuscript is for the Optical Ceramics feature issue (choose from the drop-down menu). Please note that submissions to this feature issue incur the normal OMEx publication fee.

Feature Issue Editors
Jasbinder Sanghera
US Naval Research Laboratory
USA
Takunori Taira
Institute for Molecular Science
Japan
Romain Gaume
University of Central Florida
USA





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