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Applied Optics

Applied Optics



Topics within each Applied Optics division

The Optical Technology division publishes papers in optical instrumentation and optical technologies for imaging, testing, sensing, characterization and manipulation. Specific topics include:

  • Applications of diffraction, coherence, and scattering
  • Astronomical optics
  • Colorimetry and ophthalmic optics
  • Imaging systems and microscopy
  • Instruments for optical, IR and THz spectroscopy
  • Lens design and optical system design
  • Micro and nano-optics
  • Optical displays
  • Optical materials (excluding lasing and nonlinear materials that belong to the Lasers Photonics, and Environmental Optics division)
  • Optical testing (including interferometry, moire and speckle techniques)
  • Optics of inhomogeneous media
  • Plasmonics
  • Polarimetry and ellipsometry
  • Radiometry and detectors
  • Thin films and optical coating technology
  • Waveguide and fiber devices, Optical sensors
The Information Processing division publishes papers in the broad areas of optical computing and information processing. Specific topics include:
  • 3-D sensing, processing, and display
  • Fourier optics
  • Holography
  • Image understanding
  • Image-detection devices and systems
  • Machine vision
  • Optical data recording and storage
  • Optical image processing, restoration, enhancement, and quality measurement
  • Optical interconnection systems, packaging, and subsystems
  • Optical materials, devices, algorithms, and architectures relevant to these technologies
  • Optical neural networks
  • Optical signal processing
  • Pattern recognition
  • Photonic networks
  • Statistical optics and speckle
  • Target detection and recognition
The Lasers, Photonics, and Environmental Optics division publishes papers relating to lasers and laser systems, optoelectronic and photonic components and systems, and environmental optics. Specific topics include:
  • Atmospheric optics and propagation
  • Atmospheric scattering and meteorological optics
  • Fiber-optic technology
  • Integrated optics
  • Laser instrumentation, measurements, and metrology
  • Laser materials and design
  • Laser materials processing
  • Lidar and remote sensing
  • Nonlinear optics and wavelength conversion
  • Ocean optics and propagation
  • Optical and infrared spectroscopy
  • Optoelectronics

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