Optical Sensors (SENSORS)

Optical Sensors (SENSORS)

SENSORS addresses all aspects of optical sensors from source and detection technologies, sensor configurations, and processing approaches to applications.

Optical sensors have many applications in R&D, national defense, and commercial markets such as medical diagnostics and process control.  Because of the breadth of applications for optical sensors the challenges to the design and functioning of an optical sensor for a particular use requires knowledge of optical, material, and environmental properties that affect sensor performance.  The wavelength range of the optical signal, the interaction between the optical signal and the target, the effect of the environment on propagation of the optical signal, methods to enhance the optical signal, and materials used to generate focus and collect the optical signal are all important aspects of optical sensors.   For example, standoff and proximal passive detection systems, both spectroscopic and imaging, require high transmission of light through the operational medium over a given wavelength range in order to detect and discriminate targets as diverse as trace explosives and tanks.  The use of active sources for standoff and proximal detection is another dimension of optical detection where optical sources are being developed to enhance the detection capability of these systems by generating a stable background for the optical sensor.

Because of the wide range of applications of optical sensors this topic area includes optical fiber sensors, laser based sensing, optical chemical and biological sensors, biomedical optical sensors, proximal and standoff spectroscopic and imaging sensors in the visible to the THz, quantum effects in optical sensing, and the scientific basis of optical sensing.

Topic List

  • THz sensing
  • Optical Fiber Sensors
  • Laser Based Sensors
  • Optical Chemical and Biological Sensors
  • Biomedical Optical Sensors
  • Micro and Nano-Engineered Sensors 
  • Planar Waveguide Sensors
  • Mid- and Long-wavelength IR Sensors
  • Quantum Effects in Optical Sensing
  • Nanophotonic and Plasmonic Biosensors
  • Frequency Comb-based Sensors
  • Non-Chemical Sensors for Defense
  • Aerospace Sensors
  • Sensing to Food Quality Control
Fredrik Hook, Chalmers Tekniska Hogskola, Sweden, Tutorial

Ishwar Aggarwal, Univ of North Carolina at Charlotte, United States, Biomimetic Optical Filter Based Chemical Sensing Techniques, Invited

Tahsin Akalin, Universite de Lille 1, France, Invited

Richard Al Hadi, Bergische Universität Wuppertal, Germany, All-Silicon Based Terahertz Integrated Components: the Next Generation of Terahertz Imaging Systems , Invited

Mikhail Belkin, University of Texas at Austin, United States, Broadly Tunable Room Temperature Monolithic Terahertz Quantum Cascade Laser Sources, Invited

Lars Buettner, Technische Universität Dresden, Germany, Advancement of an Interferometric Velocity Measurement Technique by Adaptive Optics , Invited

Bruno Bureau, Univ. Rennes, France, Chalcogenide Optical Fibers for Mid-infrared Sensing: State of the Art and Future Strategies, Invited

Hyuck Choo, California Institute of Technology, United States, Nanoarray-Enhanced Micromechanical Pressure Sensor with Remote Optical Readout, Invited

Paul Dean, University of Leeds, United Kingdom, Coherent THz Imaging Using the Self-mixing Effect in Quantum Cascade Lasers , Invited

Orlando Frazao, INESC PORTO, Portugal, Post-processing Fibers for Sensing Applications, Invited

Harald Giessen, Universität Stuttgart, Germany, Plasmonic gas and glucose sensing using resonant nanoantennas, Invited

Stefan Hugger, Fraunhofer IAF, Germany, Spectroscopic Detection of Hazardous Substances using Broadband-tunable Quantum Cascade Lasers, Invited

Kodo Kawase, Nagoya University, Japan, THz Parametric Amplifier Using LiNbO3 Crystal, Invited

Anders Kristensen, Danmarks Tekniske Universitet, Denmark, Polymer Laser Bio-sensors, Invited

Martin Kristensen, Aarhus Universitet, Denmark, Quantum Key Distribution using Phase Encoding in Double-Pass Silica-on-Silicon Circuits with Grating Reflectors, Invited

Min-Suk Kwon, Ulsan National Inst of Science & Tech, South Korea, Integrated Plasmonic Sensors, Invited

Laura Lechuga, Consejo Sup Investigaciones Cientificas, Spain, Point-of-care Diagnostics Using Integrated Optical-Based Interferometric Nanobiosensors, Invited

Alvydas Lisauskas, Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universitat, Germany, Terahertz Detection with Field-effect Transistors: Intrinsic versus Device Sensitivity Limits, Invited

Cicero Martelli, Universidade Tecnológica Federal do PR, Brazil, Photonic Sensors as Imaging Tools for Industrial Monitoring, Invited

Michel Meunier, Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal, Canada, Hyperspectral Backscattering Imaging using Gold-Silver Alloy Nanoparticles as Chromatic Biomarkers, Invited

Remco Nieuwland, TNO, Netherlands, A fiber Bragg based semi distributed pressure sensor system for in vivo vascular applications, Invited

Norihiko Nishizawa, Nagoya University, Japan, Advance of wideband ultra-short pulse fiber lasers and sensing applications, Invited

Rosa Ana Pérez-Herrera, Universidad Publica de Navarra, Spain, Robust Fiber-optic Sensor Systems, Invited

Yves-Alain Peter, Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal, Canada, In-plane Fabry-Perot cavities: versatile, compact and highly sensitive sensors, Invited

Nathalie Picque, Germany, Spectroscopic Sensing with Laser Frequency Combs, Invited

Valerio Pruneri, ICFO -The Institute of Photonic Sciences, Spain, The next generation CCD or CMOS lens-free microscopy for bio-medical and material processing analysis, Invited

Yun-Jiang Rao, Univ of Electronic Science & Tech China, China, Highly Sensitive Fiber-Optic Gas Sensors Based on Microfiber/Graphene Hybrid Waveguides, Invited

Vinod Subramaniam , FOM Inst for Atomic & Molecular Physics, Netherlands, Coming to Grips with Amyloid Oligomers: Single Molecule Photobleaching Approaches, Invited

Limin Tong, Zhejiang University, China, Nanowire Photonic Sensors, Invited

Miriam Vitiello, Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, Italy, High Performance Semiconductor Nanowire and Graphene Terahertz Nanodetectors , Invited

Horst Vogel, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Probing biomolecular interactions in attoliter volumes, Invited

Dongning Wang, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, Miniature Optical Fiber Sensors Based on Inner Air-cavity, Invited

Takeshi Yasui, University of Tokushima, Japan, Gapless Dual THz Comb Spectroscopy, Invited


Ken Ewing, US Naval Research Laboratory, United States
Mario F.S. Ferreira, Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal

Program Committee Members

THx Sensing

Enrique Castro-Camus, Centro de Investigaciones en Optica AC, Mexico
Mona Jarrahi, University of California Los Angeles, United States
James Lloyd-Hughes, University of Oxford, United Kingdom
Giacomo Scalari, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Stephan Winnerl, Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden Rossendorf, Germany

Optical Fiber Sensors

Jacques Albert, Carleton University, Canada
Gilberto Brambilla, University of Southampton, United Kingdom
John Canning, University of Sydney, Australia
Geoffrey Cranch, US Naval Research Laboratory, United States
Manuel Lopez-Amo, Universidad Publica de Navarra, Spain
Jose-Miguel Lopez-Higuera, Universidad de Cantabria, Spain
Bishnu Pal, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, India
Yun-Jiang Rao, Univ of Electronic Science & Tech China, China
Brandon Shaw, NRL, United States

Laser Based Sensors

Sunil Bhave, Cornell University, United States
Juergen Czarske, Technische Universität Dresden, Germany
Steen Hanson, DTU Fotonik, Denmark
Yoshio Hayasaki, Utsunomiya University, Japan
Christian Koos, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology KIT, Germany
Christian Rembe, Polytec GmbH, Germany
Steve Rothberg, Loughborough University, United Kingdom
Ming Wu, University of California Berkeley, United States

Optical Chemical and Biological Sensors

Angela Ervin, Department of Homeland Security, United States
Michael Hippler, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom
Christopher Howle, Defence Science & Technology Laboratory, United Kingdom
Bernhard Lendl, Technische Universität Wien, Austria
Goran Mashanovich, University of Southampton, United Kingdom
Pavel Matousek, STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, United Kingdom
Jonathan Matthews, University of Bristol, United Kingdom
Otto Muskens, University of Southampton, United Kingdom
Tony Parker, STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, United Kingdom
Paul Pellegrino, US Army Research Laboratory, United States
Derryck Reid, Heriot-Watt University, United Kingdom
Damien Weidmann, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, United Kingdom

Micro- and Nano-Engineered Sensors

James Chon, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia
Kyoung-Youm Kim, Sejong University, South Korea
Byoungho Lee, Seoul National University, South Korea
Christoph Lienau, Carl V. Ossietzky Univ Oldenburg, Germany
Misha Sumetsky, Aston University, United Kingdom
Minghong Yang, Wuhan University of Technology, China

Nanophotonic and Plasmonic Biosensors

Hatice Altug, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Switzerland
Laura Lechuga, Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia, Spain

General Session with Plenary Speakers

Monday, 28 July

Nonlinearities in Periodic Media, From Fiber to Silicon Chips: Plenty to Bragg About
Benjamin Eggleton; University of Sydney, Australia

Abstract: We review recent advances related to nonlinear propagation in periodic structures, where the refractive index varies along one or two directions, i.e. gratings and planar photonic crystals. I will present recent experiments showing how periodic media have been used for pulse compression and the generation of slow Bragg solitons. I then present recent nonlinear experiments performed in photonic crystal waveguides that demonstrate the strong reinforcement of nonlinear third-order optical phenomena with slow light with applications to optical switching, quantum light sources and broadband frequency conversion.

Bio: Professor Benjamin Eggleton is an ARC Laureate Fellow and Professor of Physics at the University of Sydney and is Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Ultrahigh Bandwidth Devices for Optical Systems (CUDOS). He obtained the Ph.D. degree in Physics from the University of Sydney, in 1996. He then joined Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies as a Postdoctoral Member of Staff, and was subsequently promoted to Research Director within the Specialty Fiber Business Division of Bell Laboratories. Eggleton has published 360 journal publications and over 100 invited presentations. He is a Fellow of OSA, IEEE and the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE). He was President of the Australian Optical Society and is currently Editor-in-Chief for Optics Communications.

Industrial Ultrafast Lasers
Eric Mottay; Amplitude Systemes, France

Abstract: From advanced scientific tools to industrial equipment used in numerous factories worldwide, ultrafast lasers have come a long way during the last decade. We will review the current status of ultrafast technologies, present selected industrial case studies and outline future key developments.

Bio: Eric Mottay is the president and CEO of Amplitude Systemes, France, a company he founded in 2001 and which is now a leader in industrial ultrafast lasers. Eric graduated from the Ecole Superieure d'Optique, Orsay, in 1985, and has since specialized in laser development and manufacturing.

Congress Reception and Exhibit

Tuesday, 29 July

Join your fellow attendees for the Congress Reception. Enjoy delectable fare while networking. The reception is open to committee/presenting author/student and full conference attendees. Conference attendees may purchase extra tickets for their guest.

Joint Poster Sessions

Monday, 28 July and Tuesday, 29 July

Posters are an integral part of the technical program and offer a unique networking opportunity, where presenters can discuss their results one-to-one with interested parties. Each author is provided with a board on which to display the summary and results of his or her paper.

Symposium on Surface Functionalization of Optical Fiber and Waveguide Based Bio- and Chemical-Sensors (Joint BGPP and Sensors)

Tuesday, 29 July

The aim of this Symposium is to bring together chemists, biochemists, and photonic device designers to explore together how best to functionalize optical fiber devices to detect biochemical substances and chemicals with high sensitivity, selectivity, and robustness, while lowering the limit of detection to levels that will allow real applications to be developed.

Symposium on Surface Functionalization of Optical Fiber and Waveguide Based Bio- and Chemical-Sensors

Symposium Chair: Prof. Jacques Albert, Carleton University, Canada

The aim of this Symposium is to bring together chemists, biochemists, and photonic device designers to explore together how best to functionalize optical fiber devices to detect biochemical substances and chemicals with high sensitivity, selectivity, and robustness, while lowering the limit of detection to levels that will allow real applications to be developed.

The emphasis on the Keynote, Invited and Contributed talks will be placed on understanding and utilising the interface between the photons and the substances to be detected: specifically, understanding and optimising the transducing mechanism by which the presence of a molecular or biological agent results in a measurable change in the properties of the optical device (fibre, fibre grating and other waveguide technologies) and its reliability, reproducibility and robustness for both short and long term performance.  Of particular importance are issues regarding the refractive index, absorption and transmission, scattering and porosity, and thickness of the functional layers and how these parameters can be optimized to enhance the device response. Functionalization for bare glass and plastic surfaces, as well as for fibers with metal, special oxide or graphene coatings for Surface Plasmon Resonance (SPR) based sensors or metal-nanoparticle assisted devices, including quantised effects associated with quantum dots and excitons, will be discussed.
The Symposium itself will not on the other hand be a forum to present new sensor concepts or improvements of the optical underlying platform, or new sensing results with existing technological platforms - these are covered in the existing format of both BGPP and OS conferences.  We hope to have a lively exchange between those who practice the art of surface functionalization and those who are attempting to develop new devices and systems, potentially cross-fertilising and stimulating ideas between communities in what is becoming an increasingly important area of science and engineering.

Chris Taitt, Naval Research Labs, USA, Functionalization Strategies for Biointerfaces between Optical Structures and Biochemical Targets – the Good, the Bad, and the Not-So-Ugly

Invited Speakers:
Filip Delport, KU Leuven – University of Leuven, Belgium, Aptamer and DNA Hybridization Assays on Gold Fiber Optic Sensors with Nanoparticle Signal Enhancement
Alexandre François, The University of Adelaide, Australia, Polyelectrolyte Multilayers for Surface Functionalization: Advantages and Challenges
Raúl J. Martín-Palma, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Spain, Nanostructured Porous Silicon in the Field of Biosensing and Beyond
Jean-François Masson, Université de Montréal, Canada, Peptide and Ionic Liquid Monolayers to Reduce Nonspecific Adsorption of Biofluidsa and Improve Sensitivity of SPR Biosensors
Andrea Tao, UC San Diego, United States, Polymer Surface Layers for Functionalizing Plasmonic Nanoparticles
Hana Vaisocherová, Institute of Photonics and Electronics, AS CR, v.v.i., Czech Republic, Functionalization and Biorecognition Capabilities of Ultra-low Fouling Surface Platforms for Biosensing in Complex Media