Optical Sensors

Optical Sensors

Confronting challenges in optical sensor design and functionality for diverse applications.

Optical sensors have many applications in R&D, national defense and commercial markets such as medical diagnostics and process control. But because of the breadth of applications for optical sensors, the challenges to the design and functioning of an optical sensor for a particular application requires knowledge of optical, material, and environmental properties that affect sensor performance. SENSORS addresses all aspects of optical sensors from source and detection technologies, sensor configurations, and processing approaches to applications. These optical sensors range from micro-probes to large devices used for standoff monitoring of industrial and environmental species.

• 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
Hyoung Won Baac, Sungkyunkwan UniversitySouth KoreaHigh-Amplitude Photoacoustic Ultrasound Transmitters using Nanostructured-Composite Films, Invited

Xiaoyi Bao, University of OttawaCanadaDistributed Fiber Optic Acoustic and Ultrasonic Detection, Invited

Mathieu Carras, mirSenseLaser Based Chemical Sensing, Invited

Hou-Tong Chen, Los Alamos National LaboratoryUnited StatesTitle to be Announced, Invited

Boris Chichkov, Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V.GermanyLaser Printing of Nanoparticles, Invited

Ian Coddington, National Inst of Standards & TechnologyUnited StatesCoherent Anti-Stokes Raman Scattering, Invited

Annamaria Cucinotta, Universita degli Studi di ParmaItalyTitle to be Announced, Invited

Arthur Dogariu, Princeton UniversityUnited StatesStandoff Detection and Imaging using Coherent Raman, Invited

Irl Duling, Picometrix LLCUnited StatesTitle to be Announced, Invited

Xian Feng, Beijing University of TechnologyChinaSpecialty Fibers for Sensing Applications, Invited

Reuven Gordon, University of VictoriaCanadaOptical and Analysis of Single Proteins: Towards an All-Fiber Approach, Invited

Frank Hegmann, University of AlbertaCanadaTitle to be Announced, Invited

Bianca Jackson, University of ReadingUnited KingdomTISCH - Terahertz Imaging and Spectroscopy in Cultural Heritage: Applications in Archeology, Architecture and Art Conservation Science, Invited

Jose-Miguel Lopez-Higuera, Universidad de CantabriaSpainBiomedical Optical Sensors: Currents and Trends, Invited

Ali Masoudi, University of SouthamptonUnited KingdomDistributed optical fibre sensing with enhanced frequency range and sensitivity for structural health monitoring, Invited

Kyunghwan Oh, Yonsei UniversitySouth KoreaAnnular Photonic Crystal Fiber for Hyper Sensitive Gas Sensing, Invited

David Ottaway, University of AdelaideAustraliaMid Infrared Fiber Lasers for Sensing, Invited

Li Qian, University of TorontoCanadaFrequency-shifted Interferometry for Sensor Multiplexing, Invited

Holger Schmidt, University of California Santa CruzUnited StatesOptofluidic Wavelength Division Multiplexing for Single Biomolecule Sensing, Invited

Xuewen Shu, Huazhong Univ of Science and TechnologyChinaFiber-optic Sensors Engineered with UV and Femtosecond Lasers, Invited

Gennady Shvets, Cornell UniversityUnited StatesMetasurface-Enhanced Infrared Spectroscopy: From Protein Detection to Cells Differentiation, Invited

Jin-Kyu So, Nanyang Technological UniversitySingaporeEvanescent Field Sensing of Moving Free-electrons Based on Optical Fibre Probe Tips, Invited

Konstantin Vodopyanov, University of Central Florida, CREOLUnited StatesMid-IR Frequency Combs, Invited

Anbo Wang, Virginia Polytechnic Inst & State UnivFiber Sensor Research at Virginia Tech, Invited

Qiuming Yu, University of WashingtonUnited States, Invited

Lei Zhang, Zhejiang UniversityChinaHighly Stable Microfiber Structures for Sensor Applications, Invited

Kaiming Zhou, Aston UniversityUnited KingdomOptical Fiber Microsensors, Invited

Joseba Zubia, Univ Politec de Bilbao ETSISpainOptical Fiber Sensors in Airplanes, Invited


Ken EwingUS Naval Research Laboratory, United States
Mario F.S. FerreiraUniversidade de Aveiro, Portugal

Program Committee

THz sensing
Albert Redo-Sanchez, MIT, USA, Subcommittee Chair
Enrique Castro-Camus, Centro de Investigaciones en Optica A.C., Mexico
Optical Fiber Sensors
Gilberto Brambilla, University of Southampton, UK, Subcommittee Chair
Jacques Albert, Carleton University, Canada
Tong Sun, City University, UK
Jose-Miguel Lopez-Higuera, Universidad de Cantabria, Spain
Libo Yuan, Harbin Engineering University, China
Wei Jin, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
Janet Lou, Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), USA
Laser Based Sensors
Yoonchan Jeong, Seoul National University, KoreaSubcommittee Chair
Peter Dragic, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
Christian Grillet, Ecole Centrale de Lyon, France
Peter Horak, ORC, University of Southampton, UK
Peter Vasil’ev, University of Cambridge, UK
Kwang Jo Lee, Kyung Hee University, Korea
Optical Chemical and Biological Sensors

Paul Pellegrino, US Army Research Laboratory, United States, Subcommittee Chair
Kiki Ikossi Anastasiou, Defense Threat Reduction Agency, United States
Brian Cullum, University of Maryland Baltimore County, United States
Anish Goyal, Massachusetts Inst of Tech Lincoln Lab, United States
Ellen Holthoff, US Army Research Laboratory, United States
Alan Samuels, Army ECBC, United States
Srikanth Singamaneni, Washington University in St. Louis, United States
Charles Wynn, Massachusetts Inst of Tech Lincoln Lab, United States

Micro- and Nano-Engineered Sensors

Mikhail (Misha) Sumetsky, Aston University, UK, Subcommittee Chair
Vasily N. Astratov, UNC Charlotte, USA
Andrei A. Fotiadi, University of Mons, Belgium
Chengbo Mou, Key Laboratory of Specialty Fibre Optics and Optical Access Network, Shanghai University, China
Limin Tong, Zhejiang University, China
David Webb, Aston University, UK

Nanophotonic and Plasmonic Biosensors

Björn Reinhard, Boston University, United States, Subcommittee Chair
Svetlana Boriskina, MIT, United States
Lawrence Ziegler, Boston University, United States
Kimberley Hamad Schifferli, University of Massachussetts, United States
Optical Material Studies Technical Group Special Talk
Tuesday, 19 July 2016, 12:30 – 13:30
Garibaldi Room
Join the OSA Optical Material Studies Technical Group for a special talk focused on transparent conductors using silver nanowires and their application to OLED and OPV on flexible substrates. Dr. Craig Arnold of Princeton University will present his talk ‘Silver Nanowire Network Transparent Electrodes for Organic and Hybrid-Organic Devices’ as part of this technical group event. Includes lunch; RSVP required.

Contact TGactivities@osa.org to register, pending availability.

Ming Wu
University of California, Berkeley, USA

Biography: Dr. Ming Wu is Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at the University of California, Berkeley, and Co-Director of Berkeley Sensors and Actuators Center (BSAC). His research interests include optical MEMS (micro-electro-mechanical systems), optoelectronics, and biophotonics.

Professor Wu received his B.S. degree in electrical engineering from National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering and computer sciences from the University of California, Berkeley in 1985 and 1988, respectively. From 1988 to 1992, he was a Member of Technical Staff at AT&T Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill, New Jersey. From 1992 to 2004, he was a professor in the electrical engineering department at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he also served as Vice Chair for Industrial Affiliate Program and Director of Nanoelectronics Research Facility. In 2004, he moved to the University of California, Berkeley.

He has published six book chapters, over 140 journal papers and 290 conference papers. He is the holder of 15 U.S. patents. Prof. Wu is a Fellow of IEEE, and a member of Optical Society of America. He was a Packard Foundation Fellow from 1992 to 1997. He is the founding Co-Chair of IEEE/LEOS Summer Topical Meeting on Optical MEMS (1996), the predecessor of IEEE/LEOS International Conference on Optical MEMS. He has served in the program committees of many technical conferences, including MEMS, OFC, CLEO, LEOS, MWP, IEDM, DRC, ISSCC; and as Guest Editor of two special issues of IEEE journals on Optical MEMS.

Toward Hz-level Optical Frequency Synthesis Across the C-band
Larry Coldren
University of California, Santa Barbara, USA

Abstract: By using a stable comb as an input reference to an integrated heterodyne optical-phase-locked-loop consisting of a coherent receiver, feedback electronics, and an RF synthesizer, precise optical frequencies across many comb lines can be generated.

Biography: Larry A. Coldren is the Fred Kavli Professor of Optoelectronics and Sensors at the University of California, Santa Barbara, CA.  He received his Ph.D. in EE from Stanford Univ. and spent 13 years in research at Bell Labs before joining UCSB in 1984, where he holds appointments in the ECE and Materials Departments. He acted as Dean of Engineering at UCSB from 2009-2011.  In 1991 he co-founded Optical Concepts, acquired as Gore Photonics, to develop novel Vertical-Cavity Surface-Emitting Laser (VCSEL) modules; and later in 1998, Agility Communications, acquired by JDS-Uniphase (now Lumentum), to develop widely-tunable integrated optical transmitters.

He has authored or co-authored over a thousand journal and conference papers, including numerous plenary, tutorial and invited presentations.  He has co-authored 8 book chapters and two textbooks.  He has been issued 65 patents and is a recipient of several awards, including the John Tyndall, Aron Kressel, David Sarnoff and IPRM Awards.  He is a Life Fellow of the IEEE, and a Fellow of the OSA and IEE as well as a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

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