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.

Elena Benito Peña, Complutense UniversitySpainOptically-based Molecularly Imprinted Polymers Sensors , Invited

Svetlana Boriskina, Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyUnited StatesSingular-Phase Optical Sensing with Topologically-Protected Tamm Interfacial States in Planar Nanostructures , Invited

Mark Bradley, University of EdinburghFrom Glass to Man - in vivo Optical Medical Imaging, Invited

David Burghoff, Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyUnited StatesTerahertz Quantum Cascade Laser Combs and Multiheterodyne Spectroscopy , Invited

Hengky Chandrahalim, University of MichiganUnited StatesHybrid Fabrication Techniques of 3-D Integrated Microphotonic Sensors, Invited

Ray Chen, University of Texas at AustinUnited StatesSlow Light Enhanced Silicon Chip Based Chem-Bio Sensors , Invited

Scott Foster, Defence Science & Tech OrganisationAustraliaRelaxation Oscillation Noise Suppression in Ultra-high-Q Cavity Fiber Laser Sensors, Invited

Shubhra Gangopadhyay, National Science FoundationUnited StatesSuper Resolution Fluorescent Imaging and Biosensing Applications of Plasmonic Gratings with Nanoprotrusions , Invited

Christopher Goldenstein, Purdue UniversityUnited StatesSingle-Ended Infrared Laser-Absorption Sensing of Gas Properties, Invited

Kodo Kawase, Nagoya UniversityJapanSensing of Hidden Drugs using is-TPG, Invited

Seongsin Margaret Kim, University of AlabamaUnited StatesTHz Metamaterials Perfect Absorber for Sensing and Communication Application, Invited

Miklos Lenner, ABB Switzerland LtdUnited KingdomLong-term Reliability of Fiber-optic Sensor Components in Harsh Industrial Environments , Invited

Daniel Mittleman, Brown UniversityUnited StatesNanoscale Terahertz Emission Spectroscopy, Invited

Raphael Pooser, Oak Ridge National LaboratoryUnited StatesPractical Quantum Sensing at Ultra Trace Levels with Squeezed States of Light , Invited

Giancarlo Righini, Enrico Fermi CenterItalyAdvanced Sensing by WGM Microresonators, Invited

Alex Rozhin, Aston UniversityUnited KingdomIntegration of Carbon Nanotubes with Fiber Optic Devices for Optical Sensing Applications, Invited

Axel Schulzgen, University of Central FloridaUnited StatesFiber Optic Sensors based on Strongly Coupled Multicore Fiber, Invited

Srikanth Singamaneni, Washington University in St. LouisPlasmonic Biosensors with Ultrastable Biorecognition Elements , Invited

Kwang Yong Song, Chung-Ang UniversitySouth KoreaDistributed Brillouin Sensors based on the Current Modulation of a Laser Diode, Invited

Pedro Vaz, Universidade de CoimbraPortugalLaser Based Sensors for Hemodynamic Parameters Measurement, Invited

Marc Wuilpart, Universite de MonsBelgiumUse of a Polarization OTDR for the Measurement of Plasma Current in the Tore Supra Thermonuclear Fusion , Invited

Fei Xu, Nanjing UniversityChinaOptical Fiber Sensors based on Low-dimensional Materials, Invited

Lan Yang, Washington University in St LouisUnited StatesWhispering-gallery-mode resonators for nanoscale sensing and measurement , Invited

Dzmitry Yarotski, Los Alamos National LaboratoryUnited StatesProbing and Manipulating Quantum Materials with Terahertz Pulses , Invited

Ioanna Zergioti, National Technical University of AthensGreeceLaser Printing and Immobilization of Biomolecules for Optical Sensors Applications, Invited
Ken EwingUS Naval Research Laboratory, United States
Mario F.S. FerreiraUniversidade de Aveiro, Portugal
Paul Pellegrino, US Army Research Laboratory, USA


THz Sensing
Hou-Tong Chen, Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA, Subcommittee Chair
Willie Padilla, Duke University, USA

Optical Fiber Sensors
Gilberto Brambilla, Univ. of Southampton, UK, Subcommittee Chair
Christophe Caucheteur, University of Mons, Belgium
Jose Miguel Lopez-Higuera, Univ. of Cantabria, Spain
Janet Lou, NRL, USA
Anna Grazia Mignani, CNR, Italy
Tong Sun, City University, UK
Libo Yuan, Harbin Engineering University, China

Laser Based Sensors
Yoonchan Jeong, Seoul National University, Korea, Subcommittee Chair
Peter Dragic, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
Christian Grillet, Ecole Centrale de Lyon, France
Peter Horak, University of Southampton, UK
Kwang Jo Lee, Kyung Hee University, Korea
Peter Vasil’ev, University of Cambridge, UK

Optical Chemical and Biological Sensors
Paul M Pellegrino, US Army Research Laboratory, USA, Subcommittee Chair
Brain Cullum, University of Maryland Baltimore County, USA
Ellen L. Holthoff, US Army Research Laboratory, USA
Srikanth Singamaneni, Washington University, USA

Micro- and Nano- Engineered Sensors
Mikhail (Misha) Sumetsky, Aston University, UK, Subcommittee Chair
Vasily Astratov, University of North Carolina Charlotte, USA
Andrei Fotiadi, University of Mons, Belgium
Chengbo Mou, Shanghai University, China
Xuewen Shu, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China
Limin Tong, Zhejiang University Hangzhou, China
David Webb, Aston University, UK

Nanophotonic and Plasmonic Biosensors,
Björn Reinhard, Boston University, USA, Subcommittee Chair
Svetlana Boriskina, MIT, USA
Xi Ling, Boston University, USA

OSA FoundationStudent & Early Career Professional Development & Networking Lunch and Learn

Tuesday, 25 July, 12:30 - 14:00
Toulouse A

Join us for an interactive lunch and learn program focused on professional development within the Advanced Photonics field. This program will engage students and early career professionals with the key leaders in the field who will share their professional development journey and provide useful tips to those who attend. Lunch will be provided.

OSA Material Studies Technical GroupEmerging Optical Materials: Perovskites, 2D Optical Materials and Nanocolloids

Wednesday, 26 July, 12:30 – 14:00
St Charles B

Join the OSA Optical Material Studies Technical Group for a panel discussion exploring new and emerging optical materials. The panel will feature Dr. Barry Rand of Princeton University, Dr. Christian Klinke from the University of Hamburg, Dr. Parag Deotar from the University of Michigan, and Dr. García de Arquer from the University of Toronto. Each panelist will give a five minute talk highlighting the progress and challenges of their respective areas. Following their talks Dr. Garo Khanarian, who serves as chair of the Optical Material Studies Technical Group, will lead a discussion bringing together the different topics and opening the conversation to participation from attendees. An RSVP is required for this technical group event as lunch will be provided.

Plenary and Tutorial Speakers

Ben EggletonBen Eggleton, University of Sydney, Australia
Inducing and Harnessing Photon-phonon Interactions in Nanoscale Integrated Circuits

Professor Benjamin Eggleton is an ARC Laureate Fellow and Professor of Physics at the University of Sydney, Director of the ARC Centre for Ultrahigh bandwidth Devices for Optical Systems (CUDOS), and Director of the Institute of Photonics and Optical Science (IPOS) at the University of Sydney. He obtained the Bachelor's degree (with honors) in Science in 1992 and Ph.D. degree in Physics from the University of Sydney in 1996.

Shu Namiki
Shu Namiki, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Japan
Challenges and Impact of Dynamic Optical-Layer Switching - Ten years of VICTORIES and Beyond

Shu Namiki is a Director of Data Photonics Project Unit of the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Tsukuba, Japan. His current research interests include software defined dynamic optical path networking and their enabling devices such as nonlinear fiber-optics and silicon photonics. He is currently serving as Chair of Executive Committee of a national project called “Vertically Integrated Center for Technologies of Optical Routing toward Ideal Energy Savings (VICTORIES)” in collaboration with ten telecom-related companies. He has co-authored more than 300 conference presentations, papers, book chapters, articles, and patents. Dr. Namiki is a Fellow of OSA, and a member of IEICE, JSAP, and IEEE Photonics Society and Communications Society

Dimitra Simeonidou
Dimitra Simeonidou, University of Bristol, UK
Lighting the Way Towards a New Era of Digital Transformation

Dimitra is a Full Professor at the University of Bristol, the Director of the Smart Internet Lab (www.bristol.ac.uk/smart), the Chief Scientific Officer (CSO) of Bristol Is Open and the Head of the High Performance Networks group (HPN). 
Her research is focusing in the fields of High Performance Networks, Software Defined Networking, Network Convergence and Smart City infrastructures. She is the author and co-author of over 400 publications, numerous patents and several major contributions to standards. She worked in Alcatel Submarine Networks as a Principle Engineer and she has been co-founder of two spin-out companies. The latest company is the University of Bristol, venture capital funded, spin-out Zeetta Networks (http://www.zeetta.com), delivering SDN solutions for enterprise networks. Since 2015,  Dimitra has been the technical architect and the CSO of the smart city project Bristol Is Open (www.bristolisopen.com), delivering the world’s first open and programmable experimental test-bed at city-scale. Dimitra is a Royal Society Wolfson scholar

Tutorial Speakers

Svetlana BoriskinaSvetlana Boriskina, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
Novel Optical Materials and Applications (NOMA)

Topological Materials: New Horizons for Energy and Sustainability

Svetlana V. Boriskina is a Research Scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA. Her research blends nanophotonics, plasmonics, hydrodynamics, thermodynamics and mechanics to explore intricate details of light-matter interaction on the nanoscale. Svetlana is interested in fundamental aspects of energy transfer between quantum emitters, propagating and trapped photons, electron plasma oscillations (plasmons) and nanomechanical oscillations as well as in thermodynamic limitations on light trapping and energy conversion. These fundamental studies have already directly contributed to the development of new multi-functional devices and nanostructured materials for applications ranging from light generation and optical information processing to bio(chemical)sensing and solar energy harvesting and conversion.

Barry RandBarry Rand, Princeton University, USA
Novel Optical Materials and Applications (NOMA)

Metal Halide Perovskites: Processing, Interfaces, and Light Emitting Devices
We study the use of metal halide perovskites for light emitting diodes (LEDs). By understanding interface chemistry and improving film formation, we demonstrate green and red perovskite LEDs with external quantum efficiencies of approximately 10%.

Barry Rand earned a BE in electrical engineering from The Cooper Union in 2001. Then he received MA and PhD degrees in electrical engineering from Princeton University, in 2003 and 2007, respectively. From 2007 to 2013, he was at imec in Leuven, Belgium. Since 2013, he is an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment at Princeton University. He has authored more than 85 refereed journal publications, has 19 issued US patents, and has received the 3M Nontenured Faculty Award (2014), DuPont Young Professor Award (2015), DARPA Young Faculty Award (2015), and ONR Young Investigator Program Award (2016).

Frans WillemsFrans M.J. Willems, TU Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Signal Processing in Photonics Communications (SPPCom)

Information Theory and its Application to Optical Communication
The tutorial focuses on the foundations of communication which were developed and are further investigated within the field of information theory. The lecture starts with the equivalence between waveform and vector communication in the additive white Gaussian noise (AWGN) case. Then the capacity of the AWGN channel is discussed and we briefly focus on the error-correcting codes that achieve capacity. It turns out that for larger signal- to-noise ratios codes based on uniform signalling do not achieve capacity. Shaping methods are required to close the gap. We will discuss enumerative shaping techniques, and will demonstrate that their performance is good also at small block-lengths.

In the second part of the tutorial we will discuss communication over optical channels with intensity modulation and direct detection. We will show that by using the so-called square- root transform this channel becomes equivalent to a one-sided AWGN channel. This result makes it possible to directly apply the signal processing techniques that were developed for the AWGN case. The tutorial ends with some consequences of the square-root transform (signalling on a square grid, dependence of signal-to-noise ratio on distance, filtering in the optical domain). 

Frans M.J. Willems was born in Stein, The Netherlands, on June 26, 1954. He received the M.Sc. degree in electrical engineering from Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, The Netherlands, and the Ph.D. degree from the Catholic University of Louvain, Louvain, Belgium, in 1979 and 1982 respectively. From 1979 to 1982 he was a research assistant at the Catholic University of Louvain. Since 1982, he is a staff member at the Electrical Engineering Department of Eindhoven University of Technology. His research contributions are in the areas of multi-user information theory and noiseless source coding. Dr. Willems received the Marconi Young Scientist Award in 1982. From 1988 to 1990, he served as Associate Editor for Shannon Theory for the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory. He is co-recipient of the 1996 IEEE Information Theory Society Paper Award. From 1998 to 2000 he was a member of the Board of Governors of the IEEE Information Theory Society. Since 1999 he is connected to Philips Research Laboratories as an advisor. From 2001 to 2004 he served as an Associate Editor for Information Theory for the European Transactions on Telecommunications. Dr. Willems is a Fellow of the IEEE since 2005.