Feature issue of Biomedical Optics Express

Mid-Infrared Lasers for Medical Applications

Submission Opens: 15 June 2018
Submission Deadline: 15 July 2018

Biomedical Optics Express welcomes submissions to a feature issue on "Mid-Infrared Lasers for Medical Applications." This issue will focus on the most recent advances in the field of mid-infrared (MIR) lasers for medical applications, including tissue imaging, reconstruction, excision, and ablation. In particular, devices and systems that utilize lasers emitting between 3 µm and 30 µm will be highlighted.

The mid-IR wavelength region is a fruitful area for medical research and instrumentation since this is the region where the most identifiable molecules absorb and radiate. Due to the unique specificity of a biological molecule's spectrum in the MIR, lasers in this wavelength regime have a unique advantage over ultraviolet and visible or near-IR lasers. Common MIR emitters for biomedical applications include CO2 lasers, free electron lasers (FELs), optical parametric oscillators (OPOs), fiber lasers, and semiconductor laser diodes.

Areas to be covered will include:

  • Light interaction with various tissue types
  • Differential interaction of cancer versus healthy tissue
  • Laser surgery
  • Applications in dentistry, ophthalmology, dermatology, gynecology, oncology, neurosurgery, urology, and ENT
  • Collateral damage during laser excision
  • Disinfection and wound healing
  • Tissue imaging
  • Neural stimulation
  • Blood and breath analysis
  • Skin rejuvenation

All papers need to present original, previously unpublished work, and will be subject to the normal standards and peer-review process of the journal. The standard Biomedical Optics Express Article Processing Charges will apply to all published articles.

Please prepare manuscripts according to the author instructions for submission to Biomedical Optics Express and submit through OSA's electronic submission system, specifying from the drop-down menu that the manuscript is for the Feature Issue on Mid-Infrared Lasers for Medical Applications.

Feature Editors
Fatima Toor, University of Iowa, USA (Lead Editor)
Shamsul Arafin, University of California—Santa Barbara, USA
Stuart Jackson, Macquarie University, Australia
Xiaoming Shang, Candela Corp., USA
Haining Yang, Roadmap Systems, UK