Joint Feature Issue of Optics Express and Optical Materials Express

Advanced Solid State Lasers 2021

Submissions open: 2 July 2021
Submissions close: 1 December 2021

Optics Express and Optical Materials Express welcome submissions to a feature issue in conjunction with the Advanced Solid State Lasers Conference in Toronto, Canada on 3-7 October 2021. Whereas meeting participants are particularly encouraged to submit their work, the feature issue is open to all contributions in related areas.

This joint feature issue will cover recent advances in both materials and sources aspects of solid state lasers. The scope of materials-related submissions encompasses advances in optics, materials science, condensed matter physics, and chemistry relevant to the development, characterization, and applications of new materials and components for lasers and photonics. These include crystals, glasses, and ceramics, as well as functionalized composite materials, from fibers and waveguides to engineered structures with pre-assigned optical properties. Materials used for fabrication of basic laser components also will be a core part of the issue. Coherent and high-brightness radiation sources include lasers as well as pump and nonlinear devices. Submissions will emphasize advances in science and technology for improved power, efficiency, brightness, stability, wavelength coverage, pulse width, cost, environmental impact, or other application-specific attributes.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:


  • Laser crystals and glasses
  • Transparent ceramics and glass ceramics
  • Advances in crystal growth and fabrication of glasses and ceramics
  • Crystal and glass fibers, active and passive fibers
  • Nonlinear materials and frequency conversion processes
  • Saturable absorbers
  • Novel approaches and materials for lasers - topological photonics, plasmonics, 2D materials for lasers
  • Waveguides and laser patterning
  • Semiconductors for lasers, LEDs, and detectors
  • Materials for lighting and laser displays
  • Modeling and characterization methods of materials, components, laser and nonlinear properties
  • Advances in mirrors, gratings, and other selective components
  • Advanced coating technologies including surface micro-structuring
  • Laser materials and components with high damage threshold


  • Bulk solid-state lasers based on crystals, ceramics, and glasses
  • Fiber and waveguide lasers
  • Optical sources based on nonlinear frequency conversion
  • High power CW and pulsed lasers in the UV, visible, and IR
  • Laser-driven THz, IR, visible, UV, XUV, and X-ray sources
  • Laser beam combining and power scaling architectures
  • Short-pulse lasers
  • Frequency combs and frequency-stable lasers
  • Microchip, compact, and monolithic lasers
  • Tunable and new wavelength lasers
  • Semiconductor lasers
  • Lasing in disordered crystals and random media
  • Spatial mode control in solid-state lasers
  • Application-specific solid-state laser architectures

Authors may choose between Optics Express and Optical Materials Express when submitting to the joint feature issue, but should recognize the differences between them and select the appropriate journal. The guest editors may recommend transferring a manuscript to the other journal as needed. Papers will appear in their respective journals. Additionally, a combined table of contents of papers from both journals will appear once all papers are published.

All submissions need to present original, previously unpublished work and will be subject to the normal standards and peer review processes of the journals. The standard Optics Express and Optical Materials Express Article Processing Charges will apply to all published articles. To be eligible for publication, an expanded conference paper needs to add value to the original conference proceedings and the conference paper number must be included in the cover letter at submission. Please see Optica Publishing Group's guidelines on expanded conference papers for details.

Manuscripts should be prepared according to the author instructions for submission to Optics Express or Optical Materials Express. Please submit through Prism's manuscript submission system, specifying from the drop-down menu that the manuscript is for the feature issue on Advanced Solid State Lasers 2021.

Feature Editors
Clara Saraceno, Ruhr Universität Bochum, Germany (Lead Editor)
Mark Bowers, Lockheed Martin, Aculight Corp., United States
Carlota Canalias, Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan, Sweden
Sergey Mirov, University of Alabama at Birmingham, United States
Johan Nilsson, University of Southampton, United Kingdom
Peter Schunemann, BAE Systems Inc, United States