As the IEEE Photonics Society's flagship meeting, the IEEE Photonics Conference's topics cover vast technical areas within the photonics community and the interests of our members. Attendees will be able to participate in plenaries, invited talks, panel discussions, tutorial sessions, short courses, and outreach events across the conference's topical areas.

Biophotonics and Medical Optics

Biophotonics and Medical Optics describes the interaction of light with biological molecules, cells, and tissues. It covers diagnostic sensing and imaging applications as well as therapeutic uses of light. The Biophotonics and Medical Optics topics committee is soliciting papers in this multi-disciplinary field, covering the development, or refinement, of instruments and methods involving optics and photonics technology for applications in life sciences and biomedicine. The conference focuses on the technical and engineering aspects of new technologies and innovative approaches for sensing, imaging, signal and image processing, optical actuation, and therapy rather than the use of established technologies in clinical studies.
Specific topics of interest include instruments, devices, methods, algorithms, and materials for:

  • Imaging of cells and tissues:
    • Microscopy, including high-throughput, high-speed and super-resolution strategies
    • Quantitative phase imaging, digital holographic microscopy and other label-free coherent light microscopy techniques
    • Optical tomography, including optical coherence tomography, photoacoustic imaging, and diffuse optical tomography
    • Spatial frequency domain and spectroscopic imaging
  • Dynamic light scattering techniques including diffusing wave spectroscopy and diffuse correlation spectroscopy
  • Dynamic and functional optical imaging techniques including optical elastography and Doppler imaging
  • Endoscopy and other guided-wave implementations of imaging, such as catheters and needles
  • Biomedical spectroscopy, including Raman, fluorescence, and other techniques
  • Wavefront engineering for biomedical imaging, such as adaptive optics, light-sheet imaging, and imaging through scattering media
  • Computational imaging and computation and modeling in imaging and sensing
  • Materials (nano-, meta-, plasmonic) to enable emerging biophotonics applications
  • Biosensors, such as point-of-care devices, fiber sensors, and lab-on-chip, including micro- and opto-fluidics
  • Light and photonics-based techniques and procedures in biological manipulation, including optical trapping and actuation
  • Therapeutic uses of light and photonics-based technology
  • Applications of artificial intelligence in Biophotonics and Medical Optics

Detection, Sensing, and Energy

The subcommittee on Detection, Sensing, and Energy solicits papers on all types of photodetectors, imaging, optical and electro-optical sensors, as well as their related materials, devices and systems. Topics of interest include:

  • Novel photoconductive and photovoltaic materials and devices (including avalanche photodiodes, very high-speed detectors, and photodetectors based on organic materials) for the range of operation in the entire electromagnetic spectrum (gamma-ray, x-ray, UV, visible, near-IR, mid-IR, far-IR, terahertz, microwave and RF).
  • Detector technologies that exploit novel phenomena to enhance performance, functionality and manufacturability including CMOS-compatible germanium detectors, plasmonic and metamaterial devices, microwave-photonic devices, nanoscale quantum structures (dots/wires/wells), superlattices, MCT detectors, MEMS-based wavelength-tunable sensors, quantum sensors, and bioinspired sensors.
  • Novel photovoltaic devices and energy harvesting systems.
  • Integrated detectors for silicon photonics.
  • Devices, techniques and systems for single-photon detection.
  • Imaging systems including high operating-temperature focal-plane arrays (FPAs) for thermal imaging, active CMOS imagers, multicolor and tunable FPAs for spectral imaging, hyperspectral imaging, polarization imagers, novel readout circuits, and smart-pixel FPAs.
  • Methods for 3D imaging, visualization and recognition.
  • Adaptive-optics systems for imaging and display.
  • Holographic-based and incoherent-holographic-based imaging and sensing systems.
  • Novel optical microsystems, optofluidic devices and fiber-optic sensors.
  • Novel approaches for microobject manipulation, imaging and tracking in microfluidic environment.
  • Advanced microscopes based on spatial light modulators, quantitative phase-contrast, super-resolution and computational imaging techniques.
  • Compressive sensing and multichannel and multimodal data acquisition and imaging.
  • Infrastructures for virtual laboratories and remote metrology.

Light Sources

The Subcommittee on Light Sources invites papers focusing on recent progress in computational designs, theoretical concepts, growth, device fabrication, and characterization of semiconductor lasers, light-emitting diodes (LEDs), and other innovative light sources. Our scope encompasses basic science, device, integrated technologies, and system-level implementations (application) of these advanced light sources.

We welcome submissions covering emission wavelengths ranging from extreme ultraviolet to terahertz spectral regimes. Specific areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • New material and engineered nanoscale active regions in semiconductor lasers
  • High-power lasers and laser arrays
  • Visible and short-wavelength lasers
  • Long-wavelength and quantum cascade lasers
  • VCSEL, VECSEL and other surface-emitting lasers
  • Topological lasers
  • Micro- / nanocavity lasers and related areas of plasmonic
  • New semiconductor laser/LED designs, materials, and fabrication techniques
  • On-chip laser sources for photonic integrated circuits
  • Optical amplifiers (semiconductor, fiber, waveguide-based amplifier, Raman, etc)
  • Low coherence light sources including superluminescent diodes and supercontinuum sources
  • Light-emitting diodes and micro-LEDs
  • Monolithic and heterogeneous photonic integration, including integration of various optical materials and devices.
  • Light sources for quantum technologies and quantum engineering
  • Mode-locked, tunable, multiple wavelengths, frequency comb generation, QRNG/QRBG, etc
  • New theoretical and computational methods in semiconductor lasers
  • Synthesis, fabrication, characterization and use of emerging / novel gain materials for light emitting devices and their applications, e.g. hybrid composite materials, low-dimensional quantum dot/wire/well and 2D materials, etc.

Materials, Foundries and Fabrication

The Materials, Foundries and Fabrication (MFF) topic area primarily covers the areas bridging the gap between materials, integrated optoelectronic and photonic devices, circuits, systems, and Photonic integrated circuit (PIC) foundries. Original papers are solicited in the subject areas including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Materials with novel electronic, optical, thermal, mechanical, and spin polarization and new properties, including the traditional solid-state materials, liquid crystals, materials for energy, epsilon-near-zero materials, emerging class of 2D materials (graphene, MoS2, TMDs, etc.), as well as quantum materials (SiC, h-BN, c-BN, diamond, etc.)
  • Material processing techniques: formation and processing of photonic materials and novel synthesis techniques for optical materials
  • Components and devices: lasers, modulators, detectors, waveguides; reflectors, filters, couplers, (de-)multiplexers and sensors, ring resonators, chip-to-fiber coupling etc.
  • Large-scale foundry PDK development for III-V and silicon-based integrated photonics
  • Monolithic, heterogeneous, hybrid integrations: blank and selective epitaxy, impurity disordering, organic/inorganic integration, nanomembrane and thin film stacking, dielectric/metallic integration.
  • Classical PICs and optoelectronic integrated circuits (communication); extended S-MWIR PICs for non-telecom applications (sensing), visible and NIR PICs
  • Novel substrate integration/packaging techniques, including conventional semiconductors (III-Vs, Si, sapphire, etc.), glass, plastics, conformal and flexible substrates.
  • Advanced Packaging techniques: optical interposer, electronic, optical, mechanical device co-integration, 3D integration, fiber-to-chip attachment, polymer waveguides and waveguide arrays, housings and systems on chip, recent advances in manufacturing and packaging facilities supporting non-telecom photonics platforms.

Microwave Photonics and Vehicular Optics

The Microwave Photonics and Vehicular Optics topic area focuses on several exciting application areas for photonics. Microwave photonics describes photonic techniques and components that enable or enhance microwave systems, including signal generation and signal processing for defense and commercial applications. Vehicular optics incorporates photonic sensing and communications methods on moving platforms, including LIDAR for autonomous vehicles and free space optics for optical inter-satellite links. Papers are solicited on recent advances in this multidisciplinary topic area, including:

  • Components for analog systems (including low noise lasers, modulators, and photodetectors for microwave, millimeter wave, and terahertz frequencies)
  • Novel modeling / simulation and demonstrations of microwave photonic (MWP) and FSO components and systems, including monolithic, heterogeneous, and hybrid MWP integrated platforms
  • Photonic signal generation and characterization for microwave, millimeter-wave, and terahertz applications
  • RF Photonic Transport / RF over Fiber Systems
  • LADAR/LiDAR systems and applications
  • FSO communication links for air and ground vehicles
  • Qualification and packaging of photonic components, systems, and standards for field and platform applications in harsh environments
  • MWP subsystems and integration of photonic-electronic platforms, including photonic filtering, conversion between analog and digital signals, and manipulation of microwave amplitude and phase in the optical domain
  • Vehicle optical network architectures, wavelength division multiplexing, and components
  • Operation and maintenance of fielded photonic systems

Nano Photonics, Plasmonics, and Metamaterials

This topic covers theoretical and experimental advances in engineering light-matter interactions through photonic and plasmonic structures, metamaterials, and novel material systems. Representative areas include but are not limited to:

  • Micro- and nano-photonics in dielectric and metallic materials and low-dimensional materials
  • Linear and non-linear optical phenomena in nanophotonic, plasmonic, and metamaterial systems across UV, visible, infrared, mid-infrared, and THz regimes
  • metasurfaces and metalenses.
    • High-Q nanophotonic resonators, bound states in the Continuum (BICS), and quasi-BICs
  • Zero-index, anisotropic, and chiral metamaterials
  • Advanced nanophotonic design approaches including inverse design, adjoint optimization, and machine learning methods
  • Quantum-confined systems including quantum dots and nanowires
  • Quantum optics on the nanoscale
  • Nanoscale control of optical forces (such as optical tweezers) and optomechanics (such as cavity optomechanics and acoustic metamaterials)
  • Nanophotonic, plasmonic, and metamaterial systems for communication, computing, sensing, and energy applications
  • Disorder and topological effects in nanophotonics

Nonlinear Photonics and Novel Optical Phenomena

This topic focuses on the general area of nonlinear photonics and novel optical phenomena. The topic seeks contributions ranging from theoretical and experimental studies of novel phenomena using light to engineering developments of devices and systems utilizing nonlinearities. Example topics include but are not limited to:

  • Novel sources of coherent radiation and applications
  • Ultrafast optics and applications
  • Attosecond physics and applications
  • Optical frequency comb sources and applications
  • Intense field phenomena
  • New nonlinear photonic materials
  • Lightwave electronics
  • Field-resolved detection
  • Nonlinear optics in solids, fluids, gasses, and plasma
  • Nonlinear optics in nanophotonics and integrated platforms
  • Nonlinear dynamics including laser dynamics, soliton formation, and related phenomena
  • Collective behaviors of coupled optical systems
  • Topological and non-Hermitian Photonics
  • Coherent sources in unconventional wavelength ranges from THz to mid-infrared, visible, UV, and x-ray

Topic Keywords:
Nonlinear photonics and phenomena; attosecond physics; field-resolved detection; light wave electronics; nonlinear pulse propagation and interaction; X-rays and plasma; attosecond science; high precision metrology and frequency comb technology; parametric processes; wavelength conversion; supercontinuum generation; nonlinear dynamics; photonic solitons; non-Hermitian photonics; topological phenomena in photonics; ultra-short pulse and ultrafast photonics; nonlinear pulse propagation and interaction; X-rays and plasma; attosecond science; high precision metrology and frequency comb technology; magnetophotonics; acoustophotonics; photoacoustic effects; light-matter interactions; integrated nonlinear optics; nano-scale nonlinear optics; Mie-resonant dielectric and semiconductor nanoparticles, bound states in the continuum, near-zero-index materials, spin angular momentum of light and photonic skyrmions; new materials and nano- and micro-structures for nonlinear optics; nonlinear scattering effects.

Optical AI and Computational Photonics

Information processing is taking an ever-increasing relevance in businesses and our daily lives. With massive data being routed in the optical domain, naturally the question arises of what opportunities and advances exist in (pre)processing those optical data in the optical domain. The committee seeks papers discussing highlights and discusses recent advances, roadmaps, and innovation prospects from academia and industry alike. Of particular interest are approaches and system considerations on i) photonics for machine learning; ii) photonic hardware accelerators; iii) algorithm-hardware homomorphism; iv) reconfigurable photonic systems; and v) emerging materials for storage, quantum, and AI applications. Topics of interest and focus but not limited are summarized here:

  • Neural Networks & Spiking Neurons
  • Tensor Core Processors
  • Non Van-Neumann Optical Information Accelerators
  • Brain-inspired computing
  • Memristive Materials & Photonic Memory
  • Coherent Ising Machines
  • Inverse Design Approaches
  • Parallelization Strategies   
  • Modeling & Software Approaches
  • AI for Photonics & Photonics for AI
  • Free-space Optics Solutions
  • Ultra-fast Optics for IT
  • System Analysis: Domain-crossing Challenges & Solutions
  • Scaling Laws & Roadmapping
  • Artificial Vision
  • Network-edge vs. Cloud Applications

Optical Communication and Networks

This sub-committee solicits papers on the analysis, modeling, and implementation of optical communication systems and networks. The topics include (but are not limited to) the following:

Optical Fiber Transmission Systems and Subsystems

  • Optical modulation, detection, coding, and digital signal processing
  • Analysis and modeling of signal impairments in optical fiber communication systems
  • Machine learning methods for signal processing
  • All-optical signal processing
  • Multiband and space-division multiplexing systems

Integrated Communication and Sensing

  • Optical sensing for smart cities, including road-traffic monitoring
  • Sensing using optical networks, including distributed acoustic sensing (DAS)
  • Applications of coherent transceivers to sensing
  • Distributed sensing for seismic applications
  • Machine learning for optical sensing

Core and Metro Optical Networks

  • Optical network architectures, design and performance evaluation
  • Traffic modeling, routing algorithms and protocols
  • Optical performance monitoring for transport networks
  • Energy efficient/green optical networks
  • Optical network security
  • Transport network demonstrations, test-beds, and field trials
  • Software-defined optical networking and network orchestration
  • Advanced optical network telemetry

Access Optical Networks and Systems

  • High-speed optical access system technologies and applications
  • PON virtualization and network function virtualization applied to optical access
  • Energy efficient optical access networks
  • FTTx and next-generation passive optical networks
  • Access network demonstrations, test-beds, and field trials
  • Fixed and mobile converged networks, including 5G/6G

Datacom and Computercom Networks and Systems

  • Optical interconnect technologies
  • Parallel optical coupling between fibers, chips and modules
  • Optical interconnection network interfaces, protocols, arbitration and flow control
  • Optical switching devices, architectures, and control schemes for data centers
  • On-chip optical networks and integrated computer architectures
  • Interconnection network architectures for data centers

Radio-over-Fiber and Free-Space Optical Systems

  • Radio-over-fiber (RoF) systems, including analog and digital transport
  • Hybrid wireless-optical systems
  • Visible and IR free-space optical communication systems, underwater communication
  • Optical communications and networks for space/satellite applications

Optical Communication: Devices, Interconnects and Subsystems

This topic seeks technology from device to system levels for advancing the optical communications, including coherent transceivers for high throughput long haul telecommunications, data communication and free-space optical communications. The topics of interest cover fiber based and integrated photonic based devices and subsystems of:

  • Advanced modulation formats in fiber and on-chip: phase, amplitude, mode, polarization division de/multiplexing
  • Multicore, multi-/few-mode, hollow core, chalcogenide, semiconductor, photonic crystal,
  • doped optical fibers
  • Rayleigh, Raman, Brillouin, phase-sensitive and -insensitive, supercontinuum, mid-
  • infrared generation, and applications
  • Device performance manifestation utilizing LEOS, MEMS, plasmonic, metasurface
  • Parametric light sources and amplifier based on Kerr, Raman, and Brillouin effects
  • Co-packaging of optical interconnects including packaging, applications, data rates, energy consumption, fiber routing, etc.
  • 2D-3D co-packaging scheme for laser, amplifier, and CMOS drivers
  • Photonic and electronic accelerators for data manipulation/compression in optical communication
  • Novel and scalable device architectures reduce insertion loss, enhance extinction ratio and other performance matrix of on-chip and fiber-based modulators and switches
  • Device to systems level exploration for optical communication in harsh environments, such as submarine and deep-space satellite communication
  • Advanced fiber-chip coupler design with improved bandwidth, insertion loss and polarization/angle tolerance
  • Mode convertors, multimode photonic devices and polarization-handling devices on-chip
  • Back-end-of-line compatible electronic components for supporting the integrated photonic devices
  • RF CMOS drivers and other driving electronic circuits (FPGA, TIA, precision resistor, ESD, eFuse).

Propagation, Spectroscopy and Imaging

This sub-committee solicits papers on advancements in optics and photonics with applications to spectroscopy, imaging, and microscopy/nanoscopy. The topics include (but are not limited to) the following:


  • Applications in spectral ranges covering the ultraviolet, visible, infrared, and THz
  • Linear and nonlinear spectroscopic methods (fluorescence, photoacoustic, photothermal, multiphoton, etc)
  • Techniques for in-situ measurements in turbulent/scattering media (atmosphere, water, etc)
  • Ultrafast spectroscopy
  • Multidimensional spectroscopy
  • Applications of frequency combs and super continuum generation to spectroscopy and imaging
  • Hyperspectral techniques for inspection and remote sensing
  • Vibrational spectroscopy

Imaging, Microscopy, and Nanoscopy

  • Diffraction-limited and super-resolution optical techniques including PALM, STORM, STED, adaptive optics to enhance the spatial resolution
  • Structured illumination microscopy and other wide-field super-resolution techniques
  • Deep learning and neural networks for imaging
  • Nonlinear optical imaging/microscopy, including techniques such as SHG, THG, CARS, SRS, 2PEF, 3PEF, transient absorption (pump-probe) microscopy, multi-photon and multi-modal imaging.
  • Photoacoustic imaging and photothermal infrared microscopy
  • Ultrashort pulse/ultrafast microscopy and time-stretch imaging
  • Interferometric techniques including interferometric scattering (iSCAT) microscopy, Quantitative phase imaging/microscopy, and optical coherence tomography
  • THz imaging and nanoscopy
  • LIDAR and multi/hyperspectral imaging
  • Lensless and computational imaging
  • Fourier ptychography
  • Compressive sensing and image processing
  • Novel imaging and microscopic methods

Quantum Photonics

The topic focuses on photonic engineering solutions and technologies for quantum information science. These encompass systems such as communication links, high-capacity quantum channels, sensing units, and photonic processing circuits as well as components comprising such systems, including but not limited to quantum gates and memories, quantum sources, quantum encoders, and transducers, etc. We are interested in hybrid quantum photonic integration technologies and novel light-matter interaction paradigms as well as methods and approaches to the creation, manipulation, storage, control, and transmission of quantum correlated states of light. Novel applications of optical quantum processors and networks as well as technologies that enable these applications and functionalities in communication, sensing, metrology, distributed computing, and quantum information processing.

  • Quantum Information Systems: computational circuits, quantum communication networks, and quantum sensor networks.
  • System Components: quantum sources, quantum gates, quantum memories, quantum encoders and transducers, on-chip miniaturization approaches, quantum photonic materials, and heterogeneous integration.
  • Demonstrated functionalities: algorithms and architectures for photon-based quantum computing, sensing, and networking. Strong light-matter interaction modalities beyond perturbative limits, chiral waveguide quantum electrodynamics, cooperative effects of light-matter interactions.
  • Application:  Applications of quantum devices and systems in sensing, metrology, and distributed quantum information processing.