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  • OSA to Launch New Journal
Jun 2010
WASHINGTON, DC, June 7, 2010 — The Optical Society (OSA) announced it will launch a new journal devoted to optical materials, called Optical Materials Express (OME). OME will launch in spring 2011 with bi-monthly issues, joining OSA's portfolio of 14 peer-reviewed optics journals. The editor-in-chief is David Hagan, associate dean for academic programs and professor of optics and physics at CREOL, The College of Optics & Photonics at the University of Central Florida.

Optical Materials Express will primarily emphasize advances in novel optical materials, their properties, modeling, synthesis and fabrication techniques; how such materials contribute to novel optical behavior; and how they enable new or improved optical devices. The subject matter will cover a full range of topics in optical materials, including, but not limited to: artificially engineered structures, biomaterials, detector materials, optical storage media, materials for integrated optics, nonlinear optical materials, laser materials, metamaterials, nanomaterials, organics and polymers, soft materials, IR materials and materials for fiber optics.

"No rapid-publication, open-access journal with this scope exists in the field," said Hagan. "OME will provide an exclusive publishing venue for researchers in the optics and materials science communities who are working on the synthesis, processing and characterization of materials for applications in optics and photonics."

Many features of the new journal will mirror those of the OSA publication, Optics Express, including rapid, online open-access publication and availability of free color figures, movies, animations, and live reference links. Submissions to OME will be accepted beginning this fall.

Guidelines for authors, manuscript templates and submission instructions will be posted online this summer.

"Both the fields of optics and materials science have experienced rapid growth in recent years," said OSA President James C. Wyant. "With the launch of OME, OSA will be able to expand its global reach into new areas as part of its overall mission to disseminate knowledge of optics and photonics worldwide."

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integrated optics
A thin-film device containing miniature optical components connected via optical waveguides on a transparent dielectric substrate, whose lenses, detectors, filters, couplers and so forth perform operations analogous to those of integrated electronic circuits for switching, communications and logic.
optical materials
Materials that, by virtue of their optical characteristics (i.e. refractive index, dispersion,  etc.), are used in optical elements. See crystal; glass; plastic lens.
The technology of generating and harnessing light and other forms of radiant energy whose quantum unit is the photon. The science includes light emission, transmission, deflection, amplification and detection by optical components and instruments, lasers and other light sources, fiber optics, electro-optical instrumentation, related hardware and electronics, and sophisticated systems. The range of applications of photonics extends from energy generation to detection to communications and...
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