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eLight: enlightening and exploring light

f_2Here we announce the launch of eight, aiming to bring the finest and most exciting research results in optics and photonics fields, facilitating the wide dissemination of some of the most exciting scholarship on light. As a fresh and ambitious journal, we have formed: a. An Editorial Board of world-renowned scientists and engineers, who are dedicated to select and manage the peer-review of the eLight submissions. b. A transparent, fair and rapid peer-review process, which will publicly share the referee comments and authors’ responses, under the consensus of the authors and reviewers. c. A fast publication pipeline along with multiple public dissemination channels, with an expected turnaround period of 60 days. Each accepted paper will be accompanied by a Commentary and the results will be widely shared with the public and research community through different press release channels, in a timely manner.

Highlighting photonics: looking into the next decade

f_1Let there be light–to change the world we want to be! Over the past several decades, and ever since the birth of the first laser, mankind has witnessed the development of the science of light, as light-based technologies have revolutionarily changed our lives. Needless to say, photonics has now penetrated into many aspects of science and technology, turning into an important and dynamically changing field of increasing interdisciplinary interest. In this inaugural issue of eLight, we highlight a few emerging trends in photonics that we think are likely to have major impact at least in the upcoming decade, spanning from integrated quantum photonics and quantum computing, through topological/non-Hermitian photonics and topological insulator lasers, to AI-empowered nanophotonics and photonic machine learning. This Perspective is by no means an attempt to summarize all the latest advances in photonics, yet we wish our subjective vision could fuel inspiration and foster excitement in scientific research especially for young researchers who love the science of light.

Planar liquid crystal polarization optics for augmented reality and virtual reality from fundamentals to applications

f_3Planar and ultrathin liquid crystal (LC) polarization optical elements have found promising applications in augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), and photonic devices. In this paper, we give a comprehensive review on the operation principles, device fabrication, and performance of these optical elements. Optical simulations methods for optimizing the device performance are discussed in detail. Finally, some potential applications of these devices in AR and VR systems are illustrated and analyzed.

Aims and scope

eLight aims to attract the finest manuscripts, broadly covering all sub-fields of optics, photonics and electromagnetics. In particular, we focus on those emerging topics and cross-disciplinary researches related to optics.

Call for papers

The Editors-in-Chief invite authors to submit manuscripts for consideration in this journal. 

Whats Special?

As a highly selective publication forum, every year eLight will only publish 52 original research articles and review articles in total. Every published work is anticipated to fundamentally push the frontiers of the respective research field.

EiCs, Editorial Board Members and professional team will ensure fast, rigorous and fair peer review, with an estimated turnaround time of 30 days. Each paper will be accompanied with an invited Commentary, e-cover and public communication through various press release channels and the social media. The whole eLight team, co-managed by CIOMP and Light: Science & Applications, would provide prompt publication, multi-channel outreach, an option to transparent peer review, and free-of-charge open access (till the end of 2022). We will also hold an annual event for Best Paper Award, in conjunction with an international eLight Conference.

Both review and original research papers are welcome. Look forward to your contributions!  Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions and/or suggestions.


Aydogan Ozcan and Cheng-Wei Qiu

Editors' Quotes

From EiC Prof. Aydogan Ozcan

"We look forward to working with optics and photonics community to make eLight among the first choices to publish the highest quality research results from all around the world, broadly covering all the exciting research and advances in light science and engineering."

From EiC Prof. Cheng-Wei Qiu

"For those who love the science of light, photonics, and optical materials, we wish to make eLight among the first few journal names flashing in your mind when you are about to submit your excellent and proud works. Let us grow and glow together, and with your paramount support, we could make it happen. "

Editor-in-Chief: Dr. Aydogan Ozcan

Aydogan OzcanDr. Aydogan Ozcan is the Chancellor’s Professor and the Volgenau Chair for Engineering Innovation at UCLA and an HHMI Professor with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, leading the Bio- and Nano-Photonics Laboratory at UCLA School of Engineering and is also the Associate Director of the California NanoSystems Institute. Dr. Ozcan is elected Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) and holds >45 issued/granted patents and >20 pending patent applications and is also the author of one book and the co-author of >700 peer-reviewed publications in major scientific journals and conferences. Dr. Ozcan is the founder and a member of the Board of Directors of Lucendi Inc., Hana Diagnostics, Pictor Labs, as well as Holomic/Cellmic LLC, which was named a Technology Pioneer by The World Economic Forum in 2015. Dr. Ozcan is also a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the International Photonics Society (SPIE), the Optical Society of America (OSA), the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), the American Physical Society (APS) and the Guggenheim Foundation, and has received major awards including the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, International Commission for Optics Prize, Biophotonics Technology Innovator Award, Rahmi M. Koc Science Medal, International Photonics Society Early Career Achievement Award, Army Young Investigator Award, NSF CAREER Award, NIH Director’s New Innovator Award, Navy Young Investigator Award, IEEE Photonics Society Young Investigator Award and Distinguished Lecturer Award, National Geographic Emerging Explorer Award, National Academy of Engineering The Grainger Foundation Frontiers of Engineering Award and MIT’s TR35 Award for his seminal contributions to computational imaging, sensing and diagnostics.

Editor-in-Chief: Prof. Cheng-Wei Qiu

Cheng-Wei QiuProf. Cheng-Wei Qiu received his B.Eng. (USTC) and Ph. D. (NUS) degree in 2003 and 2007, respectively. He was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Physics Department in MIT till the end of 2009. Since December 2009, he joined NUS as an Assistant Professor and was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in Jan 2017. From 1st Jan 2018, he was promoted to Dean’s Chair Professor in Faculty of Engineering, NUS. He was the recipient of the SUMMA Graduate Fellowship in Advanced Electromagnetics in 2005, IEEE AP-S Graduate Research Award in 2006, URSI Young Scientist Award in 2008, NUS Young Investigator Award in 2011, MIT TR35@Singapore Award in 2012, Young Scientist Award by Singapore National Academy of Science in 2013, Faculty Young Research Award in NUS 2013, SPIE Rising Researcher Award 2018, Young Engineering Research Award 2018 in NUS, and Fellow of The Electromagnetics Academy in US 2020. His research is known for the structured light for beam manipulation and nanoparticle manipulation. He has published over 300 peer-reviewed journal papers. He was Highly Cited Researchers 2019 by Web of Science. He has been serving in Associate Editor for various journals such as PhotoniX, Photonics Research, and Editor-in-Chief for eLight. He also serves in Editorial Advisory Board for Laser and Photonics Review, Advanced Optical Materials, and ACS Photonics.