Special Issue in Photonics


Special Issue “Advances in 3OM: Opto-Mechatronics, Opto-Mechanics, and Optical Metrology”

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Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Virgil-Florin Duma E-Mail Website1 Website2
Guest Editor
Aurel Vlaicu University of Arad; Polytechnic University of Timisoara, Romania
Interests: measuring systems; biomedical Imaging; optical coherence tomography (OCT); non-destructive testing (NDT); optomechatronics; laser scanners; optical modulators
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Prof. Dr. Guillermo Garcia-Torales E-Mail Website
Guest Editor
University of Guadalajara, México. University Center in Exact Sciences and Engineering.
Interests: optical metrology, optomechatronics; imaging techniques; optical coherence tomography (OCT); measuring systems; remote sensing instrumentation.
Dr. Tomohiko Hayakawa E-Mail Website
Guest Editor
Department of Information Physics and Computing, Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, University of Tokyo, Japan
Interests: adaptive optics; high-speed image processing; non-destructive inspection; phosphorescence; optical illusion; active perception

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue is focused on recent advancements in a series of related domains. Opto-mechatronics unites optics and mechatronics, the former being a blend of mechanical engineering, eletronics, and IT (including automation issues such as sensors and control structures). Opto-mechanics bridges the gap between the usually high requirements of the optical design of various systems and the technological capabilities and constraints of the mechanical part. It therefore addresses issues such as tolerance, errors, their influence on the functioning of optical devices and systems, and measures to tackle them. Other scopes of both opto-mechanics and opto-mechatronics include, but are not limited to, kinematic, kinetostatic, and dynamic aspects of optical systems with moving parts, such as laser scanners. Finite element analysis (FEA) also has to be carried out for both static and dynamic optical systems, especially with large, relatively heavy, or fast moving elements. For the latter, problems of sensors and control structures also have to be tackled. Such approaches are necessary for a wide range of commercial (such as optical metrology), industrial (such as dimensional measurements or laser manufacturing), and high-end applications, including biomedical imaging or non-destructive testing (NDT) with optical coherence tomography (OCT) or remote sensing.

The aim of this Special Issue encompasses both opto-mechanics and opto-mechatronics, with a range of applications that include but are not limited to optical metrology of the 3OM concept introduced a decade ago. The proposed topics are the development of devices (with analytical approaches, simulations, and/or experiments), their optimization, and their inclusion in dedicated systems for applications.

While this forum is open to all researchers in the fields mentioned above, it also provides a selection of papers that will be presented at several 2020 conferences (organized in the frame of UNESCO’s International Day of Light (IDL)), including the 2nd 3OM Workshop in Optomechatronics and Biomedical Imaging (Arad, Romania), the 9th International Conference of Lasers in Medicine-ICLM (Cluj-Napoca, Romania), and the 1st International Conference of Advances in 3OM: Opto-Mechtronics, Opto-Mechanics, and Optical Metrology (Timisoara, Romania). The latter is organized as a celebration of 100 years of the Polytechnic University of Timisoara.

All types of contributions, i.e., research papers, reviews, and communications, are welcome.

Prof. Dr. Virgil-Florin Duma
Prof. Dr. Guillermo Garcia-Torales
Dr. Tomohiko Tomohiko Hayakawa
Guest EditorsManuscript Submission Information

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  • opto-mechatronics;
  • opto-mechanics;
  • optical metrology;
  • optical devices;
  • laser scanners;
  • imaging techniques;
  • optical coherence tomography (OCT);
  • non-destructive testing (NDT);
  • analytic approaches;
  • finite element analysis (FEA);
  • sensors and control structures;
  • numerical simulations;
  • experimental studies