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Vol. 225, Issue 9, September 2018, pp. I-II




Foreword to Special Issue

 Sergey Y. Yurish

Sensors & Transducers, Editor-in-Chief

E-mail: editor@sensorsportal.com


Digital Sensors and Sensor Sysstems


Dear Readers !


It is my great pleasure to introduce a new issue of Sensors & Transducers journal, Vol. 225, Issue 9, September 2018, titled ‘Optics & Photonics: Devices and Applications’. This special issue contains selected and extended papers from the 1st International Conference on Optics, Photonics and Lasers (OPAL' 2018), which taken place on 9–11 May 2018 in Barcelona, Castelldefels, Spain.


The conference was organized by International Frequency Sensor Association (IFSA) with media partners Institute of Physics (IOP), UK; MDPI journal ‘Photonics’ (ISSN 2304-6732), Switzerland, and Springer journal ‘Lasers in Manufacturing and Materials Processing’ in technical cooperation with IFSA Publishing S.L., Spain.


The OPAL conference is focusing any significant breakthrough and innovation in Optics, Photonics and Lasers, and its applications with broadest concept. The OPAL’ 2018 conference has attracted many researchers and practitioners in the related fields, from around the world including 4 keynote speakers from a distinguished researchers of industry and academia from China, Sweden, UK and USA and 12 invited speakers who were invited to overview the progress in selected research trends.  We have got more than 140 submissions, and after review, 84 papers have been selected for presentations (65 oral and 19 posters presentations) including keynote and invited presentations, submitted by authors from 26 countries (15 European and 11 non-European countries), covering theory, design, device technology and applications (Table 1).









Australia 3 Poland 2
China 12 Russia 6
Croatia 1 Saudi Arabia 3
Egypt 1 Singapore 1
France 8 Spain 5
Germany 8 Sweden 2
India 1 Switzerland 1
Ireland 1 South Korea 9
Italy 5 Taiwan 3
Japan 4 Turkey 1
Latvia 1 UK 6
Lithuania 1 Ukraine 2
Mexico 3 USA 8



To accommodate this range of interests, the 1st OPAL’ 2018 Conference was organized in three dedicated poster sessions and oral tracks, including two special sessions on ‘Optical Sensors & Instrumentation’ and ‘Lasers & its Applications’; and five regular sessions on ‘Photonics’, ‘Holography’, ‘Optical Materials’, ‘Applied Optics & Optical Devices’ and ‘Simulation and Optical Computing’.


The Organizing Committee has selected 21 papers divided between two journal’s volumes: Vol. 225 and Vol. 226 presented on the OPAL’ 2018 conference to be extended for journal's publications. Finally, the first 9 articles are in this special journal’s issue. We thank all authors for submitting their latest work, thus contributing to the excellent technical contents of the journal.


A limited number of the best articles from this journal issue will be selected for extension into book chapters for publication in our popular open access Book Series ‘Advances in Optics: Reviews’ Vol. 4, which will be published in 2019. So, the authors will have a unique opportunity to get three publications in less than one year: conference paper, journal article and book chapter. Through the journal and book open access, the reach and impact of obtained research results can be substantially increased.


The 2nd International Conference on Optics, Photonics and Lasers (OPAL' 2019) will take place in Amsterdam (The Netherlands) on 24-26 April 2018, when tulips bloom. The conference web site http://www.opal-conference.com will be up-dated soon. Please visit this site for more details.


I hope you will enjoy this issue.



Prof., Dr. Sergey Y. Yurish



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