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Propagation Through and Characterization of Atmospheric and Oceanic Phenomena

22 June 2020 – 26 June 2020 OSA Virtual Event

pcAOP is a forum for the presentation of research in the physics of light propagation, optical remote sensing, or EO/IR effects in either the atmosphere or ocean, to include distributed volume turbulence, gravity waves, vortex shedding, stably stratified turbulence, persistent eddies, and cloud/aerosol/vapor scattering and absorption, refractive effects, such as mirages and over-the-horizon viewing, as well as characterization of these phenomena.


  • Distributed volume turbulence
  • Meteorological/oceanographic phenomena
  • Atmospheric and underwater laser beam and electro-magnetic propagation
  • Atmospheric and oceanic modeling and simulation
  • Turbulence-induced photonic orbital angular momentum (OAM)
  • Remote sensing for characterizing the atmosphere or ocean
  • Turbulence and scattering mitigation
  • Methods and instrumentation for atmospheric or oceanic characterization  



  • Larry Andrews, University of Central FloridaUnited States
    Beam Wander and the Scintillation Index
  • Melissa Beason, University of Central Florida, CREOLUnited States
    Change in Irradiance PDF of Gaussian Beam with Increasing Aperture Size and Its Effect on Direct Detection FSOC Metrics
  • Melissa Beason, Fraunhofer IOSBGermany
  • Nazim Bharmal, University of DurhamUnited Kingdom
    Wavefront Sensing at the Focal Plane: Current Status and Future Possibilities
  • Santasri Bose-Pillai, Air Force Institute of TechnologyUnited States
    Profiling of Atmospheric Turbulence from Dual-camera Time-lapse Imagery of a LED Array
  • Jean-François Daigle, Defence R&D CanadaCanada
    The Importance of Thermal Blooming for Laser Weapon Atmospheric Propagation Modelling
  • Stanislav Gordeyev, University of Notre Dame
    Aero-optical and Atmospheric Studies in-Flight Using AAOL
  • Michael Hart, University of ArizonaUnited States
    Wavefront Sensing over a 4,000 m Aperture: Challenges for the Breakthrough Starshot Drive Laser
  • Bobby Hunt, Centauri CorporationUnited States
    Lucky Imaging and Local Resolution Statistics
  • Milo Hyde, Air Force Institute of TechnologyUnited States
    Generating Genuine Partially Coherent Sources Using Complex Transmittance Screens
  • Stuart Jefferies, Georgia State UniversityUnited States
    High-contrast Speckle Imaging through Atmospheric Turbulence
  • Olivier Lai, Université Côte d'Azur
    Investigating Ground Layer and Dome Turbulence in Astronomical Observatories Using a Localized Optical Turbulence Sensor
  • Elena Masciadri, INAF-Osservatorio Astrofisico di ArcetriItaly
    Optical Turbulence Forecast: New Perspectives
  • Joseph Shaw, Montana State UniversityUnited States
    Passive Polarimetric Remote Sensing of Cloud Thermodynamic Phase
  • Laura Sinclair, National Inst of Standards & TechnologyUnited States
    Ultra-precise Time and Frequency Transfer through Turbulent Air
  • Mikhail Vorontsov, University of DaytonUnited States
    Experimental Analysis of Joint Impact of Atmospheric Turbulence and Refractivity on Laser Beam Propagation over 149 km Path
  • Chensheng Wu, University of Maryland College ParkUnited States
    Quadrant Fourier Transforms and their Use in Wave Decoding



  • Szymon Gladysz, Fraunhofer IOSB, GermanyChair
  • David Voelz, New Mexico State University, United StatesChair
  • Sukanta Basu, Technische Universiteit Delft, NetherlandsProgram Chair
  • Daniel LeMaster, US Air Force Research Laboratory, United StatesProgram Chair
  • Svetlana Avramov-Zamurovic, US Naval Academy, United States
  • Steven Fiorino, Air Force Institute of Technology, United States
  • Andrey Kanaev, US Office of Naval Research Global, United Kingdom
  • Olga Korotkova, University of Miami, United States
  • Donald McGaughey, Royal Military College of Canada, Canada
  • Andreas Muschinski, NorthWest Research Associates, United States
  • Dario Perez, P. Universidad Catolica de Valparaiso, Chile
  • Guy Potvin, Defence R&D Canada, Canada
  • Knut Solna, University of California Irvine, United States
  • Mark Spencer, Air Force Research Laboratory, United States
  • Karin Stein, Fraunhofer IOSB, Germany
  • Italo Toselli, Fraunhofer IOSB, Germany
  • Qing Wang, Naval Postgraduate School, United States
  • Donald Wittich, Air Force Research Laboratory, United States


Plenary Session

Radislav Potyrailo

GE Research, USA

Journey from natural to fabricated gas sensing photonic nanostructures: unexpected discoveries and societal impact

Existing spectroscopic and material-based gas sensors often degrade their performance in complex backgrounds. Thus, new sensing approaches are required with improved sensor selectivity and accuracy.  In this talk we analyze capabilities of natural and fabricated photonic three-dimensional nanostructures as sensors for detection of different gases. Our performance advances in detection of multiple gases with specific nanostructure designs were achieved by coupling spectral responses of these nanostructures with machine learning (a.k.a. multivariate analysis, chemometrics) tools.  Our new acquired knowledge from studies of natural and fabricated nanostructures allowed us to advance our design rules of sensing nanostructures toward needed gas selectivity for numerous gas monitoring scenarios at room and high temperatures for industrial, environmental, and other applications.

About the Speaker

Dr. Radislav Potyrailo is a Principal Scientist at GE Research, leading the growth of wireless, wearable, and industrial/consumer chemical and biological sensors. He has been leading programs on inventing sensing systems and bringing them from lab feasibility studies, to field validation, and to commercialization. Radislav has been Principal Investigator on programs funded by AFRL, DARPA, DHS, NETL, NIH, NIOSH, and TSWG. Some of these results Radislav summarized in 120 granted US Patents and 150+ publications on transducer technologies, sensing materials, and data analytics describing sensing concepts and their implementations. He has delivered 80+ invited lectures and ten keynote/plenary lectures at national and international conferences. He is the initiator and a co-organizer of the First Gordon Research Conference on Combinatorial and High Throughput Materials Science and other conferences and symposia (ACS, MRS, Pittcon) on sensors and functional materials. His recent recognitions include SPIE Fellow and Prism Award by Photonics Media/SPIE.

Sune Svanberg

South China Academy of Advanced Optoelectronics, South China Normal University, China, and Department of Physics, Lund University, Sweden

Laser Spectroscopic Sensing in Environmental, Ecological, and Biomedical Research

Spectroscopic sensing by laser techniques provides powerful approaches to many areas strongly influencing human daily life. Non-intrusive monitoring can be pursued locally and by remote sensing. Examples from the environmental, ecological, and biomedical fields will be given.

About the Speaker

Sune Svanberg obtained his doctorate from the University of Gothenburg in 1972, and since 1980 has been a professor of physics at Lund University, Lund, Sweden. During 30 years, he was the head of the Atomic Physics Division, and during 15 years he has been the director of the Lund Laser Centre. Since 2011 he has been a distinguished professor at South China Normal University, Guangzhou, China. He holds nine honorary doctor/professor appointments, and is a member of six scientific academies. Dr. Svanberg is a fellow of five learned societies, and received numerous national and international awards. He served on many boards and committees, including a 10-year membership of the Nobel Committee for Physics of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. Based on a long career in basic atomic spectroscopy and high-power laser/matter interactions, his current research interests focus on laser spectroscopic applications to the environmental, ecological and biomedical fields.


Special Events

Women of Imaging and Sensing Meet and Greet

Grab your coffee, soda or beverage of your choice and join other women of Sensing & Imaging for an informal virtual get together. Members of each committee will be on hand to answer any questions you may have or simply log in and learn a bit about OSA’s diversity and inclusion efforts and share your ideas on helping ensure our community and this meeting is as welcoming and inclusive as possible.

Volunteer Engagement I – OSA Technical Groups

Join OSA Board of Meetings Technical Group Development Chair Daniel Smalley to learn more about the governing structure and activities of OSA Technical Groups. The session will include a brief overview and time for Q&A.

Introductory Remarks and Plenary Session I (Sensing Congress)

OSA Career Lab: Developing Profitable Technology Products

Developing products that make money is the primary goal of most technology companies, but it’s not an easy task to accomplish. Many factors impact whether a product is ultimately successful or not. Learn an overview of the important fundamentals for developing products that will make money for your company.

Volunteer Engagement II – OSA Meetings

Join members of the Sensing and Imaging committee to discuss the roles, responsibilities and time commitment needed to serve on a meeting committee. The session will include a brief overview and time for Q&A.

Technical Groups: Illumicon

You are invited to join the OSA Display Technology Technical Group for Illumicon, an exclusive members-only event. Building on the declarations established at past Illumicon gatherings, attendees will converge online to discuss and debate emerging trends, technologies and opportunities in advanced 3D displays. Entrance to the online event will be granted to those able to enter the secret password.

Volunteer Engagement III – OSA Publishing

Join Kara Peters, NC State University, USA, Applied Optics Topical Editor and Samuel Thurman, Lockheed Martin Coherent Technologies, USA, JOSA A Topical Editor to learn how to become a reviewer, what editors are looking for in a reviewer, and what makes a good review. The session will include a brief overview and time for Q&A.

Introductory Remarks and Plenary Session II (Imaging Congress)

Student and Early Career Professionals Happy Hour

Join fellow students and early career professionals for an informal virtual get together. Grab your coffee, soda or beverage of choice for a chance to meet other students and early career professionals from across the world and swap stories of life in graduate school and beyond.  Share the joys, trials, challenges, and camaraderie of the hard work


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