Takashige Omatsu appointed as next editor-in-chief of the Journal of Nanophotonics

Omatsu will lead the SPIE journal starting in April of 2024
05 December 2023
New editor-in-chief Takashige Omatsu with a cover of SPIE's Journal of Nanophotonics.

BELLINGHAM, Washington, USA — On 1 May 2024, Takashige Omatsu, a professor at Chiba University, will become the new editor-in-chief of the Journal of Nanophotonics (JNP). Omatsu succeeds the journal's current editor-in-chief, Ali Adibi, who has held the role since 2014.

SPIE Fellow Omatsu, whose area of expertise focuses on structured light, orbital angular momentum, laser physics, laser nano-micro fabrication, light-matter interaction, nanophotonics, and nonlinear optics, guest-edited a JNP special section in 2019. He received his BS and PhD degrees in applied physics from the University of Tokyo in 1983 and 1992, and has been a professor at Chiba University since 2007, working within the university’s Graduate School of Engineering as well as in its Molecular Chirality Research Center. In these roles, he investigates the generation of structured light on a nano/micron scale, pioneering materials science based on structured light. In December 2023 he will conclude his term as the founding editor-in-chief of Optics Continuum. Omatsu currently serves as a chair of the CLEO Pacific Rim Steering Committee.

“I am very much looking forward to leading this journal and working with SPIE,” said Omatsu. “Nanophotonics covers an exciting range of interdisciplinary fields including fundamental physics, materials science, quantum optics, optical communication, energy photonics, and environmental photonics. These research areas offer a wealth of new horizons in optical science and photonics to explore, and the Journal of Nanophotonics is the perfect space in which to do so.”

“Takashige brings experience in both nanophotonics and journal leadership, which will be a tremendous benefit to JNP,” said SPIE journal manager Gwen Weerts. “I am impressed by his spirit of volunteerism and service to his research community, and I look forward to realizing his vision for JNP throughout his editorship.”

The Journal of Nanophotonics, one of 15 journals published by SPIE in the SPIE Digital Library, publishes peer-reviewed articles on the fabrication and application of nanostructures that facilitate the generation, propagation, manipulation, and detection of light, from infrared to ultraviolet.

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