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Applied Optics

Applied Optics



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A highly regarded, premium quality must read for everyone in the optics field that offers applications-centered research in optics, photonics, imaging, and sensing. Topics germane to the journal include optical technology, lasers, photonics, environmental optics, and information processing.

Editor-in-Chief: Ronald Driggers, St. Johns Optical Systems
ISSN: 1559-128X | eISSN: 2155-3165
Frequency: Rapid article-at-a-time publication; 3 issues per month
2013 Impact Factor: 1.649

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Hyperbolic rotation of the Wigner distribution function
The Wigner distribution function is a convenient way to describe image transformations in optical systems:... Applied Optics, Vol. 54 Issue 13, pp.D8-D14 (2015)

System analysis of full-field reflection-type three-dimensional angle-deviation microscope
This study investigates the system errors found in full-field reflection-type three-dimensional... Applied Optics, Vol. 54 Issue 13, pp.D1-D7 (2015)

Change of Format: Editorial
Editor-in-Chief, Ron Driggers, announces an updated article layout for Applied Optics. Applied Optics, Vol. 54 Issue 10, pp.ED4-ED4 (2015)

Optical design method for minimization of ghost stray light intensity
A method for minimizing the intensity of ghost stray light during the optical design process is presented in... Applied Optics, Vol. 54 Issue 10, pp.3083-3089 (2015)

Development and application of spherically curved charge-coupled device imagers
Operation of a CCD imager on a curved focal surface offers advantages to flat focal planes, especially for... Applied Optics, Vol. 54 Issue 10, pp.3072-3082 (2015)

Establishment and application of the 0/45 reflectance factor scale over the shortwave infrared
This paper describes the establishment and application of the 0/45 reflectance factor scale in the shortwave... Applied Optics, Vol. 54 Issue 10, pp.3064-3071 (2015)

Fiber-based distance sensing interferometry
We present an interferometric displacement sensor based on a folded low-finesse Fabry–Perot cavity.... Applied Optics, Vol. 54 Issue 10, pp.3051-3063 (2015)

Dielectric function of very thin nano-granular ZnO layers with different states of growth
Zinc oxide (ZnO) layers consisting of grains closely packed together are grown using a solgel synthesis and... Applied Optics, Vol. 54 Issue 10, pp.3043-3050 (2015)

Stable dual-wavelength Q-switched Nd:YAG laser using a two-step energy extraction technique
The generation of stable dual-wavelength pulses from an actively Q-switched Nd:YAG laser operating at 1064... Applied Optics, Vol. 54 Issue 10, pp.3032-3042 (2015)

Analytical model of optical path difference in an end-pumped Yb:YAG thin-disk laser with nonuniform pumping light
An analytical model of the thermal effect and optical path difference (OPD) of a thin-disk laser is developed... Applied Optics, Vol. 54 Issue 10, pp.3024-3031 (2015)

Wrapping-free phase retrieval with applications to interferometry, 3D-shape profiling, and deflectometry
Phase unwrapping is probably the most challenging step in the phase retrieval process in phase-shifting and... Applied Optics, Vol. 54 Issue 10, pp.3018-3023 (2015)

Simulation, fabrication, and characterization of a tunable electrowetting-based lens with a wedge-shaped PDMS dielectric layer
Microlenses with tunable focal length have wide applications in optofluidic devices. This work presents a... Applied Optics, Vol. 54 Issue 10, pp.3010-3017 (2015)

Periodic modulation-based spectral and temporal superresolution with a single measurement
In a superresolution technique, based on periodic modulation of the signal to be tested, high resolution is... Applied Optics, Vol. 54 Issue 10, pp.2999-3009 (2015)

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Call for Papers

Optical Design and Testing 2015
  • Yi-Chin Fang, John Koshel, Chao-Wen Liang, Jose Sasian, Yongtian Wang, Toyohiko Yatagai, James M. Zavislan
  • Submission opens: 15 March 2015; submission deadline: 15 May 2015

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Imaging Systems and Signal Recovery
  • Gisele Bennett, Christy Fernandez-Cull, David Gerwe, Michael Kriss, Edmund Lam, Zeev Zalevsky
  • In progress (no new submissions accepted)


Focus on Compressive Sensing (Invited Only)
  • Joseph N. Mait, Abhijit Mahalanobis, Mark A. Neifeld, and Ravindra A. Athale
  • Published
Light and Color in the Open Air
  • Joseph A. Shaw, Raymond L. Lee, and Philip Laven
  • Published
2014 Digital Holography and 3-D Imaging
  • Yoshio Hayasaki (lead), Marc Georges, and Jung-Ping Liu
  • Published
Optical Design and Testing
  • Bob Breault, Yi-Ching Fang, John Koshel, Chao-Wen Liang, Jose Sasian, Yongtian Wang
  • Published
Advances in Lithography
  • Bruce Smith, Rongguang Liang, Andreas Erdmann, Apo Sezginer
  • Published
Laser Interaction with Materials (Invited only)
  • Claude Phipps (Lead), Willy Bohn, Thierry Sarnet
  • Published
Digital Holography and 3-D Imaging
  • Myung K. Kim, Chau-Jern Cheng, Jinwoong Kim, Wolfgang Osten, Pascal Picart, Hiroshi Yoshikawa
  • Published
Focus on Sandia National Laboratories (Invited Only)
  • Robert Boye
  • Published

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