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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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Features for instantaneous emissions of low-level infrared signals of glucokinase enzyme from pyrococcus furiosus
A noncontact infrared (IR) imaging-based methodology and signal recovery tools are applied on an enzyme... Applied Optics, Vol. 54 Issue 8, pp.2057-2065 (2015)

Phase topography-based characterization of thermal effects on materials and joining techniques
There are growing demands to characterize the stability of assemblies of optical components for... Applied Optics, Vol. 54 Issue 8, pp.2046-2056 (2015)

Anisotropic non-Kolmogorov turbulence phase screens with variable orientation
We describe a modification to fast Fourier transform (FFT)-based, subharmonic, phase screen generation... Applied Optics, Vol. 54 Issue 8, pp.2039-2045 (2015)

Demodulation algorithm used in single-beam system immune to light power drift
A demodulation algorithm based on the head–tail technique is proposed for single-beam water vapor... Applied Optics, Vol. 54 Issue 8, pp.2032-2038 (2015)

Optical beam distortions induced by a shock wave
The mean intensity and the displacement from the initially given propagation direction of the optical beam... Applied Optics, Vol. 54 Issue 8, pp.2023-2031 (2015)

Theoretical and experimental study of suppressing stimulated Brillouin scattering and phase noise in interferometric fiber sensing systems with phase modulation
The effect of phase modulation on the phase noise in remote interferometric fiber sensing systems is analyzed... Applied Optics, Vol. 54 Issue 8, pp.2018-2022 (2015)

Determination of the smoke-plume heights and their dynamics with ground-based scanning lidar
Lidar-data processing techniques are analyzed, which allow determining smoke-plume heights and their dynamics... Applied Optics, Vol. 54 Issue 8, pp.2011-2017 (2015)

Widely tunable LP11 cladding-mode resonance in a twisted mechanically induced long-period fiber grating
A record tunability of 35 nm for the LP11 cladding-mode resonance in a twisted mechanically... Applied Optics, Vol. 54 Issue 8, pp.2007-2010 (2015)

On-orbit calibration of the Suomi National Polar-Orbiting Partnership Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite for ocean color applications
The NASA Ocean Biology Processing Group (OBPG) developed two independent calibrations of the Suomi National... Applied Optics, Vol. 54 Issue 8, pp.1984-2006 (2015)

Using Doppler shift induced by Galvanometric mirror scanning to reach shot noise limit with laser optical feedback imaging setup
This paper proposes what we believe is a new method to remove the contribution of parasitic reflections in... Applied Optics, Vol. 54 Issue 8, pp.1978-1983 (2015)

Highly efficient end-side-pumped Nd:YAG solar laser by a heliostat–parabolic mirror system
We report a large improvement in the collection and slope efficiency of an Nd:YAG solar laser pumped by a... Applied Optics, Vol. 54 Issue 8, pp.1970-1977 (2015)

Novel analytical solution for the radiance in an anisotropically scattering medium
We report on a novel analytical solution of the three-dimensional radiative transport equation for the case... Applied Optics, Vol. 54 Issue 8, pp.1963-1969 (2015)

International Year of Light: editorial
Editor in Chief Ron Driggers calls on applied optical scientists and engineers to participate in The... Applied Optics, Vol. 54 Issue 8, pp.ED3-ED3 (2015)

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Call for Papers

Optical Design and Testing 2015
  • Yi-Chin Fang, Chao-Wen Liang, Yi-Ching Fang, John Koshel, Chao-Wen Liang, Jose Sasian, Yongtian Wang, Toyohiko Yatagai, James M. Zavisian
  • 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)


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
Display Technology
  • Liang-Chy Chien, Vladimir G. Chigrinov, Andy Y.-G. Fuh, Yi-Pai Huang, Iam Choon Khoo, Tsung-Hsien Lin, Arokia Nathan, Tsung-Hsun Yang
  • Published

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