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Applied Optics' Engineering and Laboratory Notes

Engineering and Laboratory Notes (E&L Notes) are brief articles devoted to the design, analysis, fabrication, integration, alignment, and measurement techniques used when creating optical components and systems. E&L Notes offers a unique way to publish observations from your engineering notebook in Applied Optics. The Journal will be launching this new feature in January 2015.

Topics suitable for submission include:

  • tips for optical design, tolerancing, and review.
  • tips for data acquisition, reduction, and analysis.
  • techniques for assembling, aligning, characterizing, and optical systems and ways to integrate these techniques with mechanical, electrical, or other external systems.
  • measurement techniques and methods that validate system alignment.
  • analyses that show how integrated systems differ from accepted designs.
  • patent descriptions and applications.

Submissions will be reviewed in accordance with Applied Optics' process. Acceptance criteria for these articles will focus on the utility of the techniques described, the scope of their application, their appropriateness for Applied Optics as well as their overall clarity and correctness. Submissions are not limited in page length but are expected to be short—about 1,500 words and 5 figures.

Applied Optics encourages supplementary materials for E&L Notes such as videos, 2D image files, 3D solid models, infographics, and tabular data. References to externally hosted design files from optical design programs, files from data acquisition and analysis software, and routines from programming environments are also encouraged.

Click here to see the review criteria.

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