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Journal of the Optical Society of America A

Journal of the Optical Society of America A



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The Journal of the Optical Society of America A (JOSA A) is devoted to developments in any field of classical optics, image science, and vision. JOSA A includes original peer-reviewed papers on such topics as atmospheric optics, clinical vision, coherence and statistical optics, color, image processing, machine vision, scattering, and visual optics.

Editor-in-Chief: Franco Gori, Universita degli Studi Roma Tre
ISSN: 1084-7529 | eISSN: 1520-8532
Frequency: Rapid article-at-a-time publication; Monthly issues
2013 Impact Factor: 1.448

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Atomic lighthouse effect
We investigate the deflection of light by a cold atomic cloud when the light–matter interaction is... JOSA A, Vol. 31 Issue 11, pp.2511-2517 (2014)

Discovering intrinsic properties of human observers’ visual search and mathematical observers’ scanning
There is a lack of consensus in measuring observer performance in search tasks. To pursue a consensus, we set... JOSA A, Vol. 31 Issue 11, pp.2495-2510 (2014)

Light scattering by magnetoelectrically gyrotropic sphere with unit relative permittivity and relative permeability
An exact transition matrix was formulated for electromagnetic scattering by a sphere made of a... JOSA A, Vol. 31 Issue 11, pp.2489-2494 (2014)

On the general properties of symmetric incomplete Airy beams
We study the general properties of a class of Airy beams symmetric under reflection of the transverse... JOSA A, Vol. 31 Issue 11, pp.2484-2488 (2014)

Relating wavefront error, apodization, and the optical transfer function: on-axis case
The incoherent optical transfer function (OTF) describes contrast degradation and phase shifts of sinusoidal... JOSA A, Vol. 31 Issue 11, pp.2476-2483 (2014)

Propagation velocity of a surface polariton
The concept of irreversible and reversible powers and that of real and reactive powers are developed with... JOSA A, Vol. 31 Issue 11, pp.2467-2475 (2014)

Fully vectorial modeling of cylindrical microresonators with aperiodic Fourier modal method
An approach for fully vectorial modeling of cylindrical resonators based on the aperiodic Fourier modal... JOSA A, Vol. 31 Issue 11, pp.2459-2466 (2014)

Correlation lengths of thermal electromagnetic fields in equilibrium and out of equilibrium conditions
Spatial coherence of thermal fields in far- and near-field zones generated by heated half-space into a vacuum... JOSA A, Vol. 31 Issue 11, pp.2453-2458 (2014)

Development of spot size and lateral intensity distribution generated by exponential, logarithmic, and linear axicons
Axicons are known to produce a nearly Bessel beam transverse intensity distribution. It has been previously... JOSA A, Vol. 31 Issue 11, pp.2447-2452 (2014)

Analysis of pulse front tilt in simultaneous spatial and temporal focusing
Simultaneous spatial and temporal focusing (SSTF) has gained enormous interest for controlling the focal... JOSA A, Vol. 31 Issue 11, pp.2437-2446 (2014)

Optimum phase shift for quantitative phase microscopy in volume measurement
Volume measurement of a phase object is one of the most distinctive capabilities of quantitative phase... JOSA A, Vol. 31 Issue 11, pp.2429-2436 (2014)

Multifrequency Bayesian compressive sensing methods for microwave imaging
The Bayesian retrieval of sparse scatterers under multifrequency transverse magnetic illuminations is... JOSA A, Vol. 31 Issue 11, pp.2415-2428 (2014)

Analysis of the polarizability of an array of spherical metallic inclusions in a dielectric host sphere
The polarizability of an array of metallic spheres embedded in a dielectric host sphere is obtained by means... JOSA A, Vol. 31 Issue 11, pp.2409-2414 (2014)

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