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Optica focuses on the rapid dissemination of high-impact results in all areas of optics and photonics. Optica is a dedicated venue for authors to publish high-profile research in both theoretical and applied optics and photonics.

Editor-in-Chief: Alex Gaeta, Cornell University
ISSN: 2334-2536
Frequency: Rapid article-at-a-time publication, Monthly issues

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Classical condensation of light pulses in a loss trap in a laser cavity
We present an experimental demonstration of condensation in a many-light-pulse system in a loss trap (loss... Optica, Vol. 1 Issue 3, pp.145-148 (2014)

Investigation of mode coupling in normal-dispersion silicon nitride microresonators for Kerr frequency comb generation
Kerr frequency combs generated from microresonators are the subject of intense study for potential... Optica, Vol. 1 Issue 3, pp.137-144 (2014)

Non-invasive monitoring and control in silicon photonics using CMOS integrated electronics
As photonics moves from the single-device level toward large-scale, integrated, and complex systems on a... Optica, Vol. 1 Issue 3, pp.129-136 (2014)

Channeling the electrical breakdown of air by optically heated plasma filaments
Femtosecond laser pulses with sufficiently high peak power leave tracks of dilute plasma in their wakes.... Optica, Vol. 1 Issue 2, pp.125-128 (2014)

Single-shot measurement of the complete temporal intensity and phase of supercontinuum
When a narrowband laser pulse evolves into a broadband pulse, for example, via transmission through a... Optica, Vol. 1 Issue 2, pp.119-124 (2014)

Hybrid silicon and lithium niobate electro-optical ring modulator
Of all oxides, lithium niobate (LiNbO3) is the gold standard electro-optical material in... Optica, Vol. 1 Issue 2, pp.112-118 (2014)

Deep tissue imaging using spectroscopic analysis of multiply scattered light
Scattering limits the penetration depth of most optical imaging techniques. Efforts to overcome this... Optica, Vol. 1 Issue 2, pp.105-111 (2014)

Spatiotemporal soliton laser
Spatiotemporal solitons (STSs) are waves that are localized in all three dimensions of space as well as in... Optica, Vol. 1 Issue 2, pp.101-104 (2014)

Transparent subdiffraction optics: nanoscale light confinement without metal
The integration of nanoscale electronics with conventional optical devices is restricted by the diffraction... Optica, Vol. 1 Issue 2, pp.96-100 (2014)

SUSY-inspired one-dimensional transformation optics
Transformation optics aims to identify artificial materials and structures with desired electromagnetic... Optica, Vol. 1 Issue 2, pp.89-95 (2014)

Photon pairs with coherence time exceeding 1  μs
The generation of nonclassical photon pairs with a long coherence time is key for applications that range... Optica, Vol. 1 Issue 2, pp.84-88 (2014)

Absolute absorption cross-section measurement of a submonolayer film on a silica microresonator
Conventional absorption spectroscopy is not nearly sensitive enough for quantitative overtone measurements on... Optica, Vol. 1 Issue 2, pp.75-83 (2014)

Optical sectioning using a digital Fresnel incoherent-holography-based confocal imaging system
We propose a new type of confocal microscope using Fresnel incoherent correlation holography (FINCH).... Optica, Vol. 1 Issue 2, pp.70-74 (2014)

Optica Welcomes Your Submissions

Optica publishes original peer-reviewed research articles (6-8 pages), letters (4 pages), and mini reviews (8-12 pages) in all areas of optics and photonics. Mini-reviews typically are invited, but authors may contact the Editor-in-Chief (optica@osa.org) if they wish to submit such a paper.

Optica's acceptance criteria are more highly-selective than any other OSA Journal and include:

  • Significance, potential impact, originality
  • High technical quality, integrity, and scientific rigor
  • Readability and interest to the broader optics and scientific community

Optica requires a cover letter for all article submissions that outlines why the work is appropriate for the Journal.

An initial editorial review of all submissions will be completed within 5 business days. Papers approved during this early review will then undergo OSA's traditional peer review process. If a manuscript is declined but merits further consideration, OSA will offer its authors the convenience of transferring their work directly to another OSA journal.

Publication in this online-only, open-access journal will be supported by Article Processing Charges (APCs), though the fees will be waived during the first year.

Submissions should be prepared using one of the Optica manuscript templates with reference to the OSA Author Style Guide. Please also see the guidelines for Supplementary Materials in Optica. To learn more about submitting a manuscript, visit http://optica.osa.org


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