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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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Focusing on moving targets through scattering samples
Focusing light through scattering media has been a longstanding goal of biomedical optics. While... Optica, Vol. 1 Issue 4, pp.227-232 (2014)

Decoupled and simultaneous three-dimensional imaging and optical manipulation through a single objective
The combination of optical manipulation and three-dimensional imaging is a central technique in fields... Optica, Vol. 1 Issue 4, pp.223-226 (2014)

Multiview optical resolution photoacoustic microscopy
Optical resolution photoacoustic microscopy (OR-PAM), while providing high lateral resolution, has been... Optica, Vol. 1 Issue 4, pp.217-222 (2014)

Extended depth-of-field imaging and ranging in a snapshot
Traditional approaches to imaging require that an increase in depth of field is associated with a reduction... Optica, Vol. 1 Issue 4, pp.209-216 (2014)

Experimental realization of an optical antenna designed for collecting 99% of photons from a quantum emitter
A light source that emits single photons at well-defined times and into a well-defined mode would be a... Optica, Vol. 1 Issue 4, pp.203-208 (2014)

The plasmonic memristor: a latching optical switch
Plasmonic memristors are electrically activated optical switches with a memory effect. This effect is... Optica, Vol. 1 Issue 4, pp.198-202 (2014)

Ultrafast nonequilibrium carrier dynamics in semiconductor laser mode locking
Semiconductor disk lasers have been shown to be ideal as wavelength-agile, high-brightness sources for... Optica, Vol. 1 Issue 4, pp.192-197 (2014)

Two-photon instant structured illumination microscopy improves the depth penetration of super-resolution imaging in thick scattering samples
Fluorescence imaging methods that achieve spatial resolution beyond the diffraction limit (super-resolution)... Optica, Vol. 1 Issue 3, pp.181-191 (2014)

High-resolution and broadband all-fiber spectrometers
The development of optical fibers has revolutionized telecommunications by enabling long-distance broadband... Optica, Vol. 1 Issue 3, pp.175-180 (2014)

Noninvasive nonlinear focusing and imaging through strongly scattering turbid layers
Diffraction-limited imaging through complex scattering media is a long-sought-after goal with important... Optica, Vol. 1 Issue 3, pp.170-174 (2014)

Orbital-angular-momentum-preserving helical Bloch modes in twisted photonic crystal fiber
In optical fiber telecommunications, there is much current work on the use of orbital angular momentum (OAM)... Optica, Vol. 1 Issue 3, pp.165-169 (2014)

CW-pumped single-pass frequency comb generation by resonant optomechanical nonlinearity in dual-nanoweb fiber
Recent experiments in the field of strong optomechanical interactions have focused on either structures that... Optica, Vol. 1 Issue 3, pp.158-164 (2014)

Integrated waveguide coupled Si3N4 resonators in the ultrahigh-Q regime
The vast majority of work on waveguide-coupled resonators focuses on decreasing losses in the waveguide and... Optica, Vol. 1 Issue 3, pp.153-157 (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