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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 fundamental 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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High-fidelity visualization of formation of volume nanogratings in porous glass by femtosecond laser irradiation
Formation of self-organized nanogratings in bulk glasses with femtosecond laser pulses is one of the most... Optica, Vol. 2 Issue 4, pp.329-334 (2015)

Rotation-induced evolution of far-field emission patterns of deformed microdisk cavities
A critical issue that hinders the development of chip-scale optical gyroscopes is the size dependence of the... Optica, Vol. 2 Issue 4, pp.323-328 (2015)

Type I and II Bragg gratings made with infrared femtosecond radiation in high and low alumina content aluminosilicate optical fibers
Aluminosilicate fibers have very low Brillouin scattering gain coefficients, making them interesting fibers... Optica, Vol. 2 Issue 4, pp.313-322 (2015)

Ultrasonic-heating-encoded photoacoustic tomography with virtually augmented detection view
Photoacoustic (PA) imaging of arbitrarily shaped or oriented objects may miss important features because PA... Optica, Vol. 2 Issue 4, pp.307-312 (2015)

Fast characterization of moving samples with nano-textured surfaces
Characterization of structures using conventional optical microscopy is restricted by the diffraction limit.... Optica, Vol. 2 Issue 4, pp.301-306 (2015)

Vacuum-ultraviolet to infrared supercontinuum in hydrogen-filled photonic crystal fiber
Although supercontinuum sources are readily available for the visible and near infrared (IR), and recently... Optica, Vol. 2 Issue 4, pp.292-300 (2015)

Laser performance of diode-pumped Yb:CaF2 optical ceramics synthesized using an energy-efficient process
Due to their natural toughness, and also their flexible and cheap production process, laser ceramics could... Optica, Vol. 2 Issue 4, pp.288-291 (2015)

Storage of hyperentanglement in a solid-state quantum memory
Two photons can simultaneously share entanglement between several degrees of freedom such as polarization,... Optica, Vol. 2 Issue 4, pp.279-287 (2015)

Fiber laser mode locked through an evolutionary algorithm
Mode locking of fiber lasers generally involves adjusting several control parameters, in connection with a... Optica, Vol. 2 Issue 4, pp.275-278 (2015)

Nonlinear optomechanical paddle nanocavities
Nonlinear optomechanical coupling is the basis for many potential future experiments in quantum optomechanics... Optica, Vol. 2 Issue 3, pp.271-274 (2015)

Conservation of orbital angular momentum in air-core optical fibers
Light’s orbital angular momentum (OAM) is a conserved quantity in cylindrically symmetric media.... Optica, Vol. 2 Issue 3, pp.267-270 (2015)

Quantitative interior x-ray nanotomography by a hybrid imaging technique
Hierarchical structures appear often in life and materials sciences, and their characterization profits... Optica, Vol. 2 Issue 3, pp.259-266 (2015)

Flexible photonic metastructures for tunable coloration
The ability to actively control the perceived color of objects is highly desirable for a variety of... Optica, Vol. 2 Issue 3, pp.255-258 (2015)

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