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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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Wide-field optical model of the human eye with asymmetrically tilted and decentered lens that reproduces measured ocular aberrations
Eye models are valuable tools that can help delineate the role of anatomical parameters on visual performance... Optica, Vol. 2 Issue 2, pp.124-134 (2015)

Nitrogen plasma formation through terahertz-induced ultrafast electron field emission
Electron microscopy and electron diffraction techniques rely on electron sources. Those sources require... Optica, Vol. 2 Issue 2, pp.116-123 (2015)

Quantum vampire: collapse-free action at a distance by the photon annihilation operator
An absorber placed into a laser beam is expected to cast a shadow. This expectation is confirmed not only by... Optica, Vol. 2 Issue 2, pp.112-115 (2015)

3D intensity and phase imaging from light field measurements in an LED array microscope
Realizing high resolution across large volumes is challenging for 3D imaging techniques with high-speed... Optica, Vol. 2 Issue 2, pp.104-111 (2015)

Spatial coherence of sunlight and its implications for light management in photovoltaics
New technologies are emerging that capture and redirect sunlight inside solar cells. This type of light... Optica, Vol. 2 Issue 2, pp.95-103 (2015)

Micrometer-scale integrated silicon source of time-energy entangled photons
Entanglement is a fundamental resource in quantum information processing. Several studies have explored the... Optica, Vol. 2 Issue 2, pp.88-94 (2015)

Transient behavior of invisibility cloaks for diffusive light propagation
An ideal invisibility cloak makes any object within itself indistinguishable from its surrounding—for... Optica, Vol. 2 Issue 2, pp.84-87 (2015)

Low-power, chip-based stimulated Brillouin scattering microwave photonic filter with ultrahigh selectivity
Highly selective and reconfigurable microwave filters are of great importance in radio-frequency signal... Optica, Vol. 2 Issue 2, pp.76-83 (2015)

Efficient fiber-optical interface for nanophotonic devices
We demonstrate a method for efficient coupling of guided light from a single-mode optical fiber to... Optica, Vol. 2 Issue 2, pp.70-75 (2015)

Near thresholdless laser operation at room temperature
The development of a thresholdless laser operating above room temperature (RT) is key for the future... Optica, Vol. 2 Issue 1, pp.66-69 (2015)

Active hyperbolic metamaterials: enhanced spontaneous emission and light extraction
Hyperbolic metamaterials (HMMs) have recently garnered much attention because they possess the potential for... Optica, Vol. 2 Issue 1, pp.62-65 (2015)

Design of a solar-pumped semiconductor laser
Since their first demonstration in 1962, solar-powered lasers have attracted interest as a tool for... Optica, Vol. 2 Issue 1, pp.56-61 (2015)

Lasers with distributed loss have a sublinear output power characteristic
It is a generally accepted fact of laser physics that in a homogeneously broadened gain medium, above... Optica, Vol. 2 Issue 1, pp.48-55 (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