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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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In situ spectroscopic characterization of a terahertz resonant cavity
In many cases, the characterization of the frequency-dependent electric field profile inside a narrowband... Optica, Vol. 1 Issue 5, pp.272-275 (2014)

Coherent random walks in free space
Two-dimensional continuous time quantum random walks (CTQRW) are physical processes where quantum particles... Optica, Vol. 1 Issue 4, pp.268-271 (2014)

Extrinsic photodiodes for integrated mid-infrared silicon photonics
Silicon photonics has recently been proposed for a diverse set of applications at mid-infrared wavelengths... Optica, Vol. 1 Issue 4, pp.264-267 (2014)

Nonredundant Raman imaging using optical eigenmodes
Various forms of imaging schemes have emerged over the last decade that are based on correlating variations... Optica, Vol. 1 Issue 4, pp.257-263 (2014)

Optical magnetic mirrors without metals
The reflection of an optical wave from metal, arising from strong interactions between the optical electric... Optica, Vol. 1 Issue 4, pp.250-256 (2014)

Dynamics of cascaded resonant radiations in a dispersion-varying optical fiber
Temporal solitons propagating in the vicinity of a zero-dispersion wavelength in an optical fiber emit... Optica, Vol. 1 Issue 4, pp.243-249 (2014)

Designing advanced very-large-mode-area fibers for power scaling of fiber-laser systems
Fiber lasers are a highly regarded solid-state laser concept due to their high efficiency, beam quality, and... Optica, Vol. 1 Issue 4, pp.233-242 (2014)

Focusing on moving targets through scattering samples
Focusing light through scattering media has been a longstanding goal of biomedical optics. While wavefront... 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)

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