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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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Temporal, spectral, and polarization dependence of the nonlinear optical response of carbon disulfide
Carbon disulfide is the most popular material for applications of nonlinear optical (NLO) liquids, and is... Optica, Vol. 1 Issue 6, pp.436-445 (2014)

Improved power conversion efficiency in high-performance photodiodes by flip-chip bonding on diamond
Recently, microwave photonic techniques have emerged to address the challenges that microwave systems face... Optica, Vol. 1 Issue 6, pp.429-435 (2014)

Optomechanically induced transparency and self-induced oscillations with Bogoliubov mechanical modes
Bogoliubov mechanical modes have the mathematical form of two-mode squeezed states and can form in an... Optica, Vol. 1 Issue 6, pp.425-428 (2014)

Quantum-secure authentication of a physical unclonable key
Authentication of persons and objects is a crucial aspect of security. We experimentally demonstrate... Optica, Vol. 1 Issue 6, pp.421-424 (2014)

Moving boundary and photoelastic coupling in GaAs optomechanical resonators
Chip-based cavity optomechanical systems are being considered for applications in sensing, metrology, and... Optica, Vol. 1 Issue 6, pp.414-420 (2014)

Tamm plasmon- and surface plasmon-coupled emission from hybrid plasmonic–photonic structures
Photonic and plasmon-coupled emissions present new opportunities for control on light emission from... Optica, Vol. 1 Issue 6, pp.407-413 (2014)

Generation of intense supercontinuum in condensed media
Destructive nonlinear processes have limited the useful input power to a few megawatts for supercontinuum... Optica, Vol. 1 Issue 6, pp.400-406 (2014)

Green, red, and IR frequency comb line generation from single IR pump in AlN microring resonator
On-chip frequency comb generations enable compact broadband sources for spectroscopic sensing and precision... Optica, Vol. 1 Issue 6, pp.396-399 (2014)

Condition for perfect antireflection by optical resonance at material interface
Reflection occurs at an air–material interface. The development of antireflection schemes, which aims... Optica, Vol. 1 Issue 6, pp.388-395 (2014)

Forces in Aharonov–Bohm optical setting
The Aharonov–Bohm effect is usually associated with a path-dependent phase accumulated by a charged... Optica, Vol. 1 Issue 6, pp.383-387 (2014)

Adaptive-optics-based simultaneous pre- and post-turbulence compensation of multiple orbital-angular-momentum beams in a bidirectional free-space optical link
As a recently explored property of light, orbital angular momentum (OAM) has potential in enabling... Optica, Vol. 1 Issue 6, pp.376-382 (2014)

Temporal cloaking for data suppression and retrieval
Recent research on time cloaking has revealed a fascinating approach to hide temporal events from an... Optica, Vol. 1 Issue 6, pp.372-375 (2014)

Visualization of the spatial–temporal evolution of continuous electromagnetic waves in the terahertz range based on photonics technology
Visualization of the field evolution of the continuous waves in the terahertz (THz) range with high phase and... Optica, Vol. 1 Issue 6, pp.365-371 (2014)

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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