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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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K-space design of terahertz plasmonic filters
Wireless communication systems in the terahertz (THz) frequency range promise to dramatically increase... Optica, Vol. 2 Issue 3, pp.214-220 (2015)

Three-dimensional information from two-dimensional scans: a scanning microscope with postacquisition refocusing capability
Laser scanning microscopes are helpful tools for the visualization of 3D structures at the submicron... Optica, Vol. 2 Issue 3, pp.210-213 (2015)

Discrete Anderson speckle
When a disordered array of coupled waveguides is illuminated with an extended coherent optical field,... Optica, Vol. 2 Issue 3, pp.201-209 (2015)

Plasmonic and diffractive nanostructures for light trapping—an experimental comparison
Metal nanoparticles and diffractive nanostructures are widely studied for enhancing... Optica, Vol. 2 Issue 3, pp.194-200 (2015)

All-fiber high repetition rate microfluidic dye laser
Optofluidic dye lasers may play a significant role in future laser applications in numerous areas, combining... Optica, Vol. 2 Issue 2, pp.186-193 (2015)

Adaptive optics correction of specimen-induced aberrations in single-molecule switching microscopy
Single-molecule switching (SMS) microscopy is a super-resolution method capable of producing images with... Optica, Vol. 2 Issue 2, pp.177-185 (2015)

Isometric multimodal photoacoustic microscopy based on optically transparent micro-ring ultrasonic detection
Photoacoustic microscopy (PAM) is an attractive imaging tool that complements established optical microscopic... Optica, Vol. 2 Issue 2, pp.169-176 (2015)

Measuring the absorption coefficient of biological materials using integrating cavity ring-down spectroscopy
A number of imaging modalities rely on the exact knowledge of both the absorption and scattering properties... Optica, Vol. 2 Issue 2, pp.162-168 (2015)

Laser acceleration and deflection of 96.3  keV electrons with a silicon dielectric structure
Radio frequency particle accelerators are ubiquitous in ultrasmall and ultrafast science, but their size and... Optica, Vol. 2 Issue 2, pp.158-161 (2015)

Noninstantaneous polarization dynamics in dielectric media
Third-order optical nonlinearities play a vital role for the generation and characterization of ultrashort... Optica, Vol. 2 Issue 2, pp.151-157 (2015)

Nodal areas in coherent beams
Whereas nodal points having zero amplitude are well-known wave phenomena, destructive interference across a... Optica, Vol. 2 Issue 2, pp.147-150 (2015)

Attosecond timing in optical-to-electrical conversion
The most frequency-stable sources of electromagnetic radiation are produced optically, and optical frequency... Optica, Vol. 2 Issue 2, pp.141-146 (2015)

Electrically tunable graphene anti-dot array terahertz plasmonic crystals exhibiting multi-band resonances
Graphene-based plasmonic structures feature large tunability, high spatial confinement, and potentially low... Optica, Vol. 2 Issue 2, pp.135-140 (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


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