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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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Rayleigh scattering in an optical nanofiber as a probe of higher-order mode propagation
Optical nanofibers (ONFs) provide a rich platform for exploring atomic and optical phenomena even when they... Optica, Vol. 2 Issue 5, pp.416-423 (2015)

Holographic Shack–Hartmann wavefront sensor based on the correlation peak displacement detection method for wavefront sensing with large dynamic range
A method to expand the dynamic range for a Shack–Hartmann wavefront sensor (SHWFS) is proposed. An... Optica, Vol. 2 Issue 5, pp.411-415 (2015)

Energy-dependent photoemission delays from noble metal surfaces by attosecond interferometry
How quanta of energy and charge are transported on both atomic spatial and ultrafast timescales is at the... Optica, Vol. 2 Issue 5, pp.405-410 (2015)

Fabry–Perot optical fiber strainmeter with an embeddable, low-power interrogation system
Detection of earthquakes and tidal variations via measurement of strain in the Earth’s crust requires... Optica, Vol. 2 Issue 5, pp.400-404 (2015)

Ultrasensitive measurement of microcantilever displacement below the shot-noise limit
The displacement of micro-electro-mechanical-systems (MEMS) cantilevers is used to measure a broad variety of... Optica, Vol. 2 Issue 5, pp.393-399 (2015)

Scan-free direct measurement of an extremely high-dimensional photonic state
Retrieving the vast amount of information carried by a photon is an enduring challenge in quantum metrology... Optica, Vol. 2 Issue 4, pp.388-392 (2015)

Temporal broadening of attosecond photoelectron wavepackets from solid surfaces
The response of solids to electromagnetic fields is of crucial importance in many areas of science and... Optica, Vol. 2 Issue 4, pp.383-387 (2015)

Efficient polarization beam splitter pixels based on a dielectric metasurface
The polarization dependence of the reflection, refraction, and diffraction of electromagnetic waves from... Optica, Vol. 2 Issue 4, pp.376-382 (2015)

Large-scale silicon photonic switches with movable directional couplers
Fast optical circuit switches (OCSs) with high port count offer reconfigurable bandwidth in optical networks... Optica, Vol. 2 Issue 4, pp.370-375 (2015)

Terahertz emission from laser-induced microplasma in ambient air
The integration of ambient air plasmas as source and sensor in terahertz time-domain techniques allows... Optica, Vol. 2 Issue 4, pp.366-369 (2015)

Performance metrics and design considerations for a free-space optical orbital-angular-momentum–multiplexed communication link
The capacity of free-space optical (FSO) communication links could potentially be increased by the... Optica, Vol. 2 Issue 4, pp.357-365 (2015)

Storage of fiber-guided light in a nanofiber-trapped ensemble of cold atoms
Tapered optical fibers with a nanofiber waist are versatile light–matter interfaces. Of particular... Optica, Vol. 2 Issue 4, pp.353-356 (2015)

Single-photon emission from localized excitons in an atomically thin semiconductor
Single-photon sources are basic building blocks for quantum communications, processing, and metrology.... Optica, Vol. 2 Issue 4, pp.347-352 (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