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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 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)

Probing electron delays in above-threshold ionization
Recent experiments have revealed attosecond delays in the emission of electrons from atoms ionized by extreme... Optica, Vol. 1 Issue 6, pp.361-364 (2014)

Ultra-high-efficiency metamaterial polarizer
Conventional polarizers operate by rejecting undesired polarization, which limits their transmission... Optica, Vol. 1 Issue 5, pp.356-360 (2014)

Mid-infrared integrated waveguide modulators based on silicon-on-lithium-niobate photonics
Heterogeneous integration techniques, such as direct bonding, have enabled solutions to many problems facing... Optica, Vol. 1 Issue 5, pp.350-355 (2014)

Ultrafast resolution of tunneling delay time
The question of how long a tunneling particle spends inside the barrier region has remained unresolved since... Optica, Vol. 1 Issue 5, pp.343-349 (2014)

Adaptive multifrequency light collection by self-ordered mobile scatterers in optical resonators
Photons carry momentum, and thus their scattering not only modifies light propagation but at the same time... Optica, Vol. 1 Issue 5, pp.336-342 (2014)

Three-dimensional integral imaging displays using a quick-response encoded elemental image array
Mobile devices are a ubiquitous technology, and many researchers are trying to implement three-dimensional... Optica, Vol. 1 Issue 5, pp.332-335 (2014)

Metastable electronic states and nonlinear response for high-intensity optical pulses
In this paper we propose and demonstrate that the ultrafast nonlinear optical response of atoms may be... Optica, Vol. 1 Issue 5, pp.323-331 (2014)

Two-octave-spanning dispersion-controlled precision optics for sub-optical-cycle waveform synthesizers
Two-octave-spanning precision dispersive mirror systems are demonstrated, providing a new enabling technology... Optica, Vol. 1 Issue 5, pp.315-322 (2014)

Phase-locked, chip-based, cascaded stimulated Brillouin scattering
Compact optical frequency comb sources with gigahertz repetition rates are desirable for a number of... Optica, Vol. 1 Issue 5, pp.311-314 (2014)

Platform for enhanced light–graphene interaction length and miniaturizing fiber stereo devices
Sufficient light–matter interactions are important for waveguide-coupled graphene optoelectronic... Optica, Vol. 1 Issue 5, pp.307-310 (2014)

Controlling free-carrier temporal effects in silicon by dispersion engineering
Nonlinear silicon photonics will play an important role in future integrated opto-electronic circuits. Here... Optica, Vol. 1 Issue 5, pp.299-306 (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