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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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Two-photon instant structured illumination microscopy improves the depth penetration of super-resolution imaging in thick scattering samples
Fluorescence imaging methods that achieve spatial resolution beyond the diffraction limit (super-resolution)... Optica, Vol. 1 Issue 3, pp.181-191 (2014)

High-resolution and broadband all-fiber spectrometers
The development of optical fibers has revolutionized telecommunications by enabling long-distance broadband... Optica, Vol. 1 Issue 3, pp.175-180 (2014)

Noninvasive nonlinear focusing and imaging through strongly scattering turbid layers
Diffraction-limited imaging through complex scattering media is a long-sought-after goal with important... Optica, Vol. 1 Issue 3, pp.170-174 (2014)

Orbital-angular-momentum-preserving helical Bloch modes in twisted photonic crystal fiber
In optical fiber telecommunications, there is much current work on the use of orbital angular momentum (OAM)... Optica, Vol. 1 Issue 3, pp.165-169 (2014)

CW-pumped single-pass frequency comb generation by resonant optomechanical nonlinearity in dual-nanoweb fiber
Recent experiments in the field of strong optomechanical interactions have focused on either structures that... Optica, Vol. 1 Issue 3, pp.158-164 (2014)

Integrated waveguide coupled Si3N4 resonators in the ultrahigh-Q regime
The vast majority of work on waveguide-coupled resonators focuses on decreasing losses in the waveguide and... Optica, Vol. 1 Issue 3, pp.153-157 (2014)

Integrated nanophotonics based on nanowire plasmons and atomically thin material
The continually increasing demands for higher-speed and lower-operating-power devices have resulted in the... Optica, Vol. 1 Issue 3, pp.149-152 (2014)

Classical condensation of light pulses in a loss trap in a laser cavity
We present an experimental demonstration of condensation in a many-light-pulse system in a loss trap (loss... Optica, Vol. 1 Issue 3, pp.145-148 (2014)

Investigation of mode coupling in normal-dispersion silicon nitride microresonators for Kerr frequency comb generation
Kerr frequency combs generated from microresonators are the subject of intense study for potential... Optica, Vol. 1 Issue 3, pp.137-144 (2014)

Non-invasive monitoring and control in silicon photonics using CMOS integrated electronics
As photonics moves from the single-device level toward large-scale, integrated, and complex systems on a... Optica, Vol. 1 Issue 3, pp.129-136 (2014)

Channeling the electrical breakdown of air by optically heated plasma filaments
Femtosecond laser pulses with sufficiently high peak power leave tracks of dilute plasma in their wakes.... Optica, Vol. 1 Issue 2, pp.125-128 (2014)

Single-shot measurement of the complete temporal intensity and phase of supercontinuum
When a narrowband laser pulse evolves into a broadband pulse, for example, via transmission through a... Optica, Vol. 1 Issue 2, pp.119-124 (2014)

Hybrid silicon and lithium niobate electro-optical ring modulator
Of all oxides, lithium niobate (LiNbO3) is the gold standard electro-optical material in... Optica, Vol. 1 Issue 2, pp.112-118 (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