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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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Welcome to Optica: a new home for high-impact optics and photonics research
Editor-in-Chief, Alexander Gaeta, announces the launch of Optica, OSA’s new open-access journal for... Optica, Vol. 1 Issue 1, pp.ED1-ED2 (2014)

Third-generation femtosecond technology
Femtosecond pulse generation was pioneered four decades ago using mode-locked dye lasers, which dominated the... Optica, Vol. 1 Issue 1, pp.45-63 (2014)

Tabletop nanometer extreme ultraviolet imaging in an extended reflection mode using coherent Fresnel ptychography
We demonstrate the first (to our knowledge) general purpose full-field reflection-mode extreme ultraviolet... Optica, Vol. 1 Issue 1, pp.39-44 (2014)

Radiative cooling of solar cells
Standard solar cells heat up under sunlight. The resulting increased temperature of the solar cell has... Optica, Vol. 1 Issue 1, pp.32-38 (2014)

Time–bandwidth engineering
We describe compression and expansion of the time–bandwidth product of signals and present tools to... Optica, Vol. 1 Issue 1, pp.23-31 (2014)

The Nyquist laser
Nyquist pulses, which are defined as impulse responses of a Nyquist filter, can be used to simultaneously... Optica, Vol. 1 Issue 1, pp.15-22 (2014)

Microresonator frequency comb optical clock
Optical frequency combs serve as the clockwork of optical clocks, which are now the best time-keeping systems... Optica, Vol. 1 Issue 1, pp.10-14 (2014)

Collection of remote optical signals by air waveguides
Collection of weak signals from remote locations is the primary goal and the primary hurdle of optical... Optica, Vol. 1 Issue 1, pp.5-9 (2014)

Observation of the rotational Doppler shift of a white-light, orbital-angular-momentum-carrying beam backscattered from a rotating body
We observe the rotational Doppler shift of an orbital angular momentum (OAM)-carrying white-light beam after... Optica, Vol. 1 Issue 1, pp.1-4 (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


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