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The Optical Society (OSA) publishes high-quality, peer-reviewed articles in its portfolio of journals, which serve the full breadth of the optics and photonics community.

Applied Optics publishes in-depth peer-reviewed content about applications-centered research in optics. These articles cover research in optical technology, photonics, lasers, information processing, sensing and environmental optics.

Applied Optics' research articles should:

  • Concentrate on practical applications of science and technology,
  • Introduce new science or technology by either increasing understanding of existing research or reporting novel applications,
  • Include the development and performance of technologies when applying theories,
  • Provide sufficient background, detail, and explanation so that others can reproduce the results, and so that the significance of the work is clear.

In addition to original research articles, invited review articles, and comments on published articles, Applied Optics is now publishing Engineering and Laboratory Notes (E&L Notes). E&L Notes are brief articles devoted to the design, analysis, fabrication, integration, alignment, and measurement techniques used when creating optical components and systems. E&L Notes offers a unique way to publish observations from your engineering notebook in Applied Optics.

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Key Journal Metrics

Impact Factor: 1.961*
Eigenfactor Score: 0.03809 (ranked 7th out of 97 journals)*
Total Citations: 49,100 (ranked 4th out of 97 journals)*
Cited Half-Life: 12.4 years*
Google Scholar h5-index: 49
Median Time to Web Publication: 91 days

*According to Optics category rankings in the Journal Citation Reports (Source Clarivate, 2020)
2020 Google Scholar Optics & Photonics Top Publications.

For more information on Journal metrics, click here.

Editorial Board

Ron Driggers,
University of Central Florida, CREOL, USA
Division Editors
Geoffrey Cranch, Naval Research Laboratory, USA
Myung Keun Kim, University of South Florida, USA
Martha Rosete-Aguilar, National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico
Features Editors
Gisele Bennett, Florida Institute of Technology, USA
Md Selim Habib, University of Central Florida, CREOL, USA
David Haefner, U.S. Army Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate, USA (Engineering and Laboratory Notes)
Topical Editors
Muhammad Nadeem Akram, University College Southeast Norway, Norway (Imaging Optics, Lens Design, Integrated Optics, Semiconductor Lasers)
Percival Flavier Almoro, University of the Philippines Diliman, the Philippines (Interferometry, Holography, Speckle, Statistical Fringe Processing and Nondestructive testing)
Kamran Avanaki, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA (Photoacoustic Tomography, Optical Coherence Tomography, Photoacoustic Microscopy, and Wavefront Shaping)
Simone Berneschi, CNR-Istituto di Fisica Applicata "Nello Carrara", Italy (Integrated Optics; Optoelectronics; Optical Amplifiers and Lasers; Microresonators)
Jeremy P. Bos, Michigan Technological University, USA (Atmospheric Turbulence, Adaptive optics, and Image Processing)
Neil Bruce, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico (Light Scattering)
Barbara Bulgarelli, Directorate for Sustainable Resources JRC-EC (Ispra), Italy (Atmospheric and Oceanic Optics, Ocean Color Remote Sensing, and Radiative Transfer)
Alessandro Chiasera, Istituto di Fotonica e Nanotecnologie IFN-CNR, Italy (Integrated Optics)
Nicholas Devaney, National University of Ireland, Galway (Adaptive Optics)
Bo Dong, Institute for Infocomm Research (I2R), A*STAR, Singapore (Optical Fiber and Waveguide Technology (Devices and Sensors))
Denis Donlagic, University of Maribor, Slovenia (Fibers and Sensors)
Peter Dragic, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA (Optical Fiber and Optical Devices)
Catalin Florea, Avo Photonics Inc., USA (Optical Fabrication)
Songnian Fu, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China (Specialty Optical Fibers, Optical Signal Processing, Photonic Waveguide Devices)
Orges Furxhi, Imec USA, USA (Imaging Systems)
Yuriy A. Garbovskiy, Central Connecticut State University, USA (Biomedical Applications of Liquid Crystals and Nanoparticles)
Jihong Geng, AdValue Photonics, USA (Glass Optics and Lasers)
Marc P. Georges, Université de Liège, Belgium (Digital Holography and Interferometry)
Alexander Goncharov, National University of Ireland, Galway (Optical Design and Metrology)
Simonetta Grilli, National Research Council (CNR), Italy (Information Processing, Holography)
Byoung Seung Ham, Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology (GIST), S. Korea (Quantum Optics, Quantum Interference)
John Heebner, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, USA (Photonics)
Taegeun Kim, Sejong University, South Korea (Digital Holography and 3-D Optical Pattern Recognition)
Young L. Kim, Purdue University (Biomedical Optics)
Waruna D. Kulatilaka, Texas A&M University, USA (Optical Diagnostics and Imaging, Laser Spectroscopy, and Ultrafast Lasers and Novel Imaging Techniques)
Caroline Lai, Rockley Photonics, USA (Optical Communication)
Xiaofeng Li, Soochow University, China (Optical Devices and Semiconductor Lasers)
Silvia Diaz Lucas, Public University of Navarra, Spain (Lasers, Fiber Lasers, Fiber Sensors, and General Optical Devices)
Andrey Matsko, OEwaves, Inc, USA (Optoelectronics, Quantum Optics, and Light Matter Interaction)
Jay Louise Nadeau, Portland State University, USA (Biomedical Optics, Optical Design and Fabrication)
Kara Peters, North Carolina State University, USA (Fiber Optical Sensors)
Pascal Picart, ENSIM, Université du Maine, France (Holographic Interferometry and Metrological Instrumentation)
Federico Pirzio, University of Pavia, Italy (Solid-state lasers, Ultrafast lasers, and Laser materials)
Stavros Pissadakis, FORTH-IESL, Greece (Photonic Devices and Fiber Sensors)
Chrysanthe Preza, University of Memphis, USA (Imaging)
Clara Rivero-Baleine, Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control (LMMFC), USA (Optical Materials)
Jarkko J. Saarinen, University of Eastern Finland, Finland (Materials Science and Spectroscopy)
Mohammad Sabaeian, Shahid Chamran University of Ahvaz, Iran (Solid-state and Fiber lasers, Nonlinear Optics, Photonic Crystal Fiber Lasers, Microcavities)
Thomas Seeger, University of Siegen, Germany (Lasers)
Christopher Stolz, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, USA (Optical Materials and Laser Interactions with Optical Materials)
Liangbi Su, Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, CAS, China (Solid State Lasers, Optical Materials, Novel Crystals, and Laser Materials)
Adriana Szeghalmi, Fraunhofer Institute of Applied Optics and Precision Engineering, Germany (Thin Films and Optical Coatings)
Tatsuki Tahara, National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT), Japan (3D Display and Optical Information Processing)
Javier Vargas, McGill University, Canada (Image Processing and Machine Vision)
Przemyslaw Wojciech Wachulak, Military University of Technology, Poland (EUV Lithography and X-ray Optics)
Lidai Wang, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong (Photoacoustic Imaging, Multi-photon Imaging, Hyperspectral Imaging, Ultrafast Imaging, Wavefront Engineering)
Pengfei Wang, Harbin Engineering University, China (Fiber Optic Devices and Sensors)
Yiping Wang, Shenzhen University, China (Fiber Sensors)
Songhua Wu, Ocean University of China, China (Atmospheric and Ocean Optical Remote Sensing, Lidar, and Solid-state Lasers)
Sanshui Xiao, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark (Nanophotonics, Plasmonics, and Graphene Nanophotonics)
Chi Xiong, IBM TJ Watson, USA (Silicon Photonics, Integrated Optics, Spectroscopic Sensing)
S. Susan Young, U.S. Army Research Laboratory, USA (Image Processing and Machine Vision)
Jiangfeng Zhou, University of South Florida, USA (Terahertz and Photonic Metamaterial)
Leimeng Zhuang, Imec USA, USA (Optical signal processing; Photonic integrated circuits; Optical communications; Microwave photonics; Integrated optics)
Weiyao Zou, Archcom Technology, USA (Optical design and instrumentation)
Engineering and Laboratory Notes Review Panel
David Haefner, Features Editor, U.S. Army Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate, USA
Erwan Baleine, Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, USA
Matthew Fisher, Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, USA
Orges Furxhi, imec USA, USA
John Nunn, MKS Instruments, Inc., USA
Austin Richards, FLIR Systems, Inc., USA


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