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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.

Submission Information

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Key Journal Metrics

Impact Factor: 1.784*
Total Citations: 38,885 (ranked 4th out of 86 journals)*
EigenFactor Score: 0.04119 (ranked 5th out of 86 journals)*
Cited Half-Life: 10+ years*
Median Time to Web Publication: 105 days
*According to Optics category rankings in the 2015 Journal Citation Reports® (Thomson Reuters, 2015)

For more information on Journal metrics, click here.

Editorial Board

Ron Driggers,
St. Johns Optical Systems
Division Editors
James G. Grote, US Air Force Research Laboratory
Myung Keun Kim, University of South Florida
Eugenio Mendez, CICESE
Features Editor
Gisele Bennett, Georgia Institute of Technology
Brian Monacelli, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Topical Editors
Emmanuel A. Anagnostakis, Hellenic Air Force Academy (Optoelectronics, Photonic Nanodevices, and Detectors)
Mohammad R.N. Avanaki, Wayne State University (Fiber Optics Sensors, Optical Coherence Tomography and Photoacoustic Microscopy)
Jean-Emmanuel Broquin, Grenoble Institute of Technology (Integrated Optics, lasers, and optical sensors; Silicon Photonics)
Eva Campo, Bangor University, UK (Nanophotonics and Optical Fabrication)
Nanguang Chen, National University of Singapore (optical microscopy and biomedical optics)
Alessandro Chiasera, Istituto di Fotonica e Nanotecnologie IFN-CNR (Integrated Optics)
Alejandro Cornejo-Rodríguez, INAOE, Mexico (Metrology, Testing, Optical design)
Geoffrey Cranch, Naval Research Laboratory (Optical Fiber and Waveguide Devices; Optical Sensors)
Denis Donlagic, University of Maribor (Fibers and Sensors)
Jesse A. Frantz, Naval Research Laboratory (Thin Films)
Augusto Garcia-Valenzuela, Univ. Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (Light Scattering)
Jihong Geng, AdValue Photonics (Glass Optics and Lasers)
Frank (Kenneth) Hopkins, Air Force Research Lab, Materials & Manufacturing Directorate (AFRL/RXAP), USA (Sensors and Instrumentation)
Steve Kim, UES, Inc (Organic Optics: Chemical Diagnosis)
Taegeun Kim, Sejong University (Digital Holography and 3-D Optical Pattern Recognition)
Gilles Lerondel, Université de Technologie de Troyes (materials science, nanooptics, and photonics)
Juan Liu, Beijing Institute of Technology (3D Dynamic Holographic Display, Micro-/Nano- Optical Elements)
Jung-Ping Liu, Feng Chia University (holographic data storage and holographic display)
Tariq Manzur, US Navy (Optical Devices, Lasers, and Imaging Systems)
Mario Carlos Marconi, Colorado State University (Extreme UV and Soft-X-Ray Lithography)
Daniel Marks, Duke University (Compressive Sensing, Microscopy, and Spectroscopy)
Fernando Mendoza-Santoyo, Centro de Investigaciones en Optica (CIO) (Nondestructive Testing)
Gualtiero Nunzi Conti, Institute of Applied Physics—CNR (Lasers, Fiber Optics, and Optoelectronics)
Jae-Hyeung Park, Inha University (3D Display and Optical Information Processing)
Sri Rama Prasanna Pavani, Exnodes (Computational Imaging)
Giancarlo Pedrini, Stuttgart University (Digital Holography and Speckle Interferometry)
Pascal Picart, ENSIM, Université du Maine, France (Holographic Interferometry and Metrological Instrumentation)
Ileana Rau, Politehnica University of Bucharest (Nonlinear Optics; Devices and Instrumentation)
Oliver Reitebuch, German Aerospace Center DLR (Atmospheric Physics, Wind Lidar, Spaceborne Lidar, and Remote Sensing)
Michael C. Roggemann, Michigan Technological University (Wave Propagation and Imaging through Atmospheric Turbulence)
Yunlong Sheng, University Laval (Nano-optics, plasmonics and optical trapping)
Wei Shi, Tianjin University (Nonlinear Optics and Lasers)
Ingve Simonsen, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (Surface Scattering, Diffraction, Theory Wave Propagation)
Guohai Situ, Shanghai Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics (Optical Imaging and Optical Signal Processing)
Feng Song, Nankai University (Lasers)
Ching-Cherng Sun, National Central University (Lighting and Display Optics; Volume Holography)
Anna Sytchkova, ENEA (Optical Coatings Technology)
Peter Tsang, City University of Hong Kong (Computer-Generated Holography)
Erik Vartiainen, Lappeenranta University of Technology (Spectroscopy and Optical Materials)
Timothy D. Wilkinson, University of Cambridge (Displays, Liquid Crystals, and Reconfigurable Photonic Materials)
Hiroshi Yoshikawa, Nihon University (Computer-Generated Holography and 3D Display)
Qiwen Zhan, University of Dayton Plasmonics, Metamaterials, Nano-Metallic Photonics, and Polarization)
Giuseppe Zibordi, Institute for Environment and Sustainability Joint Research Centre (Ocean Color, Optical Radiometry, Marine Optics)
Weiyao Zou, ASML Optics Inc (Optical design and instrumentation)


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