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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: 1.791*
Eigenfactor Score: 0.03826 (ranked 5th out of 94 journals)*
Total Citations: 45,131 (ranked 4th out of 94 journals)*
Cited Half-Life: 10+ years*
Google Scholar h5-index: 46 (ranked 17th out of 20 top journals)
Median Time to Web Publication: 91 days

*According to Optics category rankings in the 2017 Journal Citation Reports® (Clarivate Analytics, 2018)
July 2018 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
Oliver Reitebuch, German Aerospace Center DLR, Germany
Features Editors
Melissa Beason, University of Central Florida, USA
Gisele Bennett, Florida Institute of Technology, USA
Orges Furxhi, Imec USA, USA
Brian Monacelli, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, USA
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)
Mohammad R.N. Avanaki, Wayne State University, 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)
Jean-Emmanuel Broquin, Grenoble Institute of Technology, France (Integrated Optics, lasers, and optical sensors; Silicon Photonics)
Neil Bruce, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico (Light Scattering)
Alessandro Chiasera, Istituto di Fotonica e Nanotecnologie IFN-CNR, Italy (Integrated 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)
Catalin Florea, Avo Photonics Inc., USA (Optical Fabrication)
Jesse A. Frantz, Naval Research Laboratory, USA (Thin Films)
Songnian Fu, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China (Specialty Optical Fibers, Optical Signal Processing, Photonic Waveguide Devices)
Yuriy A. Garbovskiy, University of Colorado Colorado Springs, 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)
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)
Steve Kim, US Air Force Research Laboratory, USA (Organic Optics: Chemical Diagnosis)
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)
Gilles Lerondel, Université de Technologie de Troyes, France (materials science, nanooptics, and photonics)
Xiaofeng Li, Soochow University, China (Optical Devices and Semiconductor Lasers)
Meisong Liao, Shanghai Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics, China (Photonic crystal fiber, Nonlinear fiber, Fiber applications, Optical materials)
Juan Liu, Beijing Institute of Technology, China (3D Dynamic Holographic Display, Micro-/Nano- Optical Elements)
Jung-Ping Liu, Feng Chia University, Taiwan (holographic data storage and holographic display)
Silvia Diaz Lucas, Public University of Navarra, Spain (Lasers, Fiber Lasers, Fiber Sensors, and General Optical Devices)
Abhijit Mahalanobis, Lockheed Martin, USA (Image/Signal Processing, Optical Information Processing, Computational Imaging, Compressive Sensing)
Andrey Matsko, OEwaves, Inc, USA (Optoelectronics, Quantum Optics, and Light Matter Interaction)
Manuel Martínez-Corral, University of Valencia, Spain (Display Technology)
Fernando Mendoza-Santoyo, Centro de Investigaciones en Optica (CIO), Mexico (Nondestructive Testing)
Jay Louise Nadeau, Portland State University, USA (Biomedical Optics, Optical Design and Fabrication)
Sri Rama Prasanna Pavani, Exnodes, USA (Computational Imaging)
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)
Chrysanthe Preza, University of Memphis, USA (Imaging)
Ileana Rau, Politehnica University of Bucharest, Romania (Nonlinear Optics; Devices and Instrumentation)
Clara Rivero-Baleine, Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control (LMMFC), USA (Optical Materials)
Martha Rosete-Aguilar, National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico (Optical Design and Geometrical Optics)
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)
Yunlong Sheng, University Laval, Canada (Nano-optics, plasmonics and optical trapping)
Wei-Chuan Shih, University of Houston, USA (Optical Diagnostics, Spectroscopic Chem/Biosensing, Plasmonics, and Biomedical Optics)
Ingve Simonsen, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway (Surface Scattering, Diffraction, Theory Wave Propagation)
Guohai Situ, Shanghai Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics, China (Optical Imaging and Optical Signal Processing)
Liangbi Su, Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, CAS, China (Solid State Lasers, Optical Materials, Novel Crystals, and Laser Materials)
Anna Sytchkova, ENEA, Italy (Optical Coatings Technology)
Tatsuki Tahara, National Institute of Informatics (NII), Japan (3D Display and Optical Information Processing)
Lei Tian, Boston University, USA (Emerging Technologies such as Compressive Sensing, Computational Microscopy, Phase Retrieval)
Kimani C. Toussaint, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA (Plasmonics and Metamaterials)
Peter Tsang, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong (Computer-Generated Holography)
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)
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)
Libo Yuan, Harbin Engineering University (HEU), China (Optical Fiber and Waveguide Technology (Devices and Sensors))
Giuseppe Zibordi, Institute for Environment and Sustainability Joint Research Centre, Italy (Ocean Color, Optical Radiometry, Marine Optics)
Weiyao Zou, Archcom Technology, USA (Optical design and instrumentation)


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