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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.

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Key Journal Metrics

Impact Factor: 1.905*
Total Citations: 55,255*
Cited Half-Life: 12.7 years*
Journal Citation Indicator: 0.63*
Google Scholar h5-index: 54
Median Time to First Decision: 34 days
Median Time to Web Publication: 87 days

*Source: 2022 Journal Citation Reports® (Clarivate, 2022).
2022 Google Scholar Optics & Photonics Top Publications.

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Editorial Board

Gisele Bennett,
Deputy Editors
Muhammad Nadeem Akram, University College Southeast Norway, Norway
Martha Rosete-Aguilar, National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico
Weiyao Zou, Zygo Ametek, USA
Features Editors
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
Oriol Arteaga, University of Barcelona, Spain (Polarization, Polarimetry, Ellipsometry, and Polarimetric Imaging)
Simone Berneschi, CNR-Istituto di Fisica Applicata "Nello Carrara", Italy (Integrated Optics; Optoelectronics; Optical Amplifiers and Lasers; Microresonators)
Monica Bollani, Institute of Photonics and Nanotechnology of the National Research Council (IFN CNR), Italy (Optical and Electronic Lithography Fabrication; Nano Imprinting Lithography)
Jeremy P. Bos, Michigan Technological University, USA (Atmospheric Turbulence, Adaptive optics, and Image Processing)
Barbara Bulgarelli, Directorate for Sustainable Resources JRC-EC (Ispra), Italy (Atmospheric and Oceanic Optics, Ocean Color Remote Sensing, and Radiative Transfer)
Nicholas Devaney, National University of Ireland, Galway (Adaptive Optics)
Manuel De la Torre Ibarra, Centro de Investigaciones en Óptica A.C., Mexico (Interferometry, Digital Image Processing, Opto-mechatronic Systems and Programming)
Bo Dong, Institute for Infocomm Research (I2R), A*STAR, Singapore (Optical Fiber and Waveguide Technology (Devices and Sensors))
Peter Dragic, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA (Optical Fiber and Optical Devices)
Joyce Farrell, Stanford University, USA (Image Processing and Systems)
Catalin Florea, Honeywell International Inc, USA (Waveguides, Infrared Materials, Devices and Systems)
Corinne Fournier, Télécom Saint-Étienne (TSE), France (Unconventional Optical Imaging, Optics/Data Processing, Inverse Problems, Digital Holography)
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)
Marc P. Georges, Université de Liège, Belgium (Digital Holography and Interferometry)
Szymon Gladysz, Fraunhofer IOSB, Germany (Adaptive Optics, Atmospheric Turbulence, Speckle, Image Restoration, Imaging through Turbulence, Laser Propagation, Free-space Optical Communications)
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)
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)
Andrey Matsko, Jet Propulsion Laboratory/Caltech, 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)
Nikolay Petrov, ITMO University, Russia (Digital and Display Holography, Imaging and Microscopy, Ultrafast Optics, Structured Light)
Federico Pirzio, University of Pavia, Italy (Solid-state lasers, Ultrafast lasers, and Laser materials)
Stavros Pissadakis, FORTH-IESL, Greece (Photonic Devices and Fiber Sensors)
Wen Qiao, Soochow University, China (3D Display, Diffraction, Flat Lens, Micro/nano-fabrication)
Jarkko J. Saarinen, University of Eastern Finland, Finland (Materials Science and Spectroscopy)
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 (Digital Holography, Digital Holographic Microscopy, and Optical Information Processing)
Javier Vargas, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain (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)
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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