Optics Letters Journal Impact Factor & Information

Publisher: Optical Society of America, Optical Society of America

Journal description

Optics Letters offers rapid dissemination of new results in all areas of optics with short, original, peer-reviewed communications. Edited by Anthony M. Johnson of the New Jersey Institute of Technology, OL covers the latest research in optical science, including atmospheric optics, quantum electronics, Fourier optics, integrated optics, and fiber optics. Criteria used in determining acceptability of contributions include newsworthiness to a substantial part of the optics community and the effect of rapid publication on the research of others. This journal, published twice each month, is where readers look for the latest discoveries in optics.

Current impact factor: 3.29

Impact Factor Rankings

2015 Impact Factor Available summer 2016
2014 Impact Factor 3.292
2013 Impact Factor 3.179
2012 Impact Factor 3.385
2011 Impact Factor 3.399
2010 Impact Factor 3.316
2009 Impact Factor 3.059
2008 Impact Factor 3.772
2007 Impact Factor 3.711
2006 Impact Factor 3.598
2005 Impact Factor 3.599
2004 Impact Factor 3.882
2003 Impact Factor 3.395
2002 Impact Factor 3.511
2001 Impact Factor 3.195
2000 Impact Factor 2.989
1999 Impact Factor 3.537
1998 Impact Factor 2.951
1997 Impact Factor 2.487
1996 Impact Factor 2.246
1995 Impact Factor 2.627
1994 Impact Factor 2.525
1993 Impact Factor 2.449
1992 Impact Factor 2.52

Impact factor over time

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Additional details

5-year impact 3.21
Cited half-life 6.60
Immediacy index 0.80
Eigenfactor 0.13
Article influence 1.04
Website Optics Letters website
Other titles Optics letters (Online), Optics letters, Optics Infobase
ISSN 1539-4794
OCLC 37350310
Material type Document, Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Internet Resource, Computer File, Journal / Magazine / Newspaper

Publisher details

Optical Society of America

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  • Conditions
    • On author's personal website, institutional website or e-print servers, including in arXiv
    • Non-Commercial
    • Publisher copyright and source must be acknowledged with set statement (see policy)
    • Publisher automatically deposited in PubMed Central for selected titles
    • Must link to publisher version
    • Authors may comply with government funding agency requirements, after 12 months embargo
    • Closed access institutional repository deposit is also allowed
    • Publisher last reviewed on 10/06/2015
  • Classification

Publications in this journal

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    ABSTRACT: This article presents, for the first time to our knowledge, an all-fiber amplifier similariton laser based on a fiber Bragg grating filter. The laser emits 2.9-nJ pulses at a wavelength of 1554 nm with a repetition rate of 31 MHz. The dechirped pulses have a duration of 89 fs. The characteristic features of the pulse profile and spectrum along with the dynamics of the laser are highlighted in representative simulations. These simulations also address the effect of the filter shape and detuning with respect to the gain spectral peak.
    Optics Letters 12/2015; 40(23):5650. DOI:10.1364/OL.40.005650
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    ABSTRACT: We demonstrate a new biphoton manipulation and characterization technique based on electro-optic intensity modulation and time shifting. By applying fast modulation signals with a sharply peaked cross-correlation to each photon from an entangled pair, it is possible to measure temporal correlations with significantly higher precision than that attainable using standard single-photon detection. Low-duty-cycle pulses and maximal-length sequences are considered as modulation functions, reducing the time spread in our correlation measurement by a factor of five compared to our detector jitter. With state-of-the-art electro-optic components, we expect the potential to surpass the speed of any single-photon detectors currently available.
    Optics Letters 11/2015; 40(22):5331-5334. DOI:10.1364/OL.40.005331
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    ABSTRACT: Special beams, including the Airy beam and the vortex-embedded Airy beam, draw much attention due to their unique features and promising applications. Therefore, it is necessary to devise a straightforward method for measuring these peculiar features of the beams with ease. Hence we present the astigmatic transformation of Airy and Airy-vortex beam. The "acceleration" coefficient of the Airy beam is directly determined from a single image by fitting the astigmatically transformed beam to an analytic expression. In addition, the orbital angular momentum of optical vortex in Airy-vortex beam is measured directly using a single image.
    Optics Letters 11/2015; 40(22):5411-5414. DOI:10.1364/OL.40.005411
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    ABSTRACT: We demonstrated high-energy femtosecond amplifier-similariton oscillators with predominant Er-doped fibers of normal dispersion. Stably mode-locked pulses of ∼3 ps, 33 nJ were produced at 720 mW pump power, while a double-pass grating pair of 36% efficiency compressed the pulses to 156 fs and 47 kW peak power (a new record). Broad mode-locked spectra supporting transform-limited pulsewidths down to 60 fs were obtained by adjusting the intracavity waveplates and filter. Continuous wave (CW) mode-locked pulses up to 53 nJ were generated by increasing the pump power to 1.5 W and by introducing significant spectral phase modulation via an intracavity pulse shaper. However, weak subpulses or pedestal could arise along with increased shot-to-shot fluctuation under this extreme operation mode.
    Optics Letters 11/2015; 40(22):5319-5322. DOI:10.1364/OL.40.005319
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    ABSTRACT: Amplitude modulated continuous wave (AMCW) time of flight (ToF) range imaging provides a full field of distance measurement, but common hardware is implemented with digital technology which leads to unwanted harmonic content, a principle source of error in the distance measurements. Existing strategies for correction of harmonics require auxiliary measurements and amplify noise. A small modification of the data acquisition procedure is described which, intrinsically, is invariant to at least one harmonic. The third harmonic, the main cause of harmonic error, is targeted. Compared to traditional measurements the third harmonic is eliminated with no significant increase in noise variance observed.
    Optics Letters 11/2015; 40(22):5391-5394. DOI:10.1364/OL.40.005391
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    ABSTRACT: We report the design and fabrication of nanostructured gradient index microaxicons suitable for integration with optical fibers. A structure with the effective refractive index decreasing linearly from the center to the edges (i.e., an axicon) was designed using a combination of a simulated annealing method and the effective medium theory. The design was verified numerically with beam propagation method simulations. The axicons were made by the modified stack and draw method and integrated with optical fibers. The optical properties of the fabricated elements were measured and showed good agreement with the numerical simulations. The fabricated axicons produced an extended line focus at a distance from about 70 to 160 μm from the lens facet with a minimum FWHM diameter of 8 μm at 90 μm. At smaller distances, an interference pattern is observed both in the experiment and in simulations, which is attributed to the uneven effective refractive index profile at the structure.
    Optics Letters 11/2015; 40(22):5200-5203. DOI:10.1364/OL.40.005200
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    ABSTRACT: This paper presents a disparity pattern-based autostereoscopic (DPA) 3D metrology system that makes use of a microlens array to capture raw 3D information of the measured surface in a single snapshot through a CCD camera. Hence, a 3D digital model of the target surface with the measuring data is generated through a system-associated direct extraction of disparity information (DEDI) method. The DEDI method is highly efficient for performing the direct 3D mapping of the target surface based on tomography-like operation upon every depth plane with the defocused information excluded. Precise measurement results are provided through an error-elimination process based on statistical analysis. Experimental results show that the proposed DPA 3D metrology system is capable of measuring 3D microstructured surfaces with submicrometer measuring repeatability for high precision and in situ measurement of microstructured surfaces.
    Optics Letters 11/2015; 40(22):5271-5274. DOI:10.1364/OL.40.005271
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    ABSTRACT: Wide-field optical microscopy is efficient and robust in biological imaging, but it lacks depth sectioning. In contrast, scanning microscopic techniques, such as confocal microscopy and multiphoton microscopy, have been successfully used for three-dimensional (3D) imaging with optical sectioning capability. However, these microscopic techniques are not very suitable for dynamic real-time imaging because they usually take a long time for temporal and spatial scanning. Here, a hybrid imaging technique combining wide-field microscopy and scanning microscopy is proposed to accelerate the image acquisition process while maintaining the 3D optical sectioning capability. The performance was demonstrated by proof-of-concept imaging experiments with fluorescent beads and zebrafish liver.
    Optics Letters 11/2015; 40(22):5251-5254. DOI:10.1364/OL.40.005251
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    ABSTRACT: A technology is investigated to extract nanosecond pulse noise hidden signals via stochastic resonance, which is based on surface plasmon bistability. A theoretical model for recovering nanosecond pulse signals is derived to describe the nonlinear process. It is found that the incident angle, polarization state, medium properties, and input noise intensity all determine the efficiency and fidelity of the output signal. The bistable behavior of the output intensity can be accurately controlled to obtain a cross-correlation gain larger than 6 in a wide range of input signal-to-noise ratio from 1∶5 to 1∶30. Meanwhile, the distortion in the time domain induced by phase shift can be reduced to a negligible level. This work provides a potential method for detecting low-level or hidden pulse signals in various communication fields.
    Optics Letters 11/2015; 40(22):5367-5370. DOI:10.1364/OL.40.005367
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    ABSTRACT: Conditions for controlled generation of completely unpolarized, genuine three-component random light fields, both radiating and evanescent, in multi-beam illumination at a planar dielectric interface are explored. The associated electromagnetic degrees of coherence are also analyzed. Our results reveal the possibility to tailor fields with polarization properties identical to those of universal blackbody radiation, yet with tunable spatial coherence characteristics. Such unconventional, fully unpolarized three-component electromagnetic fields, not addressable by the traditional beam-field formalism, could be exploited in surface-photonic light-matter interactions.
    Optics Letters 11/2015; 40(22):5216-5219. DOI:10.1364/OL.40.005216
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    ABSTRACT: We numerically and experimentally demonstrate a Yb-doped fiber ultrashort pulse generator based on self-phase modulation and alternating spectral filtering, operating at a wavelength of 1060 nm and providing a stable ultrashort pulse train. Pulses with energy up to 2.8 nJ were generated experimentally and were limited only by available pump power.
    Optics Letters 11/2015; 40(22):5255-5258. DOI:10.1364/OL.40.005255