OSA’s Applied Optics Journal Celebrates 50 Years of Publication

WASHINGTON, Feb. 6- The Optical Society (OSA) has kicked off its 50th anniversary celebration of Applied Optics, one of its flagship peer-reviewed publications. Applied Optics, which printed its first issue in 1962, publishes research on applications in optics and photonics, with a focus on the real-world impact of scientific innovations.

The journal’s anniversary will be celebrated this week at OSA’s Winter Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C. with remarks from OSA President Tony Heinz of Columbia University, an updated look to the journal cover, and the launch of a website devoted to the journal’s rich 50-year history. Activities are also planned throughout 2012 to commemorate the journal’s anniversary and to highlight past and recent groundbreaking research.

Applied Optics is a unique journal for the optics community because it publishes content that describes how one moves the potential of science into a practical realm, as opposed to the science behind the concept.  In short, the journal strives to emphasize impact over innovation,” said Joseph Mait, editor-in-chief of Applied Optics. “Today, as we celebrate the journal’s past, we also look forward to the many goals we’ve laid out for the future of this journal. With all that the field has to offer, I am excited about what we have planned for Applied Optics in the short term as well as for the next 50 years and beyond.”

The new 50th anniversary website, AO.OSA.org/anniversary, which launched today, features:

  • Open access to the 50 most-cited Applied Optics articles of all time
  • Commemorative and historical editorials from all current and past editors-in-chief
  • Biographies of current and past editors-in-chief
  • A listing of the 50 most-published authors in Applied Optics of all time (coming this spring)
  • A gallery of  journal covers from the past five years (coming this summer)

“Applied Optics has been at the forefront of reporting breakthrough applied research for a half century,” said Elizabeth Rogan, OSA CEO. “This year we are not only celebrating the success of this well-respected publication, but we are also celebrating 50 years of optics innovations—from the invention of the laser just two years prior to the journal’s launch to novel applications in areas like medical imaging and digital holography today. We are excited to see how the community embraces the changes that Joseph Mait is introducing to the journal this year and what the next 50 years holds for Applied Optics.”

More information on Applied Optics and its anniversary can be found in OSA’s digital library, Optics InfoBase .

About Applied Optics

Applied Optics publishes articles emphasizing applications-centered research in optics, moving the potential of science and technology to the practical. Published three times each month, Applied Optics reports significant optics applications from optical testing and instrumentation to medical optics...from holography to optical neural networks...from lidar and remote sensing to laser materials processing. Each issue contains content from three divisions of editorial scope: Optical Technology; Information Processing; and Lasers, Photonics, and Environmental Optics. It is edited by Joseph Mait of the U.S. Army Research Laboratory. For more information, visit www.OpticsInfoBase.org/AO.

About OSA

Uniting more than 130,000 professionals from 175 countries, the Optical Society (OSA) brings together the global optics community through its programs and initiatives. Since 1916 OSA has worked to advance the common interests of the field, providing educational resources to the scientists, engineers and business leaders who work in the field by promoting the science of light and the advanced technologies made possible by optics and photonics. OSA publications, events, technical groups and programs foster optics knowledge and scientific collaboration among all those with an interest in optics and photonics. For more information, visit www.osa.org.