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IEEE Photonics Journal

Effective July 1, 2012, The Photonics Journal has become a fully open access puclication.

The IEEE Photonics Journal is an online-only rapid publication archival journal of top quality research at the fore-front of photonics. The Journal includes topics in:

  • Photon sources from far infrared to x-rays
  • Photonics materials and engineered photonic structures
  • Integrated optics and optoelectronic
  • Ultrafast, attosecond, high field and short wavelength photonics
  • Biophotonics including DNA photonics
  • Nano-photonics
  • Magneto-photonics
  • Fundamentals of light propagation and interaction; nonlinear effects
  • Optical data storage
  • Fiber optics and optical communications devices, systems, and technologies
  • Solar Cells
  • Micro Opto Electro Mechanical Systems (MOEMS)
  • Microwave photonics
  • Optical sensors

Photonics Technology Letters

IEEE Photonics Technology Letters is published semimonthly with the purpose of providing rapid publication of original and significant contributions relating to photonic- lightwave components and applications, laser physics and systems, and laser-electrooptic technology. Published papers relate advances or state-of-the-art capabilities in the theory, design, fabrication, application, performance, packaging and reliability of:

  • Lasers and optical devices; including semiconductor and solid state lasers, detectors, integrated optics and optoelectronics, sensors, etc.
  • Fiber, cable and waveguide technologies; including materials, splicing, connectors, measurement techniques, etc.
  • Systems, subsystems, and new applications of quantum electronic devices; including system demonstrations, signal processing, performance characterization, etc.

Journal of Quantum Electronics

The IEEE Journal of Quantum Electronics is dedicated to the publication of manuscripts reporting novel experimental or theoretical results in the broad field of the science and technology of quantum electronics. Published monthly by the IEEE Photonics Society, the Journal comprises original contributions, both regular papers and letters, describing significant advances in the understanding of quantum electronics phenomena or the demonstration of new devices, systems, or applications. Manuscripts reporting new developments in systems, and applications, must emphasize quantum electronics principles or devices. The scope of JQE encompasses the generation, propagation, detection, and application of coherent electromagnetic radiation having wavelengths below one millimeter (i.e., in the submillimeter, infrared, visible, ultraviolet, etc., regions). Whether the focus of a manuscript is a quantum electronic device or phenomenon, the critical factor in the editorial review of a manuscript is the potential impact of the results presented on continuing research in the field or on advancing the technological base of quantum electronics.

Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics

The IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics is published six times a year. Published papers fall within the broad field of science and technology of quantum electronics of either a device, subsystem, or system-oriented nature. Each issue is devoted to a specific topic within this broad spectrum. Announcements of the topical areas planned for future issues, along with deadlines for receipt of manuscripts, are published in this Journal and in the IEEE Journal of Quantum Electronics. Generally, the scope of manuscripts appropriate to this Journal is the same as that for the IEEE Journal of Quantum Electronics. Manuscripts are published that report original theoretical and/or experimental research results that advance the scientific and technological base of quantum electronics devices, systems, or applications. The Journal is dedicated toward publishing research results that advance the state of the art or add to the understanding of the generation, amplification, modulation, detection, waveguiding, or propagation characteristics of coherent electromagnetic radiation having submillimeter and shorter wavelengths. In order to be suitable for publication in this Journal, the content of manuscripts concerned with subject-related research must have a potential impact on advancing the technological base of quantum electronic devices, systems, and/or applications. Potential authors of subject-related research have the responsibility of pointing out this potential impact. System-oriented manuscripts must be concerned with systems that perform a function previously unavailable or that outperform previously established systems that did not use quantum electronic components or concepts. Tutorial and review papers are by invitation only.


Journal of Photovoltaics

The IEEE Journal of Photovoltaics is a peer-reviewed, archival publication reporting original and significant research results that advance the field of photovoltaics (PV).  

The PV field is diverse in its science base ranging from semiconductor and PV device physics to optics and the materials sciences.  The journal publishes articles that connect this science base to PV science and technology.  The intent is to publish original research results that are of primary interest to the photovoltaic specialist.


IEEE/OSA Journal of Lightwave Technology

The Journal of Lightwave Technology is published semimonthly. It is comprised of original contributions covering work in all aspects of optical guided-wave science, technology, and engineering. Published manuscripts report original theoretical and/or experimental results that advance the technological base of guided-wave technology. Topics of interest include the following:

  • Fiber and cable technologies
  • Active and passive guide-wave componentry - (light sources, detectors, repeaters, switches, fiber sensors, etc.)
  • Integrated optics/optoelectronics
  • Systems & Subsystems
  • Networks & Switching
  • New applications
  • Unique field trial

System-oriented manuscripts are concerned with systems that perform a function not previously available, out-perform previously established systems, or represent enhancements in the state-of-the-art in general. The Journal of Lightwave Technology is published jointly with The Optical Society and sponsored by 7 IEEE societies.

IEEE/OSA J. of Display Technology

Display TechnologyThe IEEE/OSA Journal of Display Technology (JDT) is published quarterly. Jointly sponsored by seven IEEE Societies and the Optical Society of America, the Journal of Display Technology (JDT) is an archival journal devoted to the timely dissemination of new results and discussions in all aspects of display technologies, from understanding the basic science and engineering of devices, to device design and fabrication, to system design, applications, and human-factors topics. Clearly, these topics span many disciplines, and this journal will bridge, for the first time, these multidisciplinary themes. Papers are solicited in all areas of display technology including: display systems and engineering, materials and components, optical design, lighting technologies, display drivers and interfaces, display packaging, manufacturing technology, reliability and testing, and applications.

IEEE/OSA Journal of Optical Communications and Networking

Optical Communications and NetworkingThe scope of the Journal includes advances in the state-of-the-art of optical communications and networks. Both theoretical contributions (including new techniques, concepts, and analyses) and practical contributions (including system experiments and prototypes, and new applications) are encouraged. 




The Photonics Society News is published every two months and mailed to all Society members.


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