International Journal of Optics
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Acceptance rate26%
Submission to final decision73 days
Acceptance to publication36 days
CiteScore1.300
Impact Factor0.867

Application Research of Frequency-Modulated Continuous-Wave Displacement Sensor Based on Zero-Crossing Phase Detecting Algorithm

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International Journal of Optics publishes both fundamental and highly applied studies on the nature of light, its properties and behaviours, and its interaction with matter.

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Chief Editor, Professor Cerullo, leads the Ultrafast Spectroscopy group at the Department of Physics at the Polytechnic University of Milan. His research activity has mainly focused on the physics and applications of ultrashort pulse lasers.

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International Journal of Optics
 Journal metrics
Acceptance rate26%
Submission to final decision73 days
Acceptance to publication36 days
CiteScore1.300
Impact Factor0.867
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