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Celebrating Light

EuroPhotonics
Dec 2014
Karen A. Newman, Group Publisher, karen.newman@photonics.com

With the turn of the calendar page, the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies will be here. From the opening ceremonies in Paris in January to the final fireworks and light spectaculars when we prepare to ring in 2016, Europe will be center stage for the greatest celebration of light the photonics industry has ever experienced. You can see the list of exciting events to be held around the world at the official website, www.Light2015.org. Perhaps you and your organization have special commemorative activities planned that you would like to add to the calendar?

Of course, Photonics Media celebrates light in every issue of every magazine we publish and on Photonics.com. Watch for our special coverage of events throughout the year, and visit Photonics.com/IYL2015, where we will collect all the articles and images that we publish and that come our way.

In this issue, contributing editor Marie Freebody reveals that, despite the shortcomings of CNT-based solar cells, scientists insist that developing them is a good idea. In “Nanotube-Based Solar Cells Make More of the Sun,” Freebody writes that carbon nanotubes are cheaper, lighter, flexible and easy to dispose. Read the feature, beginning on page 22.

According to Martin Waeny, Awaiba CH SA, CMOS linear arrays allow the optical signal to be digitized directly on the chip. This means simpler, more cost-efficient and more robust electronics designs. Read the article, “High-Speed Line-Scan Sensors Improve Spectroscopy,” beginning on page 27.

And in our cover story, “Printed Optics Usher in New Era of Manufacturing,” author Jyrki Saarinen, University of Eastern Finland, and Richard van de Vrie, LUXeXceL, say additive manufacturing techniques are poised to revolutionize fabrication and integration of optical products in a variety of applications. Read the feature, beginning on page 18.

Regular readers of EuroPhotonics know that we write in every issue about the latest in light-based technologies, but of course we’ve all heard the adage that a picture is worth a thousand words. The continuing story of light is one that we feel should also be told through images and video. That’s why we produce the Light Matters Weekly Newscast, found at Photonics.com/VideoGallery. If you haven’t seen Light Matters lately, you’re in for a treat.

We have also begun adding video definitions to our Photonics Dictionary Plus, found along with a number of other popular resources at EDU.photonics.com. We are working with local schools and organizations to record demonstrations of photonics terms in lab settings with the latest equipment. Check it out, and if you would like to learn how you can contribute terms and video definitions to the Dictionary, send me an email.

Enjoy the issue. As always, I invite you to contact me at karen.newman@photonics.com. And please remember to share your story of light with the world.


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