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Latest Issue
Jun 2016

Microscopy Brings New Worlds Into Focus

MICHAEL D. WHEELER, michael.wheeler@photonics.com
Mike WheelerThough the father-son duo of Hans and Zacharias Janssen is widely credited with developing the first microscope in the late 16th century, it was the English scholar Robert Hooke who inspired widespread public interest in the new science of microscopy. His seminal work, “Micrographia,” published in 1665, included never-before-seen illustrations of magnified insects and plants, just as he saw them from his microscope.

“By the help of microscopes, there is nothing so small as to escape our inquiry; hence, there is a new visable world discovered to the understanding,” he wrote.

As in Hooke’s day, microscopy continues to open up new worlds of understanding.

Senior editor Justine Murphy spoke with three luminaries in the field: Aydogan Ozcan, Ph.D., of UCLA; David K. Welsh, M.D., Ph.D., of UC San Diego; and Nestor J. Zaluzec of the Argonne National Laboratory. They shared their insights into the latest super- resolution and cryomicroscopy techniques and more in “Illuminating Microscopy Growth and Demand” on page 52.

Speaking of illumination, lighting sources have changed significantly from the rudimentary oil lamps used in Hooke’s day. Contributing editor Marie Freebody’s “Lighting up Microscopes: Advances and Emerging Sources” on page 30 examines the increasing popularity of LED light sources, especially for bright-field transmitted light techniques, and the use of optically pumped semiconductor lasers and laser diodes for fluorescent lifetime imaging microscopy (FLIM).

We shift from the microscopic world to the vast expanse of the universe, where floated borosilicate glass is proving critical in the operation of the Hobby-Eberly Telescope. Schott North America’s Tina Gallo hints at things to come in “Specialized Optical Mirrors Set to Unlock the Universe’s Darkest Mysteries,” on page 41.

We round out the issue with a closer look at how the development of better sensors, more powerful processors and sophisticated algorithms, along with LEDs, are benefiting machine vision applications, in Hank Hogan’s “For Vision Systems, Lighting and Other Advances Up Capabilities and Cut Costs” on page 36.

Finally, the presence of increasingly fast and powerful ultrashort pulse laser systems on the market presents a new challenge: avoiding the accumulation of too many pulses in one spot. Florian Harth, Thomas Herrmann, Bernhard Henrich and Johannes A. L‘huillier of the Photonik-Zentrum Kaiserslautern eV and Research Center Optimas reveal how users of these systems can achieve a dynamically and synchronously adaptable pulse repetition rate in the MHz range — critical to achieving higher output. Be sure to read, “Ultrashort Pulse Laser Micromachining Surpasses Previous Limitations” on page 46.

Enjoy the issue!
Karen Newman Group Publisher Karen Newman has had a career in business-to-business and association publishing, much of it spent covering technical, scientific and life sciences subjects.
Mike Wheeler Michael D. Wheeler is managing editor of Photonics Spectra and EuroPhotonics. In addition, he is responsible for the editorial direction of BioPhotonics and Industrial Photonics.
Justine Murphy Senior Editor Justine Murphy is a multiple award-winning journalist who brings more than 15 years of experience to her role at Photonics Media.
James Schlett James Schlett is the editor of BioPhotonics and Industrial Photonics. He is also an author and award-winning business reporter.
 
Hank Hogan Contributing editor Hank Hogan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in physics from the University of Texas at Austin. Hogan worked in the semiconductor industry and now writes about science and technology.
Marie Freebody Contributing editor Marie Freebody is a free-lance science and technology journalist with a master’s degree in physics and a concentration in nuclear astrophysics from the University of Surrey in England.
Valerie Coffey Science writer Valerie C. Coffey holds a bachelor’s degree in physics and a master’s in astronomy. She has covered optics, photonics, physics and astronomy for a variety of industry and academic publications since 2000.
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