Photonics is the technology of generating and harnessing light and other forms of radiant energy whose quantum unit is the photon. Applications for light-based technologies are growing every day and can be found nearly everywhere – from cell phone displays and cameras to lighting and cars that park themselves. Photonics utilizes lasers, optics, imaging and more to impact every area of modern life, from communications and information processing to lighting, agriculture and medicine, manufacturing, transportation, aerospace and much more.
Photonics Media publishes print and digital business-to-business magazines, buyers’ guides, websites and e-newsletters for individuals working with light-based technologies in the photonics industry. A pioneering publisher in the discipline of photonics, Photonics Media has built a large global audience comprising academics and researchers, manufacturers and end-users. Now, through Photonics Media Press, we also are building an exciting books and reference collection for the next generation of industry experts.
Photonics Spectra is today's leading source of technological solutions and of news and information about photonics. It is the magazine referred to worldwide by the largest audience of photonics engineers, scientists and end users. Integrating all segments of photonics, Photonics Spectra is unique in that it provides both technical and practical information for every aspect of the global industry. For a free subscription, visit Photonics.com/subscribe.
With 3 million page views annually, Photonics.com is clearly the first place industry professionals turn to when they need an authoritative, comprehensive source of photonics information.
Photonics.com reports on what's timely and of interest to the photonics community: news, technology advances, research, company changes and profiles, new products, feature articles and major industry events. The site also features the online editions (and archives) of the award-winning Photonics Spectra magazine, BioPhotonics magazine, Industrial Photonics magazine and EuroPhotonics; online versions of the Photonics Buyers' Guide, the Photonics Handbook and Photonics Dictionary; video, webinars, white papers, and tradeshow coverage including a calendar of courses and events.
Photonics.com also publishes several e-newsletters to keep industry professionals informed of the latest developments in key technology areas.
BioPhotonics is designed to present the latest global developments and techniques from the photonics industry to those involved in the medical and biotechnological disciplines. BioPhotonics' buying audience is made up of people who use photonics technology in biotechnological or medical products and procedures, plus key researchers looking for new photonics techniques and products to improve methodology and solve problems.
New from Photonics Media in 2014, Industrial Photonics is for everyone working to integrate light-based technologies into industrial settings and processes. It is a global resource on lasers, sensors, machine vision and automation systems for materials processing, process control and production.
The first Optical Industry Directory was published in 1954 by Dr. Clifton Tuttle, a retired Eastman Kodak physicist. At its inception, the directory was a small, single volume that would expand significantly, ultimately establishing itself as “the bible” of the optics industry.
In 1962, Teddi Laurin joined the company as publisher working closely with Dr. Tuttle to define the industry for the first time. Two years later, Teddi and her husband, Francis “Fran” Laurin, purchased and incorporated the company, which later became known as Laurin Publishing Company.
In 1967, in response to industry demand, Teddi founded and launched Optical Spectra, which soon earned its place as the industry's leading trade magazine.
As the business expanded, Fran joined the company as its president in 1973, devoting his efforts to growing the business. Tom Laurin, son of Teddi and Fran Laurin, would join the family business in 1978 after graduating from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
In 1982, Optical Spectra was renamed Photonics Spectra to reflect the growing influence of new light-based technologies. The term “photonics” encompassed the increasingly interrelated fields of optics, lasers, imaging, fiber optics, electro-optics and photonics component manufacturing.
Today, the worldwide distribution of the magazine is over 95,000 copies. In addition to the flagship magazine, the company also publishes BioPhotonics, EuroPhotonics and Industrial Photonics, and maintains a thriving web presence with 3 million page views of its website annually.
After decades working in many departments, Tom Laurin became president and CEO in 2009, assuming sole ownership of the company. Third generation family members have since joined the company’s executive team.
A staff of about 50 employees currently works at the company’s headquarters in Pittsfield, Mass., and its editorial and sales branch offices. The company also includes several contributing editors located around the world and an editorial advisory board of leaders in the photonics industry.
Over the past five decades, the company has fostered a tradition of innovation that has defined the industry. As its publications grow — following the technology into an ever-widening range of applications — the company adheres to a philosophy of editorial quality and integrity, maintaining an international reputation for leadership in photonics.
Through the years, the company’s mission has remained unchanged: “To actively encourage progress and not simply reflect it, for all of us in the photonics industry can best achieve success by sharing our knowledge, our insights and our visions for the future.”
Photonics Media maintains additional editorial offices in Europe, Asia and various locations in the United States. Press releases, news items and editorial inquiries should be directed to our main office.
Press Release Information
Photonics Spectra, BioPhotonics, EuroPhotonics, Industrial Photonics, and Photonics.com Editorial
Photonics Buyers' Guide listings
Photonics Calendar of Events