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Life Sciences Come Alive With 3D Imaging

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Justine Murphy At one time people thought the Earth was flat, and there was no evidence presented to them to contradict that. With this belief came a limited view of their surroundings. In more recent times, a two-dimensional look at things such as single cells and the inner workings of the human body has provided similarly limited views. But with the advancement of 3D imaging technology, medical and life sciences applications are taking on a whole new look.

In our cover story, Contributing Editor Hank Hogan, with input from industry experts, examines the advancement of 3D imaging (read article). Unlike 2D imaging, 3D offers more in-depth discovery and study. Rather than the single and flat views, 3D imaging brings all angles of an object to life. It provides a more comprehensive view and more accurately represents medical data.

Also in this issue:

• Mid-IR gas sensing is a quickly advancing market for sensors, driven by a number of factors — an increasing desire for better quality of life is among them. An article by Adam Piotrowski, of Vigo Systems, (read article) discusses the rapidly growing applications and ongoing advancement of mid-IR gas sensing.

• In the space market, photonics technologies have always found a home. Jose Pozo, of EPIC (European Photonics Industry Consortium), attributes this to the short time to market, enabled by the European Space Agency. In this month’s EPIC Insights column (read article), he explores new opportunities for European photonics companies to develop technologies and expand into areas such as free space communications, satellite subsystems and Earth observation.

• While the use of lasers in welding and other similar applications is nothing new, advancements are happening all the time. An article by Coherent Inc.’s Wolfram Rath (read article) delves into these growing applications, as well as their impact on the industrial and manufacturing sectors.

• Tens of thousands of people and dozens of companies from around the world attend the biennial Laser World of Photonics conference and exhibition. It provides the stage for promising newcomers, industry veterans and innovative companies to learn, exchange ideas and connect. A preview of the show (read article) offers an in-depth look at the courses, speakers and other events that are on the agenda.

Enjoy the issue!

Summer 2017
EditorialJustine Murphy

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