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Karen A. Newman, Group Publisher, [email protected]

Day of Photonics 2014, promoted as a preparatory day for the International Year of Light 2015, is being coordinated by EPIC as an opportunity for photonics industry organizations of all kinds to spread the word about the importance of light-based technologies to people in their local communities.

On one day – Oct. 21 – student chapters will reach out to schools, companies will organize family days, and organizations will discuss their contributions and participation in the Year of Light 2015. “EPIC recognizes how essential it is to present the endless opportunities that our industry provides to the general public,” said Drew Nelson, EPIC president, during the program’s launch on March 20 in Berlin.

How will your organization celebrate Day of Photonics 2014? Send a photo of your Day of Light events to me at [email protected] , and we’ll run as many as we can in future issues of EuroPhotonics; on Light Matters, the industry’s only weekly newscast; and online at

We’re sharing more than a few good photon stories in this issue. In our cover feature, “Diode Lasers Break into New Wavelengths, New Applications,” contributing editor Marie Freebody describes a rapidly developing technology supporting a broad range of new applications. As the technology matures and system prices drop, diode lasers will find growth in automotive, medical and semiconductor industries, one expert suggests. The article begins on page 22.

Also in this issue, Jens Hashagen of Allied Vision Technologies GmbH says that for short-wave infrared cameras, challenges with InGaAs sensor technology must be overcome to provide high-quality images for industrial, scientific and security image-processing applications. His feature, “SWIR Applications and Challenges: A Primer,” starts on page 26.

Finally, in the feature, “Lens-Free Microscopes Offer Real-Time Bio Imaging,” author Jan Provoost of imec describes the development of a lens-free microscope to help monitor the growth of stem cell cultures. Could they build an instrument with resolution as good as that of the phase-contrast microscope? Read the article beginning on page 30.

Enjoy the issue. Celebrate photonics. And send photos!

Sep 2014
Americascamerasdiode lasersDrew NelsonEditorialEPICEuropeimage processingimaginginfrared camerasInGaAs sensorsInternational Year of LightKaren A. Newmanphotonics industrySensors & DetectorsSWIR camerasYear of LightDay of PhotonicsILY15photon storieslens-free microcopesphase-contrast microscopesreal-time bio imaginglasers

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