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Top Stories of 2015 from Photonics.com

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From a new smartphone microscope that can noninvasively detect and quantify bodily infection, to the “reinvention” of optical gyroscope technology, and from visualizing light’s duality to light-reflecting flexible film and growing nanowires for more efficient and tunable lasers, 2015 has been a year of advancement, innovation and celebration of the International Year of Light.

As 2015 wraps up, the Photonics Spectra staff searched the Photonics.com archives to find the top most viewed articles of the year, providing updates on researchers’ work and progress. Enjoy this trip down a well-lighted memory lane.

Flexible Film Creates Colors from Reflected Light June 2015 A team at the University of Central Florida’s College of Optics and Photonics (CREOL) in June developed an ultrathin, color-changing film that reflects rather than emits light. This could potentially change the clothing we wear, in addition to enhancing displays. A National Geographic photograph of an Afghan girl is used to demonstrate the color-changing abilities of the nanostructured reflective display. Photo courtesy of University of Central Florida. The researchers created the film using a simple and...Read full article

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