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Superior displays and systems in consumer electronics can nearly transport users into their games, or even into the shark-infested waters of Animal Planet’s “Shark Week.” This is thanks, in part, to the highest-quality lighting sources and display components being developed by more and more companies worldwide.

As technology moves toward 4K and even 8K ultrahigh-definition displays touting 3840 pixels or better, particularly for smartphones and TVs, the quality of those displays is only as good as each pixel. Manufacturing such high-quality technology requires the most sensitive and comprehensive inspection tools. From line- and area-scan cameras to active sensors that allow every individual pixel to be inspected, engineers now have the means with which to detect microscopic imperfections.

In our cover story, Thomas Schaeffler, of Excelitas Technologies in Munich, details how these and other inspection tools, such as high-resolution cameras and lenses, are now hitting even the submicron range and quickly advancing display quality for future product generations. Learn more beginning here.

Also featured this issue:

Contributing editor Marie Freebody takes a look into the future of data communications, as fiber optics is boosting high-speed data transfer services, in both short- and long-range communications. Now, this technology is playing a larger role there, as the demand for greater data capacity grows. (read)

Coherent Inc.’s Darryl McCoy, Daniel Callen, Matthias Schulze, and Marco Arrigoni dive into the laser realm. Continuous-wave and ultrafast lasers are among those that are augmenting multiphoton, fluorescence, and other types of microscopy, creating a combination that is improving functionality for end users and OEMs alike. (read)

Jose Pozo and Ana Belén González Guerrero of the European Photonics Industry Consortium discuss the dawn of the human-technology revolution. Virtual and augmented reality systems — for gaming, tourism, and even medical research — are progressing to enhance and expand the user experience. However, challenges remain, namely with related software and hardware, that optics engineers are working to overcome. (read)

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Winter 2018

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