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Winter 2021

The end of an era

DOUGLAS FARMER, SENIOR EDITORThis year marks the 25th anniversary of EuroPhotonics, a magazine billed on its debut in 1996 as a “product-oriented publication dedicated to covering the growing market of photonics with an all-European focus.”

At the time, the European Union was emerging, and the region was solidifying its reputation as a hotbed of photonics activity. Readers came to count on learning more about innovations in lasers, optics, fiber optics, and, in more recent years, quantum sensing and silicon photonics.

Early issues reveal a masthead that included contributing editors based in France, the U.K., Germany, and Eastern Europe, and a table of contents in four separate languages.

The times have changed.

In an age of global trade, geographic boundaries simply don’t mean what they once did. In a nod to this change, we’ve made the difficult decision to cease publishing EuroPhotonics. Alas, we’ll continue to feature datelines from throughout the Continent in print and online in our flagship publication, Photonics Spectra. And the “EPIC Insights” column, which offers a unique window into the European photonics industry, will continue to appear in Photonics Spectra as well.

In this, our final issue, we’re featuring coverage on the expanded role that embedded cameras are playing in the vision industry. A lens, sensor, and interface are attached to a circuit board with the associated electronics. And these miniaturized cameras are finding their way into applications beyond inspection and measurement, onto the industrial floor and into security surveillance, agricultural monitoring, and medical diagnostics. Read about the work from some of the top companies in the industry here.

Related to the subject of sensors, authors Alan Mullan and Aleks Marsh discuss the many factors involved in the choice of whether to use CCD or CMOS sensor technology for an entity’s imaging needs, based on parameters such as sensitivity, field of view, and speed. Learn more here. And in this edition’s “EPIC Insights” column, the European Photonics Industry Consortium offers its take on sensing. The latest sensing technology offers expanded sensitivity and clarity in low-light settings, especially when capturing detail in wavelengths beyond the visible, such as in the NIR, SWIR, and UV. Read about it here.

Enjoy the issue!
Mike Wheeler
As editor-in-chief, Michael Wheeler oversees Photonics Media's editorial operations — spanning print, web, and podcasts. He also serves as editor of Vision Spectra, chronicling advancements in the rapidly expanding machine vision/inspection sector.
Dan McCarthy
Senior editor Dan McCarthy manages editorial content and production for Photonics Spectra. An award-winning writer and editor, he has communicated the progress and practical value of advanced technologies for over two decades.
Doug Farmer
Senior Editor Douglas Farmer has been a journalist for nearly 20 years, winning awards for health and education reporting. He has a master's degree in journalism from Ball State University. He is editor of EuroPhotonics and BioPhotonics magazines.
Hank Hogan
Contributing Editor Hank Hogan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in physics from the University of Texas at Austin. He worked in the semiconductor industry and now writes about science and technology.
Marie Freebody
Contributing Editor Marie Freebody is a freelance science and technology journalist with a master’s degree in physics and a concentration in nuclear astrophysics from the University of Surrey in England.
Farooq Ahmed
Farooq Ahmed has covered the physical and biological sciences for over a decade. He has a bachelor's degree in biochemistry from Brown University and a Master of Fine Arts degree in writing from Columbia University.
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