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Latest Issue
Apr 2018

Equal to The Future

MARCIA STAMELL, ASSOCIATE MANAGING EDITOR, marcia.stamell @photonics.com
Marcia StamellThe image created by label-free multimodal, multiphoton microscopy on the cover is part of one lab’s contribution to the development of a more accurate and faster means of conducting biopsies. This particular image comes from the Biophotonics Imaging Laboratory at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. But, writes laboratory head Stephen Boppart in this month’s Biopinion, the optical biopsy is a widely shared biophotonics dream. Realizing the dream, he says, will be aided by advancements in artificial intelligence and machine learning, as well as by those in optical microscopy.

Success is not only possible, it’s likely, says Boppart. But the realization of this one dream, and the acceptance of the digital pathology that will make it possible, will bring with it new questions and new ways of seeing things. The time to prepare for that future is now. His essay, “Optical biopsies can transform pathology,” (read article).

The promise of the future is also at the heart of an article by Zeev Zalesky of Contin-Use Biometrics, winner of the 2018 Prism Award for medical diagnostics and therapies. The award-winning SmartHealth Mod is the first photonic sensor capable of continuously monitoring heart rate, respiration and blood pressure at a distance. Zalesky’s lab at Bar-Ilan University in Ramat Gan, Israel, has uncovered some promising future capabilities for the smartphone-based technology. These will pave the way to performing biomedical diagnosis via remote photonics sensing. “Remote Noninvasive Sensor Monitors Multiple Bioparameters” (read article).

Elsewhere in the magazine:

• Darryl McCoy and Marco Arrigoni of Coherent Inc. write about applications within and outside of the field of neuroscience for multiphoton microscopy and tunable ultrafast lasers. Besides applications, the story compares the best uses for two kinds of ultrafast lasers. “Multiphoton Microscopy Sets the Standard for Live-Cell Imaging” (read article).

• Contributing Editor Marie Freebody surveys the advances single-molecule spectroscopy is making in a wide range of fields. These include DNA sequencing and understanding how cells, drugs, genes or proteins interact. “SMS Reveals Hidden Behaviors” (read article).

• Nishant Mohan of Wasatch Photonics reviews the comparative strengths and weaknesses of the two main variations of Fourier-domain OCT: spectral-domain and swept-source. He also reports on a new development in spectral-domain OCT that is opening up new uses for this technology. “Vying for Dominance: Swept-Source vs. Spectral-Domain OCT” (read article).

Enjoy the issue.
Mike Wheeler
An award-winning journalist with more than 20 years of experience, Managing Editor Michael D. Wheeler oversees editorial content for Photonics Spectra, EuroPhotonics, BioPhotonics and Industrial Photonics magazines.
Marcia Stamell
Associate Managing Editor Marcia Stamell is the editor of BioPhotonics and Industrial Photonics. She has worked for general interest newspapers, the business press and national magazines as a writer and editor.
Justine Murphy
Senior Editor Justine Murphy is an award-winning journalist with nearly 20 years of experience. She serves as editor of EuroPhotonics, host of Light Matters and producer of podcasts. She also leads development of magazine special sections and marketing projects.
 
Autum Pylant
News Editor Autum C. Pylant is an Air Force Veteran with 10+ years of award-winning broadcast journalism experience. She is responsible for the steady flow of news and new product announcements to web and print and is the producer of the Light Matters video newscast.
Robin Riley
Multimedia/Web Editor Robin Riley has 30+ years of experience in communications and marketing for a range of technical industries. She is a regular contributor to web content and social media, and organizes and produces custom and editorial webinars.
Karen Newman
Karen Newman, Publisher/Books & Courses for Photonics Media Press, has had a career in business-to-business and association publishing, much of it spent covering technical, scientific and life sciences subjects.
 
Hank Hogan
Contributing editor Hank Hogan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in physics from the University of Texas at Austin. Hogan worked in the semiconductor industry and now writes about science and technology.
Marie Freebody
Contributing editor Marie Freebody is a free-lance science and technology journalist with a master’s degree in physics and a concentration in nuclear astrophysics from the University of Surrey in England.
Valerie Coffey
Science writer Valerie C. Coffey holds a bachelor’s degree in physics and a master’s in astronomy. She has covered optics, photonics, physics and astronomy for a variety of industry and academic publications since 2000.
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