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Latest Issue
Dec 2017

2D Materials Present Benefits, Challenges

JUSTINE MURPHY, SENIOR EDITOR, justine.murphy@photonics.com
The properties of 2D materials could have a substantial impact on a host of applications, from quantum communication to flexible electronics. Manufacturers are seeking materials that allow faster, more efficient systems with lower power consumption, and materials such as graphene, germanium selenium and silicone can provide that. Besides being good conductors and strong light absorbers, they are durable and can bend without breaking.

The “wonder material” graphene can work at any wavelength from the visible to the far-IR, according to industry experts. Given its optical properties, graphene can assist the development of components such as IR transceivers used for data communication. Silicone is well suited for applications such as optical telecommunication devices, which continually require higher data transmission.

However, despite their advantages, 2D materials do present some challenges. Users must retain control of surface interface, and it’s also difficult to grow large, defect-free 2D films. In our cover story, Contributing Editor Hank Hogan delves further into the benefits and challenges of such materials, as well as the need for further investigation of their properties (read article).

Also in this issue:

• Maria Tesa of Edinburgh Instruments offers an in-depth look at fluorescence spectroscopy, which is routinely used in applications such as luminescent sample analysis and medical imaging. Spectroscopy methods including excitation-emission fluorescence are emerging, offering such benefits as faster sample measurements (read article).

• John Bowers, deputy CEO of AIM Photonics, and Jose Pozo, director of technology and innovation at EPIC, give their input on the state of the U.S. photonics industry within the global spectrum and explore the competition and collaboration needed for technological and research advancement (read article).

• EPIC Insights’ Ana Gonzáles and Jose Pozo examine the potential for lidar technologies, and how the ongoing expansion of the industry in Europe is impacting its role in the lidar market (read article).

• SolarEdge’s Lior Handelsman discusses the effect that selection, installation and maintenance of commercial photovoltaic systems have on longevity and ROI (read article).

Enjoy the issue!
Karen Newman
Group Publisher Karen Newman has had a career in business-to-business and association publishing, much of it spent covering technical, scientific and life sciences subjects.
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.
 
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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