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Latest Issue
Jun 2018

Augmented Reality Links Virtual, Real Worlds

JUSTINE MURPHY, SENIOR EDITOR, justine.murphy@photonics.com
Justine MurphyPicture it: You’re on a vacation and getting ready to explore local attractions. Brochures in the hotel lobby offer information about the best sights to visit, but they can be cumbersome to carry. Well, what if your smartphone could replace those pamphlets with apps that offer recognition of landmarks and even directions for how to find them?

It’s possible, thanks to augmented reality (AR) technology.

In our cover story, science writer Valerie Coffey explores how the virtual world of AR is making its way into the real world. Unlike virtual reality (VR), which offers fully immersive experiences, such as riding a roller coaster, smart wearable technology augments existing reality with an overlay of virtual content.

Many are anticipating great things for AR in the health care field in particular. It would allow physicians and surgeons, for example, to see patient data and other pertinent information during an operation or office-based procedure. Applying AR in this way could decrease medical errors and save lives. AR technology may also be incorporated into medical school classrooms and labs, providing students a 3D experience that would more closely mimic a real-world medical setting.

Learn more about how AR is expanding and what that means for the future (read article).

Elsewhere in the magazine:

• EPIC Insights examines the evolution of optical fiber technology. Traditionally applied in telecommunications, it’s making its way into other photonics sectors across Europe. From spectroscopy and metrology to photonic integrated sensors, the use of optical fiber is quickly expanding (read article).

• Terahertz imaging is emerging as a promising technique for noncontact, nonionizing 3D spectroscopy applications. Thomas R. Juliano Jr. and Philip F. Taday of TeraView Ltd. delve into this method’s unique properties, which are finding purpose in the pharmaceutical and automotive industries (read article).

• Darryl McCoy and Joseph Henrich of Coherent Inc. offer an in-depth look at how lasers and amplifiers are supporting applications across a gamut of scientific research. The technology is diverse, but advancements have sprouted common themes in ease of use, enhanced reliability, and higher performance (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 and BioPhotonics, host of the Light Matters newscast, and producer of podcasts.
 
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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