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Latest Issue
Jun 2017

Life Sciences Come Alive With 3D Imaging

JUSTINE MURPHY, SENIOR EDITOR, justine.murphy@photonics.com
Justine Murphy At one time people thought the Earth was flat, and there was no evidence presented to them to contradict that. With this belief came a limited view of their surroundings. In more recent times, a two-dimensional look at things such as single cells and the inner workings of the human body has provided similarly limited views. But with the advancement of 3D imaging technology, medical and life sciences applications are taking on a whole new look.

In our cover story, Contributing Editor Hank Hogan, with input from industry experts, examines the advancement of 3D imaging (read article). Unlike 2D imaging, 3D offers more in-depth discovery and study. Rather than the single and flat views, 3D imaging brings all angles of an object to life. It provides a more comprehensive view and more accurately represents medical data.

Also in this issue:

• Mid-IR gas sensing is a quickly advancing market for sensors, driven by a number of factors — an increasing desire for better quality of life is among them. An article by Adam Piotrowski, of Vigo Systems, (read article) discusses the rapidly growing applications and ongoing advancement of mid-IR gas sensing.

• In the space market, photonics technologies have always found a home. Jose Pozo, of EPIC (European Photonics Industry Consortium), attributes this to the short time to market, enabled by the European Space Agency. In this month’s EPIC Insights column (read article), he explores new opportunities for European photonics companies to develop technologies and expand into areas such as free space communications, satellite subsystems and Earth observation.

• While the use of lasers in welding and other similar applications is nothing new, advancements are happening all the time. An article by Coherent Inc.’s Wolfram Rath (read article) delves into these growing applications, as well as their impact on the industrial and manufacturing sectors.

• Tens of thousands of people and dozens of companies from around the world attend the biennial Laser World of Photonics conference and exhibition. It provides the stage for promising newcomers, industry veterans and innovative companies to learn, exchange ideas and connect. A preview of the show (read article) offers an in-depth look at the courses, speakers and other events that are on the agenda.

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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