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Dec 2018

The picture is clear

Superior displays and systems in consumer electronics can nearly transport users into their games, or even into the shark-infested waters of Animal Planet’s “Shark Week.” This is thanks, in part, to the highest-quality lighting sources and display components being developed by more and more companies worldwide.

As technology moves toward 4K and even 8K ultrahigh-definition displays touting 3840 pixels or better, particularly for smartphones and TVs, the quality of those displays is only as good as each pixel. Manufacturing such high-quality technology requires the most sensitive and comprehensive inspection tools. From line- and area-scan cameras to active sensors that allow every individual pixel to be inspected, engineers now have the means with which to detect microscopic imperfections.

In our cover story, Thomas Schaeffler, of Excelitas Technologies in Munich, details how these and other inspection tools, such as high-resolution cameras and lenses, are now hitting even the submicron range and quickly advancing display quality for future product generations. Learn more beginning here.

Also featured this issue:

Contributing editor Marie Freebody takes a look into the future of data communications, as fiber optics is boosting high-speed data transfer services, in both short- and long-range communications. Now, this technology is playing a larger role there, as the demand for greater data capacity grows. (read)

Coherent Inc.’s Darryl McCoy, Daniel Callen, Matthias Schulze, and Marco Arrigoni dive into the laser realm. Continuous-wave and ultrafast lasers are among those that are augmenting multiphoton, fluorescence, and other types of microscopy, creating a combination that is improving functionality for end users and OEMs alike. (read)

Jose Pozo and Ana Belén González Guerrero of the European Photonics Industry Consortium discuss the dawn of the human-technology revolution. Virtual and augmented reality systems — for gaming, tourism, and even medical research — are progressing to enhance and expand the user experience. However, challenges remain, namely with related software and hardware, that optics engineers are working to overcome. (read)

Enjoy the issue!
Mike Wheeler
An accomplished journalist and editor, Michael Wheeler oversees Photonic Media's editorial operations, spanning print, online, and video. He also serves as editor of Vision Spectra, chronicling advances in the rapidly expanding machine vision/inspection sector.
Chris Bergonzi
Managing Editor Chris Bergonzi has more than 35 years of experience editing, managing, and writing for consumer publications and peer-reviewed journals covering business, management, technology, and science.
Susan Petrie
Susan Petrie is Senior Editor of Photonics Spectra and has two decades of experience with print and digital publications. She has a Master of Fine Arts degree in writing from Bennington College.
Justine Murphy
Senior Editor Justine Murphy is an award-winning journalist with 20 years of experience in newspaper and magazine publishing, marketing, and public relations. She is editor of EuroPhotonics and BioPhotonics and produces industry-focused podcasts.
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.
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.
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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