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Since 1967, Photonics Spectra magazine has defined the science and industry of photonics, providing both technical and practical information for every aspect of the global industry and promoting an international dialogue among the engineers, scientists and end users who develop, commercialize and buy photonics products. Stay current with a FREE subscription to the digital or print edition.

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Jul 2018

Remembering Charlie

We were saddened to learn of the passing of retired managing editor Charlie Troy in May at age 81, after a brief illness. Charlie began his career here in 1983, working first as senior editor and ultimately managing editor, a position he held until his retirement in 1999. (He would return in an advisory capacity and as a part-time editor in later years.)

Along with executive editor Roger Linscott, Charlie played a pivotal role in fulfilling the vision of our founder, Teddi Laurin, of bringing a family of first-rate, highly informative publications to the industry — worthy of contributions from Nobel Prize-winning scientists and industry luminaries alike. Ever the newspaperman at heart, Charlie had a knack for the hard-boiled lede and a precision with language that earned the respect of his peers.

When he wasn’t behind the desk or traveling to trade shows in Germany or California, he was a true outdoorsman. A gifted sailor, Charlie spent many an afternoon sailing the waters of the Long Island Sound and Lake Champlain. He also loved fly fishing and skeet shooting at the nearby sportsman’s club. We’ll miss you, Charlie.

As we bid farewell to a friend, we say hello to another. Many of you know of Dr. Federico Capasso of Harvard University for his groundbreaking work developing the quantum cascade laser. Dr. Capasso has graciously accepted our offer to join our editorial advisory board, and we look forward to his help in what we choose to include in the pages of Photonics Spectra. Check out Light Matters for the latest on Dr. Capasso's work on metalenses. (watch video). 

Highlights from this month’s issue:

• The semiconductor industry has been planning for EUV lithography for years. Now it’s happening. Authors from ASML Holding examine the science behind the use of 13.5-nm light in our cover story, “Extreme UV Keeps Pace with Moore’s Law.” (read article).

• Be sure to make time for Contributing Editor Hank Hogan’s “Improving Automation with 3D Vision,” (read article).

• The development of durable, comfortable organic LED fibers shows promise for clothing-like displays. See “OLED-on-Fabric Could Be the Next Wearable Wonder,” authored by researchers at KAIST (read article).

Additional feature articles cover developments in fabrication techniques for ultrathin solar cells, a new silicon photonics interposer technology that could pave the way for 400-Gb/s optical interconnects, and a chemical vapor deposition technique, originated in the semiconductor industry, that can be used to coat curved optics.

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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