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EDITORIAL COMMENT
Latest Issue
Jan 2018

Hotbed of Photonics

MICHAEL D. WHEELER, MANAGING EDITOR, michael.wheeler@photonics.com
It’s been quite a run for SPIE’s Eugene Arthurs.

At the helm of SPIE for 18 years, Arthurs is stepping down, having witnessed unprecedented expansion of the photonics industry during his tenure.

Consider this: The year he started — 1999 — the photonics industry was synonymous with laser companies in Silicon Valley. Not so today.

Household names Google, Microsoft, Apple and others are in a stiff competition in the quest to develop next-generation technologies such as mixed reality and autonomous vehicles — transforming the valley into a “hotbed of photonics.” In an exclusive interview with Photonics Spectra, Arthurs comments on this and other trends, and muses on why we’re in the midst of the “century of the photon”(read article).

Science writer Valerie Coffey echoes similar themes in “Optics Transforming AR, Wearables and Beyond” (read article). Coffey chronicles the dueling efforts of Apple and Google to build AR-based smartphone apps that take advantage of optical sensors and machine learning to allow users to layer virtual information on real-world scenes.

Elsewhere in the magazine:

• Contributing Editor Marie Freebody’s “Packing More Performance Into Smaller Spectrometers” (read article) covers new advances in spectroscopy — from the increased availability of highly tunable IR spectrometers that incorporate quantum cascade lasers to more sensitive Raman systems.

• Fellow Contributing Editor Hank Hogan examines trends in the laser market, including a new generation of high-power diode lasers and the emergence of powerful blue diode lasers that may end up stealing market share from fiber lasers. Hogan’s “New Laser Technologies Displacing Old” (read article).

• François Templier of CEA-Leti and III-V Lab authors “Breakthrough in Fabricating Active-Matrix GaN Microdisplays,” (read article).

• The unique spectral and temporal qualities of supercontinuum light is leading researchers to a better understanding of reactions in biology, chemistry and condensed matter. Robert Alfano, Distinguished Professor of Science and Engineering at City College of New York, and Lingyan Shi, of Columbia University, outline the unique properties of the supercontinuum light source and highlight emerging applications in “Evolution of the Supercontinuum Light Source” (read article).

Finally, get the inside track on this year’s Prism Award finalists. See Senior Editor Justine Murphy’s “Prism Awards Honor Industry’s Top Innovators” (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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