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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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Oct 2021

Good things to come: Photonics Media edition

However lazy summer may feel elsewhere, it’s an active time in New England, when schools empty out, friends and family gather more often, and everyone gets away to the beach, or the woods, or the city. New England’s comparatively short growing season also requires more attentive gardening.

Summer 2021 was markedly less lazy here at Photonics Media as we cultivated a crop of new events, resources, and improvements that we look forward to sharing with you over the next four months.

In October, for example, we are hosting our fourth online conference, and the first to focus entirely on biophotonics technology. Running Oct. 26-28, the BioPhotonics Conference will feature more than 25 presentations from leading technology experts in microscopy, spectroscopy, OCT, flow cytometry, and medical lasers. Applications discussed will range from the detection of cancer and viruses to the analysis of blood and tissue, to diagnostics that enable the imaging of brain functioning. The keynote speakers and full program appear here. Registration for the event is free on our website.

The November print issue of Photonics Spectra will be accompanied by the latest and greatest update to our Photonics Spectrum Wall Chart. In addition to updating the spectral ranges of common optical, detector, and laser materials, we reformatted our industry-leading reference to be more visually intuitive and easy to navigate.

In December, we will be putting the final touches on our second annual Photonics Spectra Conference (PSC) — a virtual January event for which program development began in August (and continues today). Running online Jan. 10-13, the PSC will dedicate a day each to lasers, optics, optical sensors, and imaging. Each day will include tracks that dive more deeply into the latest component and system advancements, as well as into trending applications in laser materials processing, lidar, fiber sensors, scientific cameras, and more.

January will also mark the unveiling of our redesign for Photonics Spectra. The magazine will continue to feature the same up-to-date and in-depth coverage of lasers, optics, imaging, and spectroscopy each month. But our redesign aims to further elevate the reader’s experience with more compelling visuals, layouts, and navigability. We hope you enjoy the fruits of our labors. The Photonics Media team is already hard at work sowing a new crop of ideas to cultivate more educational and strategic value for our readers in the photonics industry. Stay tuned.

Mike Wheeler
As editor-in-chief, Michael Wheeler oversees Photonics Media's editorial operations — spanning print, web, and podcasts. He also serves as editor of Vision Spectra, chronicling advancements in the rapidly expanding machine vision/inspection sector.
Dan McCarthy
Senior editor Dan McCarthy manages editorial content and production for Photonics Spectra. An award-winning writer and editor, he has communicated the progress and practical value of advanced technologies for over two decades.
Doug Farmer
Senior Editor Douglas Farmer has been a journalist for nearly 20 years, winning awards for health and education reporting. He has a master's degree in journalism from Ball State University. He is editor of EuroPhotonics and BioPhotonics magazines.
Sarah Weiler
As Webinar & Social Media Coordinator, Sarah Weiler organizes and produces all Photonics Media webinars and manages social media content. With a background in writing and editing, she also contributes to the print publications.
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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