As 2017 draws to a close, it’s staggering to look at the optics and photonics industry’s accomplishments from the past 12 months. This year witnessed creation of the first “water-wave” laser and world’s thinnest nanometric hologramhigh dynamic range LED cinema screens made their debut, and the U.S. military upped its commitment to directed energy defense systems. In this edition, we’ll take a look back at the biggest industry news, most significant technological achievements, and popular products from 2017.

Starting with our first newsletter of 2018 on Jan. 3, Photonics Online will resume tracking the development of virtual, altered, and mixed reality technologies; exploring the latest industrial, military, and consumer photonics technologies; and analyzing optics that bring the nano-level world into focus. Also, keep an eye out for more in-depth application discussions, trade show coverage, and other content that fosters your professional development. We thank you for your readership, and we welcome questions, comments, or contributions to the site at

Have a safe and happy holiday season,

Ed Biller

Editor, Photonics Online

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