Newsletter | December 16, 2020

12.16.20 -- Photonics Online Top 10 Of 2020


So long and, for many, good riddance, 2020! This year was dominated by the global pandemic: It forced researchers to devise creative approaches to continue their studies, drove technology firms to innovate new ways to promote their offerings in the absence of trade shows, and adapted many of us to designing components or solving mathematical riddles surrounded by toddlers and pets, versus having knowledgeable colleagues at arm’s length. In the face of these challenges, our industry rose up with expertise in UV disinfection and thermal camera-based body temperature screening, as well as microscopy tools and techniques to aid virologists and other researchers at the forefront of treatment and vaccination efforts. In addition to some of these feats, this edition reviews the biggest industry news, most significant technological achievements, and popular products from the past 12 months.

Starting with our first newsletter of 2021 on Jan. 4, Photonics Online will resume tracking the industry’s development of tools to aid in the fight against coronavirus, as well explore the latest industrial, military, and consumer photonics technologies — acting as a resource and a virtual gathering place to fill some of the void left by the industry events many of us have been missing. Also, keep an eye out for more in-depth application discussions and other educational content that fosters your professional development. We appreciate your readership and we welcome questions, comments, or contributions to the site at

Have a safe and joyous holiday season,

Ed Biller
Editor, Photonics Online

Top 10 Articles
  1. Is A DIY Microscope For You?
  2. New Intensified sCMOS Camera Technology Improves High-Speed Analysis
  3. A New Lighting Era For Single-Use Endoscopes
  4. Hybrid Gain Flattening Filters In Optical Fiber Amplifiers
  5. Spectroscopic Materials Analysis In The Palm Of Your Hand
Top 10 Resources
  1. Antireflection Optical Coatings For High-Power Fiber Lasers
  2. 5-Megapixel Global Shutter CMOS Sensor Brochure
  3. Understanding LIDAR Filters
  4. Wavelength Budgeting For Optical Filters
Top 10 News Stories
Top 10 Products & Services
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    FLIR Systems, Inc - Research & Science
  2. Photodiode Arrays
    OSI Optoelectronics
  3. IR Long-Range Zoom Lenses
    Ophir Optics Group
  4. RM21 MicroMirror TIRF Microscope
    Mad City Labs, Inc.
  5. EMCCD Camera: Falcon III
    Raptor Photonics Limited
Top 3 Videos
  1. Integra 2nd Gen Introduction
    Gentec Electro-Optics, Inc.
  2. Interferometer Drop Test
    Zygo Corporation