Featured Editorial

  1. Breaking Down The “Cosine Fourth Power Law”

    In this article, we take a tour into the fascinating physics governing the illumination of images in lens systems.

  2. Recognizing Ergonomic Concerns In The Laser Lab

    To improve the safety, positive working environment, and ― ideally ― effectiveness of your laser lab, weigh these ergonomic considerations when approaching its layout.

  3. Q&A With Marilyn Gorsuch, Photonics West Event Manager

    Marilyn Gorsuch, Photonics West Event Manager, graciously took time to discuss with Photonics Online what attendees can expect at BiOS this year, and provided insight into the planning of our industry’s busiest week.

  4. Electronification’s Impact On Medical Device Manufacturers

    Rising demand for electronic components -- driven by the automotive, defense, aerospace, and industrial manufacturing industries -- could create supply challenges like price volatility, counterfeiting, relabeling, selling out-of-date parts, and double- or triple-booking orders

  5. Understanding Diamond And Its Relationship With Optics

    The combination of diamond’s broadband transparency, chemical inertness, low absorption, and highest-known thermal conductivity offers benefits for applications running at either high power levels or high-power densities.

  6. A Q&A With SPIE CEO Dr. Kent Rochford

    Dr. Kent Rochford became SPIE’s new CEO earlier this summer, following the retirement of Dr. Eugene Arthurs, who stepped down in June. Recently, Dr. Rochford graciously made time to discuss his vision for SPIE initiatives already underway, as well as those the future may hold.

  7. Lessons For Our Fight Against Subtle Sexism

    If we're to address subtle sexism, we don’t just need a plan for how to react; we need a plan to draw a line in the sand, so we know when it’s been crossed. Even harassers likely have challenges understanding where the line is after they’ve seen it crossed for so long without regard.

  8. 4K Operating Room Technology Advancing, Despite Initial Doubts

    As the minimally invasive approach continues to become standard procedure, demand for surgical visualization equipment will continue to rise. Continued adoption of 4k technology is bolstering growth in the total U.S. video and integrated operating room equipment market, which currently is valued at almost $2.3 billion.

  9. Exploiting Optics Opportunities In 3D Sensing — Scaling Challenges

    This article reviews key ideas discussed at the recent CLEO Conference — specifically, at the OIDA Executive Forum on the Exploding Role of Optics in Sensing — held May 14, 2018 in San Jose, Calif. It also includes my own thoughts and observations.

  10. The Driverless Car Revolution Creates Massive Opportunities For Optics

    “Perception is everything,” or so the saying goes. Indeed, technologically enabled perception — and the software required to make sense of the resultant data — is the vehicle to safe, reliable autonomous driving. And the optics industry holds the keys.