Photonics Career Development Guest Columns

  1. Microlearning Applied To Laser Safety
    7/16/2019

    This article explains the concept and demonstrates how the training approach known as “microlearning” can be applied in laser use settings to the advantage of staff, researchers, and management.

  2. Properly Executing Fiber Optic Safety
    6/18/2019

    Happily, laser accidents with fibers are almost exclusively related to non-beam hazards. Still, laser fiber users need to understand a number of factors relevant to fiber optic safety.

  3. Understanding Laser Safety In Fabrication Settings
    5/21/2019

    Many laser standards exist to address the variety of laser use applications, but the fabrication setting is conspicuously omitted. This article details what the basic laser safety requirements for fabrication, as well as what it takes to implement such safeguards.  

  4. A Guide To Selecting Laser Protective Eyewear
    3/30/2019

    When it comes to laser protective eyewear, a number of factors go into selecting the best option, and some are more important than others.

  5. Breaking Down The “Cosine Fourth Power Law”
    3/17/2019

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

  6. Recognizing Ergonomic Concerns In The Laser Lab
    3/5/2019

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

  7. Lessons For Our Fight Against Subtle Sexism
    8/22/2018

    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. 5 Ways To Improve Your Technical Communication
    8/15/2017

    Whether we’re pitching to investors, networking at a trade show, or giving a conference presentation, our message impacts the results. If we’re not thoughtful about how we structure that content, select details, and deliver the information, it’s easy to lose the quality and clarity of our communication.

  9. Vision Systems 101: Start With The Video Interface
    8/7/2017

    Choosing the right video interface may mean the difference between success and failure for vision system designers. Although the video interface is a small part of the overall vision system, it has a large impact on the cost and usability of the final product.