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The Future of Illumination Design

Pablo Benítez and Juan C. Miñano

More and more, optical designers and manufacturers are applying the concepts of non-imaging optics to problems in illumination design, allowing them to avoid restrictions on surface geometry and create simpler designs with better performance.

Towards Dynamic Surface-Emitting Fiber Lasers

A new laser combines key advantages of fiber lasers and vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers. It provides enhanced capabilities that could be applied to medical imaging, explosive vapor and chemical detection, photodynamic therapy and fabric displays.

A Roadmap for Optical Data Storage Applications

Optical products were once thought to represent the future of data storage, but their evolution has been slower than experts had anticipated. This article describes the latest progress in optical data storage applications and explains how these products must adapt to compete with other technologies.

Orthogonally Polarized Lasers and their Applications

Precision metrologists have traditionally thought of lasers as mere light sources. Now, orthogonally polarized lasers are being applied as sensors themselves. They’re being developed and used to measure displacement, wave plates’ retardation, force and weight.

Multispectral Photography Aids Archaeologists

Digital Holography Measures Health of Cells

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