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June 1995

Whither Optical Coatings

Philip Baumeister

The article discusses a simple model of optical interference in a thin layer, the evolution of new methods for depositing thin films, and markets served by optical coatings.

Pushing The Limits Of Femtosecond Technology: Chirped Dielectric Mirrors

The authors explain the theory behind ultrashort pulses and offer a new method — chirped dielectric mirrors — for achieving sub-10 fsec pulses.

Commercial LiNbO3 Integrated Optic Devices

The application of LiNbO3 integrated optical devices in the areas of telecommunications, cable television signal distribution, antenna remoting, and fiber optic gyroscopes is reviewed. Emphasis will be placed on significant new devices and device improvements which are presently in commercial and advanced development.

A Selection Guide For Fiber Optic Connectors

Ajemian provides a step-by-step guide to the top 12 fiber connectors available commercially.

Some Reflections On Color

Did you ever wonder what makes a green object look green? The human eye is capable of seeing thousands of shades of colors within the visible spectrum. Take a look in the lipstick section of a drugstore or a jumbo box of crayons and you will wonder how they can come up with names for all of the colors. The perceived color of an object depends upon three things: the colors in the light that's illuminating the object, the colors that the object reflects, and the colors that your eyes are sensitive to.

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