"This is so unbelievably cool. . .
now I want to read the article
so I can understand it," said an OSA member—after a half-hour of telephone coaching—when he first
viewed a movie of the output beam
patterns from a quasi-stadium-mode
resonator on Optics Express. In that instant he understood how online journals, with their color, movement, and sometimes sound, can provide a new and potentially better way of
conveying technical information. For instance, Figure 3 of that same article contains four curves, two of which mostly overlap. Without color, the
curves would be indistinguishable.
The member's enthusiasm was enhanced, no doubt, by a rapidly
approaching conference deadline,
but, even lacking a dire desire for diversion, you, too, will be pleasantly surprised the first time you view a multi-media Optics Express article.
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