PHOTONICS: The technology of generating and harnessing light and other forms of radiant
energy whose quantum unit is the photon. The range of applications of photonics extends
from energy generation to detection to communications and information processing.
Volume 45 Issue 11
44 | FULLY FEATURED MACHINE VISION SOFTWARE DRIVES MANUFACTURING
by Lynn Savage, Features Editor
Software is playing a key role in the growth of the machine vision and manufacturing
industries, which are thriving across the globe despite the ongoing sluggish economy.
49 | SMART, SELF-HEALING FIBERS LAUGH AT DANGER
by Marie Freebody, Contributing Editor
Lightweight and impervious to electromagnetic interference, fiber optic sensors
are finding applications in hazardous environments and inaccessible locations.
54 | EXTREME ULTRAVIOLET: A NEW FRONTIER FOR LASERS
by Hank Hogan, Contributing Editor
Compact EUV lasers are making steady progress in the lab; potential applications
for these evolving devices include semiconductor manufacturing and medical research.
59 | ASPHERIC OPTICS: ASK FOR WHAT YOU WANT
by Trey Turner and Mark Damery, REO
Aspheres have become more versatile and can reduce system size; however,
because they are costly and difficult to manufacture, prioritizing specifications
for them is essential.
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