Featured Editorial

  1. 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.

  2. 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.  

  3. Why You Should Use A Product Development Process
    4/28/2019

    Applied poorly, systems turn into bloated regulations that no one trusts or uses effectively. Applied properly, the right systems improve the efficiency and effectiveness of product development teams.

  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. Q&A With Marilyn Gorsuch, Photonics West Event Manager
    1/21/2019

    Marilyn Gorsuch, Photonics West Event Manager, graciously took time to discuss with Photonics Online what attendees can expect at BiOS this year, and provided insight into the planning of our industry’s busiest week.

  8. Electronification’s Impact On Medical Device Manufacturers
    9/24/2018

    Rising demand for electronic components -- driven by the automotive, defense, aerospace, and industrial manufacturing industries -- could create supply challenges like price volatility, counterfeiting, relabeling, selling out-of-date parts, and double- or triple-booking orders

  9. Understanding Diamond And Its Relationship With Optics
    9/17/2018

    The combination of diamond’s broadband transparency, chemical inertness, low absorption, and highest-known thermal conductivity offers benefits for applications running at either high power levels or high-power densities.

  10. A Q&A With SPIE CEO Dr. Kent Rochford
    9/4/2018

    Dr. Kent Rochford became SPIE’s new CEO earlier this summer, following the retirement of Dr. Eugene Arthurs, who stepped down in June. Recently, Dr. Rochford graciously made time to discuss his vision for SPIE initiatives already underway, as well as those the future may hold.