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International Day of Light

To celebrate the first ever International Day of Light, this special collection explores the success and commercial impact of research into optics, photonics and lasers

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Optics & Photonics Briefing

Take a look inside our latest free-to-read optics and photonics briefing. Answering key questions and covering the latest research, features and commercial developments, this issue highlights areas including lasers and detectors, solar power, medical imaging and high-resolution displays.

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Principles and Applications of Fourier Optics
Robert K Tyson introduces the principles of Fourier optics and explores the many applications that have been developed over the last 50 years or so.

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A Guided Tour of Light Beams
David S Simon explains how the standard laser beam has evolved into an array of specialized light beams with a variety of strange and counterintuitive properties, and explores their scientific applications.

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Electromagnetic Waves and Lasers
Wayne D Kimura reviews basic electromagnetic wave theory and applies it specifically to lasers to give the reader  practical knowledge about lasers, and their operation and usage.

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Nonlinear Guided Wave Optics
Stefan Wabnitz explores how guided wave nonlinear optics and fibre lasers provide a relatively simple test bed for studying extreme wave phenomena that apply to many different physical systems.

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