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p. 957. Lighting the frontierslocked

  • Ian Walmsley


Despite its long history as possibly the oldest continuous branch of natural philosophy and science, optics remains at the forefront of research and application. It is ubiquitous: as a tool for sensing, imaging, and communications, as well as providing ways to explore, discover, and illustrate new fundamental effects. ‘Lighting the frontiers’ explores some of the frontiers to which, and across which, light is currently taking us, which is possible because of the great technological strides that have been made in light sources, optical systems, and detectors that enable exquisite control over the shape and intensity, in both space and time, a light beam can take.

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