Spotting Trends in Optics and Photonics

Tom Hausken

How to identify up-and-coming areas by looking at the big picture, from enabling science to vertical markets.

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Has this happened to you? Someone asks, “What were the hot topics at the Optica conference you attended?” You hesitate, or you recite a long, unhelpful list of disparate subjects. And what may seem new and significant to you may seem outdated or overhyped to others. So how do we identify burgeoning areas in the field?

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