Our top 20 photonics tech picks for 2016 (slideshow)

This year, two decades of laser, optical, vibration isolation, and instrumentation development on the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) bore fruit, resulting in the launch of a new form of experimental science (gravitational astronomy).

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The large optic suspension at the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) played a part in directly detecting gravitational waves for the first time—one of Laser Focus World’s Top 20 photonics technology picks for 2016. (Courtesy of the LIGO Laboratory)

This year, two decades of laser, optical, vibration isolation, and instrumentation development on the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) bore fruit, resulting in the launch of a new form of experimental science (gravitational astronomy). As a result, this year's Tech Review Top 20 list slideshow concludes with an especially robust selection of science topics from the past year of Laser Focus World. And, as always, we are featuring our choice technology picks from this past year's advances in photonics

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