Open Acccess papers & International Year of Light

With the last days of 2015 and the International Year of Light coming to a close, be sure to browse some of the great articles at the following link that remain open access through the end of 2015.

Great articles from “Physics Review Letters” include “Focus: Invention of the Maser and Laser”,   January 27, 2005, Phys. Rev. Focus 15, 4
http://physics.aps.org/story/v15/st4

Celebrating the 2015 International Year of Light http://physics.aps.org/IYL

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Technology and materials engineering

Advances in material science are an important factor in the development of new technology and innovation we see around us every day.  From light weight materials to drive fuel efficiency in cars and aircraft to innovation in the development of micro-electronics.  Often the inventors of new devices or macroscale systems get the limelight from these contributions to science, engineering and its effect on society.  However, there are many scientists that are working hard behind the scenes driving innovation in the form of materials science.  The advancement in materials science directly correlates to the development of new instruments and devices.  These developments help propel us in the areas of photonics & optomechanics, consumer electronics, fuel cells and energy system and a plethora of other areas of technology.

The following open access article discusses this topic with several links to many of these developments throughout history.

Article from Physics Today: Granular crystals: Nonlinear dynamics meets materials engineering

http://scitation.aip.org/content/aip/magazine/physicstoday/article/68/11/10.1063/PT.3.2981?utm_source=Physics%20Today&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=6339008_November%202015%20Table%20of%20Contents&dm_i=1Y69,3RV7K,E1N6FE,DLD5I,1