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Most popular SPIE Newsroom articles and Digital Library papers

Top SPIE Newsroom articles and papers from SPIE Journals and Conference Proceedings.

The SPIE Digital Library and the SPIE Newsroom are two great sources for photonics research. Using the most recent data available, here is a selection of the most frequently downloaded papers on the Digital Library, and the most read articles on the Newsroom.

SPIE Newsroom: Top articles for November 2016

1. Fundamental limits to near-field radiative heat transfer 
2. Optics of Google Earth 
3. History of the fiber-optic gyro
4. Terahertz imaging of biomechanical interfaces
5. LED light pollution: Can we save energy and save the night?
6. Materials and microfabrication processes for next-generation brain-machine devices 
7. Piezoelectric power generation in tires 
8. Novel walk-through imaging system for security screening
9. Demonstration of an all-fiber stimulated emission depletion illumination system
10. LED-powered mini-lidar for martian atmospheric dust studies

SPIE Digital Library: Top Downloads for September 2016


Edgewise connectivity: an approach to improving segmented primary mirror performance (J. Astron. Telesc. Instrum. Syst.; 2014) 

On-sky demonstration of the GMT dispersed fringe phasing sensor prototype on the Magellan Telescope (Proceedings of SPIE; 2016)

Biomedical Optics & Medical Imaging

Medical hyperspectral imaging: a review (J. Biomedical Optics; 2014) 

High-speed gigapixel and 3D phase microscopy using coded illumination (Proceedings of SPIE; 2016)

Communications & Information Technology

Nanosatellite optical downlink experiment: design, simulation, and prototyping (Optical Engineering; 2016) 

NASA's optical communications program for 2015 and beyond (Proceedings of SPIE; 2015)

Defense & Security

Artificial target detection with a hyperspectral LiDAR over 26-h measurement (Optical Engineering; 2015)

Three-dimensional radar imaging techniques and systems for near-field applications (Proceedings of SPIE; 2016)

Electronic Imaging & Signal Processing

Vehicle license plate recognition using visual attention model and deep learning (J. Electronic Imaging; 2015) 

Demonstration of digital hologram recording and 3D-scenes reconstruction in real-time (Proceedings of SPIE; 2016)


Pathways toward high-performance perovskite solar cells: review of recent advances in organo-metal halide perovskites for photovoltaic applications (J. Photonics for Energy; 2016) 

Radiative cooling for thermophotovoltaic systems (Proceedings of SPIE; 2016)


Laser-based removal of irregularly shaped space debris (Optical Engineering; 2017) 

Multi-kilowatt power scaling and coherent beam combining of narrow-linewidth fiber lasers (Proceedings of SPIE; 2016)

Light Sources & Illumination

Review of recent progress in multilayer solution-processed organic light-emitting diodes (J. Photonics for Energy; 2015) 

High-brightness low-power consumption microLED arrays (Proceedings of SPIE; 2016)

Lithography & Microelectronics

Characterization of wafer geometry and overlay error on silicon wafers with nonuniform stress (J. Micro/Nanolithography, MEMS, and MOEMS; 2013)

EUV lithography performance for manufacturing: status and outlook (Proceedings of SPIE; 2016)


Evaluation of carbon nanotube probes in critical dimension atomic force microscopes (J. Micro/Nanolithography, MEMS, and MOEMS; 2016)

Single and two-shot quantitative phase imaging using Hilbert-Huang Transform based fringe pattern analysis (Proceedings of SPIE; 2016)


Review of mid-infrared plasmonic materials (J. Nanophotonics; 2015)

Precise 3D printing of micro/nanostructures using highly conductive carbon nanotube-thiol-acrylate composites (Proceedings of SPIE; 2016)


Imaging freeform optical systems designed with NURBS surfaces(Optical Engineering; 2016)

Electronic and thermally tunable infrared metamaterial absorbers (Proceedings of SPIE; 2016)

Remote Sensing

Review of the use of remote sensing for biomass estimation to support renewable energy generation (J. Applied Remote Sensing; 2015) 

SkySat-1: very high-resolution imagery from a small satellite (Proceedings of SPIE; 2014)


Proton irradiation results for long-wave HgCdTe infrared detector arrays for Near-Earth Object Camera (J. Astron. Telesc. Instrum. Syst.; 2015) 

Model development and system performance optimization for staring infrared search and track (IRST) sensors (Proceedings of SPIE; 2016)