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The SPIE Digital Library is the most extensive resource available on optics and photonics, providing unprecedented access to technical publications from SPIE Journals, Conference Proceedings and Presentations, and eBooks from SPIE Press from 1962 to the present. More than 18,000 new technical papers and 25 eBooks are added annually.


New papers from SPIE's Journals and Proceedings are published as they receive approvals and complete production. Print publications follow completion of the online volume.


All full-text papers and eBook chapters are provided in PDF format. Journal papers from 2001 and Proceedings from 2015 are available in both PDF and HTML formats. All PDF papers are searchable using the Find utility in Adobe Reader.

Institutional subscribers gain access to the Digital Library via their organization's IP addresses or other use credentials. Personal subscribers gain access to full-text papers via a username and password. Nonsubscribers may purchase digital papers directly from the Digital Library.

Open Access publications and free content from SPIE are provided to promote knowledge transfer, education, and awareness of technology and industry developments in optics and photonics.

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Engineers and scientists in academic, corporate, and government laboratories depend on the SPIE Digital Library for the critical knowledge they need to stay current and competitive. More than 100,000 SPIE papers are cited in patents registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and thousands more appear in the international patent literature.

The SPIE Digital Library is both a rich technical archive and a go-to resource for state-of-the-art research.

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