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Scenes From a Marriage—Of Optics and Electronics

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Science  23 Jun 1995:
Vol. 268, Issue 5218, pp. 1702-1703
DOI: 10.1126/science.268.5218.1702


BALTIMORE—Exploring the common ground between optics and electronics, more than 6800 physicists, spectroscopists, and engineers gathered here from 21 to 26 May at the joint meetings of the Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics and the Quantum Electronics and Laser Science conference. Participants unveiled new technologies that have sprung up on this common ground, such as an imaging technique that can gauge the chemical composition of materials. They also described ways to broaden that ground, such as a novel approach for integrating lasers and silicon chips—a challenge that has slowed progress toward a new generation of high-speed computers and communications.