SPIE Digital Library

In this article by Nhan Le, we look at an extensive resource on optics and photonics. Monash researchers working on light and light-based technologies have access to this resource.

2015 is the International Year of Light and Light-based Technology. The world has enjoyed the benefits of light and light-based technologies through photography, medical imaging and radiology, and much more.

Technology has not stopped there. Clean energy, lightning-fast communication, and sustainable manufacturing are among many others which are the future of light-based technologies. [i]

Monash researchers can continue to explore and make use of an extensive resource available on optics and photonics through SPIE Digital Library. This resource is provided by one of the most prestigious societies that focuses on light, optical and photonic technologies.

The Society for Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) is an international society advancing an interdisciplinary approach to the science and application of light. SPIE was founded in 1955.

SPIE plays a vital role in researchers’ scientific endeavours. Through the Library's subscription to SPIE Digital Library Monash researchers have access to more than 230,000 technical papers from SPIE journals and conference proceedings from 1990 to present. Researchers can also look forward to more than 17,000 new research papers added annually.

Journals: SPIE Journals publish peer-reviewed articles on optical engineering, electronic imaging, biomedical optics, microlithography, remote sensing, and nanophotonics.

Conference Proceedings: The innovations in research and technology are captured in Conference Proceedings of SPIE. These original research papers presented at SPIE conferences are among the most cited references in patent literature and are available two to four weeks after each event.

Monash users can search across the two platforms using the basic Search, or Advanced Search, or separately. For example, on the Journals tab, you can view individual titles through Current Issue or All Issues, or on the Proceedings tab, you can browse by Conference, by Year, by Volume No., or by Volume Title.

Featured Video is displayed on the SPIE home page. For example: Watch the video "Kathryn Flanagan: Hubble and JWST inspire the scientist in everyone" and read an article on Space Telescopes co-authored by Kathryn Flanagan  (as of August 5th, 2015).

You can access all the scholarly material on SPIE Digital Library through the Library-managed subscription.

[i] Celebrating light: 50 ways light-based technologies enrich our world, 2015, SPIE Press, pp. 118-119.

Nhan Le is a subject librarian for Engineering and Science in the Hargrave-Andrew Library.
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