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The SPIE Digital Library supports OpenURL at the journal article, proceeding article, and book chapter level; the same is true of DOI syntax.

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SPIE open access content is available to all Digital Library users without authentication, registration, or sign-in requirement. Additionally, all Review articles, Tutorials, and Editorials are freely available.

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The SPIE Digital Library is the largest collection of optics and photonics applied research. Optics is a branch of physics involving the behavior and properties of visible, ultraviolet, and infrared light. Photonics is the manipulation of light including the generation, emission, transmission, modulation, signal processing, switching, amplification, and detection or sensing.

Optics and photonics are all-encompassing - visit our Topic Collection page for a list of related sciences.

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The SPIE Digital Library supports Shibboleth authentication. The following Shibboleth federations are supported: UK Access Management Federation for Education and Research and DFN-AAI (Germany). Additional configurations are in progress, including federations in Australia, France, Italy, Japan, and United States. Please contact SPIEDLsupport@spie.org if you have questions about Shibboleth authentication at your institution.

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