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Optical sensing gets exceptional

Conventional sensors based on devices called optical resonators have fundamentally limited sensitivity. Careful engineering has been used to overcome this constraint, opening the door to ultraprecise sensing. See Letters p.187 & p.192

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Figure 1: Improving the sensitivity of optical-resonator sensors.

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