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AR/AI

New Products

New products for November 2022.

R&D
Photonics/Optics

Optical Fiber Sensor Measures Deviations in Spine

The sensors have already been used to monitor the curvature of structures and robotic arms. But measuring both the magnitude and direction of the spine’s curvature presents an additional challenge.

Briefs
Photonics/Optics

Compact, Temperature-Tuned OFDR Laser

NASA has focused on OFDR, an alternative FBG interrogation technique based on laser interferometry.

Products
Medical

New Products and Services

The new products and services in November 2022.

Special Reports
Imaging

Machine Vision & Camera Technology - October 2022

In this report just released by the editors of Tech Briefs and Photonics & Imaging Technology, you'll read about the world's fastest camera (.5 trillion frames per second!); an innovative...

Global Innovations
Photonics/Optics

Self-Cleaning Optical Fiber Can Help in Diagnosing Cancer, Monitoring Environment

Researchers have successfully developed a novel optical fiber design allowing the generation of rainbow laser light in the molecular fingerprint...

Briefs
Test & Measurement

Miniature Optical Fiber Treatment Device Offers More Effective Cancer Immunotherapy

Cancer immunotherapy, one of the most important and promising therapies for cancer treatments, is being used by oncologists to treat patients suffering from many different cancers including breast, cervical, colon, stomach, and skin.

INSIDER
Photonics/Optics

New Products

High-Speed InGaAs Photodiodes

OSI Optoelectronics (Hawthorne, CA) has introduced infrared-sensitive, pigtail-packaged High-Speed InGaAs Photodiodes with active areas of 75 µm and 120 µm. The single/multi-mode fiber...

Technology Leaders
Photonics/Optics

Designing a Silicon Photonic MEMS Phase Shifter with Simulation

Existing infrastructure still relies on many electrical signal processing components embedded inside fiber optic networks.

Articles
Unmanned Systems

Positioning to Centimeter Level Improves Ag Productivity

Precision navigation, which is essential to autonomous machines, is knowing a moving vehicle’s absolute and relative position in 3D space accurately, reliably and repeatably....

Question of the Week
Photonics/Optics

Next-Generation High-Performance Lasers

NASA’s Deep Space Network (DSN), a sort of GPS system for space, relies on atomic clocks for extreme accuracy. Any modern navigation system must accurately time radio signals to triangulate a location. But the need for accuracy is even higher in space, where great distances can compound even tiny...

INSIDER
Photonics/Optics

New Technology Demonstrated During Arctic Exercise

During a multi-service exercise, the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL) successfully demonstrated a...

Articles
Electronics & Computers

The Next Generation of Mission-Critical Communications Infrastructure is Here

The critical role of spectrum superiority in the success of battlefield campaigns is evidenced by the enormous investments being made in electronic warfare (EW)...

NASA Spinoff
Photonics/Optics

Next-Generation High-Performance Lasers

NASA’ Deep Space Network (DSN), a sort of GPS system for space, relies on atomic clocks for extreme accuracy. Any modern navigation system must accurately time radio signals to triangulate a...

Question of the Week
Photonics/Optics

Will inserting lenses inside blood vessels become a practical tool for diagnosing disease?

Researchers have developed a camera-like imaging device that can be inserted into blood vessels to provide high-quality 3D images to help scientists better understand the causes of heart attack and heart disease progression and could lead to improved...

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Energy

Sapphire Fiber Could Enable Cleaner Energy and Air-Travel

Researchers at Oxford University have used a sapphire optical fiber – a thread of industrially grown sapphire less than half a millimeter thick – that can withstand...

Technology Leaders
Motion Control

Ensuring Optical Fiber Alignment

Most optical networks have many fiber couplings and even minor losses at these junctions will produce significant signal losses that cause problems in data transmission. Precise fiber alignment at the optical...

Articles
Photonics/Optics

Using CoaXPress-over-Fiber for High-Speed Machine Vision

High-speed digital imaging expands the benefits of traditional machine vision (MV), transforming it from a process control tool into a diagnostic tool. Traditional MV systems use...

Briefs
Manufacturing & Prototyping

Flexible Imaging Device

3D micro-printing was used to develop this small, flexible scope for looking inside blood vessels.

Briefs
Photonics/Optics

Multimode Optical Fiber Sensing

Although a vast majority of fiber optic strain sensors use single mode fiber, multimode fiber has a higher nonlinear threshold that enables higher light levels and lower noise.

INSIDER
Photonics/Optics

New Products

Two-Axis Laser Scan Head

Aerotech Inc. (Pittsburgh, PA) has released the AGV-XPO, a high-dynamic, two-axis laser scan head that combines low-inertia, high-efficiency motors with ultra-high resolution position feedback...

Application Briefs
Sensors/Data Acquisition

Visualizing Value at the Speed of Light

See how hyperspectral imaging adds value to food inspection systems.

Products
Photonics/Optics

New Products

Spectrometers, digital microscopes, high-speed imaging, and more.

Articles
Photonics/Optics

500°C-Rated Optical Fiber for High Temperature Applications

A metal-coated fiber capable of withstands high temperatures.

Application Briefs
Photonics/Optics

Measuring Aggressive Launch Loads on Spacecraft

What began as a research tool to collect aerodynamic data from research aircraft is now solving technical challenges for NASA.

Briefs
Materials

Nanoscale Sensors Measure Elusive Water Levels in Leaves

A new technology uses nanoscale sensors and fiber optics to measure water status just inside a leaf’s surface, where water in plants is most actively managed.

Q&A
Electronics & Computers

How to Measure High Voltage with No Physical Contact

Dr. Israel Owens and his team at Sandia National Laboratories have used a crystal smaller than a dime and a laser smaller than a shoebox to safely measure 20 million volts without making physical contact to the electrode.

Articles
Photonics/Optics

SPIE Photonics West 2022 Preview

The main Photonics West exhibition opens on Tuesday, January 25.

Products
Electronics & Computers

New Products

Fiber laser machinery, polishing pitch, beam collimators, and more.