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Photonics/Optics

Light-Sensing 3D-Printed Device Could Help People with Lupus

A team of engineers and doctors at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities have designed a unique 3D-printed light-sensing medical device that is placed directly on the skin...

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Photonics/Optics

Advanced Microscope Techniques Could Improve Computer Memories

Anyone who has watched steam billow up from a boiling kettle or seen ice crystals form on a wet window in winter has observed what scientists call a phase transition. Phase...

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Electronics & Computers

Thin Device Triggers One of Quantum Mechanics’ Strangest Phenomena

An ultrathin invention could make future computing, sensing and encryption technologies remarkably smaller and more powerful by helping scientists control a strange but...

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Photonics/Optics

New Products: September 2022 Photonics & Imaging Insider

High-Speed InGaAs Photodiodes

OSI Optoelectronics (Hawthorne, CA) has introduced infrared-sensitive, pigtail-packaged High-Speed InGaAs Photodiodes with active areas of 75...

Technology Leaders
Electronics & Computers

Designing a Silicon Photonic MEMS Phase Shifter with Simulation

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

Products
Photonics/Optics

New Products: September 2022 Photonics & Imaging Technology

The new products in September 2022.

Special Reports
Energy

Test & Measurement - September 2022

Test strategies to track hypersonic threats…overcoming challenges of EV battery and electric aircraft testing…an innovative way to measure the thermal properties of materials. These are just a few of...

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Materials

Rice ‘Metalens’ Could Disrupt Vacuum UV Market

Tests showed the metalens they made could focus its 197-nanometer output onto a spot measuring 1.7 microns in diameter, increasing the power density of the light output by 21 times.

NASA Spinoff
Photonics/Optics

Webb Telescope Mirror Tech Improves Eye Surgery on Earth

Eye surgery patients on Earth are benefiting from early research on the NASA’s James Webb Telescope’s enormous mirrors.

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Photonics/Optics

Ultrasensitive Optical Sensing Instrument Has Broad Medical Uses

Researchers have developed a new kind of ultrasensitive optical sensing instrument. It combines the advantages of the two types of interferometers that are currently...

Articles
Aerospace

Designing A/D Converters for the James Webb Space Telescope

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) has four infrared cameras to view the stars.

Briefs
Photonics/Optics

Silicon Chip Improves LiDAR

Bulky, heavy LiDAR systems in self-driving cars could be replaced with a single chip.

Briefs
Imaging

Metalens for Virtual and Augmented Reality

The millimeter-sized flat lens can be used in wearable displays for virtual reality, which requires compact, lightweight, and cost-effective components.

Features
Photonics/Optics

Designing Lenses for Near-Infrared and Fluorescence Endoscopy

Fluorescence endoscopy is becoming increasingly important in many medical diagnostic tests. Based on the molecular absorption of light, this technique works by revealing...

Features
Medical

Additive Manufacturing: New Frontiers for Production and Validation

Over the last few decades, additive manufacturing (AM)/ 3D printing has fundamentally changed the way that manufacturers approach product development. Industry is now...

Articles
Sensors/Data Acquisition

Breakthrough Lightweight AR Eyeglasses

With AR eyeglasses, the screen of a mobile device can be transitioned to the lens of a pair of eyeglasses. The problem with that is that even though the technology has been around for a while, the...

Briefs
Aerospace

Diffraction Suppressed Mirror

Precise optical systems, especially those sensitive to information loss, are typically designed to minimize the use of mirrors. This is due to the Airy disk effect inherent to all conventional mirrors, which is a result of diffraction of the incident light. This effect represents information loss between the...

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Photonics/Optics

Compact Laser Source Detects Pollution

A middle infrared light source can detect greenhouse and other gases as well as molecules in a person’s breath. The compact system, which resembles a tiny suitcase, contains just two parts: a standard...

Briefs
Photonics/Optics

Shaping Light with a Dynamically Tunable Smart Lens

The importance of optical image quality and the trend toward thinner smart-phones have pushed manufacturers to increase the number of cameras in order to provide cellphones with better...

Question of the Week
Imaging

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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Photonics/Optics

Micro-CAL Process Prints Fine Features in Glass Microstructures

Researchers have developed a new way to 3D print glass microstructures that is faster and produces objects with higher optical quality, design flexibility and strength. They...

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Photonics/Optics

Photonic Quantum Computer Made in Germany

Everyone is talking about quantum computers. By interconnecting as many qubits (two-state quantum systems) as possible, massive amounts of data can be processed more easily, quickly and securely...

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Sensors/Data Acquisition

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...

Application Briefs
Materials

Challenges of Coating Aspheric Lenses

Aspheric lenses let optical system designers improve resolution, reduce the number of lens elements required, and increase system light throughput. Their complex, non-spherical surfaces correct for more...

Products
Software

New on the Market: May 2022

Dual Locking C14 IEC Connector

The SG03DC from MEGA Electronics, New Brunswick, NJ, contains side locking tabs similar to the Raritan Securelock. It will mate with any standard nonlocking C13 Outlet along...

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Nanotechnology

Tiny Optical Elements Could Replace Traditional Refractive Lenses

Researchers have developed tiny optical elements from metal nanoparticles and a polymer that could replace traditional refractive lenses to realize portable imaging systems...

Briefs
Photonics/Optics

New Optical Component Used to Create AR/VR Headsets and Eyewear

Consumers are looking for augmented reality/virtual reality (AR/VR) glasses that are compact and easy to wear, delivering high-quality imagery with socially acceptable optics...

Briefs
Photonics/Optics

New Family of Glass for Lens Applications

A new composition of germanosili-cate glass created by adding zinc oxide has properties good for lens applications. The new family of zinc germanosilicate glass has a high refractive index comparable...

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Photonics/Optics

New Products: May 2022 Photonics & Imaging Technology

Plasma Deposition Process

Alluxa, Inc. (Santa Rosa, CA) recently introduced its next-generation SIRRUS™ plasma physical vapor deposition (PVD) platform offering full spectral...