Products: Photonics/Optics
White LEDs

Luminus Devices (Billerica, MA) has added white LEDs to its PhlatLight® LED line. The white LEDs feature large chip sizes, photonic lattice technology for maximum light extraction, and advanced PhlatLight packaging to provide...

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MEMS 3D Micro-Mirrors

AMS Technologies (Martinsried, Germany) now offers MEMS 3D micro-mirrors from Sercalo Microtechnology Ltd. The micro-mirrors are used for precise optical beam steering. To avoid an optical feedback loop, the...

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Lighting-Class LEDs

Cree, Inc. (Durham, NC), has introduced the XLamp® XP-E and XP-C LEDs. The new XLamp LEDs, measuring only 3.45 mm square by 2 mm high, can enable new applications, including back-lighting, signage, outdoor, indoor, and...

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Wafer Processing Solution

Sarnoff Corporation (Princeton, NJ) has introduced Ultra-Sense™, a complete wafer processing solution. Ultra-Sense combines Silicon-on-Insulator (SOI) wafer technology with low-cost, scalable fabrication...

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Thin Film PV Scribing System

J. P. Sercel Associates (JPSA) (Manchester, NH) has introduced laser workstations for processing solar thin film photovoltaic (PV) products. The PV-5000 Thin Film PV Scribing System is based on the ChromaDice™...

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Laser Workstation

TRUMPF Inc. (Farmington, CT) has announced the Tru-Laser Station 5004, a compact workstation that accommodates manual and semiautomatic laser welding. It comes equipped with an integrated protective hood, inert gas feeder,...

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Dual Hot Swap Controller

Linear Technology Corporation (Milpitas, CA) has introduced the LTC4224, a compact, low voltage Hot Swap™ controller for protecting boards and backplanes that uses two 1V to 6V voltage supplies. The LTC4224 enables...

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Specimen Tracking System

Applied Scientific Instrumentation (Eugene, OR) has introduced PhotoTrack, a system specifically designed to solve the problem of tracking a moving specimen. Combined with ASI’s closed-loop DC servo motor stages,...

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Multimedia Kit

Moritex (Cambridge, UK) has introduced a multimedia kit for its LightScope industrial endoscopes that includes everything required to perform wide ranging portable inspection and video documentation tasks. The multimedia kit...

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Ultra-Thin Silicon Solar Cells Process

IMEC (Leuven, Belgium) has developed a new method to produce ~50μm thin crystalline silicon wafers for use in solar cells. The process involves mechanically initiating and propagating a crack parallel...

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Laser Marker

Automated Laser Corporation (Fort Wayne, IN) has introduced the LSG-10 Laser Marker, the next generation of their high-speed CO2 laser markers. The LSG-10 offers a larger marking window, more choices and sizes of text...

Software Predicts Fungal Genes

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have developed a computer program that trains itself to predict genes in the DNA sequences of fungi. Understanding the recently sequenced fungal genomes can help in developing and producing critical pharmaceuticals. Gene prediction can also help to identify...

Nano 50 Awards at the NNEC

The sixth annual National Nanoengineering Conference returns to Boston this year on November 12-13 at the Boston Colonnade Hotel, featuring the fourth annual Nano 50 Awards, recognizing top 50 technologies, innovators, and products that have significantly impacted the development of nanotechnology.

This year's...

Protein Detector

Scientists from Novartis Institute for Biomedical Research and the British Columbia Cancer Agency have demonstrated a new instrument that makes it possible to detect and quantify multiple different clinically important proteins in a single tumor sample using conventional staining. Currently, pathologists usually need a separate...

Insulin-Producing Cells

Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine have transformed cells from human skin into cells that produce insulin, the hormone used to treat diabetes. The breakthrough may one day lead to new treatments for the millions of people affected by the disease, researchers say.


Bluetooth Aids the Blind

A Bluetooth system developed at the University of Michigan tells blind or sighted pedestrians about points of interest along their path as they pass them. Called Talking Points, the system is the first known to use Bluetooth, allowing people to operate it entirely with voice commands, and incorporate community-generated...

Organic Photovoltaics

Scientists at South Dakota State University (SDSU) are working with new materials they say can be used to make devices to convert sunlight to electricity cheaper and more efficiently. Assistant professor Qiquan Qiao in SDSU's Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science said so-called organic photovoltaics, or...

Quantum Computing

Researchers at the University of Michigan, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, and the University of California at San Diego recently demonstrated the fastest quantum computer bit that exploits the main advantage of the qubit over the conventional bit. The scientists used lasers to create an initialized quantum state of this...

Current Attractions

Each month, NTB highlights tech briefs related to a particular area of technology in a special section called Technology Focus. Here are some of the technologies featured in the September issue focus on Nano Materials & Manufacturing.

Breast Cancer Detection

Scientists from Finland, Germany, and the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) have developed a new X-ray technique for the early detection of breast cancer. Current X-ray mammography fails to identify about 10 to 20% of palpable breast cancers because glandular tissues can mask cancer lesions. Better results...

Cutting Solar Cell Costs

University of Utah engineers devised a new way to slice thin wafers of the chemical element germanium for use in the most efficient type of solar power cells. The new method should lower the cost of such cells by reducing the waste and breakage of the brittle semiconductor. Primarily used on NASA, military, and...

High-Temp Magnetic Sensors

University of Chicago scientists have discovered how to make magnetic sensors capable of operating at the high temperatures required for engines in future cars and aircraft. The key involves slightly diluting samples of a well-known semiconductor material, called indium antimonide, which is valued for its...

Gold Power

Gold's ability to catalyze the conversion of toxic carbon monoxide (CO) into more benign carbon dioxide (CO2) at room temperature lay hidden until the 1980s. Since the discovery, scientists have sought to determine exactly how gold nanoparticles function as catalysts. Now researchers from Lehigh University, Cardiff University, and the...

X-Ray Eyes

The advantage of using two eyes to see the world around us has long been associated with our capacity to see in 3-D. Now, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute scientist Mark Changizi has uncovered an eye-opening advantage to binocular vision: our ability to see through things. An assistant professor of cognitive science at Rensselaer,...

Semiconductors For Printing

Researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology

(NIST) and Seoul National University (SNU) have learned how to tweak a new class of polymer-based semiconductors that could enable the design of practical,

large-scale manufacturing techniques for a wide range of printable, flexible...

Less Corny Ethanol

A yeast geneticist on the campus of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) is close to developing mutant yeast for ethanol production that would reduce or eliminate the need to use corn to make the alternative fuel. When corn is used to make ethanol, corn kernels are ground to produce starch and the starch...

Hubble Solves Mystery

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has found an answer to a long-standing puzzle by resolving giant but delicate filaments shaped by a strong magnetic field around the active galaxy NGC 1275. One of the closest giant elliptical galaxies, NGC 1275 hosts a supermassive black hole. Energetic activity of gas swirling near the black...

Artificial Bones

Engineers at Georgia Tech have used skin cells to create artificial bones that mimic the ability of natural bone to blend into other tissues, such as tendons or ligaments. The artificial bones display a gradual change from bone to softer tissue rather than the sudden shift of previously developed artificial tissue, allowing them...


Register today for NASA Tech Briefs' National Nano Engineering Conference (NNEC), the premier event focused on current and future developments in engineering innovations at the nanoscale, as well as the commercialization of nanotechnology. The event returns to Boston this year on November 12-13 at the Boston Colonnade Hotel,...


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