Keyword: Fiber optics

5 Ws: Robotics, Automation & Control
A team of researchers at Cornell Engineering has developed a soft robot that can detect when and where it was damaged — and then heal itself on the spot.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Compact, Temperature-Tuned OFDR Laser
NASA has focused on OFDR, an alternative FBG interrogation technique based on laser interferometry.
Technology Leaders: Electronics & Computers
Existing infrastructure still relies on many electrical signal processing components embedded inside fiber optic networks.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics

Classical laser communication gimbals are coupled to 105um multimodal receiving fibers for the high-power transmission of data, fine pointing, and tracking. These fibers cannot be used in...

Technology Leaders: Manufacturing & Prototyping

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: Electronics & Computers

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: Photonics/Optics
Optical Signals can be retrieved from inherent background noise using Talbot effect to amplify them.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
3D micro-printing was used to develop this small, flexible scope for looking inside blood vessels.
Application Briefs: Photonics/Optics
See how hyperspectral imaging adds value to food inspection systems.
Articles: Photonics/Optics
A metal-coated fiber capable of withstands high temperatures.
Application Briefs: Photonics/Optics
What began as a research tool to collect aerodynamic data from research aircraft is now solving technical challenges for NASA.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
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
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: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The main Photonics West exhibition opens on Tuesday, January 25.
Application Briefs: Photonics/Optics
To have a successful product, one must consider all the required sub-systems to deliver high-quality illumination.
Briefs: Aerospace
Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology have developed an optical amplifier that they expect will revolutionize both space and fiber communication.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Growing large-area graphene on optical substrates enables use in photonics devices.
Technology Leaders: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Ball screws are helping manufacturers meet the growing demand for fiber optic cables generated by 5G communications.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
The robot firmly but gently grasps objects as small as 1 millimeter in diameter.
Briefs: Imaging
This technology bends light more efficiently, enabling more immersive augmented reality display systems.
Briefs: RF & Microwave Electronics
This work could lead to much more robust devices that continue to operate in spite of damage.
Technology Leaders: Test & Measurement
Test technologies are available as technologies evolve to 800Gbps and 1.6Tbps for next-generation data center architectures.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
This technique has applications in strain, temperature, pressure, vibration, and acoustic sensing.
Technology Leaders: Aerospace
Powerful, tiny cameras provide unique streaming-video solutions for NASA robots and defense applications.
Briefs: Energy
Traditional spark plugs are replaced by an optical pumping source.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
This method could impact optical technologies such as smartphone cameras, biosensors, or autonomous vision for robots and self-driving cars.
Briefs: Data Acquisition
This system encodes information in twisting beams of light.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
This technology is useful for energy, industrial, and aerospace applications.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
A new proof-of-concept photonic pH sensor could advance studies of tissue regeneration.

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