Photonics & Imaging

Find the latest developments in Photonics & Imaging essential to both Commercial & Government applications. Get expert solutions for imaging systems, machine vision, visualization software, human machines (HMIs), plus advances in infrared cameras and display monitoring.

Articles: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Optical In-Line VCSEL Testing
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Question of the Week: Imaging
Do the Advantages of Tiny Cameras Outweigh Privacy Risks?

A recent Tech Briefs TV video showcased a wireless camera from the University of Washington – a device that is small enough to fit on an insect’s back, literally.

While the imaging advancement offers potential applications in biology and exploration, the UW team acknowledged...

White Papers: Medical
Distributed Sensing Beyond Rayleigh Scattering Limits in Single and Multicore Fiber Waveguides

Optical fibers with enhanced scattering properties can provide distributed reflection signals beyond the limits set by Rayleigh scattering in...

Researchers have developed a new way to build power efficient and programmable integrated switching units on a silicon photonics chip. The new technology is...

University of Wisconsin–Madison engineers have made it possible to remotely determine the temperature beneath the surface of certain materials using a new technique they call depth...

White Papers: Imaging
Back to the Future of Video Encoding

Have you ever seen pixilation, or have noticed face details disappear, confetti in dark areas or simply muddy video? These are negative effects of compression. Compression is needed to enable transport...

White Papers: Photonics/Optics
Understanding Key Real-Time Spectrum Analyzer Specifications

Spectrum analyzers are the fundamental instrument used by RF engineers to measure individual signals across a defined frequency band. They capture and display wanted and unwanted...

The Perseverance rover has an almost human-like way of keeping its lenses clean.

Just as a meter stick with hundreds of tick marks can be used to measure distances with great precision, a device known as a laser frequency comb, with its...

Ultraviolet-Enhanced Circular Photodetector

Opto Diode Corporation (Camarillo, CA) has introduced the UVG5S, an ultraviolet-enhanced photodiode with a 5 mm² circular active area....

Carolin Frueh is among only a handful of researchers who have persisted in using a complex technique that can diagnose a problem from thousands of miles away based on how a...

A new way of making large sheets of high-quality, atomically thin graphene could lead to ultra-lightweight, flexible solar cells, and to new classes of...

White Papers: Electronics & Computers
Board-Level Cameras: The Benefits of a Smaller Design

When too much tech can weigh down a UAV, you need lighter parts. See the kinds of compact board-level cameras being used to support aerial imaging, handheld vision systems, and more.

A reader asks our NASA expert: "What kind of redundancy is built into the Mars 2020 rover?"
Application Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Extended Dynamic Range Camera Imaging
New surveillance sensors are able to perform better than ever under unpredictable and dynamic lighting conditions.
A fleet of “roboats” could transport people, collect trash, and self-assemble into floating structures.
A new low-cost imaging system could make it easier to track mosquito species that carry disease, enabling a more timely and targeted response.
Technology Leaders: Photonics/Optics
High Quality Optical Surfaces
Make sure the polished optic meets the requirement of a particular application.
Technology Leaders: Nanotechnology
ZERODUR: The Highly Technical Glass-Ceramic
Highly technical glass-ceramic delivers optical precision at nanometer scale.
A new CT scan method using intense synchrotron radiation produces higher quality images within milliseconds.
NIBIB is committed to integrating the physical and engineering sciences with the life sciences to advance basic research and medical care.
Using integrated photonic chips fabricated at EPFL, scientists have demonstrated laser-based microwave generators.
There’s been a race to the top among industrial LED lighting manufacturers as they scramble to squeeze the maximum possible lumens per watt (LPW) out of their products.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Quantum Computing at Room Temperature
Quantum computer circuits that will no longer need extremely cold temperatures to function could become a reality.
Sensors in the hand can actually detect forces being transmitted through the thickness of the robot.
The Human Embodied Autonomous Thermostat, or “HEAT," uses cameras to identify facial temperature, and adjust the room's air accordingly.
On-Demand Webinars: Imaging
Producing Optimal High-Speed Images for Automotive and Industrial Engineers

Whether you’re an engineer who analyzes high-speed images or you’re a photographic technician who is responsible for capturing those images, a solid understanding of high-speed imaging fundamentals will help you efficiently create quality images for...

On-Demand Webinars: Imaging
Back to the Future of Video Compression

Have you ever seen pixilation or noticed face details disappear, frames freeze, confetti in dark areas, or simply muddy video? These are negative effects of compression. Most camera outputs (including cinema) and videos from 720p and up are compressed. Why? Compression is needed to enable transport...

Briefs: Unmanned Systems
Navigation Measurement Software
This program provides a relative navigation capability for spacecraft, remotely operated terrestrial vehicles, and machine vision.
Tech Briefs spoke with NASA’s Keith Comeaux, Deputy Project Chief Engineer, to learn more about the helicopter heading to Mars.

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