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Products: Electronics & Computers
New on the Market: March 2021
Vision software, thermal sensors, ceramic pastes, and more.
Facility Focus: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Facility Focus: NASA Langley Research Center
See how NASA Langley tests a variety of advanced aircraft concepts. including ways to make flying both cleaner and quieter.
The device has applications in medical diagnostics and homeland security.
Articles: Photonics/Optics
Photonics West 2021 Preview
The virtual event offers a mix of live plenary talks, on-demand technical presentations and discussions, online networking and special events.

When SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule splashed down off the Florida coast in August following its first crewed mission, the two astronauts inside could not exit the capsule...

The pursuit of fusion as a safe, carbon-free, always-on energy source has intensified in recent years, with a number of organizations pursuing aggressive...

IR and UV Optics

Edmund Optics (EO) (Barrington, NJ) has released Zinc Selenide (ZnSe) Wedged Windows, which are ideal for infrared (IR) applications, and TECHSPEC® Calcium...

The European Space Agency’s (ESA) and NASA’s Solar Orbiter Heliospheric Imager (SoloHI) recently recorded an image showing three of the four inner rocky planets. The...

Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Manufacturing Ultra-Thin Camera Lenses
Ultra-thin and flexible metalenses could replace traditional camera lenses.
Products: Sensors/Data Acquisition
New Products: February 2021 Motion Design
Industrial robots, motor disconnect switches, position sensors, and more.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Kodiak 3D LiDAR
This system provides low-cost, reliable 3D LiDAR images in nearly any lighting condition.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Niobium Titanium Nitride Thin Film Coating
Applications include terahertz medical imaging and communications.
This rapid and cost-effective technique yields a uniform etched surface with 99.5 percent emissivity.
The material could enable cheaper and more environmentally friendly displays and large-area lighting.
Articles: Test & Measurement
Modern HMI Software Propels Industry 4.0
Once confined to the role of machine visualization, modern unified HMI software now delivers better user interfaces, containerization, and remote device management.
White Papers: Imaging
Advanced Light Cure Adhesives

Breakthroughs in adhesive technology enable light curing adhesives to cure under a visible light wavelength of 405 nanometers. Learn how these environmentally friendly adhesives can improve worker safety and...

Bandpass Filters

MidOpt® (Palatine, IL) introduced the BP450 Indigo Bandpass and the BN450 Narrow Indigo Bandpass, two new filters designed for multi-application use. The...

The performance of flexible large-area organic photodiodes has advanced to the point that they can now offer advantages over conventional silicon photodiode...

Researchers from the University of Bristol’s Quantum Engineering Technology Labs (QET Labs) and Université Côte d‘Azur have made a new miniaturized...

A phenomenon first detected in the solar wind may help solve a long-standing mystery about the sun: why the solar atmosphere is millions of degrees hotter than...

Special Reports: Test & Measurement
Optics & Photonics Innovations - January 2021

An ultrafast camera that takes up to one trillion pictures per second...using light alone to levitate objects and propel spacecraft...the groundbreaking optics enabling the world's most powerful...

The chip combines two functions — logic operations and data storage — into a single architecture, paving the way to more efficient devices.
The system turns faces into thermostats, providing more comfort with less energy.
Application Briefs: Aerospace
Cameras Capture Asteroid Debris Retrieval
See how Space Dynamics Laboratory built the electronics for a three-camera suite onboard OSIRIS-REx.
Products: Electronics & Computers
New on the Market: January 2021
Radar sensors, cameras, RF processing systems, and more.
Stanford University’s School of Engineering has been at the forefront of innovation for nearly a century
The device could reduce the need for painful biopsies by 50 percent.
UW doctoral student Melanie Anderson explains how to make an autonomous 'Smellicopter' to navigate toward smells.
Optical interference filters are critical to the overall performance of machine vision applications. So how do you select the right one?

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