Photonics & Imaging

Photonics/​Optics

Explore the latest technical briefs and product breakthroughs in photonics and optics. Resources include breakthroughs in lasers, laser systems, fiber optics, optical components, and photonics.

Latest Briefs & News

Webinars : Photonics/Optics
Overcoming Mediocrity in Cylindrical Laser Processing of Medical Devices

Laser processing has been used for decades to manufacture tubular medical devices, such as stents, valves, and vascular grafts. However, achieving the precision that is necessary for high-volume production is more challenging now than ever before. Driven by growth in...

INSIDER : Photonics/Optics
New Products: March 2020 Photonics & Imaging Insider
Final Vision Inspection (FVI) System

CyberOptics® Corporation (Minneapolis, MN) has launched the Multi-Reflection Suppression™ (MRS™)-enabled 3D MX3000 Final Vision Inspection (FVI) system for memory modules. The launch extends the memory module inspection system...

The NASA study is a first step in developing a model to deploy in future disasters.
Technology Leaders : Test & Measurement
3D Scanning Inspection
CT vs. structured light scanning — See which option is best for you.
Technology Leaders : Imaging
Spectral Sensitivity Curves of Cameras

Different line scan prism manufacturers might compare two possible curves in their advertising and argue that the steeper flanks should enable better color reproduction with greater selectivity.

Application Briefs : Automotive
Challenges for Lidar Software
Anand Gopalan, CEO of Velodyne Lidar, Inc., discusses lidar software for ADAS and autonomous vehicles
Vision-based convolutional neural network system detects phone usage, eating, and drinking.
Articles : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Fiber Lasers for Automotive Welding Applications
Altering the traditional intensity distribution of fiber lasers improves weld quality.
There are longwave, midwave, and shortwave camera systems—each with its own advantages for specific industries and uses.
In the middle ground between microwaves and visible light lies terahertz radiation, and the promise of “Tray vision.”
This vibrometer has uses in analyzing spasms in humans, as a breath analyzer for diagnosis of cancer and other diseases, and as a preventative healthcare sensor.
These thin films hold great promise for solar cells and LEDs.
Products : Test & Measurement
New on the Market: March 2020
Thermal cameras, testing software, an ion air knife, and more.

Midwest Engineered Systems, Waukesha, WI, offers the ADDere metal 3D printing system that consists of a 6-axis industrial robot combined with a 2-axis coordinated motion workpiece positioner. The...

Editor Bruce A. Bennett shares his observations from SPIE Photonics West, including the emergence of LiDAR.
See what caught Bruce A. Bennett's eye during Day 1 of Photonics West 2020 in San Francisco.
INSIDER : Electronics & Computers
Laser Diode Emits Deep UV Light

Nagoya University scientists have succeeded in designing a laser diode that emits deep-ultraviolet light. It emits the world's shortest lasing wavelength, at 271.8 nanometers, under pulsed electric current...

To further shrink electronic devices and to lower energy consumption, the semiconductor industry is interested in using 2D materials, but manufacturers need a quick...

Briefs : Photonics/Optics
3D Printing Technique Produces “Living” 4D Materials
3D/4D printing is merged with a chemical process to produce “living” resin, which has potential for recycling and biomedicine.
The switch is a major new step toward building a computer that uses light instead of electricity to process information.
Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Polymer Coating Cools Down Buildings
This coating acts as a spontaneous air cooler and can be fabricated, dyed, and applied like paint.
This innovation could lead to better drones, satellites, and biomedical devices.
Briefs : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Multimaterial Fiber “Ink” for 3D-Printed Devices
Filaments with embedded circuitry can be used to print complex shapes for biomedical and robotic devices.

Webcasts

On-Demand Webinars: Medical

Ethylene Oxide Sterilization: The Future State

Upcoming Webinars: Manufacturing & Prototyping

From Drudgery to the Effective Use of Design and Process FMEAs

Upcoming Webinars: Manufacturing & Prototyping

Heavy-Duty Engine Design for a Transitioning Market

Upcoming Webinars: Photonics/Optics

High-Powered Directed Energy Laser Projects: Destroy the Target,...

Upcoming Webinars: Photonics/Optics

Optical Coating Design

Upcoming Webinars: Manufacturing & Prototyping

Rapid Decompression and Sealed Containers: Why Choose Magnet...