Photonics & Imaging

Photonics/​Optics

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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.

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White Papers: Photonics/Optics
Imaging in Challenging Lighting Conditions — A Better Way

Choosing just the right camera for a particular application can be difficult. Common camera specifications that are normally considered include resolution and frame rate. However,...

Briefs: Energy
Growing large-area graphene on optical substrates enables use in photonics devices.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
An already ubiquitous material in outdoor photovoltaic modules could be repurposed for indoor devices with low-capacity batteries.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
The system could one day replace LiDAR and cameras in automated manufacturing, biomedical imaging, and autonomous driving.
Briefs: AR/AI
This combination of technologies could enable developments for many optical applications.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Applications include telecommunications, optical switching, and quantum computing.
Products: Materials
Laser-distance sensors, light monitoring, flow meters, and more.
Products: Communications
Battery-pack test systems, data management, connector clips, and more.
Briefs: Materials
The protective coating works like body armor for the atomically thin materials.
Briefs: Imaging
This AI turns even the blurriest photo into realistic computer-generated faces in HD.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
To enable the development of wearable devices that possess advanced ultraviolet (UV) detection functions, scientists have created a new type of light sensor that is both flexible and highly sensitive.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
This component takes up ten times less space on computer chips.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Applications include planetary exploration and imaging systems used in surveillance, navigation, and target recognition.
Question of the Week: Electronics & Computers
Will Laser Cooking Catch On?

Our lead story today looked at a cutting-edge way to prepare food: Laser cooking.

INSIDER: Imaging

Cross Platform 3D Laser Scanner

Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division (North Kingstown, RI) announced its new AS1 Scanner. The modular blue laser line scanner...

INSIDER: Materials

Twelve years ago, physicists turned on the first x-ray laser, and since then it and several others around the world have proved themselves revolutionary probes of...

INSIDER: Lighting Technology

Light emitting diodes (LEDs) are an unsung hero of the lighting industry. They run efficiently, give off little heat, and last for a long time. Now scientists are looking at new materials to...

INSIDER: Nanotechnology

Scientists from Los Alamos National Laboratory recently assessed the status of research into colloidal quantum dot lasers with a focus on prospective electrically...

Blog: Manufacturing & Prototyping
With the help of additive-manufacturing techniques and software-controlled lasers, Blutinger and his colleagues are digitizing the cooking process.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
These antennas dramatically increase the amount of information that can be simultaneously transmitted by a coherent light source.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
The soft robot harvests energy from a laser beam and can crawl on horizontal surfaces and climb vertical walls and an upside-down glass ceiling.
Briefs: Materials
To modernize optical storage, Purdue researchers are replacing Morse code with colored “digital characters.”
Briefs: Imaging
A novel nanostructure produces uniquely shaped light.
Technology Leaders: Photonics/Optics
Ball screws are helping manufacturers meet the growing demand for fiber optic cables generated by 5G communications.
Briefs: Materials
A new imaging method allows researchers to see inside complex semiconductors, without destroying them.
Technology Leaders: Imaging
Learn how to fix one of the more annoying problems in display imaging.
Articles: Test & Measurement
With an optical microscope, spectra can be acquired from a sample area smaller than a micron.
Application Briefs: Materials
For applications requiring high-energy material deposition coatings, you'll need to understand how stress can impact surface figure and system performance.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Northwestern researchers have developed a new microscopy method that allows scientists to see the building blocks of “smart” materials.

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