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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Special Reports: Photonics/Optics
Machine Vision/Camera Advances - July 2021

Advances in cameras and image sensors are transforming the factory floor, while also enabling exciting new applications in space robotics, medicine, and more. Read all about it in this compendium of...

Briefs: Automotive
This could lead to the commercial development of smart glass, with applications ranging from imaging to advanced robotics.
Briefs: Nanotechnology
The size and shape of the nanostructure can be controlled as it is assembled piece by piece.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
This cell could potentially operate around the clock, balancing the power grid over the day-night cycle.
INSIDER: Sensors/Data Acquisition

After the optical frequency comb made its debut as a ruler for light, spinoffs followed, including the “astrocomb” to measure starlight and a radar-like comb system to...

White Papers: Photonics/Optics
Fiber Optic Rotary Joints Add a Spin to Sensing, Mobile, and Robotic Fiber Systems

To the passing optical signals, fiberoptic rotary joints (FORJs) are nothing more than fiber connectors, which provide connection between one or multiple...

Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
The system could one day replace LiDAR and cameras in automated manufacturing, biomedical imaging, and autonomous driving.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
The machines fold themselves within 100 milliseconds and can flatten and refold thousands of times.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Recent advances could make it feasible to deploy networks of methane sensors to detect this greenhouse gas at large facilities.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Applications include remote sensing, laser spectroscopy, and gas analysis.
Briefs: AR/AI
This technology bends light more efficiently, enabling more immersive augmented reality display systems.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
These tiny detectors could record characteristics of light such as color, polarity, and angle.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
The algorithm identified a new compound potentially useful for photonic devices and biologically inspired computers.
Briefs: Imaging
This tool could help surgeons better treat tumors and brain diseases.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Movements of individual particles of light are reconstructed to see through clouds, fog, and other obstructions.
Facility Focus: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Berkeley’s academic research reflects pressing global challenges in the areas of health, energy, and the environment.
Briefs: Data Acquisition
Using gold nanomaterials, this disk can hold data securely for more than 600 years.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
The technology could help computers process visual information more like the human brain.
Briefs: Transportation
The inexpensive cameras are easy to produce.
Briefs: Energy
Artificial intelligence is used to decode X-ray images faster, which could aid innovations in medicine, materials, and energy.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
The new photonic architecture could transform digital communications, artificial intelligence, and quantum computing.
Articles: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Designers who must sense motor position, speed, or acceleration have a lot of choices, including resolvers, optical encoders, and Hall-effect devices.
Briefs: Automotive
One of the final hurdles to hydrogen power is securing a safe method for detecting hydrogen leaks.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Researchers have developed a millimeter-thick accelerometer.
Blog: Energy
Researchers from CU Boulder gave their optical "rectennas" a ghost-like way to turn wasted heat into power.
On-Demand Webinars: Photonics/Optics
Lunch & Learn: Latest in Digital Microscopy

Today’s 20-minute Lunch & Learn delves into why incomplete microscopy inspection may be a bigger problem than you realize. Classic inspection systems offer a shallow depth of field, which can cause sample parts not to be in focus and, thus, leads to missing features, user fatigue, and...

INSIDER: Photonics/Optics

Photonics has the potential to transform all manners of electronic devices by storing and transmitting information in the form of light, rather than electricity. Using...

INSIDER: Imaging

Fiber optic technology is the holy grail of high-speed, long-distance telecommunications. Still, with the continuing exponential growth of internet traffic,...

INSIDER: Photonics/Optics

New research shows how to measure the super-short bursts of high-frequency light emitted from free electron lasers (FELs). By using the light-induced ionization itself to create...

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