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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Articles: Photonics/Optics
See top suppliers and manufacturers in over 20 categories, including high-speed cameras, sensors, and optical components.
White Papers: Photonics/Optics
Principles of Injection Molding

Optimizing custom part designs for injection molding requires a thorough understanding of the process and outcomes. In this ebook, you'll learn about common molding resins, special molding terms you should...

Tech Talks: Photonics/Optics
Innovations in Distributed Acoustic Sensing

This Tech Talk looks at how to achieve improved distributed acoustic and vibration sensing using optical fiber with continuous, grating-enhanced backscattering. It examines how increasing the power budget of distributed optical fiber acoustic and vibration sensors can provide freedom to system...

Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Incorporating semiconductor components, microscopic robots are made to walk with standard electronic signals.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
The 2D materials boost device performance for electronic devices, solar cells, batteries, and medical equipment.
Products: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Power supply ICs, temperature sensors, DC-DC converters, and more.
Application Briefs: Materials
Unmanned aircraft present a range of optics challenges.
Briefs: Imaging
The design may enable miniature zoom lenses for drones, cellphones, or night-vision goggles.
Briefs: Materials
The optically powered machines self-assemble and could be used for nanoscale manipulation of tiny cargo.
Products: Data Acquisition
Infrared lens testers, fiber optic transceivers, spectral radiometers, and more.
Articles: Electronics & Computers
Silicon Carbide (SiC) optics are becoming more and more prevalent in high-energy laser (HEL) designs, and manufacturers must be aware of the potential risks
Application Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
To have a successful product, one must consider all the required sub-systems to deliver high-quality illumination.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology have developed an optical amplifier that they expect will revolutionize both space and fiber communication.
Briefs: Energy
Scientists are working to improve the image resolution of X-ray techniques.
Articles: Photonics/Optics
When even your iPhone can easily become a thermal imager, today's top cameras offer better sensitivity and measurement accuracy.
Briefs: RF & Microwave Electronics
The comb detects even the smallest amounts of greenhouse gases in the air or look for disease in human breath.
UpFront: Materials
How to be a NASA intern; a new ideas for moon fabrics; and NASA's need for a better rover.
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,...

Special Reports: RF & Microwave Electronics
RF & Microwave Electronics - October 2021

In this compendium of recent articles from the editors of Aerospace & Defense Technology and Tech Briefs, read about how advances in RF electronics are enabling new applications in satellite and...

Briefs: RF & Microwave Electronics
This method could help firefighters find victims inside buildings and could track hypersonic objects such as missiles and space debris.
Briefs: RF & Microwave Electronics
Growing large-area graphene on optical substrates enables use in photonics devices.
Briefs: Green Design & Manufacturing
The process produces rapid, cost-effective, and environmentally friendly material.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Fano Resonance Optical Coatings (FROCs) can both transmit and reflect the same color simultaneously.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
The approach achieves near 100% light emission efficiency at all brightness levels.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
An already ubiquitous material in outdoor photovoltaic modules could be repurposed for indoor devices with low-capacity batteries.
Briefs: AR/AI
The system could one day replace LiDAR and cameras in automated manufacturing, biomedical imaging, and autonomous driving.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
This combination of technologies could enable developments for many optical applications.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Applications include telecommunications, optical switching, and quantum computing.
Products: Materials
Laser-distance sensors, light monitoring, flow meters, and more.

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