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

Briefs : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Sandia’s Nanoantennas Help Detectors See More Heat, Less Noise
Sandia’s Nanoantennas Help Detectors See More Heat, Less Noise
A nanoantenna-enabled detector boosts the usable signal of a thermal infrared camera by up to three times.
Sandia’s Nanoantennas Help Detectors See More Heat, Less Noise
Articles : Materials
Blue Lasers: Leveraging Fundamental Physics for High Performance
Blue Lasers: Leveraging Fundamental Physics for High Performance
Increased laser capacity has enabled, and will continue to enable, new manufacturing possibilities.
Blue Lasers: Leveraging Fundamental Physics for High Performance
Application Briefs : Photonics/Optics
Additive Manufacturing of Precision Optics at Micro and Nanoscale
Additive Manufacturing of Precision Optics at Micro and Nanoscale
AM is an especially good fit for products that require a high level of customization.
Additive Manufacturing of Precision Optics at Micro and Nanoscale
Articles : Software
Virtually Optimizing Metasurface Topology with a Genetic Algorithm
Virtually Optimizing Metasurface Topology with a Genetic Algorithm
See how software supported the design of an advanced antenna.
Virtually Optimizing Metasurface Topology with a Genetic Algorithm
Application Briefs : Aerospace
NASA’s BITSE Solar Scope
NASA’s BITSE Solar Scope
NASA and the Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute (KASI) recently tested a new way to see the Sun
NASA’s BITSE Solar Scope
Facility Focus : Photonics/Optics
Facility Focus: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Facility Focus: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
See how NOAA provides daily weather forecasts, severe storm warnings, climate monitoring, and more.
Facility Focus: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Briefs : Materials
Acoustic Interactions Change Materials at the Atomic Level
Acoustic Interactions Change Materials at the Atomic Level
Interaction of sound and light reveals new information of a crystal's quantum properties.
Acoustic Interactions Change Materials at the Atomic Level
Products : Test & Measurement
New on the Market: January 2020
New on the Market: January 2020
Processors, imaging sensors, dimensioning systems, and more.
New on the Market: January 2020
Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Particle Robot Works as a Cluster of Simple Units
Particle Robot Works as a Cluster of Simple Units
Loosely connected disc-shaped “particles” can push and pull one another, moving together to transport objects.
Particle Robot Works as a Cluster of Simple Units
Briefs : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Magneto-Optic Biosensor Using Bio-Functionalized Magnetic Nanoparticles
Magneto-Optic Biosensor Using Bio-Functionalized Magnetic Nanoparticles
This technology is a novel, rugged, and economic diagnostic and sensor platform technology.
Magneto-Optic Biosensor Using Bio-Functionalized Magnetic Nanoparticles
Briefs : Transportation
Shape Sensing Innovations Dramatically Improve Structural Design Tools
Shape Sensing Innovations Dramatically Improve Structural Design Tools
These advances are useful for transportation, infrastructure, and aerospace.
Shape Sensing Innovations Dramatically Improve Structural Design Tools
Q&A : Materials
Q&A: A Shape-Morphing, Self-Healing Soft Composite
Q&A: A Shape-Morphing, Self-Healing Soft Composite
Have you heard of "Thubber?"
Q&A: A Shape-Morphing, Self-Healing Soft Composite
Articles : Manufacturing & Prototyping
In-House PCB Prototyping with Additive Manufacturing
In-House PCB Prototyping with Additive Manufacturing
If you want to pursue in-house PCB prototyping and testing, there are several routes you can take.
In-House PCB Prototyping with Additive Manufacturing
Briefs : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Optical Window for Far-IR Instruments Using Thin TOPAS® Film
Optical Window for Far-IR Instruments Using Thin TOPAS® Film
This thin film can be used for ground-based and airborne applications in aircraft, balloons, and other flight missions.
Optical Window for Far-IR Instruments Using Thin TOPAS® Film
NASA Spinoff : Imaging
Vibration Isolator Steadies Optics for NASA's James Webb Space Telescope
Vibration Isolator Steadies Optics for NASA's James Webb Space Telescope
Isolators used to control semiconductor manufacturing keep the James Webb Space Telescope steady.
Vibration Isolator Steadies Optics for NASA's James Webb Space Telescope
Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Embedded Gas and Temperature Sensors for Extreme Environments

Innovative process control systems for improved efficiency and lower emissions in current and future fossil-fuel-based power systems and related applications require durable, embedded sensor technology that can operate at higher temperatures and in harsh conditions.

Briefs : Photonics/Optics
Low-Bandwidth Radar Technology Provides Improved Detection of Objects
Low-Bandwidth Radar Technology Provides Improved Detection of Objects

Radar technologies were originally designed to identify and track airborne military targets. Today, they're more often used to detect motor vehicles, weather formations,...

Low-Bandwidth Radar Technology Provides Improved Detection of Objects
Briefs : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Embedded Fiber Optic Sensors (EFOS)
Embedded Fiber Optic Sensors (EFOS)

Current laser interferometry pressure pulse detection techniques use the shock-induced change in index of refraction to track detonation and/or shock fronts in a single fiber optic by reflecting laser...

Embedded Fiber Optic Sensors (EFOS)
Briefs : Photonics/Optics
Free-Space Fiber Optic Laser Rod
Free-Space Fiber Optic Laser Rod
This approach removes the limitation on peak power densities that exists for fiber lasers.
Free-Space Fiber Optic Laser Rod
Briefs : Nanotechnology
Photonic Switch Increases Speed and Efficiency of Light Through Optical Fibers
Photonic Switch Increases Speed and Efficiency of Light Through Optical Fibers
This optical switch controls the direction of light passing through optical fibers faster and more efficiently.
Photonic Switch Increases Speed and Efficiency of Light Through Optical Fibers
Briefs : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Photovoltaic-Powered Sensors
Photovoltaic-Powered Sensors
RFID-based devices work in indoor and outdoor lighting conditions and could transmit data for years before they need to be replaced.
Photovoltaic-Powered Sensors
Briefs : Photonics/Optics
Method Speeds 3D Printing of Millimeter-Sized Imaging Lenses
Method Speeds 3D Printing of Millimeter-Sized Imaging Lenses
The method could impact optical imaging, vision correction, and disease diagnosis.
Method Speeds 3D Printing of Millimeter-Sized Imaging Lenses
Briefs : Photonics/Optics
Optically Fixable Shape Memory Polymers
Optically Fixable Shape Memory Polymers
These polymers can combine thermal and optically fixable shape memory.
Optically Fixable Shape Memory Polymers
Briefs : Test & Measurement
MMOD Impact Detection and Location
MMOD Impact Detection and Location
This system uses fiber optic strain sensing to detect and locate micrometeoroid/orbital debris.
MMOD Impact Detection and Location