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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
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ADAS & Autonomous Vehicles - May 2024

Ten amazing unmanned ground vehicles being tested worldwide…full speed ahead for Indy autonomous race cars…laser attacks blind automated vehicles. Read these stories and more in this compendium of...

Special Reports: Sensors/Data Acquisition
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Advanced Materials & Coatings - May 2024

In this compendium of articles from the editors of Tech Briefs and Aerospace & Defense Technology, learn how breakthroughs in materials science are enabling exciting new applications in quantum...

Application Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Whether you are manufacturing, inspecting, aligning or bonding, it is essential to have a fundamental understanding of precision motion principles to effectively engage with suppliers and choose one who will maximize your effectiveness. An ideal motion supplier will navigate your precision motion control journey alongside you as a partner who is invested in your longterm success.
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Application Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Understanding how to effectively tolerance aspheres is an incredibly useful communication tool to get the most out of your lens. In this article, we will provide some context behind asphere tolerances, exploring the factors that influence cost and performance.
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Articles: Imaging
Astroparticle Physicist Dr. Rasha Abbasi, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics at Loyola University Chicago, works with the Telescope Array project. Located west of Delta, Utah, the project is an international collaboration between universities to observe high-energy cosmic rays. Abbasi and her team study how TGFs originate from the Earth’s atmosphere and propagate. In particular, the team hopes to answer key questions.
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Application Briefs: Photonics/Optics
The global market for automotive LIDAR is expected to grow from $332 million in 2022 to more than $4.5 billion by 2028. We interviewed Eric Aguilar, co-founder and CEO of Omnitron Sensors, Los Angeles, CA, to learn about a new MEMS scanning mirror that could accelerate the market adoption of LIDAR.
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Briefs: Materials
A new approach has allowed researchers at Aalto University to design a kind of metamaterial that has so far been beyond the reach of existing technologies. Unlike natural materials, metamaterials and metasurfaces can be tailored to have specific electromagnetic properties, which means scientists can create materials with features desirable for industrial applications.
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Briefs: Test & Measurement
Innovators at the NASA Glenn Research Center have developed the PLGRM system, which allows an installed antenna to be characterized in an aircraft hangar. All PLGRM components can be packed onto pallets, shipped, and easily operated.
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Briefs: Photonics/Optics
There are times when scientific progress comes in the form of discovering something completely new. Other times, progress boils down to doing something better, faster, or more easily. New research from the lab of Caltech’s Lihong Wang, the Bren Professor of Medical Engineering and Electrical Engineering, is the latter. Read on to learn more.
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Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Mimicking the easy, instantaneous image processing power of the human eye, Penn State electrical engineering researchers created a metasurface, an optical element akin to a glass slide that uses tiny nanostructures, placed at different angles to control light.
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Products: Photonics/Optics
See the new products, including TRIOPTICS’ ATS alignment turning stations, VIAVI Solutions' expanded fiber optic test solutions portfolio, LumeDEL's fiberoptic collimating lenses, Teledyne FLIR's Neutrino LC OGI optical gas imaging camera module, and IDS' Sony sensor.
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Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Researchers from Japan have developed DPPFA–Net, an innovative network that overcomes challenges related to occlusion and noise introduced by adverse weather.
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Products: Photonics/Optics
See the new products, including TDK-Micronas' further extended Micronas 3D HAL® position sensor family, AW-Lake’s TRICOR Coriolis Flow Meters, Kistler's new accelerometer series 8740A and 8788A, Melexis' MLX90830, and more.
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Special Reports: Test & Measurement
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Aerospace & Defense Sensing - April 2024

The world's first long‐range radio communications with an atomic quantum sensor…a sensor material 10x stronger than Kevlar…a microchip combining two Nobel Prize‐winning techniques to monitor...

White Papers: Photonics/Optics
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Case Study: UV Curable Adhesive Used in Advanced Optical Assembly Applications

UV16 adhesive has been successfully utilized in some of the most complex optical applications including microring resonators and confocal microscopes. It features...

Special Reports: RF & Microwave Electronics
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Optics & Photonics Innovations - April 2024

How to turn a mobile phone into a high–resolution microscope…hyperspectral imaging technology spots pipeline leaks from space…a MEMS solution to self–driving cars' LiDAR challenges. Read...

Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Robots and cameras of the future could be made of liquid crystals, thanks to a new discovery that significantly expands the potential of the chemicals already common in computer displays and digital watches. The findings are a simple and inexpensive way to manipulate the molecular properties of liquid crystals with light exposure.
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Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Usually developing slowly over time, many cases of glaucoma are only picked up during routine eye tests, by which time lasting damage may already have been caused. But this could change in the future as academics from the U.K. and Türkiye have developed a contact lens which can detect changes in eye pressure which signal possible glaucoma.
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Briefs: Semiconductors & ICs
RMIT University’s Arnan Mitchell and University of Adelaide’s Dr. Andy Boes led an international team to review lithium niobate’s capabilities and potential applications in the journal Science. The team is working to make navigation systems that help rovers drive on the Moon — where GPS is unable to work — later this decade.
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INSIDER: Manufacturing & Prototyping

Coherent has established what the company describes as the "world's first capability for 6-inch indium phosphide (InP) wafer fabrication." The compound semiconductor and...

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INSIDER: Photonics/Optics

In a new Nature study, Columbia Engineering researchers have built a photonic chip that is able to produce high-quality, ultra-low-noise microwave signals using...

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INSIDER: Photonics/Optics

Achieving speed records is not just for athletes. Researchers can also achieve this kind of feat thanks to their discoveries. This is the case of professor at the National Institute of Scientific...

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INSIDER: Photonics/Optics

A newly devised procedure to de-ice Euclid's optics has performed significantly better than hoped. Light coming in to the visible ‘VIS’ instrument from distant stars was gradually...

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White Papers: Photonics/Optics
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Compensating Optocoupler Feedback in Flyback Converters

The flyback DC/DC converter is an isolated switching power supply topology that is often used for output powers below 150 W. Such converters often use optocouplers in the feedback loop...

Products: Photonics/Optics
See the product of the month: 2Pi Optics' high-resolution fisheye sensor based on optical metalens technology.
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Products: Information Technology
See the products of the year: The Talaria TWO Module Ultra-Low Power Wi-Fi optimized solution for cloud-connected IP video IoT devices by InnoPhase IoT; Hexagon's Elements, simulation software to better understand the increasingly complex behavior of systems in modern products; and Nexa3D's highest throughput additive production system, the QLS 820.
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Products: Internet of Things
See what's new on the market, including igus' two- and four-hole fixed flange bearings; FixtureBuilder 3D fixture-modelling software from Renishaw; XENON Corporation's X-1100/2x Pulsed Light Research System; Rad Source NDT's NDT 1000 X-ray Inspection System; and more.
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White Papers: Photonics/Optics
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Sensor Fusion Enables Comprehensive Analysis of Laser Processing in Additive Manufacturing

New laser processes, such as additive manufacturing (AM) techniques using laser powder bed fusion (LBPF), require consistent energy be delivered to...

NASA Spinoff: Photonics/Optics
A ruggedized video camera designed to withstand the shock, vibration, and extreme temperatures of space is now ready for extreme conditions on Earth.
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