Photonics/​Optics

Fiber Optics

Explore expert resources, technical briefs, and essential news for design engineers working with fiber optics used in a wide range of telecommunication and medical solutions.

INSIDER: Photonics/Optics

High-Speed InGaAs Photodiodes

OSI Optoelectronics (Hawthorne, CA) has introduced infrared-sensitive, pigtail-packaged High-Speed InGaAs Photodiodes with active areas of 75...

Technology Leaders: Photonics/Optics
Existing infrastructure still relies on many electrical signal processing components embedded inside fiber optic networks.
Question of the Week: Unmanned Systems
Next-Generation High-Performance Lasers

NASA’s Deep Space Network (DSN), a sort of GPS system for space, relies on atomic clocks for extreme accuracy. Any modern navigation system must accurately time radio signals to triangulate a location. But the need for accuracy is even higher in space, where great distances can compound even tiny...

NASA Spinoff: Photonics/Optics

NASA’ Deep Space Network (DSN), a sort of GPS system for space, relies on atomic clocks for extreme accuracy. Any modern navigation system must accurately time radio signals to triangulate a...

Question of the Week: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Will inserting lenses inside blood vessels become a practical tool for diagnosing disease?

Researchers have developed a camera-like imaging device that can be inserted into blood vessels to provide high-quality 3D images to help scientists better understand the causes of heart attack and heart disease progression and could lead to improved...

INSIDER: Data Acquisition

Researchers at Oxford University have used a sapphire optical fiber – a thread of industrially grown sapphire less than half a millimeter thick – that can withstand...

Technology Leaders: Motion Control

Most optical networks have many fiber couplings and even minor losses at these junctions will produce significant signal losses that cause problems in data transmission. Precise fiber alignment at the optical...

Articles: Electronics & Computers

High-speed digital imaging expands the benefits of traditional machine vision (MV), transforming it from a process control tool into a diagnostic tool. Traditional MV systems use...

Briefs: Imaging
3D micro-printing was used to develop this small, flexible scope for looking inside blood vessels.
INSIDER: Imaging

Two-Axis Laser Scan Head

Aerotech Inc. (Pittsburgh, PA) has released the AGV-XPO, a high-dynamic, two-axis laser scan head that combines low-inertia, high-efficiency motors with...

Application Briefs: Data Acquisition
See how hyperspectral imaging adds value to food inspection systems.
Products: Imaging
Spectrometers, digital microscopes, high-speed imaging, and more.
Articles: Materials
A metal-coated fiber capable of withstands high temperatures.
Application Briefs: Manned Systems
What began as a research tool to collect aerodynamic data from research aircraft is now solving technical challenges for NASA.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
A new technology uses nanoscale sensors and fiber optics to measure water status just inside a leaf’s surface, where water in plants is most actively managed.
Q&A: Photonics/Optics
Dr. Israel Owens and his team at Sandia National Laboratories have used a crystal smaller than a dime and a laser smaller than a shoebox to safely measure 20 million volts without making physical contact to the electrode.
Articles: Photonics/Optics
The main Photonics West exhibition opens on Tuesday, January 25.
Products: Unmanned Systems
Fiber laser machinery, polishing pitch, beam collimators, and more.
Briefs: Semiconductors & ICs
The fiber contains memory, temperature sensors, and a trained neural network program for inferring physical activity.
Articles: Semiconductors & ICs
See top suppliers and manufacturers in over 20 categories, including high-speed cameras, sensors, and optical components.
Briefs: Aerospace
Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology have developed an optical amplifier that they expect will revolutionize both space and fiber communication.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Designed for soldier uniforms, the fiber can sense, store, analyze, and infer activity when sewn into a piece of clothing.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
A novel nanostructure produces uniquely shaped light.
Technology Leaders: Internet of Things
Ball screws are helping manufacturers meet the growing demand for fiber optic cables generated by 5G communications.
INSIDER: Imaging

Autofocus, Waterproof Lenses

Edmund Optics® (EO) (Barrington, NJ) offers the TECHSPEC® LT Series and TECHSPEC® Cw Series fixed focal length lenses. TECHSPEC® LT Series fixed...

INSIDER: Data Acquisition

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

Application Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Learn about tooling challenges and other considerations when designing micro-optics, including metrology equipment capabilities, and post-molding assembly.
Technology Leaders: Test & Measurement
Test technologies are available as technologies evolve to 800Gbps and 1.6Tbps for next-generation data center architectures.
Products: Imaging
Fiber coatings measurement, single-frequency laser, optical filters, and more.

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