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.

Products: Photonics/Optics
New products for November 2022.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Compact, Temperature-Tuned OFDR Laser
NASA has focused on OFDR, an alternative FBG interrogation technique based on laser interferometry.
Special Reports: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Machine Vision & Camera Technology - October 2022

In this report just released by the editors of Tech Briefs and Photonics & Imaging Technology, you'll read about the world's fastest camera (.5 trillion frames per second!); an innovative...

Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Cancer immunotherapy, one of the most important and promising therapies for cancer treatments, is being used by oncologists to treat patients suffering from many different cancers including breast, cervical, colon, stomach, and skin.
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 µm and 120 µm. The single/multi-mode fiber...

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

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: Photonics/Optics

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: Manufacturing & Prototyping

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: Manufacturing & Prototyping
3D micro-printing was used to develop this small, flexible scope for looking inside blood vessels.
INSIDER: Photonics/Optics

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 ultra-high resolution position feedback...

Application Briefs: Imaging
See how hyperspectral imaging adds value to food inspection systems.
Products: Imaging
Spectrometers, digital microscopes, high-speed imaging, and more.
Articles: Sensors/Data Acquisition
A metal-coated fiber capable of withstands high temperatures.
Application Briefs: Aerospace
What began as a research tool to collect aerodynamic data from research aircraft is now solving technical challenges for NASA.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
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: Electronics & Computers
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: Photonics/Optics
Fiber laser machinery, polishing pitch, beam collimators, and more.
Briefs: Materials
The fiber contains memory, temperature sensors, and a trained neural network program for inferring physical activity.
Articles: Imaging
See top suppliers and manufacturers in over 20 categories, including high-speed cameras, sensors, and optical components.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology have developed an optical amplifier that they expect will revolutionize both space and fiber communication.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
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: Photonics/Optics
Ball screws are helping manufacturers meet the growing demand for fiber optic cables generated by 5G communications.
INSIDER: Photonics/Optics

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 focal length lenses combine an...

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