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INSIDER: Photonics/Optics

Photonics has the potential to transform all manners of electronic devices by storing and transmitting information in the form of light, rather than electricity. Using...

INSIDER: Imaging

New research shows how to measure the super-short bursts of high-frequency light emitted from free electron lasers (FELs). By using the light-induced ionization itself to create...

INSIDER: Sensors/Data Acquisition

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British threat detection specialist Silent Sentinel (Hertfordshire, UK) has expanded its Aeron Ranger suite of cameras to include a brand-new 25-150mm Long...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Fiber coatings measurement, single-frequency laser, optical filters, and more.
Application Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
What you need to know before you incorporate large diameter aspheres into your optical systems.
Technology Leaders: Test & Measurement
Thanks to new innovations in measurement technologies, manufacturers and users now have a wide range of options for proactively measuring the laser beam.
Technology Leaders: Data Acquisition
Test technologies are available as technologies evolve to 800Gbps and 1.6Tbps for next-generation data center architectures.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
This additively manufactured alloy is tailored for high-temperature applications.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
The tiny device accurately measures acceleration in smaller navigation systems and other devices.
Briefs: Aerospace
The system provides high tuning capability and extreme simplicity.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
The instrument could bring powerful sensing and imaging capabilities into hospitals, airports, or other settings.
Briefs: Imaging
This compact beam steering technology has applications in autonomous navigation, AR, and neuroscience.
Products: Imaging
Near-eye displays, optical inspection systems, UV glass, and more.
Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The marking provides easy-to-see legends on plastic buttons under widely varying illumination conditions.
Articles: Photonics/Optics
The virtual event offers a mix of live plenary talks, on-demand technical presentations and discussions, online networking and special events.
Articles: Photonics/Optics
See what kinds of applications require high-precision laser glass with demanding dimensional tolerances and high-power laser coatings.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Researcher are finding ways to estimate a target location when light gets deflected by a disordered structure.
Briefs: Communications
The next generation of waterproof smart fabrics can be laser-printed and made in minutes.
Articles: Photonics/Optics
Perseverance is the first leg of a round trip to Mars.
INSIDER: Photonics/Optics

IR and UV Optics

Edmund Optics (EO) (Barrington, NJ) has released Zinc Selenide (ZnSe) Wedged Windows, which are ideal for infrared (IR) applications, and TECHSPEC® Calcium...

Question of the Week: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Would You Use the 'LaserFactory?'

A technology from MIT known as the "LaserFactory" integrates 3D printers and laser cutters to fabricate wearables, robots, and electronics components like sensors and actuators.

Blog: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Should you replace your big coordinate measurement machine with laser radar? Or should you just add a laser scanner with a CMM? A reader asks our expert.
Briefs: Materials
A stretchable system can harvest energy from human breathing and motion.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Compared to a LED, the omnidirectional laser light is much brighter and better defined.
Articles: Photonics/Optics
Next-generation solar panels, 3D-printed composites from NASA, and a new way to sterilize medical devices.
Special Reports: Photonics/Optics
Optics & Photonics Innovations - January 2021

An ultrafast camera that takes up to one trillion pictures per second...using light alone to levitate objects and propel spacecraft...the groundbreaking optics enabling the world's most powerful...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Radar sensors, cameras, RF processing systems, and more.
On-Demand Webinars: Photonics/Optics

The mainstream LiDARs used for robotaxis and autonomous consumer vehicles either utilize a few tens of 360-degree rotating laser beams to build 3D models of the vehicle...

Briefs: Photonics/Optics
This subsystem is used in free-space optical communications and fiber-optic communications.

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