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On-Demand Webinars: Automotive

For autonomous systems to coexist with human drivers on highways, adequate reaction times are required for safe path planning. Hardware-centric lidars...

Special Reports: Unmanned Systems
Aerospace & Military Robotics - September 2022

Autonomous robots explore the deep sea...AI-powered machines think for themselves in hazardous places...advanced bipedal robots combine walking with flying. These are just a few of the...

5 Ws: Green Design & Manufacturing
As concerns rise about methane, a CU startup is working toward plugging the leaks.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
This method increases the efficiency of light-emitting diodes and other optical elements.
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...

Special Reports: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Special Report: Optics & Photonics Innovations - July 2022

The most powerful telescope ever launched, NASA's James Webb Space Telescope will peer back in time to the birth of the universe's first stars. Learn about its highly advanced optics...

Articles: Sensors/Data Acquisition

With AR eyeglasses, the screen of a mobile device can be transitioned to the lens of a pair of eyeglasses. The problem with that is that even though the technology has been around for a while, the...

Briefs: Photonics/Optics

A middle infrared light source can detect greenhouse and other gases as well as molecules in a person’s breath. The compact system, which resembles a tiny suitcase, contains just two parts: a standard...

Briefs: Photonics/Optics

A terahertz laser was developed with high constant power, tight beam pattern, and broad electric frequency tuning for a wide range of applications in chemical sensing and imaging. The...

NASA Spinoff: Robotics, Automation & Control

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...

INSIDER: Electronics & Computers

Everyone is talking about quantum computers. By interconnecting as many qubits (two-state quantum systems) as possible, massive amounts of data can be processed more easily, quickly and securely...

INSIDER: Energy

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...

INSIDER: Research Lab

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s expertise in developing high-energy lasers is being tapped to provide a key component of a major upgrade to SLAC National...

Technology Leaders: Photonics/Optics

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...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Dual Locking C14 IEC Connector

The SG03DC from MEGA Electronics, New Brunswick, NJ, contains side locking tabs similar to the Raritan Securelock. It will mate with any standard nonlocking C13 Outlet along...

Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping

3D printers working in the millimeter range and larger are increasingly used in industrial production processes. Many applications, however, require precise printing on the micrometer...

Briefs: Photonics/Optics

A new composition of germanosili-cate glass created by adding zinc oxide has properties good for lens applications. The new family of zinc germanosilicate glass has a high refractive index comparable...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Plasma Deposition Process

Alluxa, Inc. (Santa Rosa, CA) recently introduced its next-generation SIRRUS™ plasma physical vapor deposition (PVD) platform offering full spectral...

Special Reports: RF & Microwave Electronics
RF & Microwave Electronics - May 2022

In this compendium of recent articles from the editors of Aerospace & Defense Technology and Tech Briefs, read about how advances in RF electronics are enabling new applications in avionics systems,...

INSIDER: Photonics/Optics

Physicists at the University of Würzburg have propelled micrometer-sized drones significantly smaller than red blood cells, exerting precise control, using only light.

Briefs: Data Acquisition
Optical Signals can be retrieved from inherent background noise using Talbot effect to amplify them.
Products: Test & Measurement
High-performance laser trackers, gimbal motors, air-quality sensors, and more.
Special Reports: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Medical Robotics - April 2022

Novel biosensors set to revolutionize brain-controlled robotics...micro-robots propelled by air bubbles...a smart artificial hand...major advances in exoskeleton technology. These are just a few of the medical...

INSIDER: Connectivity

High-resolution solid-state lidar using an array of MEMS switches will reduce its cost to match that of inexpensive, chip-based cameras and radar systems — removing a major barrier...

INSIDER: Test & Measurement

When thirsty residents of a permanent community on the Moon take a swig of fresh water brought in from the lunar south pole, they’ll be enjoying the benefits of a 30-pound spacecraft...

INSIDER: Photonics/Optics

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and ELI-Beamlines in the Czech Republic have reached a major agreement that will build on the relationship between the two organizations and...

INSIDER: Photonics/Optics

Inside every cellphone is a tiny mechanical heart, beating several billion times a second. These micromechanical resonators play an essential role in cellphone communication. Buffeted by...

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...

Application Briefs: RF & Microwave Electronics
An expert compares Frequency Modulated Continuous Wave (FMCW) LiDAR systems with Time of Flight tech.

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