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The instrument could bring powerful sensing and imaging capabilities into hospitals, airports, or other settings.
This compact beam steering technology has applications in autonomous navigation, AR, and neuroscience.
Near-eye displays, optical inspection systems, UV glass, and more.
Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Cost-Effective Day & Night Marking Using Lasers
The marking provides easy-to-see legends on plastic buttons under widely varying illumination conditions.
Articles: Photonics/Optics
Photonics West 2021 Preview
The virtual event offers a mix of live plenary talks, on-demand technical presentations and discussions, online networking and special events.
See what kinds of applications require high-precision laser glass with demanding dimensional tolerances and high-power laser coatings.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
Optimal Information About the Invisible
Researcher are finding ways to estimate a target location when light gets deflected by a disordered structure.
The next generation of waterproof smart fabrics can be laser-printed and made in minutes.
Articles: Photonics/Optics
Perseverance on Mars: The Journey Begins
Perseverance is the first leg of a round trip to Mars.

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.

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.
A stretchable system can harvest energy from human breathing and motion.
Compared to a LED, the omnidirectional laser light is much brighter and better defined.
Articles: Packaging & Sterilization
Products of Tomorrow: February 2021
Next-generation solar panels, 3D-printed composites from NASA, and a new way to sterilize medical devices.
Special Reports: RF & Microwave Electronics
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: Electronics & Computers
New on the Market: January 2021
Radar sensors, cameras, RF processing systems, and more.
On-Demand Webinars: Photonics/Optics
New High-Peak Power Line Laser for Beam-Steering LiDAR

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: RF & Microwave Electronics
Cascaded Offset Optical Modulator
This subsystem is used in free-space optical communications and fiber-optic communications.
Briefs: Materials
Method Tests Microscopic Aeronautical Materials
This process breaks the temperature barrier in small-scale materials testing.
See how Dr. Andrei Kolmakov and his team are using low-energy electron beams to 3D-print tiny gel structures in liquids.
This technique for optical data transmission from satellites uses laser arrays to provide fine pointing capability.

Spectrophotometer for a Microscope

CRAIC Technologies (San Dimas, CA) has introduced the 508 PV™ UV-visible-NIR spectrophotometer for your microscope. The 508 Perfect...

Cancer treatment could be dramatically improved by precisely locating the edges of tumors during surgery to remove them.
With low-cost materials called perovskites, stable, continuous lasing is achieved at room temperature for over an hour.
See what kinds of applications are possible when you can literally see light propagating through space.
Special Reports: Electronics & Computers
Additive Manufacturing - November 2020

AM/3D Printing is fundamentally changing how products are prototyped and produced in aerospace, medical, electronics, and many other fields. To help you keep pace with the latest advances, we present...

Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Nanocardboard Aircraft with No Moving Parts
Tiny aircraft that weigh as much as a fruit fly could serve as Martian atmospheric probes.

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