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Lasers & Laser Systems

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Products: Test & Measurement
New Products: October 2020 Motion Design
Accelerometers, actuators, hexapods, and more.
INSIDER: Photonics/Optics
Precision Landing Without a Pilot

For planned robotic and crewed missions to the Moon and Mars, NASA is developing and testing precise landing and hazard-avoidance technologies. A combination of laser sensors, a camera, a high-speed...

Blog: Robotics, Automation & Control
With a Flash of a Laser, Microscopic Robots Move
A Cornell team developed paramecium-sized robots that can be controlled with lasers.
The newest version of these combs could revolutionize clocks, telescopes, and telecommunications.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Laser Technology Assesses Cancer Cells
Laser light induces ultrasonic vibrations in a sample that can be used to image cells, blood vessels, and tissues.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Tunable, Chip-Based, Vortex Microlaser and Detector
This system encodes information in twisting beams of light.
Empa researchers were able to demonstrate real-time acoustic monitoring of laser weld seams.
One unexpected application for spider silk is its use in the creation of biocompatible lenses.
University of Colorado researchers have described a new silicon chip that improves the resolution and scanning speed needed for a lidar system.
High-temp infrared emitter, single-frequency SWIR lasers, hazard testing systems, and more.
Tiny, metal-rich particles can be excited with a low-power laser for deep-tissue imaging.
The technique could easily be translated into existing medical device manufacturing processes for use in orthopedic implants.
This technique offers enhanced resolution and improved system reliability for mapping and obstacle recognition and navigation for vehicles.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Ultrafast Camera Captures Transparent Objects and Phenomena
The camera can take up to 1 trillion pictures per second of transparent objects, shockwaves, and other phenomena.

Just as a meter stick with hundreds of tick marks can be used to measure distances with great precision, a device known as a laser frequency comb, with its...

A reader asks our NASA expert: "What kind of redundancy is built into the Mars 2020 rover?"
High-speed cameras, ultra-stable mounts, automated inspection systems, and more...
Using integrated photonic chips fabricated at EPFL, scientists have demonstrated laser-based microwave generators.
Special Reports: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Exploring Mars - July 2020

As NASA prepares this week to launch its latest robotic rover to the Red Planet, we are excited to present this commemorative publication chronicling – through historic images and video – six decades of Mars...

Combined muscles and sensors made from soft materials allow for adaptable robots.
Application Briefs: Wearables
Seeables and Hearables for Fitness Feedback
Learn abut Bosch Sensortec's “Light Drive” system.
Mini-magnets could enable cloud computing systems to process data up to 100 times faster than current technologies.
Articles: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Mars 2020 – Looking for Life
Tech Briefs spoke with NASA’s Ken Williford, Mars 2020 Deputy Project Scientist, to learn more about the science capabilities of Perseverance.
Bacterial pathogens can live on surfaces for days. What if frequently touched surfaces, such as doorknobs, could instantly kill them off?
Special Reports: Automotive
Advances in Optics - June 2020

From Automotive LiDAR to Cubesats & space communications to smart cameras for robots, optics technology is enabling exciting new applications across a range of industries. Read all about it in this Special...

A research team has used the Molecular Foundry, a Department of Energy Office of Science user facility, to create miniature lasers. These lasers are stable and work continuously. What...

INSIDER Product: Sensors/Data Acquisition
New Products: May 2020 Photonics & Imaging Insider

Low-Power Sealed Laser

Luxinar (Kingston Upon Hull, UK) has introduced the SR 08s for marking, scribing and kiss cutting applications requiring average rather than peak power. The...

Products: Test & Measurement
New on the Market: May 2020
Sealing connection tools, oscilloscopes, snap-action switches, and more...
Briefs: Data Acquisition
High-Efficiency Laser for Silicon Chips
Applications include optical data transfer, infrared and night-vision systems, environmental sensors, and breath analysis for medical diagnosis.

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