Photonics/​Optics

Optical Components

Access the latest technology advances in optical components and systems. Design engineers will find technical briefs and applications that are being used throughout industry.

Latest Briefs & News

Briefs: Photonics/Optics
High-Efficiency Laser for Silicon Chips
Applications include optical data transfer, infrared and night-vision systems, environmental sensors, and breath analysis for medical diagnosis.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Defects Enable High-Performance Infrared Photodetectors
A highly sensitive, CMOS-compatible, broadband photodetector was created by tailoring material defects.
A liquid crystal elastomer can be programmed to exhibit controllable, dynamic behavior without the need for complex electronic components.
This method uses fiber optic probes for measurement of semiconductors, optical coatings, magnetic read/write heads, and precision machines.
With the recent boom in touch-based, polymer display substrates must be fingerprint-resistant.
Photodetectors, ultrafast lasers, energy sensors, and more.
A team is exploring new materials for telecommunications and LIDAR applications.
Researchers described a new strategy of designing metamolecules.
Application Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Properly Designing and Specifying Aspheric Lenses
Aspheric lenses greatly improve the performance and efficiency of a wide range of optical applications.
To reduce the increasing frequency of attacks, the ground-based Laser Aircraft Strike Suppression Optical System (LASSOS) has been developed by researchers from the MIT Lincoln Laboratory.
Technology Leaders: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The Configurable Laser — A Universal Manufacturing Tool
Laser technology will remain at the forefront of tomorrow’s digital manufacturing processes.
Here's what you'll need to know when you’re choosing an encoder for a motion control system.
This imaging technique could impact optical communications and signal processing.
Perovskites

Goodfellow (Coraopolis, PA) recently announced a new range of perovskites, a group of materials that demonstrate great potential for optoelectronic applications....

Editor Bruce A. Bennett shares his observations from SPIE Photonics West, including the emergence of LiDAR.
Blog: Sensors/Data Acquisition
SPIE Photonics West 2020 – Sights from Day 1
See what caught Bruce A. Bennett's eye during Day 1 of Photonics West 2020 in San Francisco.
The switch is a major new step toward building a computer that uses light instead of electricity to process information.
Explore Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA's first space flight complex.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Long-Distance LADAR System and Method
The system provides three-dimensional imagery of potential threats at closer ranges.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Underwater Telecom Cables Used as Seismic Network
Fiber-optic cables could help scientists study offshore earthquakes and the geologic structures hidden deep beneath the ocean surface.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Intelligent Microrobots
Such machines, only a few tens of micrometers across, could be used in the human body to perform small operations.

Imagine a fleet of 100 Hubble Space Telescopes, deployed in a strategic space-invader-shaped array a million miles from Earth, scanning the universe at...

A new laser-based system offers an efficient way to detect fires in challenging environments such as industrial facilities or large construction sites.
Photopolymer films, LED light engines, measurement systems, and more.
For disease diagnosis, a microchip maps the back of the eye.
Articles: Photonics/Optics
SPIE Photonics West 2020 Preview
SPIE Photonics West 2020 returns to The Moscone Center in San Francisco, February 1 through February 6
Application Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Additive Manufacturing of Precision Optics at Micro and Nanoscale
AM is an especially good fit for products that require a high level of customization.
These advances are useful for transportation, infrastructure, and aerospace.
This thin film can be used for ground-based and airborne applications in aircraft, balloons, and other flight missions.

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