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.

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INSIDER: Photonics/Optics

High-Speed InGaAs Photodiodes

OSI Optoelectronics (Hawthorne, CA) has introduced infrared-sensitive, pigtail-packaged High-Speed InGaAs Photodiodes with active areas of 75...

Special Reports: Energy
Test & Measurement - September 2022

Test strategies to track hypersonic threats…overcoming challenges of EV battery and electric aircraft testing…an innovative way to measure the thermal properties of materials. These are just a few of...

Briefs: Materials
Tests showed the metalens they made could focus its 197-nanometer output onto a spot measuring 1.7 microns in diameter, increasing the power density of the light output by 21 times.
NASA Spinoff: Photonics/Optics
Eye surgery patients on Earth are benefiting from early research on the NASA’s James Webb Telescope’s enormous mirrors.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Bulky, heavy LiDAR systems in self-driving cars could be replaced with a single chip.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
The millimeter-sized flat lens can be used in wearable displays for virtual reality, which requires compact, lightweight, and cost-effective components.
Articles: AR/AI

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: Aerospace
Diffraction Suppressed Mirror

Precise optical systems, especially those sensitive to information loss, are typically designed to minimize the use of mirrors. This is due to the Airy disk effect inherent to all conventional mirrors, which is a result of diffraction of the incident light. This effect represents information loss between the...

Briefs: Electronics & Computers

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: Electronics & Computers

The importance of optical image quality and the trend toward thinner smart-phones have pushed manufacturers to increase the number of cameras in order to provide cellphones with better...

Question of the Week: Imaging
Will inserting lenses inside blood vessels become a practical tool for diagnosing disease?

Researchers have developed a camera-like imaging device that can be inserted into blood vessels to provide high-quality 3D images to help scientists better understand the causes of heart attack and heart disease progression and could lead to improved...

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: Photonics/Optics

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...

Application Briefs: Materials

Aspheric lenses let optical system designers improve resolution, reduce the number of lens elements required, and increase system light throughput. Their complex, non-spherical surfaces correct for more...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
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: Photonics/Optics

Researchers have developed tiny optical elements from metal nanoparticles and a polymer that could replace traditional refractive lenses to realize portable imaging systems...

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...

Briefs: Photonics/Optics

Consumers are looking for augmented reality/virtual reality (AR/VR) glasses that are compact and easy to wear, delivering high-quality imagery with socially acceptable optics...

Briefs: Materials
3D nanometer-scale metamaterial structures hold promise for advanced optical isolators.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
3D micro-printing was used to develop this small, flexible scope for looking inside blood vessels.
INSIDER: Test & Measurement

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: Test & Measurement
See how hyperspectral imaging adds value to food inspection systems.
Articles: Photonics/Optics
See how solid-state lasers have grown and diversified over the years.
Articles: Materials
A metal-coated fiber capable of withstands high temperatures.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Design of miniature optical systems could lead to future cell phones that can detect viruses and more.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
For the first time, a team has measured the volume of individual droplets smaller than 100 trillionths of a liter, with an uncertainty of less than 1%.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Columbia researchers are reducing both the size and the power consumption of a visible-spectrum phase modulator, from one millimeter to 10 microns.

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