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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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Application Briefs: Motion Control
Precision Position Feedback for Smart Manufacturing
There is a growing demand for direct-drive motors.
This compact beam steering technology has applications in autonomous navigation, AR, and neuroscience.
Briefs: Materials
Completely Flat Fisheye Lens
The single piece of glass produces crisp panoramic images.
Near-eye displays, optical inspection systems, UV glass, and more.
A novel technique for a high-brightness coherent and few-cycle duration source spans seven optical octaves.
Application Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Hyperspectral Cameras and Data Quality
Any hyperspectral system needs to maintain a stable and accurate radiometric and spectral calibration.
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.
Special Reports: Electronics & Computers
Rugged Computing - March 2021

From the battlefield to the oceans to the extremes of space, electronics and computing advances enable missions in the harshest conditions. To help you keep pace with the latest developments, we present this...

The European Space Agency’s (ESA) and NASA’s Solar Orbiter Heliospheric Imager (SoloHI) recently recorded an image showing three of the four inner rocky planets. The...

Light-emitting diodes — LEDs — are important in many more applications than just illumination. These light sources are useful in microelectronics too. Smartphones, for example,...

Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Compact Infrared Spectrometer
This device fits on a computer chip but can analyze infrared light in the same way as a conventional spectrometer.
The improved rectennas could operate low-power devices such as temperature sensors.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Niobium Titanium Nitride Thin Film Coating
Applications include terahertz medical imaging and communications.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
A Near-Perfect Blackbody Calibration Target
This rapid and cost-effective technique yields a uniform etched surface with 99.5 percent emissivity.
Briefs: RF & Microwave Electronics
Sensitive Optical Receivers for Space
This concept could help break through the present-day data-return bottleneck in deep space missions.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Split-Ring Torque Sensor
This optical-based device measures position, velocity, and torque.

Bandpass Filters

MidOpt® (Palatine, IL) introduced the BP450 Indigo Bandpass and the BN450 Narrow Indigo Bandpass, two new filters designed for multi-application use. The...

The performance of flexible large-area organic photodiodes has advanced to the point that they can now offer advantages over conventional silicon photodiode...

This simple and inexpensive design achieves high-quality ozone measurements.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Platform for All-Optical Computing
Computations are done solely with beams of light.

Researchers at the University of Nottingham have cracked the conundrum of how to use inks to 3D-print novel electronic devices with useful properties, such as an...

Blog: Photonics/Optics
How to Choose an Optical Filter
Optical interference filters are critical to the overall performance of machine vision applications. So how do you select the right one?
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Cascaded Offset Optical Modulator
This subsystem is used in free-space optical communications and fiber-optic communications.
This technique for optical data transmission from satellites uses laser arrays to provide fine pointing capability.
Any high-performance communication systems operating in RF or optical frequencies may benefit from this system.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
3D X-Ray Imager for 3D Object Retrieval
Applications include characterizing additively manufactured components and baggage screening.

Spectrophotometer for a Microscope

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

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