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

Editor Bruce A. Bennett shares his observations from SPIE Photonics West, including the emergence of LiDAR.
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.
Facility Focus : Semiconductors & ICs
Facility Focus: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
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 : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
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.
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.
Isolators used to control semiconductor manufacturing keep the James Webb Space Telescope steady.
This technology is a novel, rugged, and economic diagnostic and sensor platform technology.
Briefs : Power
Embedded Gas and Temperature Sensors for Extreme Environments

Innovative process control systems for improved efficiency and lower emissions in current and future fossil-fuel-based power systems and related applications require durable, embedded sensor technology that can operate at higher temperatures and in harsh conditions.

Briefs : Photonics/Optics
Embedded Fiber Optic Sensors (EFOS)

Current laser interferometry pressure pulse detection techniques use the shock-induced change in index of refraction to track detonation and/or shock fronts in a single fiber optic by reflecting laser...

Briefs : Photonics/Optics
Free-Space Fiber Optic Laser Rod
This approach removes the limitation on peak power densities that exists for fiber lasers.
This optical switch controls the direction of light passing through optical fibers faster and more efficiently.
Articles : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Products of Tomorrow: December 2019
Products include an aerosol scattering sensor; metal foam; and a new coated drug capsule.
These polymers can combine thermal and optically fixable shape memory.
This innovation dynamically provides fast signal processing and precision measurement.

A new instrument mounted on a telescope in Arizona aimed its robotic array of 5,000 fiber-optic “eyes” at the night sky on Oct. 22 to capture the first images...

Briefs : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Method Produces Three-Dimensional, Curved Electronics

Contact lenses that can monitor the wearer’s health and correct eyesight use embedded electronics. These, and other curved devices such as solar cells and electronics, could be...

Application Briefs : Photonics/Optics
Quantitative Analysis of Raw Milk Using Spectral Sensors
Measuring milk components has become very crucial for the dairy industry.
Application Briefs : Photonics/Optics
A Vision-Based Lunar Navigator for Next-Generation Landers
Learn about the Draper Multi-Environment Navigator.

Webcasts

Upcoming Webinars: Photonics/Optics

High-Powered Directed Energy Laser Projects: Destroy the Target,...

Upcoming Webinars: Photonics/Optics

Optical Coating Design

Upcoming Webinars: Manufacturing & Prototyping

Rapid Decompression and Sealed Containers: Why Choose Magnet...

Upcoming Webinars: Motion Control

Advantages of Smart Servo Steppers vs. Smart Brushless Servos

Upcoming Webinars: Manufacturing & Prototyping

Large Cable, Large Problems: Considerations for Innovation

Upcoming Webinars: Robotics, Automation & Control

Collaborative Robots: Are They as Safe as They Sound?