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.

Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Compact Infrared Spectrometer
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This concept could help break through the present-day data-return bottleneck in deep space missions.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
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...

Optical interference filters are critical to the overall performance of machine vision applications. So how do you select the right one?
Briefs: RF & Microwave Electronics
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.
Briefs: RF & Microwave Electronics
Vortex Radiometer for Wireless Communications
Any high-performance communication systems operating in RF or optical frequencies may benefit from this system.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
3D X-Ray Imager for 3D Object Retrieval
Applications include characterizing additively manufactured components and baggage screening.
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Spectrophotometer for a Microscope

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

Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Printable Light Sensors Can See Colors
Printable organic photodiodes can distinguish wavelengths and enable data transmission by light.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Electricity-Free Radiative Cooling System
The system is effective in urban environments where there are tall buildings on all sides.
The sensor enables detection of items for security screening, intrusion detection, forensics, and medical imaging.
Multi-sensor imaging systems, eyesafe laser finders, machine vision algorithms, and more.
Application Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Material Advances for LED Quantum Dot Efficiency
Creating next-generation LEDs for novel efforts like COVID-19 decontamination requires LED manufacturers to reevaluate the materials that they’re using.
A "TPSI" process makes it possible to distinguish between the front and back of optical surfaces, and to characterize the quality of both in a single measurement.
Application Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Measuring Layer Thickness Using a Microscope
With Nikon's Layer Thickness software module, comprehensive information about a specimen is obtained more quickly than if an operator is making all the measurements by hand.
Purdue University innovators are taking cues from the spider to develop 3D photodetectors for biomedical imaging.
Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Products of Tomorrow: October 2020
Nanowire masks, underwater imaging, and tiny 3D-printed block that repair bone breaks.
A nanoLED has up to 1,000 times the brightness of conventional submicron-sized LEDs.
This method could impact optical technologies such as smartphone cameras, biosensors, or autonomous vision for robots and self-driving cars.
Traditional spark plugs are replaced by an optical pumping source.
The tiny unit is significant for the miniaturization of optoelectronic systems.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Measuring Optical Null Lens Aberrations
This method can be used in astronomy, surveillance, and optics manufacturing.

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