Photonics/​Optics

Optics

Advanced optics technologies are essential to design engineers developing systems in manufacturing. Here are the latest technical briefs, products, and applications for design engineers working with optics technology.

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Special Reports: Connectivity
Machine Vision/Camera Advances - July 2021

Advances in cameras and image sensors are transforming the factory floor, while also enabling exciting new applications in space robotics, medicine, and more. Read all about it in this compendium of...

Briefs: Nanotechnology
The size and shape of the nanostructure can be controlled as it is assembled piece by piece.
Articles: Semiconductors & ICs
Designers who must sense motor position, speed, or acceleration have a lot of choices, including resolvers, optical encoders, and Hall-effect devices.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
One of the final hurdles to hydrogen power is securing a safe method for detecting hydrogen leaks.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Researchers have developed a millimeter-thick accelerometer.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
These tiny detectors could record characteristics of light such as color, polarity, and angle.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
This tool could help surgeons better treat tumors and brain diseases.
Facility Focus: Photonics/Optics
Berkeley’s academic research reflects pressing global challenges in the areas of health, energy, and the environment.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Using gold nanomaterials, this disk can hold data securely for more than 600 years.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Artificial intelligence is used to decode X-ray images faster, which could aid innovations in medicine, materials, and energy.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
The new photonic architecture could transform digital communications, artificial intelligence, and quantum computing.
Blog: Photonics/Optics
Researchers from CU Boulder gave their optical "rectennas" a ghost-like way to turn wasted heat into power.
On-Demand Webinars: Photonics/Optics
Lunch & Learn: Latest in Digital Microscopy

Today’s 20-minute Lunch & Learn delves into why incomplete microscopy inspection may be a bigger problem than you realize. Classic inspection systems offer a shallow depth of field, which can cause sample parts not to be in focus and, thus, leads to missing features, user fatigue, and...

INSIDER: Photonics/Optics

Photonics has the potential to transform all manners of electronic devices by storing and transmitting information in the form of light, rather than electricity. Using...

INSIDER: Imaging

New research shows how to measure the super-short bursts of high-frequency light emitted from free electron lasers (FELs). By using the light-induced ionization itself to create...

Products: Materials
Fiber coatings measurement, single-frequency laser, optical filters, and more.
Application Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Learn about tooling challenges and other considerations when designing micro-optics, including metrology equipment capabilities, and post-molding assembly.
Application Briefs: Photonics/Optics
What you need to know before you incorporate large diameter aspheres into your optical systems.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
A team has introduced a new method for taking high-res images of fast-moving and rotating objects in space, such as satellites or debris in low-Earth orbit.
Technology Leaders: Data Acquisition
Test technologies are available as technologies evolve to 800Gbps and 1.6Tbps for next-generation data center architectures.
Briefs: Semiconductors & ICs
Normally an insulator, diamond becomes a metallic conductor when subjected to large strain.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
This technology provides drones sufficient time and distance to react, avoid wires, and navigate follow-on maneuvers.
On-Demand Webinars: Materials
Optics and Coatings Technology

Precision optics are used in a wide variety of industrial, scientific, medical, and military applications, and their performance is often improved or enhanced by the application of thin film coatings. But how do you know what types of optics will work best for your application (e.g., spheric vs. aspheric,...

White Papers: Medical
Injection Molding Principles

Optimizing custom part designs for injection molding requires a thorough understanding of the process and outcomes. In this ebook, you'll learn about common molding resins, special molding terms you should know,...

Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
The tiny device accurately measures acceleration in smaller navigation systems and other devices.
Application Briefs: Photonics/Optics
There is a growing demand for direct-drive motors.
Briefs: Semiconductors & ICs
This compact beam steering technology has applications in autonomous navigation, AR, and neuroscience.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
The single piece of glass produces crisp panoramic images.
Products: Photonics/Optics
Near-eye displays, optical inspection systems, UV glass, and more.

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