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.

Carolin Frueh is among only a handful of researchers who have persisted in using a complex technique that can diagnose a problem from thousands of miles away based on how a...

A new way of making large sheets of high-quality, atomically thin graphene could lead to ultra-lightweight, flexible solar cells, and to new classes of...

White Papers: Electronics & Computers
Board-Level Cameras: The Benefits of a Smaller Design

When too much tech can weigh down a UAV, you need lighter parts. See the kinds of compact board-level cameras being used to support aerial imaging, handheld vision systems, and more.

A reader asks our NASA expert: "What kind of redundancy is built into the Mars 2020 rover?"
A new low-cost imaging system could make it easier to track mosquito species that carry disease, enabling a more timely and targeted response.
Application Briefs: Imaging
Extended Dynamic Range Camera Imaging
New surveillance sensors are able to perform better than ever under unpredictable and dynamic lighting conditions.
Technology Leaders: Imaging
High Quality Optical Surfaces
Make sure the polished optic meets the requirement of a particular application.
Articles: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Optical In-Line VCSEL Testing
In-line testing of certain LEDs, using nanosecond pulses, will become more and more relevant with time-of-flight applications.
Technology Leaders: Nanotechnology
ZERODUR: The Highly Technical Glass-Ceramic
Highly technical glass-ceramic delivers optical precision at nanometer scale.
High-speed cameras, ultra-stable mounts, automated inspection systems, and more...
Using integrated photonic chips fabricated at EPFL, scientists have demonstrated laser-based microwave generators.
There’s been a race to the top among industrial LED lighting manufacturers as they scramble to squeeze the maximum possible lumens per watt (LPW) out of their products.
Researchers at Linköping University, together with colleagues in China, have developed a tiny unit that is both an optical transmitter and a receiver.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Quantum Computing at Room Temperature
Quantum computer circuits that will no longer need extremely cold temperatures to function could become a reality.
Sensors in the hand can actually detect forces being transmitted through the thickness of the robot.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Device Modulates Light and Amplifies Tiny Signals
This system can amplify a faint signal from a neighboring system even when that signal’s amplitude is as small as ten trillionths of a meter.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Optically Reconfigurable Charge-Transfer Liquid Crystals
These re-writeable materials have applications in data storage and encryption, energy transducers, and optical display technologies.
Special Reports: Automotive
Advances in Optics - June 2020

From Automotive LiDAR to Cubesats & space communications to smart cameras for robots, optics technology is enabling exciting new applications across a range of industries. Read all about it in this Special...

White Papers: Photonics/Optics
Introduction to 3D Printing with PµSL

Small devices that require high precision, high resolution, and high accuracy are all around us. From the electronic connectors in cellphones to the tiny valves in medical pumps, these devices aren’t...

A new tool for medical professionals may help shed light on tumors.

The future’s getting brighter for solar power. Researchers from CU Boulder have created a low-cost solar cell with one of the highest power-conversion efficiencies to...

Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
High-Efficiency Laser for Silicon Chips
Applications include optical data transfer, infrared and night-vision systems, environmental sensors, and breath analysis for medical diagnosis.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Defects Enable High-Performance Infrared Photodetectors
A highly sensitive, CMOS-compatible, broadband photodetector was created by tailoring material defects.
A liquid crystal elastomer can be programmed to exhibit controllable, dynamic behavior without the need for complex electronic components.
This method uses fiber optic probes for measurement of semiconductors, optical coatings, magnetic read/write heads, and precision machines.
With the recent boom in touch-based, polymer display substrates must be fingerprint-resistant.
Products: Sensors/Data Acquisition
New Products: May 2020 Photonics & Imaging Technology
Photodetectors, ultrafast lasers, energy sensors, and more.
A team is exploring new materials for telecommunications and LIDAR applications.
Researchers described a new strategy of designing metamolecules.

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