Photonics/​Optics

Photonics

Find the latest news and technical briefs on next-generation photonics technologies. Learn more about applications like biophotonics, silicon photonics, and green photonics.

Latest Briefs & News

Briefs: Materials
Optically Reconfigurable Charge-Transfer Liquid Crystals
These re-writeable materials have applications in data storage and encryption, energy transducers, and optical display technologies.
A novel plate-cell architecture reaches the theoretical limit of performance.
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...

White Papers: Photonics/Optics
White Paper: Optical Components for SWIR Imaging

For many applications in harsh or low-light environmental conditions such as nighttime, fog, smoke, water vapors, etc., devices operating in the visible range of light cannot process or...

An empty airport tells you more than you might think.

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...

Stanford University researchers created an inverse design codebase called SPINS that can help researchers explore different design methodologies to...

A research team has used the Molecular Foundry, a Department of Energy Office of Science user facility, to create miniature lasers. These lasers are stable and work continuously. What...

INSIDER: Sensors/Data Acquisition
New Products: May 2020 Photonics & Imaging Insider

Low-Power Sealed Laser

Luxinar (Kingston Upon Hull, UK) has introduced the SR 08s for marking, scribing and kiss cutting applications requiring average rather than peak power. The...

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.
A highly sensitive, CMOS-compatible, broadband photodetector was created by tailoring material defects.
NASA Spinoff: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Space Station Garden Shines Light on Earth-Based Horticulture
NASA’s LED lighting system enables food and other crops to be grown indoors in places like skyscrapers.
With the recent boom in touch-based, polymer display substrates must be fingerprint-resistant.
Xilinx is now applying AI to the in-cabin environment.
The nonlinear camera captures high-resolution images of the interior of solid objects using terahertz (THz) radiation.
Engineers have developed a new scanning technique inspired by the natural world that can detect corroding metals in oil and gas pipelines.
Photodetectors, ultrafast lasers, energy sensors, and more.
A team is exploring new materials for telecommunications and LIDAR applications.
Articles: Sensors/Data Acquisition
3D Imaging the Biolocomotion of Fruit Flies

The last thing you probably do when a fly buzzes toward you is marvel at its graceful wing and body kinematics. But that’s exactly what researchers at Cornell University’s Itai Cohen Group...

Researchers described a new strategy of designing metamolecules.
Application Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Properly Designing and Specifying Aspheric Lenses
Aspheric lenses greatly improve the performance and efficiency of a wide range of optical applications.
Technology Leaders: Photonics/Optics
Tackling Aircraft Laser Strikes from the Ground
To reduce the increasing frequency of attacks, the ground-based Laser Aircraft Strike Suppression Optical System (LASSOS) has been developed by researchers from the MIT Lincoln Laboratory.
Technology Leaders: Photonics/Optics
Using Lasers in the Automotive Manufacturing Industry

Ever since Henry Ford introduced the first moving production line to the industry in 1913, automotive manufacturers have been constantly striving to streamline their processes,...

Laser technology will remain at the forefront of tomorrow’s digital manufacturing processes.
White Papers: Photonics/Optics
Thin-Film Interference Filters for LIDAR

Arguably the most versatile active remote sensing technique, LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) is used across platforms and across disciplines. Long known to be one of the most important...

White Papers: Photonics/Optics
12 Lens Considerations for Thermal Infrared Cameras

Whether you're an engineer, a procurement agent, or in business management many things should be considered when selecting the right lenses for your thermal imager, or infrared (IR) camera....

Articles: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Resolution, Accuracy, and Precision of Encoders
Here's what you'll need to know when you’re choosing an encoder for a motion control system.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Seeing Around Corners to Detect Object Shapes
Special light sources and sensors see around corners or through gauzy filters, enabling reconstruction of the shapes of unseen objects.
Briefs: Nanotechnology
Additive Manufacturing Method for Sub-Microscale Three-Dimensional Structures
Applications include MEMS, microlattice fabrication, and other sub-microscale 3D structures with a broad range of materials.

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