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.

Briefs: Semiconductors & ICs
Using integrated photonic chips fabricated at EPFL, scientists have demonstrated laser-based microwave generators.
Briefs: Materials
A new CT scan method using intense synchrotron radiation produces higher quality images within milliseconds.
Application Briefs: Electronics & Computers
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.
Briefs: Materials
Researchers at Linköping University, together with colleagues in China, have developed a tiny unit that is both an optical transmitter and a receiver.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Quantum computer circuits that will no longer need extremely cold temperatures to function could become a reality.
Briefs: Unmanned Systems
The process provides a cost-effective solution for applications in space-based imaging systems, military reconnaissance, and satellite and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).
Briefs: Communications
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: Data Acquisition
Optically Reconfigurable Charge-Transfer Liquid Crystals
These re-writeable materials have applications in data storage and encryption, energy transducers, and optical display technologies.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
A novel plate-cell architecture reaches the theoretical limit of performance.
Special Reports: Imaging
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...

Blog: Imaging

An empty airport tells you more than you might think.

INSIDER: Materials

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...

INSIDER: Software

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

INSIDER: Photonics/Optics

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 Product: Sensors/Data Acquisition

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: Semiconductors & ICs
Applications include optical data transfer, infrared and night-vision systems, environmental sensors, and breath analysis for medical diagnosis.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
A highly sensitive, CMOS-compatible, broadband photodetector was created by tailoring material defects.
NASA Spinoff: Manufacturing & Prototyping
NASA’s LED lighting system enables food and other crops to be grown indoors in places like skyscrapers.
Application Briefs: Materials
With the recent boom in touch-based, polymer display substrates must be fingerprint-resistant.
Articles: Photonics/Optics
Xilinx is now applying AI to the in-cabin environment.
Briefs: Imaging
The nonlinear camera captures high-resolution images of the interior of solid objects using terahertz (THz) radiation.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
Engineers have developed a new scanning technique inspired by the natural world that can detect corroding metals in oil and gas pipelines.
Products: Photonics/Optics
Photodetectors, ultrafast lasers, energy sensors, and more.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
A team is exploring new materials for telecommunications and LIDAR applications.
Articles: Imaging

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...

Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Researchers described a new strategy of designing metamolecules.
Application Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Aspheric lenses greatly improve the performance and efficiency of a wide range of optical applications.
Technology Leaders: Photonics/Optics
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

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,...

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