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.

This coating acts as a spontaneous air cooler and can be fabricated, dyed, and applied like paint.
This innovation could lead to better drones, satellites, and biomedical devices.
Filaments with embedded circuitry can be used to print complex shapes for biomedical and robotic devices.

SWIR Camera

Princeton Infrared Technologies, Inc. (PIRT) (Monmouth Junction, NJ) will be introducing its new compact MVCam series shortwave-infrared (SWIR) and visible camera...

Imagine a fleet of 100 Hubble Space Telescopes, deployed in a strategic space-invader-shaped array a million miles from Earth, scanning the universe at...

Researchers have demonstrated a new all-optical technique for creating robust second-order nonlinear effects in materials that don’t normally support them. Using a...

Photovoltaics used in solar panels are sensitive to environmental factors and often suffer degradation over time. International Electrotechnical Commission standards for...

A new laser-based system offers an efficient way to detect fires in challenging environments such as industrial facilities or large construction sites.
Products: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
New Products: January 2020 Photonics & Imaging Technology
Photopolymer films, LED light engines, measurement systems, and more.
For disease diagnosis, a microchip maps the back of the eye.
Articles: Photonics/Optics
SPIE Photonics West 2020 Preview
SPIE Photonics West 2020 returns to The Moscone Center in San Francisco, February 1 through February 6
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Helping Autonomous Vehicles See Around Corners
A system senses tiny changes in shadows on the ground to determine if there’s a moving object coming around the corner.
A nanoantenna-enabled detector boosts the usable signal of a thermal infrared camera by up to three times.
Increased laser capacity has enabled, and will continue to enable, new manufacturing possibilities.
Application Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Additive Manufacturing of Precision Optics at Micro and Nanoscale
AM is an especially good fit for products that require a high level of customization.
See how software supported the design of an advanced antenna.
Application Briefs: Aerospace
NASA’s BITSE Solar Scope
NASA and the Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute (KASI) recently tested a new way to see the Sun
See how NOAA provides daily weather forecasts, severe storm warnings, climate monitoring, and more.
Interaction of sound and light reveals new information of a crystal's quantum properties.
Products: Test & Measurement
New on the Market: January 2020
Processors, imaging sensors, dimensioning systems, and more.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Particle Robot Works as a Cluster of Simple Units
Loosely connected disc-shaped “particles” can push and pull one another, moving together to transport objects.
This technology is a novel, rugged, and economic diagnostic and sensor platform technology.

Radar technologies were originally designed to identify and track airborne military targets. Today, they're more often used to detect motor vehicles, weather formations,...

Briefs: Data Acquisition
Embedded Fiber Optic Sensors (EFOS)

Current laser interferometry pressure pulse detection techniques use the shock-induced change in index of refraction to track detonation and/or shock fronts in a single fiber optic by reflecting laser...

This approach removes the limitation on peak power densities that exists for fiber lasers.
This optical switch controls the direction of light passing through optical fibers faster and more efficiently.
Briefs: Internet of Things
Photovoltaic-Powered Sensors
RFID-based devices work in indoor and outdoor lighting conditions and could transmit data for years before they need to be replaced.
The method could impact optical imaging, vision correction, and disease diagnosis.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Optically Fixable Shape Memory Polymers
These polymers can combine thermal and optically fixable shape memory.

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