Photonics & Imaging

Photonics/​Optics

Explore the latest technical briefs and product breakthroughs in photonics and optics. Resources include breakthroughs in lasers, laser systems, fiber optics, optical components, and photonics.

Question of the Week: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Will Flat Fisheye Lenses Play a Greater Role in Medical Imaging and Consumer Electronics?

A recent Tech Briefs TV video demonstrated an achievement from engineers at MIT and the University of Massachusetts at Lowell. The teams designed the first completely flat fisheye lens to produce crisp, 180-degree panoramic images. The lenses, according to...

This technology can work with multiple wavelengths of light simultaneously.
Applications include low-light conditions such as on orbital satellites and VR applications where the lens needs to be larger than a pupil.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Quantum Switch Turns Metals into Insulators
This approach could engineer quantum materials atom-by-atom for new electronic, magnetic, and sensing applications.
A nanoLED has up to 1,000 times the brightness of conventional submicron-sized LEDs.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Wavy Surfaces for Better Light Control
This method could impact optical technologies such as smartphone cameras, biosensors, or autonomous vision for robots and self-driving cars.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Laser Spark Distribution and Ignition System
Traditional spark plugs are replaced by an optical pumping source.
The tiny unit is significant for the miniaturization of optoelectronic systems.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
Measuring Optical Null Lens Aberrations
This method can be used in astronomy, surveillance, and optics manufacturing.
Tiny aircraft that weigh as much as a fruit fly could serve as Martian atmospheric probes.
Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
New Products: October 2020 Motion Design
Accelerometers, actuators, hexapods, and more.
Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Products of Tomorrow: October 2020
Nanowire masks, underwater imaging, and tiny 3D-printed block that repair bone breaks.

Researchers at Helmholtz Zentrum München and the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have developed the world’s smallest ultrasound detector. Based on...

INSIDER: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Precision Landing Without a Pilot

For planned robotic and crewed missions to the Moon and Mars, NASA is developing and testing precise landing and hazard-avoidance technologies. A combination of laser sensors, a camera, a high-speed...

Tech Talks: Photonics/Optics
Multicore Optical Fiber Grating Array Fabrication for Medical Sensing Applications

The growing interest in high-performance fiber grating arrays can be attributed to today’s acceptance of optical fiber sensors in more medical applications such as shape-sensing fiber incorporated into surgical instruments. This presentation looks at a...

Almost all satellites are powered by solar cells – but solar cells are heavy. While conventional high-performance cells reach up to three watts of electricity per gram,...

New research from the University of Southampton has discovered a way to bind two negatively charged electron-like particles which could create opportunities to form novel...

University of North Texas professor Anupama Kaul straddles the line between electrical engineering and materials science, which puts her in the perfect place to develop...

Machine Vision Cameras

Teledyne DALSA (Waterloo, Canada) announced its new Falcon4-CLHS M4480 and M4400 cameras, based on the Teledyne e2v Lince 11.2M monochrome sensors. The...

On-Demand Webinars: Photonics/Optics
Alignment Strategy for Complex Part Geometries

When developing a CMM measurement program, alignments are necessary to form a stable frame of reference for the workpiece to be measured. Non-standard geometries with complex surfaces, such as a jet engine turbine airfoil, can be aligned by using datum target points defined on a print or...

Blog: Robotics, Automation & Control
With a Flash of a Laser, Microscopic Robots Move
A Cornell team developed paramecium-sized robots that can be controlled with lasers.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Laser Technology Assesses Cancer Cells
Laser light induces ultrasonic vibrations in a sample that can be used to image cells, blood vessels, and tissues.
High-temp infrared emitter, single-frequency SWIR lasers, hazard testing systems, and more.
The newest version of these combs could revolutionize clocks, telescopes, and telecommunications.
Flat-panel technology could transform antennas, wireless, and cellphone communications.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Tunable, Chip-Based, Vortex Microlaser and Detector
This system encodes information in twisting beams of light.
Self-powering, color-changing humidity sensors are applicable to various fields including smart windows, health care, and safety management.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Acoustic Monitoring of Laser Welds
Empa researchers were able to demonstrate real-time acoustic monitoring of laser weld seams.
Application Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
USB and GigE Connectivity for Modern Machine Vision
Learn the USB3 and GigE vision standards, how they keep pace with imaging technologies, and how augmenting the cabling is critical for optimal performance.

Webcasts

Upcoming Webinars: Automotive

Metal Injection Molding’s Role in Automotive

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Upcoming Webinars: Motion Control

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Upcoming Webinars: Robotics, Automation & Control

2020 Create the Future Contest Awards

Upcoming Webinars: RF & Microwave Electronics

Advancement of Spectrum Analysis Techniques for Tracking,...

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