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.

See what caught Bruce A. Bennett's eye during Day 1 of Photonics West 2020 in San Francisco.

Nagoya University scientists have succeeded in designing a laser diode that emits deep-ultraviolet light. It emits the world's shortest lasing wavelength, at 271.8 nanometers, under pulsed electric current...

To further shrink electronic devices and to lower energy consumption, the semiconductor industry is interested in using 2D materials, but manufacturers need a...

Briefs : Materials
3D Printing Technique Produces “Living” 4D Materials
3D/4D printing is merged with a chemical process to produce “living” resin, which has potential for recycling and biomedicine.
The switch is a major new step toward building a computer that uses light instead of electricity to process information.
This coating acts as a spontaneous air cooler and can be fabricated, dyed, and applied like paint.
Briefs : Sensors/Data Acquisition
3D Printing of Plastics with Electrical Circuits
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.
Briefs : Photonics/Optics
Long-Distance LADAR System and Method
The system provides three-dimensional imagery of potential threats at closer ranges.
Briefs : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Underwater Telecom Cables Used as Seismic Network
Fiber-optic cables could help scientists study offshore earthquakes and the geologic structures hidden deep beneath the ocean surface.
This atom-based receiver has the potential to be smaller and work better in noisy environments than conventional radio receivers.
Briefs : Materials
Welding Ceramics with Lasers
This technology could be used to create smartphones that don't scratch or shatter, metal-free pacemakers, and electronics for space and other harsh environments.
Briefs : Materials
Intelligent Microrobots
Such machines, only a few tens of micrometers across, could be used in the human body to perform small operations.
Facility Focus : Electronics & Computers
Facility Focus: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Explore Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA's first space flight complex.

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...

White Papers : Photonics/Optics
High-Speed Switched Serial Fabrics Improve System Design

Well into its third decade of widespread deployment, VME adopted the new VXS gigabit serial interface, clearly representing the most significant leap in backplane data transfer rates throughout its entire history. Because VXS delivered such a dramatic improvement in embedded system...

A new laser-based system offers an efficient way to detect fires in challenging environments such as industrial facilities or large construction sites.
Photopolymer films, LED light engines, measurement systems, and more.
Briefs : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Microchip Produces High-Contrast OCT Imagery
For disease diagnosis, a microchip maps the back of the eye.
SPIE Photonics West 2020 returns to The Moscone Center in San Francisco, February 1 through February 6
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 : Manufacturing & Prototyping
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 : Test & Measurement
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.

Webcasts

Upcoming Webinars: Photonics/Optics

High-Powered Directed Energy Laser Projects: Destroy the Target,...

Upcoming Webinars: Photonics/Optics

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