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.

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.
This method uses fiber optic probes for measurement of semiconductors, optical coatings, magnetic read/write heads, and precision machines.
Products: Test & Measurement
New on the Market: May 2020
Sealing connection tools, oscilloscopes, snap-action switches, and more...
A liquid crystal elastomer can be programmed to exhibit controllable, dynamic behavior without the need for complex electronic components.
Technology Leaders: Sensors/Data Acquisition
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.

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,...

Technology Leaders: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The Configurable Laser — A Universal Manufacturing Tool
Laser technology will remain at the forefront of tomorrow’s digital manufacturing processes.
White Papers: Photonics/Optics
The Liquid Lens Evolution

Before liquid lenses, a user would have to design some type of mechanical focusing into their optical system, which meant having a device to raise and lower the optics to enable them to refocus on different heights...

On-Demand Webinars: Photonics/Optics
Optical Coating Design

Most precision optics, whether used in scientific, medical, industrial, or military applications, incorporate some type of thin film coating to enhance their capabilities. This Webinar from the editors of Tech Briefs Media delves into some of the more popular types of coatings, what they do, and how they're...

White Papers: Transportation
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: Imaging
How Mode-Locked Lasers Affect the Past, Present, and Future of Two-Photon Microscopy

For more than 100 years, fluorescence microscopy has been utilized in biological sciences as a means for identifying the spatial distribution of molecules...

On-Demand Webinars: Photonics/Optics
High-Powered Directed Energy Laser Projects: Destroy the Target, Not Everything Else

Applying the stable and repeatable characteristics of lasers to high-powered directed energy applications has ushered in a new era of efficient weapons for the military. The development of these weapons comes with challenges that users of high-powered...

White Papers: Imaging
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....

White Papers: Photonics/Optics
Automated Solutions for Head-Up Display Measurement

Head-up display (HUD) technology is one of the largest growth areas in the automotive market, and standard measurement criteria are rapidly being defined to ensure HUD visual performance...

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: Materials
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.
A wildfire-preventing gel; NASA's 3D tissue models, and more.
This method could lead to the transmission of data at the rate of 100 gigabits per second.
Products: Motion Control
New Products: April 2020 Motion Design
Motor drivers, position sensors, offset couplings, and more.
The lasers are small and efficient enough to fit on a microchip.
Technology used to search for extraterrestrial life can characterize radioactive material.
This imaging technique could impact optical communications and signal processing.
Webinars: Photonics/Optics
Overcoming Mediocrity in Cylindrical Laser Processing of Medical Devices

Laser processing has been used for decades to manufacture tubular medical devices, such as stents, valves, and vascular grafts. However, achieving the precision that is necessary for high-volume production is more challenging now than ever before. Driven by growth...

Researchers at Purdue University have been working to develop new technologies to help stop the spread of foodborne illnesses, which kill 3,000 people a year, by detecting them...

INSIDER: Photonics/Optics
Using Light to Put a Twist on Electrons

Some molecules, including most of the ones in living organisms, have shapes that can exist in two different mirror-image versions. The right- and left-handed versions can sometimes have different...

Final Vision Inspection (FVI) System

CyberOptics® Corporation (Minneapolis, MN) has launched the Multi-Reflection Suppression™ (MRS™)-enabled 3D MX3000 Final Vision Inspection...

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