Photonics & Imaging

Photonics/​Optics

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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.

INSIDER: Photonics/Optics

Photonics has the potential to transform all manners of electronic devices by storing and transmitting information in the form of light, rather than electricity. Using...

INSIDER: Photonics/Optics

Fiber optic technology is the holy grail of high-speed, long-distance telecommunications. Still, with the continuing exponential growth of internet traffic,...

INSIDER: Imaging

New research shows how to measure the super-short bursts of high-frequency light emitted from free electron lasers (FELs). By using the light-induced ionization itself to create...

INSIDER: Photonics/Optics

Uncooled Thermal Lens

British threat detection specialist Silent Sentinel (Hertfordshire, UK) has expanded its Aeron Ranger suite of cameras to include a brand-new 25-150mm Long...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Fiber coatings measurement, single-frequency laser, optical filters, and more.
Articles: Materials
Learn about the benefits of SWIR imaging, from food inspection to surveillance.
Briefs: Imaging
A flexible, free-standing THz sensor array images blind ends of irregularly shaped objects.
Articles: Test & Measurement
A heat source near the optical path can introduce image warping that locally shifts the position of the image content. Learn how to fix the flaw.
Application Briefs: Nanotechnology
Learn about tooling challenges and other considerations when designing micro-optics, including metrology equipment capabilities, and post-molding assembly.
Application Briefs: Photonics/Optics
What you need to know before you incorporate large diameter aspheres into your optical systems.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Northwestern researchers have developed a new microscopy method that allows scientists to see the building blocks of “smart” materials being formed at the nanoscale.
Technology Leaders: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Thanks to new innovations in measurement technologies, manufacturers and users now have a wide range of options for proactively measuring the laser beam.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
A team has introduced a new method for taking high-res images of fast-moving and rotating objects in space, such as satellites or debris in low-Earth orbit.
Technology Leaders: RF & Microwave Electronics
Test technologies are available as technologies evolve to 800Gbps and 1.6Tbps for next-generation data center architectures.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Normally an insulator, diamond becomes a metallic conductor when subjected to large strain.
Special Reports: Photonics/Optics
Advanced Materials & Coatings - May 2021

New diamond super-material enhances military aircraft survivability…a gold film gives robots “chameleon skin”…shape-shifting nanomaterial offers exciting biotech...

Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
This additively manufactured alloy is tailored for high-temperature applications.
Briefs: Aerospace
This technology provides drones sufficient time and distance to react, avoid wires, and navigate follow-on maneuvers.
NASA Spinoff: Imaging
With a clever design by NASA, waiting for hot water could be a thing of the past.
Question of the Week: Photonics/Optics
Do You See Potential for Objects That Change Shape via Light?

Taking inspiration from the butterfly, Tufts University researchers created light-activated composite devices that execute precise, visible movements and form complex three-dimensional shapes, without the need for wires or other actuating materials or energy sources.

On-Demand Webinars: Materials
Optics and Coatings Technology

Precision optics are used in a wide variety of industrial, scientific, medical, and military applications, and their performance is often improved or enhanced by the application of thin film coatings. But how do you know what types of optics will work best for your application (e.g., spheric vs. aspheric,...

White Papers: Photonics/Optics
Injection Molding Principles

Optimizing custom part designs for injection molding requires a thorough understanding of the process and outcomes. In this ebook, you'll learn about common molding resins, special molding terms you should know,...

Blog: Photonics/Optics
Taking inspiration from the insect, Tufts researchers created light-activated composite devices that execute precise, visible movements and form complex three-dimensional shapes, like a "photonic sunflower. "
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
These actuators can compete with electrical and pneumatic systems.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
The system provides high tuning capability and extreme simplicity.
Briefs: Imaging
The instrument could bring powerful sensing and imaging capabilities into hospitals, airports, or other settings.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
This compact beam steering technology has applications in autonomous navigation, AR, and neuroscience.
Briefs: RF & Microwave Electronics
Briefs: Connectivity
The device recharges the internal battery of implants without invasive surgery.

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