Photonics & Imaging

Find the latest developments in Photonics & Imaging essential to both Commercial & Government applications. Get expert solutions for imaging systems, machine vision, visualization software, human machines (HMIs), plus advances in infrared cameras and display monitoring.

Special Reports: Imaging
Unmanned Systems - March 2020

The latest advances in aerial, ground, and underwater unmanned systems are covered in this special report, a compendium of recent articles from the editors of Tech Briefs and Aerospace & Defense...

The NASA study is a first step in developing a model to deploy in future disasters.
Technology Leaders: Test & Measurement
3D Scanning Inspection
CT vs. structured light scanning — See which option is best for you.
Briefs: RF & Microwave Electronics
Researchers Generate Terahertz Laser with Laughing Gas
In the middle ground between microwaves and visible light lies terahertz radiation, and the promise of “Tray vision.”
Researchers have developed new nanoscale technology to image and measure more of the stresses and strains on materials under high pressures.
Using 3D components on a standardized 2D microchip manufacturing platform uses up to 100 times less chip space.
Application Briefs: Transportation
Challenges for Lidar Software
Anand Gopalan, CEO of Velodyne Lidar, Inc., discusses lidar software for ADAS and autonomous vehicles
Altering the traditional intensity distribution of fiber lasers improves weld quality.
This vibrometer has uses in analyzing spasms in humans, as a breath analyzer for diagnosis of cancer and other diseases, and as a preventative healthcare sensor.
These thin films hold great promise for solar cells and LEDs.

Midwest Engineered Systems, Waukesha, WI, offers the ADDere metal 3D printing system that consists of a 6-axis industrial robot combined with a 2-axis coordinated motion workpiece...

“We’re analyzing rocks from space, atom by atom,” says researcher Jennika Greer.
Editor Bruce A. Bennett shares his observations from SPIE Photonics West, including the emergence of LiDAR.
See what caught Bruce A. Bennett's eye during Day 1 of Photonics West 2020 in San Francisco.

A team of engineers at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has boosted the performance of its previously developed 3D inductor technology by adding as much as three...

INSIDER: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Laser Diode Emits Deep UV Light

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...

This system places virtual objects within real-world backgrounds on cellphone screens and lets people interact with those objects by hand as if they were really there.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Threads Detect Gases When Woven into Clothing
Equipment-free textile detectors could be used in public health, workplace safety, military, and rescue applications.
This program enhances images and videos for smartphones, tablets, and PCs.
Varjo™ Technologies announced a 2D/3D immersive "Workspace."
The ultra-fast method analyzes a wider range of materials than current thermal-based detection systems.
Explore Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA's first space flight complex.
This innovation could lead to better drones, satellites, and biomedical devices.
The system provides three-dimensional imagery of potential threats at closer ranges.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
Smartphone System Tests for Lead in Water
This inexpensive system can detect lead levels below EPA standards.
The films could be used in impact-resistant glazing, windscreens, and displays.
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.

Webcasts

On-Demand Webinars: Electronics & Computers

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Upcoming Webinars: Test & Measurement

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Upcoming Webinars: Sensors/Data Acquisition

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Upcoming Webinars: Automotive

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