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.

Powerful, tiny cameras provide unique streaming-video solutions for NASA robots and defense applications.
Researchers are tapping into dynamically controlled LEDs to create a simple illumination system for 3D imaging.
Near-eye displays, optical inspection systems, UV glass, and more.
Application Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Hyperspectral Cameras and Data Quality
Any hyperspectral system needs to maintain a stable and accurate radiometric and spectral calibration.
Application Briefs: RF & Microwave Electronics
Add LiDAR to ADAS for Pedestrian Safety
While ADAS has improved freeway and high-speed driving, the basic need for collision mitigation with pedestrians and bicyclists has mostly remained unaddressed.
Imagine being able to snap a picture of extremely fast events on the order of a picosecond.
Application Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
The Sensing Systems That Make ADAS Work
See what kinds of sensors are supporting self-driving vehicles.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Keeping Drones Flying When a Motor Fails
Onboard cameras can be used to keep damaged quadcopters in the air and flying stably, even without GPS.
With a smartphone camera, a new diagnostic test provides a positive or negative COVID-19 result in 15 to 30 minutes.
Products: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Product of the Month: March 2021 Tech Briefs
By design, new 3D scanners are motionless during inspection.
Products: Software
New on the Market: March 2021
Vision software, thermal sensors, ceramic pastes, and more.
Facility Focus: Test & Measurement
Facility Focus: NASA Langley Research Center
See how NASA Langley tests a variety of advanced aircraft concepts. including ways to make flying both cleaner and quieter.
The device has applications in medical diagnostics and homeland security.
Articles: Photonics/Optics
Photonics West 2021 Preview
The virtual event offers a mix of live plenary talks, on-demand technical presentations and discussions, online networking and special events.
A novel technique for a high-brightness coherent and few-cycle duration source spans seven optical octaves.
The marking provides easy-to-see legends on plastic buttons under widely varying illumination conditions.
See what kinds of applications require high-precision laser glass with demanding dimensional tolerances and high-power laser coatings.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Optimal Information About the Invisible
Researcher are finding ways to estimate a target location when light gets deflected by a disordered structure.
The invention can become color-changing “artificial muscle.”
The next generation of waterproof smart fabrics can be laser-printed and made in minutes.
Articles: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Perseverance on Mars: The Journey Begins
Perseverance is the first leg of a round trip to Mars.
Special Reports: Unmanned Systems
Rugged Computing - March 2021

From the battlefield to the oceans to the extremes of space, electronics and computing advances enable missions in the harshest conditions. To help you keep pace with the latest developments, we present this...

When SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule splashed down off the Florida coast in August following its first crewed mission, the two astronauts inside could not exit the capsule...

The pursuit of fusion as a safe, carbon-free, always-on energy source has intensified in recent years, with a number of organizations pursuing aggressive...

IR and UV Optics

Edmund Optics (EO) (Barrington, NJ) has released Zinc Selenide (ZnSe) Wedged Windows, which are ideal for infrared (IR) applications, and TECHSPEC® Calcium...

The European Space Agency’s (ESA) and NASA’s Solar Orbiter Heliospheric Imager (SoloHI) recently recorded an image showing three of the four inner rocky planets. The...

Question of the Week: Photonics/Optics
Would You Use the 'LaserFactory?'

A technology from MIT known as the "LaserFactory" integrates 3D printers and laser cutters to fabricate wearables, robots, and electronics components like sensors and actuators.

Should you replace your big coordinate measurement machine with laser radar? Or should you just add a laser scanner with a CMM? A reader asks our expert.

Light-emitting diodes — LEDs — are important in many more applications than just illumination. These light sources are useful in microelectronics too. Smartphones, for example,...

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