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Femtosecond-laser direct writing creates focusable protein microlenses

Femtosecond-laser direct writing creates focusable protein microlenses


Changchun, China--Scientists at Jilin University have created adjustable microlenses made from protein gels, using femtosecond laser direct writing to create the lenses from bovine serum albumin.

Milton Chang to keynote January Lasers & Photonics Marketplace Seminar

12/15/2011 Nashua, NH--Held in conjunction with SPIE's Photonics West each January, the Laser Focus World 2012 Lasers & Photonics Marketplace Seminar will feature a keynote address by entrepreneur and author Milton Chang.
MIT metal-organic framework (MOF) pairs with fluorescent molecules to ID toxins and pathogens

'Glowing' detectors could visually ID toxins or pathogens

12/15/2011 Researchers at MIT have developed an approach that pairs fluorescent molecules with an open scaffolding called a metal-organic framework (MOF), enabling them to reveal presence of specific toxins, disease markers, pathogens, or...

QPC Lasers diode laser for minimally invasive laser therapy


The Ultra-500 QPC 1470 nm, fiber-coupled diode laser is designed for minimally invasive laser therapy.

Cell phone-based pulse oximeter performs measurements at the point-of-care

12/12/2011 In efforts to boost assessment and management of respiratory disease from the hospital into non-hospital settings, such as those in the developing world, engineers at the University of British Columbia are pairing a pulse oxime...

$300,000 award to advance OCT technique in cardiology

12/08/2011 A University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin) engineering professor and a cardiologist from UT Medicine San Antonio have received a $300,000 award from the the Clayton Foundation for Research to further develop an optical coheren...

Optogenetics technique reverses effects of cocaine


A team of Swiss researchers has found the first link between cocaine use and physical brain changes, also finding a means to reverse it.

A thin, high-contrast grating with subwavelength structure is separated by an air gap from the gain layer of a VCSEL emitting at 1550 nm

PHOTONICS WEST PREVIEW: SPIE Photonics West 2012 continues growth streak


After outgrowing the San Jose convention center and moving to San Francisco in 2010, SPIE Photonics West 2012 will grow yet again, both in terms of number of attendees as well as technical content and exhibition size.

A transient absorption imaging technique detects both metallic and semiconducting nanotubes, false-colored in red and green, in live hamster cells

Label-free, pulsed laser-driven imaging tool tracks nanotubes in cells, blood


Researchers at Purdue University developed a new imaging tool that tracks carbon nanotubes in living cells and the bloodstream, which could help to boost their use in biomedical research and clinical medicine.

SPIE, Japan Society of Applied Physics renew cooperative agreement

12/05/2011 Osaka, Japan, and Bellingham, WA--SPIE and the Japan Society of Applied Physics (JSAP) have renewed an agreement to collaborate in technical conferences, publications, and other information exchange, with the signing of a memor...
A combined Raman spectroscopy and OCT probe can screen for skin cancer

Non-invasive RS-OCT instrument screens for skin cancer


Belfast, Northern Ireland--A joint U.S.-Dutch team is using an Andor near-IR-enhanced Newton camera as part of a Raman Spectroscopy-OCT probe to screen for skin cancer.

In an optical chromatography setup, cells are placed in a flowing fluid (left to right) and remain stationary when the optical force from a laser (right to left) balances the fluid flow

OPTOFLUIDICS: Optical force chromatography performs label-free blood-cell sorting

12/02/2011 The US Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) is aiming to sort particles in biological fluids using laser-based, optofluidic methods that do not require prior knowledge of DNA sequence attributes or attachment of antibodies and/or fl...

TECHNOLOGY REVIEW 2011: Photonics reaches from science to the consumer world


Some of this year’s ‘transformative’ technologies show the fun side of photonics in entertainment, while others get down to the business of advancing science and research.

FEI acquires TILL Photonics


Hillsboro, OR--Microscopy and nanoscale solutions company FEI acquired TILL Photonics to grow its life sciences portfolio.

PHOTONIC FRONTIERS: OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHY: Complementary techniques enhance the power of OCT

12/01/2011 In the last 20 years, optical coherence tomography (OCT) has emerged as a valuable noninvasive imaging technology for medical applications without the hazards of radiation. New light sources and techniques, and efforts to exten...

Prior Scientific intros illumination system for fluorescence microscopy


The LumenLED for fluorescence microscopy is a modular system based around a two- or four-position LED combiner, directly coupled to the fluorescence port of a microscope.

CLARITY project to improve mid-infrared photonic systems

EU CLARITY project aims to advance mid-IR photonic systems

11/29/2011 Athens, Greece--A consortium of research organizations is undertaking a European Union-funded project knows as CLARITY (Compact uLtrA-efficient mid-infRared photonIc sysTems based on low noise quantum cascade laser sources, wid...

sCMOS camera from QImaging provides 30 fps simultaneous readout


The Rolera Bolt scientific CMOS (sCMOS) camera is designed for low-light imaging, especially biomedical imaging in live-cell and whole organism studies at video frame rates.

Professor James Wilkinson, University of Southampton Optoelectronics Research Centre

U of Southampton's Wilkinson garners major funding for biophotonics program

11/28/2011 Professor James Wilkinson at the University of Southampton’s Optoelectronics Research Centre has been awarded a European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grant to develop tools for fast, low-cost point-of-care clinical diagnosti...
Molecular-crystal mechanical actuator is driven by light

Molecular-crystal mechanical actuator is driven by light


Tokyo, Japan--A research team led by Masahiro Irie at Rikkyo University has created a cable-free microrobotic arm whose motion is driven by light.

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