Technical Digests

OPTICAL COATINGS: Evolving technology produces new benefits

The antireflection, high-reflection, and/or spectral characteristics provided by optical coatings are an essential component of virtually all high-performance optical systems. And optical-coating technology is becoming ever-more sophisticated--including the development of improved spectral measurement techniques, as well as better physical properties for coatings.

 

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REMOTE FIBER-OPTIC SENSING: Data in abundance from difficult environments

The use of optical fibers to measure strain, temperature, and other parameters at desired points distributed anywhere along a length of fiber opens up new territory for remote-sensing applications. This technical digest gives an overview of distributed fiber-optic sensing, along with an analog optical computing technique that maximizes the advantages of remote sensing via optical fiber.

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SCANNERS FOR MATERIALS PROCESSING: Serving demanding applications

Galvanometer-based scanners are an essential component in laser-based materials-processing systems; scanners are what do the work required to precisely shape, cut, or otherwise process parts. This technical digest delves into three-axis laser scanning technology, and also highlights a hot topic--laser additive manufacturing--that relies on laser scanning.

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