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Magnetization couples with a laser-induced sound wave, could be future hard-disk replacement

Magnetization couples with a laser-induced sound wave, could be future hard-disk replacement

04/10/2014 A team from Radboud University (Nijmegen, The Netherlands) and Taurida National University (Simferopol, Crimea) has developed a way to use sound to couple magnetism with light.

Google Glass promising as assistive aid for Parkinson's patients

04/10/2014

Researchers at Newcastle University are investigating Google Glass as an assistive aid to help people with Parkinson’s disease extend their independence.

Scotland Week includes focus on lasers and SU2P program

04/09/2014

During Scotland Week, Scottish external affairs Minister Humza Yousaf said that Scotland has the talent, skills, and expertise to become a global powerhouse for the laser-enabled technology industry.

Furukawa optical-fiber-powered camera is intended for disaster and disaster-prevention uses

Furukawa optical-fiber-powered camera is intended for disaster and disaster-prevention uses

04/09/2014

Furukawa Electric (Tokyo, Japan) has commercialized a camera that is powered by light transmitted through a single-mode optical fiber.

Inspection machine maker Jiateng Instrument fined for falsely advertising Navitar lenses

04/09/2014 Navitar announced that metrology machine maker, Jiateng Instrument, and it’s owner Peng Xiong‐liang, were fined 20,000 RMB by the local Dongguan China Bureau of AIC for falsely advertising that Jaten metrology inspection machin...

Optogenetics could lead to better understanding of anxiety, depression

04/09/2014 Neuroscientists from Ruhr University Bochum in Germany and colleagues have discovered that optogenetics—a method that uses genes to make neurons respond to light—can modify serotonin receptors to help better understand anxiety ...

Nanostructured carbon nanotubes boost solar-cell efficiency

04/08/2014

Researchers at Umeå University have discovered that controlled placement of carbon nanotubes into particular nanostructures produces a huge boost in the optoelectronic performance of solar cells.

Hyperspectral imaging benefits from new cooperation between Gooch & Housego and PhiLumina

04/08/2014 Gooch & Housego and PhiLumina have signed a collaborative agreement to expand their capabilities and offerings for spectral imaging applications.

Silicon-photonics start-up Rockley Photonics closes Series A funding round

04/08/2014 Rockley Photonics (London, England), a start-up aimed at developing silicon photonics for data-communications networks, has closed its Series A funding round following what the company says is "high levels of investor inte...

Software: Thin-Film Coating Design: Excel extends optical coating software capabilities

04/08/2014

Microsoft Excel can extend the capabilities of optical thin-film design and measurement software through its functions, programming environment, and universal connectivity.

Fiber Lasers: Ultrafast fiber lasers reach millijoule energies with PC and LMA fibers

04/08/2014

Researchers have surpassed the millijoule-energy-level barrier in femtosecond fiber lasers at 100 kHz repetition rates using photonic-crystal and large-mode-area optical fiber amplifiers.

Interferometry: Achieving precision radius metrology for large optics

04/08/2014

A displacement-measuring, interferometry-based radius scale -- combined with environmental correction and the proper test procedure -- can measure radius with uncertainties of better than 3 ppm.

Fiber-Based Components: Liquid-crystal wavelength selective switches challenge MEMS designs

04/08/2014

Either as a 1D array of pixels on a glass substrate or a 2D array of pixels on silicon, liquid-crystal technology can bypass inherent weaknesses in conventional MEMS-based wavelength selective switch designs.

Light Brigade and NIFOT partner on India-based fiber-optic training center

04/07/2014

Light Brigade and the NeST Institute of Fiber Optic Technology (NIFOT) are partnering to form an India-based training center that will provide training on fiber-optic technology.

Photonics Applied: Terrestrial Imaging: Spectral imaging satellites monitor global vegetation health

04/07/2014

Aircraft- and satellite-based imaging systems with multispectral capabilities are being deployed worldwide to monitor terrestrial vegetation and soil moisture with unprecedented resolution and accuracy.

VCSELs: MIXSEL: Ultrafast goes simple

04/07/2014 The optically pumped modelocked integrated external-cavity surface-emitting laser (MIXSEL) is a saturable-absorber integrated ultrafast high-power semiconductor disk laser. Passive modelocking in a simple straight cavity sets a...

Advances in Displays: Quantum dot film lets LCDs express 50% more color

04/07/2014

With Quantum Dot Enhancement Film, LCD makers now have an efficient mechanism for integrating quantum dots into their manufacturing processes.

Photonic Frontiers: Laser Countermeasures: Scaling down mid-IR laser countermeasures for smaller aircraft

04/07/2014

Quantum cascade lasers are challenging optical parametric oscillators for use in the next generation of infrared countermeasures to divert heat-seeking missiles away from small military aircraft.

Pictures from an exhibition

04/07/2014 When founded in 1955, SPIE -- then known as the Society of Photographic Instrumentation Engineers -- placed great emphasis on the application of photo-optical instrumentation to aerospace, atmospheric science, and astronomy.

Nidek ophthalmic OCT system receives FDA clearance

04/07/2014 Ophthalmic equipment developer, maker, and distributor Nidek has received FDA approval for the company's RS-3000 Advance optical coherence tomography (OCT) system, which incorporates a scanning laser ophthalmoscope to evaluate ...

2013 industrial laser markets grow 5% to $10.7 billion

04/04/2014

According to the annual market survey from Optech Consulting, the global industrial laser systems market rose 5% to reach a record volume of $10.7 billion dollars in 2013.

Europium complexes emit red light at record efficiency

Europium complexes emit red light at record efficiency

04/04/2014 Two new luminescent compounds with europium complexes developed at the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences (Warsaw, Poland) have potential for boosting the efficiency of organic light-emitting diod...

Business Forum: Professional society in our photonics ecosystem

04/04/2014

This is the second in a series of interviews of CEOs of our professional societies to give us a better understanding of the ecosystem of our industry.

Exelis and NIRF partner on non-invasive fluorescence medical imaging technology

04/03/2014

Exelis and NIRF Imaging have entered into a long-term exclusive agreement to deliver a non-invasive, non-radioactive, point-of-care medical imaging capability.

Photonic Materials: Epner gold: The Midas touch for laser cavities and sensing applications

04/03/2014 A next-generation, more-resilient gold coating from Epner Technology is proving instrumental not only for emerging thermal and IR-reflective uses, but for gas-sensing applications and for advanced laser-pumping schemes based on...

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