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Impedance spectroscopy helps test for blood sugar noninvasively

03/13/2014 Recognizing that current methods for diabetes patients to measure their blood sugar are painful and inconvenient, an international team of researchers have—using a spectroscopic technique—developed what they call an entirely no...
SpectralFinder software processes hyperspectral data in real time

SpectralFinder software processes hyperspectral data in real time

03/12/2014 Hyperspectral cameras can produce data at rates of up to one gigabyte per minute. To handle rates like this, engineers at Fraunhofer Institute of Optronics, System Technologies and Image Exploitation IOSB have created the Spect...

Chip-scale MEMS-based tunable laser offers bandwidth on demand


Researchers from A*STAR and NTU have demonstrated a chip-based (10X smaller than commercial designs) tunable laser using MEMS technology that offers bandwidth on demand.

Fluorescent probe detection can authenticate canned tuna species within 24 hours

03/12/2014 Researchers in the Molecular Biology Laboratory at AZTI-Tecnalia in Spain have developed a fluorescent probe DNA detection method to authenticate canned tuna, with the ability to distinguish between albacore, yellowfin, bigeye,...

Laser Therapy University targets professionals and consumers


Laser Therapy University announces the launch of, a content-rich online resource featuring the latest information on the benefits of laser therapy for pain relief.

Symposium on plastic optical fiber to be held 13 March at OFC 2014

03/11/2014 The Plastic Optical Fiber Trade Organization (POFTO) is organizing a POF Symposium during OFC 2014 (9-13 March 2014; Moscone Center, San Francisco, CA) that will cover recent developments in POF technology, applications, techni...

Microscopy tracks transport of proteins in living cells

03/11/2014 Using spinning-disk confocal and total internal reflection fluorescence (TIRF) microscopy methods, scientists at the University of Freiburg in Germany have discovered a new mechanism by which proteins are transported to the out...

Laser Diodes: Laser diode operation 101: A user’s guide

03/10/2014 As laser technology proliferates, end users are coming into contact with lasers for the first time, and are unfamiliar with the unique and unintuitive requirements of operating a laser safely, effectively, and consistently.

Motion Control: Starbugs: Piezoelectric robots enable next-generation astronomy


Miniature self-actuated robots called "Starbugs" position fiber-optic probes anywhere across a large telescope's primary focus; hundreds of these positioners can be in use at the same time.

Photonics Products: Microscopes: Industrial microscopes aid precision manufacturing


The fine tolerances required in many branches of modern industry naturally lead to the use of microscopes for inspection, assembly, and characterization.

Fiber Lasers: 3C optical fibers improve large-mode-area MOPA designs


Chirally coupled core (3C) optical fibers allow large-mode areas, near-diffraction-limited beam quality, and effectively zero modal pointing, owing to designed-in higher-order-mode (HOM) suppression.

Advances in Optics: Observed defects reliably determine laser-damage characteristics


Laser-damage characteristics of optics can be determined based on observed defects, an approach that is both more reliable and less time-consuming than traditional laser-damage testing.

Photonic Frontiers: Quantum Computing: In pursuit of quantum computing


After two decades of research, we now have a variety of qubits and other building blocks for quantum computing -- but we have a long way to go before we can apply the full power of quantum computers to real-world problems.

Molex activities affirm that silicon photonics is the thing for data centers

03/10/2014 Data-center technology is a hotbed for development in photonics -- especially silicon photonics as a replacement in some cases for more conventional types of fiber-optic data transmission.

The EOS spectrometer: A successful transatlantic co-operation


EOS is a broadband optical absorption spectrometer manufactured by Ultrafast Systems LLC (Sarasota, FL) for characterizing transient chemical species with lifetimes in the sub-nanosecond to multi-millisecond time window.

Quanta everywhere

03/10/2014 I recently heard a fascinating lecture by Seth Lloyd, director of the W.M. Keck Center for Extreme Quantum Information Theory at MIT and author of Programming the Universe, which describes how the universe computes using an int...

Tungsten diselenide optoelectronics advanced by three research groups


MIT, TU Vienna, and UW researchers have made recent advances on PV cells, LEDs, and other optoelectronic components made possible using ultrathin tungsten diselenide.

Fluorescence microscopy aids in melanoma development discovery

03/10/2014 Using fluorescence microscopy, an interdisciplinary team of researchers has discovered that sunburns contribute to the development of malignant melanoma—not only through direct alteration of pigment cell genomes, but also indir...

NEMA lauds MITA for medical imaging campaign launch

03/07/2014 The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) congratulated the Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance (MITA), its medical division, for the launch of Imaging Forward, a campaign to highlight the groundbreaking in...

Laser pulses measure brain waves to determine pain response

03/07/2014 Scientists at the University of Manchester in England have shown, using laser pulses to measure brain waves, that the abnormalities in the way the brain experiences pain may be to blame for the chronic pain suffered by osteoart...

TS-Space Systems launches solar simulator educational guide


Solar simulator manufacturer TS-Space Systems has just launched an educational resource at for those new to solar simulators.

SPI Lasers appoints Christian Schmitz as new CEO


SPI Lasers, a manufacturer of fiber lasers and a part of the Trumpf Group, has appointed Christian Schmitz as the new CEO.

Fluorescence microscopy technique could lead to new drug development against osteoporosis

03/06/2014 Scientists from the University of Granada (UGR)'s Department of Physio-Chemistry in Spain have turned to a fluorescence microscopy technique that allows specialists to measure the concentration of phosphate ions inside living c...
Optical-electrical-mechanical laser setup sensitively detects radio waves at room temperature

Optical-electrical-mechanical laser setup sensitively detects radio waves at room temperature

03/05/2014 Researchers at the Niels Bohr Institute (Copenhagen, Denmark), DTU Nanotech (Lyngby, Denmark), and the Joint Quantum Institute/NIST (College Park, Maryland) have developed an ultralow-noise room-temperature approach to radio-wa...

Explore laser and optical tech at Laser World of Photonics India 2014


This September trade fair, held in tandem with Electronica India and Productronica India, will include exhibitors from automotive, toolmaking, telecommunications, medicine, and diamond processing sectors.

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