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External-cavity diamond Raman laser increases pump brightness by 50%

External-cavity diamond Raman laser increases pump brightness by 50%

05/05/2014 A team from the Macquarie Photonics Research Centre (Sydney, Australia) has created an external-cavity diamond Raman laser, pumped by a pulsed (36 kHz) 1064-nm-emitting NdYAG laser and emitting light at the eye-safe 1485 nm wav...
Plasmonic color-change pressure-sensing film could end up in baseball gloves

Plasmonic color-change pressure-sensing film could end up in baseball gloves

05/05/2014 University of California, Riverside (UCR) researchers have created a pressure-sensing substance based on a self-assembled color-changing surface-plasmonic material.

Bitplane names its inaugural Excellence Awards winner

05/05/2014 Bitplane, an Oxford Instruments company, has presented Dr. Weimiao Yu with a prize for his winning entry in the company's inaugural Excellence Awards. Yu’s winning entry focused on the analysis of cell protrusions during migrat...

New transparent conductive film method both cost-efficient and eco-friendly

05/02/2014

Empa has developed a method of producing transparent conductive oxide (TCO) films that is not only cheaper, but also simpler and more environmentally friendly.

Alluxa earns International Traffic in Arms Regulations certification

05/02/2014

Optical coatings and filters maker Alluxa (Santa Rosa, CA) has received official International Traffic in Arms certification from the U.S. Department of State.

Business Forum: Integrating photonics with electronics

05/02/2014 In this issue I interview Dr. Alex Fang, founder and CEO of Aurrion in Santa Barbara, CA. I do so because integrating photonic and electronic circuits gets photonics onto the same playing field as electronics in the digital age...

Single-photon Counting: New silicon photomultiplier structure promises more efficient photon detection

05/02/2014

To improve the cell fill factor of SiPM devices, vertical bulk-Si quenching resistors are embedded into SiPM cells to replace the conventional poly-Si resistors.

Mid-IR Lasers: Power and pulse capability ramp up for mid-IR lasers

05/02/2014

Mid-infrared lasers with wavelengths from 2 to 20 μm continue to advance as both new and higher-quality doped optical fibers, solid-state materials, and nonlinear optical devices are developed for this wavelength range.

Optofluidics: Optofluidics and the next generation of health-care engineering

05/02/2014

Instruments that can do medical diagnoses at home or other places far from hospitals are the wave of the future. Optofluidic devices, some of which can be used with smartphones, have a part to play in this future.

Coherent reports financial results for Q2

05/02/2014

Coherent has released financial results for its second fiscal quarter, which ended March 29, 2014.

Fluorescence method reveals, in real time, how medical nanoparticles biodegrade

05/02/2014 Recognizing that demonstrating the properly timed disintegration of nanoparticles is essential for their performance and their ability to be safely cleared out of a patient's body when used as a drug delivery method or diagnost...

Spectroscopy: Ground-based VUV spectrometer supports satellite studies of planetary atmospheres

05/01/2014

A vacuum-ultraviolet spectrometer supports development of improved absorption cell photometers to measure gas isotope ratios that hold clues to the history and future of planetary atmospheric evolution.

Research priorities

05/01/2014 To understand the emerging framework for photonics R&D priorities in the U.S., I urge you to review the recommendations of the Fast-Track Action Committee on Optics and Photonics (FTAC-OP), just released by the National Sci...

Photonic Frontiers: Fiber Lasers: Novel fiber lasers offer new capabilities

05/01/2014 New types of fiber lasers are expanding possibilities. Thulium and holmium emit in the important 2 μm band, and non-oxide fibers could open the mid-IR. Other improvements include fiber OPOs, supercontinuum sources, and higher f...

Optical Fiber for Medical Applications: Improved deep-UV fiber for medical and spectroscopy applications

05/01/2014

A new solarization-resistant silica fiber can be used even at the 214 and 265 nm absorption bands of silica and at small diameters useful for in-vivo medical applications.

Photonics Products: Visible Laser Diodes: Laser diodes (almost) encompass the entire visible spectrum

05/01/2014

Green-, blue-, and red-emitting laser diodes are used alone or in combination for multifarious uses, often with enhancements such as fiber-coupling and wavelength stabilization.

Laser Science in China: A rich history of photonics research continues to bear fruit at SIOM

05/01/2014

Celebrating its 50th anniversary, the Shanghai Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics has pioneered advances in high-power lasers, high-field laser physics, and quantum optics.

CLEO/Laser Focus World 2014 Innovation Awards

05/01/2014 The 2014 CLEO/Laser Focus World Innovation Awards program, sponsored by Laser Focus World and the Conference on Lasers and Electro Optics (CLEO), honors the most timely, groundbreaking products in the field of photonics and las...
Princeton Instruments IsoPlane Spectrometer detects distortion-free extinction spectrum of nanoparticles

Princeton Instruments IsoPlane Spectrometer detects distortion-free extinction spectrum of nanoparticles

05/01/2014 Princeton Instruments, which makes low-light imaging and spectroscopic instruments, has highlighted the recent work of Saulius Juodkazis, professor of nanophotonics at Swinburne University of Technology (Swinburne, Australia), ...

Fiber Laser Amplification: Yb Raman amplifier scales fiber laser power

05/01/2014 Raman fiber lasers have been demonstrated to reach power levels of several hundred watts. However, the wavelength-division-multiplexing (WDM) component that usually combines the pump and seed laser in the Raman fiber is the bot...

Ultrafast Filamentation: Dual femtosecond-laser-beam setup could divert lightning strikes

05/01/2014 While femtosecond-laser-beam has long been pursued as a way to guide lightning (or simply trigger lightning strikes), researchers at the University of Arizona (UA; Tucson, AZ) and the University of Central Florida (UCF; Orlando...

Imaging Spectrometers: Handheld imaging spectrometer locates nuclear radiation

05/01/2014 H3D (Ann Arbor, MI), a spinout from the University of Michigan (also in Ann Arbor), has commercialized a lightweight (9 lb) handheld radiation camera called Polaris-H, a compact imaging spectrometer that can not only identify t...

Terahertz Imaging: Terahertz microprobes inspect laser-welded polymers

05/01/2014 For laser-welded polymers, final inspection of the weld is often associated with the costly destruction of the product since current nondestructive testing methods such as optical microscopy (based on light from the visible or ...

Quantum Cryptography: OFC 2014's Workshop on Quantum Security: The cat's alive!

05/01/2014 At this year's Optical Fiber Communications conference (OFC; March 9-14, 2014, San Francisco, CA), leaders in network security gathered at the Workshop on Quantum Security, where they discussed the burgeoning market for quantum...

Headwall granted USDA license for spectral poultry inspection

05/01/2014

Spectral imaging solutions company Headwall Photonics completed an exclusive licensing agreement with the USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) for patents related to the in-line inspection of poultry.

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