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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


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


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


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...

Laser Glass Materials: Glass advances usher in exawatt-class lasers

04/03/2014 In the quest to advance research from 100 petawatt (PW) to 1000 PW or exawatt-class lasers, a team of scientists is collaborating with high-energy-laser developers on innovative approaches to make these lasers smaller, more pow...

Chirped Pulse Amplification: Three-level mask repeatably creates pulse-compression gratings

04/03/2014 Aiming to create a robust, repeatable, inexpensive process for fabricating chirped pulse amplification gratings, researchers have developed a technique based on i-line (365 nm) proximity photolithography, performed in a simple ...

ON Semiconductor to acquire Truesense Imaging

04/02/2014 ON Semiconductor (Phoenix, AZ; Nasdaq: ONNN) will acquire Truesense Imaging (Rochester, NY), which produces high-performance image sensor devices for machine vision, surveillance, traffic monitoring, medical and scientific imag...
Dual femtosecond-laser-beam setup could divert lightning strikes

Dual femtosecond-laser-beam setup could divert lightning strikes

04/02/2014 While femtosecond-laser-beam filamentaton in the atmosphere 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 o...

Primoceler to build laser-welded optical sensor packages for future ESA orbital missions


Laser welding technology company Primoceler was selected by the ESA to develop and fabricate new optical sensor packages for use in future orbital missions.

Researchers find protein that eases control of nerve cells by light

04/02/2014 Researchers at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Germany and colleagues have found protein that facilitates optogenetic control of nerve cells—and could be used as a basis in studying diseases of the nervous system.

Multimode Fiber-Optic Components: Multimode silicon photonics gains WDM-compatible multiplexer

04/02/2014 Groups at Cornell University and Columbia University have together demonstrated microring-based, on-chip wavelength-division multiplexing-compatible mode-division-multiplexing with both low modal crosstalk and loss, dramat...

Laser Marketplace: Forging innovation: Laser Marketplace Seminar review


Held on February 3 in conjunction with SPIE Photonics West 2014, the 2014 Lasers & Photonics Marketplace Seminar took both a quantitative and qualitative approach to the lasers and photonics markets.

NIR spectroscopy helps discover word pronunciation preferences in newborns

04/01/2014 A study at the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA), using near-infrared (NIR) spectroscopy to observe newborn brain activity, has found that there are certain preferences already active at that age in how to prono...

Ambient air can lase


Scientists at ENSTA ParisTech/CNRS/Ecole Polytechnique in France have made ambient air lase by pumping it with 800 nm femtosecond laser pulses.

Quantum optics could make extrasensory perception possible


A team of American, European, and Asian researchers has produced macroscopic quantum-optical entanglement between two living mouse brain cells.

Ultrathin nanostructured metals double plasmonic color filter transmission

04/01/2014 While nanoplasmonic color filters—fabricated to achieve tunable color transmission by adjusting the geometric parameters of nanohole structures—are environmentally rugged and simple to fabricate, their low transmission efficien...

Near-IR heterodyne detector could help find life on exoplanets


A group of Russian scientists has developed a fiber-coupled optical receiver for heterodyne IR spectroscopy operating at 1.5 μm; the device is based on a superconducting hot-electron bolometer (HEB).

Delivery of first Toptica sodium-guide-star laser accepted by European Southern Observatory, four more coming right up

03/31/2014 Toptica (Munich, Germany) has been creating a new generation of sodium-guide-star lasers intended for use with the adaptive optical (AO) systems integrated into future ground-based extremely large telescopes (ELTs). The develop...

All-fiber isolator provides bidirectional 50 W protection

03/31/2014 While traditional free-space fiber-pigtailed optical isolators can handle approximately 20 W of forward power and less than 1 W of backward power, an all-optical-fiber isolator with a nominal 1 μm operating wavelength from AdVa...

First Down Laser line seeks NFL implementation

03/31/2014 Whether mounted in stadium overhead lights, on a guy-wire system high above the field, or in chain-pulley flag sets at the sides of the field, the laser line system developed by First Down Laser Systems uses patented technology...

2D gesture recognition technology works in natural light


The new technology from the University of Warwick works in both natural and artificial light, allowing gesture recognition on ordinary mobile phones and tablet computers.

Fluorescence method can detect tumor markers easily


Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation (IPA) have developed a new fluorescence method that enables cancer diagnosis to be carried out in a single step.

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