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Start-up Optalysys aims to demo gigaFLOPS-scale optical processer in January 2015

Start-up Optalysys aims to demo gigaFLOPS-scale optical processor in January 2015

08/11/2014 Optalysys (Pontefract, England), a spin-off from Cambridge University (Cambridge, England), has declared that it is only months away from launching a prototype optical processor operating at 1.32 billion floating-point operatio...

Syneron dual-wavelength picosecond laser receives CE Mark for tattoo removal


Aesthetic laser system maker Syneron Medical has received CE Mark approval for its PicoWay dual-wavelength picosecond laser to treat tattoos of all types and colors and pigmented lesions on any skin type.

Proposed U.S. legislation backs optics and photonics as competitive advantage


The U.S. Senate has taken a first step toward explicit congressional endorsement of optics and photonics as a vital enabling tool for the economy--a major goal of the National Photonics Initiative.


Morgan Advanced Materials unveils new high-absorption glaze for Q-switched IR lasers

Morgan Advanced Materials unveils new high-absorption glaze for Q-switched IR lasers


Morgan Advanced Materials (Windsor, England; LON: MGAM) has introduced a new, high-absorption samarium oxide glaze developed for high-energy pulsed Q-switching infrared-laser applications.

Pioneers of plasmonics and nanophotonics for photovoltaics to be honored

08/08/2014 Harry Atwater at the California Institue of Technology and Albert Polman at FOM Institute AMOLF in The Netherlands will receive the Julius Springer Prize for Applied Physics for their achievements in plasmonics and novel nanoph...
Chalcogenide glass structures within polymer enable flexible photonic devices

Chalcogenide glass structures within polymer enable flexible photonic devices

08/07/2014 Researchers at the University of Delaware (Newark, DE), the College of Optics and Photonics (CREOL) at the University of Central Florida, and IRradiance Glass (both in Orlando, FL) have developed a way to fabricate high-perform...
Experimental space telescopes to be 3D-printed at NASA

Experimental space telescopes to be 3D-printed at NASA

08/07/2014 By the end of September 2014, Jason Budinoff, an aerospace engineer at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center (Greenbelt, MD), is expected to complete the first imaging telescopes ever assembled almost exclusively from 3D-manufactu...

Pen-sized device employs spectroscopy methods to boost skin cancer detection


A team of researchers has designed a noninvasive, low-cost probe that employs a combination of spectroscopy methods to reduce unnecessary biopsies.

Optics-based neurotechnology is focus of new OSA topical meeting


The Optical Society has created a new topical meeting, Optics and the Brain, which will take place in conjunction with the OSA Optics in the Life Sciences Congress in Vancouver, BC, Canada, April 12-16, 2015.


Thin-disk laser master oscillator power amplifier (MOPA) has advanced cooling arrangement

Thin-disk laser master oscillator power amplifier (MOPA) has advanced cooling arrangement


Researchers at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL; Adelphi, MD) have boosted the power of a thin-disk laser power amplifier design of theirs that has greatly enhanced cooling properties

Optical Fabrication Materials: New MRF fluid focuses in on 1 Å roughness

08/06/2014 A new magnetorheological finishing (MRF) fluid has been designed to achieve ultralow roughness on a variety of optical materials and surface geometries. C30 was developed to address needs where the focus is not on cycle time, b...

Novel Fiber-Optic Applications: Microstructured fiber entangles light for quantum information processing

08/06/2014 With dispersion engineering and optimization of pump wavelength, four-wave mixing within a microstructured fiber can be used to produce high-purity entangled photons for applications in quantum information processing tasks.

Infrared Optics: ALON and spinel excel as infrared optical materials


ALON and spinel, two transparent ceramics used in IR optics, each exhibit a unique combination of properties; a comparison allows the optical engineer to select the right material for the job.

Lasers for 3D Printing: Additive manufacturing with NIR lasers forms micro-sized parts

08/06/2014 When common additive manufacturing (3D printing) technologies like stereolithography reach their limitations in resolution, 3D laser lithography achieves its full potential in the fabrication of high-resolution 3D polymer objec...

Photonic Frontiers: Microscopy: New twists on superlenses improve subwavelength microscopy


Metamaterials can overcome traditional limits on optical resolution, but they pose other challenges including high losses, dependence on resonances, and limited depths of field.

Photonics Applied: Energy: Multivariate optical computing enables accurate harsh-environment sensing for the oil and gas industry

08/06/2014 Multivariate optical computing, an all-optical technique for analog calculation, allows simple, robust chemical measurements of fluid samples, enabling in situ determination of sample parameters for the oil and gas industry.

Commercializing light-based technologies


The benefits of turning optical research into tools that help society are nowhere more obvious than in the life sciences, especially in applications of biomedicine and bioimaging.

Femtosecond IR laser setup helps explain how DNA avoids damage from UV light


Thanks to an ultrafast laser setup, an international team of researchers has found how DNA responds when exposed to ultraviolet (UV) light.

LEDs made from perovskite could enable low-cost LED displays

LEDs made from perovskite could enable low-cost LED displays

08/05/2014 Researchers from the University of Cambridge (Cambridge, England), Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (München, Germany), and the University of Oxford (Oxford, England) have created high-brightness LEDs based on a hybrid fo...
Ambient speech is recovered from video of a bag of chips

Ambient speech is recovered from video of a bag of chips

08/05/2014 In a technical paper to be presented at SIGGRAPH 2014 (10-14 Aug. 2014; Vancouver, BC, Canada), researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of technology's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (MIT CSAIL; Bost...

Optical metamaterials may be in widespread use in a decade

08/05/2014 Lux Research has released a study of metamaterials predicting that the micro- or nanostructured materials that can create novel optical (and non-optical) properties will be in widespread use in 2024, as a result of cost-effecti...

e2v to acquire AnaFocus and its CMOS vision-system-on-a-chip technology


Technology solutions and imaging company e2v technologies has agreed to acquire Innovaciones Microelectronicas SL, trading as 'AnaFocus'.

Smart contact lenses could enable drug delivery, night vision, and augmented reality


An MIT Technology Review article from Suzanne Jacobs explains how smart contact lenses could be used to deliver drugs, sense intraocular pressure, and even enable night vision and augmented reality.

As LEDs proliferate, Osram to eliminate 7800 jobs due to traditional lighting declines


Although Osram will eliminate 7800 jobs, fiscal Q3 2014 declines in its traditional general illumination business were almost offset by substantial gains for its LED-based products on a comparable basis.

Light pulses control graphene's electrical behavior; finding could lead to new broadband light sensors

08/01/2014 Graphene has become a focus of research for a variety of potential uses in photonics; now, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT; Cambridge, MA) have found a way to control how the material conducts elec...


The Worldwide Market for Lasers: Market Review and Forecast 2015

Strategies Unlimited presents its new report: The Worldwide Market for Lasers - Market...

Fiber Lasers: Market Review and Forecast 2014

Fiber lasers have been the fastest growing laser type for the last several years, and ...


Laser Measurements Critical to Successful Additive Manufacturing Processes

Maximizing the stability of the variables going into any manufacturing process is what ensures ts consistency and high quality. Specifically, when a laser is...

Ray Optics Simulations with COMSOL Multiphysics

The Ray Optics Module can be used to simulate electromagnetic wave propagation when the wavelength is much smaller than the smallest geometric entity in the ...

Multichannel Spectroscopy: Technology and Applications

This webcast, sponsored by Hamamatsu, highlights some of the photonic technology used in spectroscopy, and the resulting applications.

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