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LASER DIODES: High-power laser diode modules pump disk lasers

12/13/2013

Laser diode systems with expansion-matched heatsinks provide reliability and a price-to-performance ratio that makes them suitable for pumping disk lasers and other pumping applications.

PHOTONIC FRONTIERS: PHOTOVOLTAICS: Progress in the quest for photovoltaic power generation

12/13/2013

Price drops make photovoltaic power look good while other generation methods are costly; challenges include demonstrating long lifetimes to justify upfront costs and increasing power-conversion efficiency.

PHOTONICS APPLIED: ASTRONOMY: Ground-based sky survey telescopes challenge large FPA technology

12/13/2013

As focal-plane array (FPA) detectors have grown in size to meet the demands of visible and near-IR ground-based astronomy applications, the requirements for flatness, high QE, low noise, and high cadence have not eased.

TECHNOLOGY REVIEW: Top 20 technology picks for 2013 shed light on what's to come

12/13/2013

Senior editor John Wallace once again names his top picks for the 20 most interesting photonics technology developments covered by Laser Focus World in 2013.

VDMA Photonics Forum appoints industrial steering committee

12/13/2013

High-ranking industrial representatives from various VDMA photonics sectors will define the forum's strategic direction and promote photonics' position in business and scientific policy.

Han's Laser buys scanning and inspection company Nextec

12/13/2013

Shenzhen, China--Han's Laser Technology bought Israel's Nextec Technologies to expand in the market for laser measurement devices used in the auto and aircraft industries.

OPTICAL FIBER MANUFACTURING: Stack-and-draw technique creates ultrasmall-diameter endoscopes

12/13/2013 The stack-and-draw technique used for the manufacturing of coherent fiber bundles and microstructured optical fibers is well established for materials such as silica. However, fabrication using uncommon materials to achieve new...

SOFTWARE & COMPUTING: Rapid characterization and reference tools for active photonic materials

12/13/2013 Many advances in optics and optoelectronics are made possible by novel algorithms used to calculate electromagnetic interactions and light propagation in materials. Some of these algorithms, including the beam-propagation metho...
U.S. Army's vehicle-mounted High Energy Laser Mobile Demonstrator shoots down UAVs, mortar rounds

U.S. Army's vehicle-mounted High Energy Laser Mobile Demonstrator shoots down UAVs, mortar rounds

12/13/2013 White Sands Missile Range, NM--The U.S. Army announced that its High Energy Laser Mobile Demonstrator (HEL MD), a truck-mounted electrically powered solid-state laser, has shot down several unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in fl...

Center for Nano-Optics formed at Georgia State University

12/12/2013

Atlanta, GA--The Center for Nano-Optics, with will concentrate on research in photonics and biomedicine, has been created at Georgia State University.

Always a work in progress

12/12/2013 At Laser Focus World, we make evolutionary changes to our magazine and website. I won't claim we're better than ever because I think the changes essentially extend our 48-year tradition of providing information of high technica...

Olympus donates 50 microscopes to Smithsonian Q?rius education center

12/12/2013

Center Valley, PA--Olympus is supporting the 10,000 square-foot Q?rius (pronounced 'curious') experiential learning center at the Smithsonian with a donation of dozens of microscopes and imaging systems.

Laser illumination aids in measuring forces in embryonic tissue

Laser illumination aids in measuring forces in embryonic tissue

12/12/2013

Scientists at Harvard University turned to a method using laser illumination to measure cellular forces in three-dimensional (3D) tissues and living embryos.

MIRTHE receives proposal for NSF Center for Mid-IR Medical Systems (MIMeS)

12/11/2013

Princeton, NJ--MIRTHE has received a planning grant proposal from the NSF to develop a new I/UCRC Center on Mid-Infrared Medical Systems (MIMeS).  

Low-cost laser-written optical connectors and waveguides aim to bring optical data transmission into mass markets

12/11/2013 Berlin, Germany--The Berlin high-tech startup TOWI Solutions -- a spin-off of the Technical University Berlin (TUB) -- has commercialized a direct optical volume printing (DOVP) approach to the fabrication of optical waveguides...

Optical techniques help assess the impact of toxic agents in cells

12/11/2013 Seeking a way to accurately determine the toxicity of nanomaterials in cells, researchers at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) turned to optical techniques—including measuring the light absorbed by certain protein...
3D imaging feedback boosts laser-based construction of unlikely molecules

3D imaging feedback boosts laser-based construction of unlikely molecules

12/10/2013 Sioux Falls, SD; Manhattan, KS; and Munich, Germany--Applied in the right place and the right time as chemicals interact, ultrafast laser pulses of the correct wavelength and duration can help produce molecules almost impossibl...

Optical sensor tracks zinc in cells for early cancer diagnosis

12/10/2013

A new optical sensor created at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) tracks zinc within cells and should help researchers learn more about its functions.

MIT researchers demonstrate single-photon LIDAR-like system

12/10/2013

Cambridge, MA--MIT Research Laboratory of Electronics researchers describe a new LIDAR-like system that can gauge depth when only a single photon is detected from each location.

Gooch & Housego acquisition Constelex announces satellite communication projects

12/09/2013

Athens, Greece--Recent Gooch & Housego acquisition Constelex Technology Enablers announced its participation in new EU R&D and ESA space photonics projects.

High-powered handheld blue laser toys can cause serious eye injuries

12/09/2013 Exposure for even fractions of a second to high-powered blue handheld laser devices can cause serious eye injuries, according to a study recently released online in Ophthalmology, the journal of the American Academy of Ophthalm...

New company provides micro laser sintering technology

12/09/2013

3D Micromac AG and EOS GmbH will join forces to advance development and commercialization of MLS technology with their new company, 3D MicroPrint.

Solar-blind UV photodetector has record-high external quantum efficiency of 89%

Solar-blind UV photodetector has record-high external quantum efficiency of 89%

12/09/2013 Evanston, IL--Manijeh Razeghi and her group at Northwestern University’s McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science have developed the world’s highest quantum-efficiency ultraviolet (UV) photodetector, potentially usef...

PHOTONICS WEST PREVIEW: Bigger than ever, SPIE Photonics West 2014 offers technologies, products, and new opportunities across the spectrum

12/09/2013 For the photonics community the year begins in San Francisco, where SPIE Photonics West is expected to draw more than 20,000 attendees to listen to 4800 technical presentations, visit 1300 exhibitors, and partake of numerous ne...

BUSINESS FORUM: Finding selective markets, additive manufacturing becomes competitive

12/09/2013 Here, I interview Dr. Ingomar Kelbassa, deputy director at the Laser Technology LLT at RWTH Aachen University and Department Head at the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology. We will limit the discussion to laser additive ...

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