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Photonics Applied: Optical Sensing: OPO-based optical analyzer monitors multiple gases in real time


A new gas analyzer based on a compact doubly resonant optical parametric oscillator pumped by a pulsed laser can monitor multiple gases in real time with a very wide dynamic range at ppb levels.

Gigapixel camera can screen for skin cancer at high resolution


A team of researchers at Duke University has developed a camera that can take snapshots of the entire human body and render high-resolution images of a patient's skin, which someday may help doctors spot skin cancer early.

Photonic Frontiers: Nitride VCSELS: Nitride VCSELs pose a tough challenge


Successful laboratory demonstrations have raised hopes for blue nitride VCSELs, but formidable challenges must be overcome before GaN VCSELs are ready for practical applications.

Novel Lasers: Whispering-gallery-mode resonators create ultranarrow-linewidth semiconductor lasers

10/07/2014 By applying optical whispering-gallery-mode resonators, semiconductor lasers with linewidths as low as 0.6 Hz are possible in a rugged, compact, external-cavity configuration that could replace fiber lasers in <100 mW applic...

Diversity drives photonics


In September I attended two conferences that re-emphasized the great range of applications and industries benefiting from photonics.

Perovskite also converts solar energy to hydrogen fuel; what next?


Yet another application has been described in the journal Science by scientists in Michael Grätzel's laboratory at École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne: producing hydrogen fuel from sunlight and water.

FDA OKs Cynosure picosecond laser for treatment of fine lines, wrinkles


Aesthetic laser maker Cynosure has received FDA clearance for an additional utility for its PicoSure picosecond laser: treatment of fine lines and wrinkles.

Shuji Nakamura, two others receive Nobel Prize for inventing Gan-based blue LEDs

Shuji Nakamura, two others receive Nobel Prize for inventing practical GaN-based blue LEDs

10/07/2014 The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for 2014 to Isamu Akasaki of Meijo University and Nagoya University (both in Nagoya, Japan), Hiroshi Amano of Nagoya University, and Shuji Nakamura of...

Sapphire maker GT Advanced Technologies files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

10/06/2014 GT Advanced Technologies (Merrimack, NH; Nasdaq:GTAT), which makes sapphire optical windows for Apple (Cupertino, CA), filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on October 6, 2014. GT expects to be authorized by the courts to continue to...

LightWorks Optical Systems now named II-VI Optical Systems


Now a wholly owned subsidiary of II-VI Incorporated, Lightworks Optical Systems has announced the launch of its new name and corporate identity as II-VI Optical Systems.

Extensive list of microscopy courses available in 2015


Hooke College of Applied Sciences, a microscopy training center that offers year-round microscopy and microanalytical training courses, has released its 2015 course schedule.

China 3D printing market to quadruple by 2018, says Lux Research


China is rapidly embracing 3D printing itself and sales of printers there will grow four-fold to 37,800 printers in 2018, as revenues more than triple to $109 million, according to a new report from Lux Research.

OCT could enable physicians to tailor stroke prevention efforts

10/03/2014 Researchers, using optical coherence tomography (OCT), were able to view the interior of blood vessels and, in turn, peer into the composition of plaques that can obstruct blood vessels that feed the brain and cause a stroke.

Obama creates Integrated Photonics Manufacturing Institute with $200M investment


NPI leaders praised news that President Barack Obama will unveil a new competition to award more than $200 million in public and private investment to create an Integrated Photonics Manufacturing Institute.

Going far beyond RGB, detectors in new visible imaging system sense 36 different colors

Going far beyond RGB, detectors in new visible imaging system sense 36 different colors

10/03/2014 Researchers at the University of Granada (Granada, Spain) and the Politechnic University of Milano (Milan, Italy) have designed a multispectral imaging system capable of obtaining information from a total of 36 color channels, ...

Laser-guided Sea-Monkeys help Caltech researchers understand ocean circulation

10/02/2014 According to a new Caltech study, visible-light lasersare revealing how the collective swimming motion of tiny (half-inch-long) brine shrimp can generate enough swirling flow to potentially influence the circulation of water in...
Thin-film porous silicon layer on dense bulk silicon increases biochemical optical sensing sensitivity

Thin-film porous silicon layer on dense bulk silicon increases biochemical optical sensing sensitivity


Researchers at Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech; Atlanta, GA), have developed a novel method for improving silicon-based optical sensors used to detect biochemicals and other molecules in liquids.

IEEE Photonics Society to launch Women in Photonics initiative at annual meeting

10/02/2014 IEEE Photonics Conference will be held in San Diego (October 12-16) and feature a special networking event to celebrate the launch of the IEEE Photonics Society’s Women in Photonics initiative as well as the 20th anniversary of...

Military contract worth $3.7M backs NIR brain scanner

10/02/2014 Brain injury diagnostic tool maker InfraScan has signed a $3.7 million, 4-year contract with the U.S. Marine Corps and Navy to develop a next-generation version of the company's Infrascanner near-infrared (NIR) brain hematoma d...

Business Forum: Encouraging a career in photonics

10/02/2014 I would like to share with you the conversation Hank Gauthier and I had in August when he interviewed me for the OSA Executive Speaker Series, which took place during the inaugural meeting of the Siegman International School on...

Optical Communication: Steerable optical beams aim to replace conventional home WiFi

10/02/2014 While the introduction of radio-frequency (RF) wireless (WiFi) a number of years ago had the almost magical effect of eliminating the need for Ethernet cables to every single internet-connected device in the home, WiFi sometime...

Beam Profiling: Real-time thermopile sensing/beam profiling optimizes laser output

10/02/2014 When laser beam profiles for materials-processing applications are not optimized, time and money are lost through lower cut speeds, increased dross on the edges of the cuts (resulting in personnel spending time removing the dro...

Solar Concentrators: Colorless dopants make luminescent solar concentrator transparent as a window

10/02/2014 A team of researchers at Michigan State University has developed a luminescent solar concentrator that is completely transparent in the visible region, allowing windows to be used to collect solar energy with no change in appea...

Leica super-resolution STED microscopes to incorporate Onefive ultrafast lasers


Under the terms of the agreement, Onefive will be the exclusive supplier of the STED depletion laser--the Katana-08 HP.

Phosphorescent glow from paint-on 'smart' bandage measures tissue oxygenation

Phosphorescent glow from paint-on 'smart' bandage measures tissue oxygenation

10/01/2014 Inspired by a desire to help wounded soldiers, an international, multidisciplinary team of researchers led by assistant professor Conor L. Evans at the Wellman Center for Photomedicine of Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) an...


Quantum Cascade Lasers: Market Analysis and Forecast 2015

Quantum cascade lasers (QCLs) are semiconductor lasers that are especially good at emi...

Ultrafast Lasers: Market Analysis and Forecast 2015

Ultrafast lasers composed of Ti:sapphire have existed for over 30 years now. This repo...


AFL Acquires AFC Group

05/27/2015 AFC, a leading manufacturer, designer and integrator of fiber optic and copper communication solu...

AFL's Enterprise Services Division Recognized for Safety

05/27/2015 AFL was honored and two locations received a Gold Award for safety.

AFL Associates Receive Patent Awards

05/27/2015 Two AFL associates receive Patent awards for their innovations which enhance technologies for cer...

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