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Tabletop system offers fluorescence CT for in vivo small-animal imaging


TriFoil Imaging has announced the launch of the first tabletop systems for in vivo molecular small-animal imaging to offer full 360° computed tomography.

Vulcan laser creates table-top supernova explosions

06/10/2014 The University of Oxford has used laser beams 60,000 billion times more powerful than a laser pointer to recreate scaled supernova explosions in the laboratory as a way of investigating one of the most energetic events in the U...

Light-driven biometric watches monitor glucose, pulse noninvasively

06/10/2014 Recognizing that health-conscious individuals are looking for ways to monitor their own vital signs and other physiological parameters, groups of researchers have developed two new wearable devices that use changing patterns of...

Novel Optical Fiber Applications: Fiber-delivered laser lighting: cinema, multi-projector displays, and specialty lighting


The emerging commercialization of laser-illuminated cinema, giant screen, and theme park attractions sets the stage for new applications of off-board illumination.

Vibration Control: Electro-pneumatics isolate vibration for shock-sensitive machines

06/09/2014 Compared to mechanical positioning/vibration control methods, electro-pneumatic systems minimize work-surface deflection with short settling times and provide six degrees-of-freedom, low-energy-consumption position control with...

Motion Control: Software supports multiple optical fiber alignment options


To address alignment needs ranging from large-diameter single-core optical fibers to high-resolution diffraction gratings, motion-control software must be configurable for multiaxis fiber alignment in many configurations.

Optical Materials: Nanotextured optical surfaces advance laser power and reliability


Retaining the mechanical, thermal, chemical, and optical properties of durable materials, functional nanometer-scale textures etched in optic surfaces enable higher-power, more reliable laser systems.

Advances in Light Sources: Fiber lasers tune to the visible


Frequency-converted fiber lasers offering multiwatt power and wide wavelength tuning in the visible spectrum are now replacing ring dye laser technology in the research laboratory and beyond.

Photonics Applied: Optical Materials: Optical materials withstand assault from high-power ultrashort-pulse lasers

06/09/2014 By measuring laser-induced damage thresholds from the near-IR to the UV region, optical materials—whether metals, semiconductors, or dielectrics in bulk or thin-film form—can be selected that withstand the rigors of higher-powe...

Photonic Frontiers: Computational Imaging: Computational imaging using a multi-linescan light-field camera


A multi-linescan camera can record a light field over time, enabling depth estimation and refocusing for industrial applications employing concepts from computational imaging.

Biophotonics in Boston


Turning photonics technologies into beneficial products is a mission that many engineers and scientists feel strongly about.

Teledyne and DLR to add Earth-observing hyperspectral imager to the ISS


Teledyne and the German Aerospace Center (DLR) formalized their commercial space imaging partnership to use the International Space Station (ISS) for Earth observation.

QinetiQ acquires semiconductor laser maker Redfern Integrated Optics


Defense, aerospace, and security company QinetiQ Group acquired Redfern Integrated Optics (RIO), a manufacturer of low-noise semiconductor lasers.

Business Forum: Holographic interferometry: A funny thing happened on the way to the Patent Office


To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the discovery of holographic interferometry, Karl Stetson, one of its founders, looks back on his experiences with the important patents in the field.

Bioimaging, optical stimulation enable real-time observation of brain circuits

06/06/2014 In a study using multiphoton microscopy and stimulation via light flashes along optical fibers, a team of researchers at McGill University  has shown—in real time—how the brain re-wires and fine-tunes its connections diffe...

Adaptive Optics: AO system for HiLASE laser is optimized

06/05/2014 Researchers at the HiLASE high-power multi-slab laser project, along with their colleagues, have created a system that simulates optical aberrations produced by the heating and cooling processes expected within HiLASE, allowing...

Electrically pumped polariton laser could advance intrachip optical interconnects

06/05/2014 Researchers at the University of Michigan (U-M; Ann Arbor, MI) have created what they say is the first polariton laser that is electrically rather than optically pumped; the gallium nitride (GaN)-based device also operates at r...

Fiber-optic Sensors: Coated suspended-core fiber detects trace explosives


An Australian-led group of researchers has enhanced a suspended core microstructured optical fiber with a conjugated-polymer coating to allow sensitive detection of explosives in a liquid volume within the fiber.

New optical sensor can measure oxygen directly in cells, tissues


German biotechnology company ibidi GmbH is presenting a new device that optically measures the exact oxygen content directly in cells and tissues.

Optical Tweezers: Plasmonic nanostructures are optimized for optical trapping

06/05/2014 Optical trapping of microparticles at or near the focus of a laser beam via gradient forces has become useful in science, and in particular the life sciences, where biological cells can be held in place for sorting or experimen...

New smart glasses from QD Laser rely on laser retinal imaging

06/05/2014 QD Lase and the Institute for Nano Quantum Information Electronics at the University of Tokyo have announced the development of wearable, see-through, head-worn display called Laser Eyewear (LEW) based on laser retinal imaging ...
Video demos prototype flexible wrist-wrapped OLED display from Plastic Logic

Video demos prototype flexible wrist-wrapped OLED display from Plastic Logic

06/04/2014 In an early result from the collaboration announced February 6, 2014 between flexible-display maker Plastic Logic (Cambridge, England) and organic-LED (OLED) producer Novaled (Dresden, Germany), Plastic Logic has released a vid...

Compact 12 W Q-switched Yb:KGW laser aims at micromachining


A team of researchers has created a compact diode-pumped actively Q-switched laser based on ytterbium-doped potassium gadolinium tungstate (Yb:KGW) gain material.

UV optical antenna enables short-range nonline-of-sight broadband access

06/04/2014 A group at the Beijing Institute of Technology has designed an omnidirectional “optical antenna” consisting of a wide-angle reflective radially symmetric dual-mirror setup and a small field lens, all pointed upward so that rays...

Sixth-century manuscript makeup decoded via spectroscopy

06/04/2014 A group at the Istituto Centrale per il Restauro e la Conservazione del Patrimonio Archivistico e Librario in Rome has done a spectroscopic analysis of the pigments and other materials used in the Purple Codex Rossanensis, a si...


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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