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Machine vision industry in Germany expects over 10% growth in 2014

11/04/2014 Speaking at VISION 2014, officials from the German VDMA Machine Vision Group, part of the VDMA Photonics Forum, said they expect that the machine vision industry in Germany will grow by at least 10% in 2014 . This turnover of c...

Business Forum: The study of energy and sustainability reveals many opportunities in photonics

11/04/2014 I interviewed Professor Harry Atwater Jr. of the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) because of the Institute's reputation for scientific and technical excellence. He is the Howard Hughes Professor of Applied Physics a...

Optical Filters: Filter stacks transmit wide-angle incident light without shifting wavelength


To avoid the problem of color change versus incidence angle in an optical system, thin-film-coated filter elements can be replaced by a filter consisting of a stack of different filter glasses.

Modeling: Photonics cooling meets high-speed-communications energy demands through simulation


Simulation-driven design is used to understand and reduce the energy demands and costs of exponentially growing data networks.

Mid-IR Imaging: Upconversion imager improves IR gas sensing

11/04/2014 A nonlinear upconversion detector shows near-shot-noise-limited performance and compares favorably -- while adding additional imaging information -- to conventional cryogenic detectors in the measurement of trace-level gases at...

Testing Detectors: Understanding key parameters of silicon photomultipliers

11/04/2014 Silicon photomultiplier users can expand on basic operating principles by understanding methods that experimentally determine key parameters of this detector such as gain, photon detection efficiency, and prevalence of noise.

Adaptive Optics: Laser beam control takes advantage of advanced wavefront sensing


A self-referencing point-diffraction interferometer and a new technique for unwrapping phase help adaptive optical systems for laser beam projection over long atmospheric paths compensate well for strong turbulence.

Plasmonic photomixer offers high power terahertz radiation at room temperature


A team of researchers has used plasmonic photomixing to develop a room-temperature terahertz source with not only high spectral purity and broad tunability, but with nearly 1 mW of optical power at terahertz frequencies.

Photonics Products: Mounts and Accessories: Tip/tilt mirror mounts deliver accuracy, stability


Whether they are three-point kinematic mounts or another form such as flexure or gimbal mounts, tip/tilt mounts are essential for many optical setups.

Calculation of the finesse of a resonator is exact

11/04/2014 Optical resonators are widely used in photonics, for example as a wavelength locker, a sawtooth-spectrum generator, or a displacement-measuring tool. One of the most important qualities of an optical resonator is its finesse F.

Micro-patterned bull’s-eye improves SERS sensitivity

11/04/2014 To maximize the number of molecules delivered to the detection area of a substrate when performing surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS), a team of researchers has developed a micropatterned bull’s-eye structure that uses ...

Super-res microscope explores living cells in 3D noninvasively

11/04/2014 A startup company founded last year at the École Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) Innovation Park in Switzerland, Nanolive SA, has developed a super-resolution microscope that enables exploration of a living cell in 3D...

Optical manufacturing workshop in Tucson to explore critical processes


The 2014 Tucson Technical Workshop on advanced optical manufacturing takes place November 10-11, at the University of Arizona, and sponsored by the American Precision Optics Manufacturers Association. 


FBG sensor wavelength interrogator is simple, low cost


A simple, integrated system for wavelength interrogation of fiber Bragg grating (FBG) sensors has been developed by a researchers at the U. of Alberta.

Photonic Frontiers: Laser Space Instrumentation: Laser instruments earn their place in space for communications and lidar


Solid-state lasers have earned their place in space instrumentation through programs that have mapped Mars, Mercury, and the Greenland ice sheet, and downlinked high-speed data from a lunar probe, but challenges remain.

Photon Sensorama

11/03/2014 The Sensorama Simulator was patented by Morton Heilig in 1962 as one of his inventions to expand the art of the cinema. In this early virtual-reality experience, viewers peered into a box to watch a 3D movie while their other s...

67 GHz electro-optic modulator has drive voltage of only 0.77 V


Selin Dogru and Nadir Dagli of the U. of California at Santa Barbara have developed an electro-optic (EO) modulator with bandwidth >67 GHz and drive voltage of 0.77 V.

Ion image sensor diagnoses Alzheimer’s and diabetes


Researchers in Japan have developed an alternative potassium-ion-sensitive image sensor using intensified charge-coupled device (iCCD) technology that can diagnose early stage diabetes and even Alzheimer’s disease.

Chinese academy develops high-power quadricopter-destroying laser system

Chinese academy develops high-power quadricopter-destroying laser system

11/03/2014 The Xinhua News Agency, China's state press agency, has reported that the China Academy of Engineering Physics (Sichuan Province) and other Chinese codevelopers have created and tested a laser-defense system designed to shoot d...

Special Optics objective lenses aid Nobel Prize research in fluorescence microscopy

10/31/2014 Special Optics is excited to have made a small contribution to the ground‐breaking research of Eric Betzig and his team at Janelia Research Campus, by collaborating and designing custom precision microscope objective lenses for...
Nanyang Technological University launches $80 million Photonics Institute for fiber-optic, laser, and optical research

Nanyang Technological University launches $80 million Photonics Institute for fiber-optic, laser, and optical research

10/31/2014 Nanyang Technological University (NTU; Singapore) has launched the SGD Photonics Institute, which owes its existence to a partnership between NTU and the Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) at the University of Southampton (S...
Live-cell imaging with parallelized RESOLFT nanoscopy

Super-resolution microscopy of large fields in living cells possible with sCMOS


Super-resolution microscopy using a novel fluorescence microscope has enabled a team of researchers to perform real-time nanoscopic imaging of large fields of living cells for the first time.

'Plasmo-electric effect' offers new way to convert light into electricity

'Plasmo-electric effect' offers new way to convert light into electricity

10/30/2014 Researchers at the California Institute of Technology Caltech; Pasadena, CA) and the FOM Institute AMOLF (Amsterdam, The Netherlands) have discovered a new way to convert light to an electrical potential using an all-metal geom...

LIA awards Poprawe with 2014 Arthur L. Schawlow Award


The Laser Institute of America (LIA) has awarded Professor Reinhart Poprawe, the director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology (ILT) in Aachen, with the 2014 Arthur L. Schawlow Award.

IQE Infrared Division wins $1.1M InSb contract


Semiconductor wafer products and services company IQE has entered into a long-term supply contract for infrared materials with a leading global semiconductor manufacturer.


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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