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Technology Review: Top 20 technologies for 2014 cover the range from basic R&D to new apps


Senior editor John Wallace identifies his top picks for the 20 most interesting photonics technology developments covered by Laser Focus World in 2014.

Two banner years


A list of the best of anything is a sure-fire publishing technique to attract an audience-and, true to form, our annual December Top 20 Technology Picks is one of the most-read articles online throughout the year.

Business Forum: Technician education helps meet staffing needs of the photonics community

12/08/2014 Dr. Chrys Panayiotou, the director and principal investigator of the Laser & Fiber Optics Southeast Regional Center (LASER-TEC), talks about the well-recognized shortage of technicians in the photonics industry and progress...

High-speed Imaging: Lissajous scanning trajectory enables video-frame-rate microscopy

12/05/2014 Purdue University scientists have reported an approximate fiftyfold increase in frame rates into the kilohertz regime for beam-scanning microscopy applications by scanning a laser over the field of view in a circuitous Lissajou...

DPSS single mode laser from Tekhnoscan may be used as low noise pump


The Mozart single-frequency, 532 nm DPSS single mode laser delivers 5, 6, or 7 W of continuous-wave output power.

Two-photon polymerization produces micrometer-sized swimming actuators for bioscience

11/18/2014 Using a combination of two-photon polymerization and directed nanoparticle self-organization, researchers at ETH Zurich (Switzerland) have created microscopic actuators that swim through fluids and can carry bioactive molecules.

Focus module from New Scale is useful in handheld portable and mobile systems


The M3-FS all-in-one focus module for high-performance industrial, medical, and scientific OEM cameras offers a 3x improvement in dynamic tilt and linear accuracy over the previous model.

Laser controller from ILX Lightwave provides low noise constant current operation


The LDC-3736 quantum cascade laser controller combines a precision current source with a 128 W thermoelectric temperature controller.

Visible-IR camera from Raptor Photonics detects 400 to 1700 nm wavelengths


The OWL 640 M42 is a rugged, high sensitivity digital visible-SWIR camera with an M42 lens mount.

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...

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.

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.

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...

Thorlabs acquires Corning's quantum cascade laser business


Photonics products manufacturer Thorlabs acquired Corning Incorporated's quantum cascade laser (QCL) business and associated optical semiconductor technologies research group in a private transaction.

Biophotonics innovators amongst Edmund Optics' 2014 Education Award winners

10/15/2014 Optical components maker Edmund Optics has named the recipients of its 2014 Educational Award program—an award given in recognition of outstanding undergraduate and graduate optics programs in science, technology, engineering, ...

Ways to celebrate IYL 2015


With 2015 fast approaching, I'm disappointed that I don't have anything specifically lined up related to the event, so I thought I'd do a little research and find out what's on tap for IYL2015.

Flexure mirror mounts made from bulk metallic glass can be molded at low cost

10/09/2014 Researchers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL; Pasadena, CA), Brigham Young University (Provo, UT), and the California Institute of Technology (Pasadena, CA) describe a new methodology for creating complex, low-cost comp...

Optical Shutters: Asking the right questions leads to best shutter design


The need for a shutter in an optical system sometimes becomes clear late in the development process; answering some specific questions can help detect this need as early as possible.

Laser Safety: New ANSI guidelines remind users to take stock of industrial laser protections


Recently updated ANSI standards including the "Safe Use of Lasers in Manufacturing Environments" provide the foundation for keeping employees safe and ensuring that manufacturing processes run smoothly.

Diversity drives photonics


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

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