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Strategies in Biophotonics announces keynote speaker lineup


The impressive keynote speaker lineup for Strategies in Biophotonics includes Robert S. Langer, Greg Olsen, Gregory Altshuler, and Aydogan Ozcan.

Improvements in photoresist could help extend Moore's Law

07/16/2014 In the past few years, the familiar Moore's law has been said to be coming to an end due to limits on optical lithography -- the standard method for patterning silicon chips.  However, improvements to lithographic photores...

Nominations open for EPIC Phoenix Award (Entrepreneurship in Photonics)


The European Photonics Industry Consortium (EPIC) Phoenix Award is presented annually to a European company that exemplifies the challenges and merits of photonics entrepreneurship.

Business Forum: The laser-focused society in the photonics community


This is the third in a series of interviews with leaders of our professional societies to give us a better understanding of the ecosystem
of our industry.

Photonics Products: Lens-design Software: Optical design benefits from interconnected software


Optical-design programs encompass lens and illuminator design, analysis, and tolerancing, as well as photometrically tailored design and the interface with external computer-aided-design software.

The art and science of forecasting


In a recent blog posted on, Strategies Unlimited analyst Allen Nogee noted that 2014 total laser sales are looking up, and some of the laggard areas are starting to correct themselves.

Michigan photonics group awards scholarships, adds members

06/24/2014 Mi-Light, the Michigan photonics industry cluster, announced the funding and award of $5,000 in scholarships to four in-state academic institutions and the addition of six new members.

LASER World of Photonics 2015 expands exhibition space

06/19/2014 The 2015 photonics tradeshow in Munich, LASER World of Photonics, announced it will grow from four to five halls totaling 55,000 sq  meters. Held from June 22-25, the world's largest laser show also includes a scientific c...

LASYS 2014 product preview: Event to host close to 200 laser material processing exhibitors


LASYS 2014, the international trade fair devoted to laser material processing, is set to open June 24-26, 2014, at the Stuttgart trade fair center in Stuttgart, Germany.

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.

Biophotonics in Boston


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

CLEO:2014 ready to highlight innovations in lasers and optics

06/02/2014 The 2014 Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO:2014), scheduled to take place June 8-13, 2014, at the San Jose Convention Center in San Jose, CA, will feature 250 exhibiting companies and showcase the most significant m...

EOT to showcase fiber laser isolators, high-speed photodetectors at CLEO:2014

05/29/2014 SLC series 30 W fiber laser isolators can protect pulsed fiber lasers from backreflections created during marking and engraving applications, while ET-3600 series high-speed photodetectors have use in time-domain and frequency-...

Optatec 2014 product preview: Exhibition set to be largest yet


Now in its 12th year, the Optatec 2014 exhibition and conference will be held May 20-22, 2014, with an anticipated 5000+ attendees.

Wavelength Electronics to show 5 A thermoelectric controller at Optatec 2014


The WTCP5V5A 5 A thermoelectric controller delivers high-efficiency, pulse-width-modulated (PWM) control with temperature stability for portable, airborne, and other space-constrained temperature control applications.

Business Forum: Integrating photonics with electronics

05/02/2014 In this issue I interview Dr. Alex Fang, founder and CEO of Aurrion in Santa Barbara, CA. I do so because integrating photonic and electronic circuits gets photonics onto the same playing field as electronics in the digital age...

Research priorities

05/01/2014 To understand the emerging framework for photonics R&D priorities in the U.S., I urge you to review the recommendations of the Fast-Track Action Committee on Optics and Photonics (FTAC-OP), just released by the National Sci...

Laser Science in China: A rich history of photonics research continues to bear fruit at SIOM


Celebrating its 50th anniversary, the Shanghai Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics has pioneered advances in high-power lasers, high-field laser physics, and quantum optics.

CLEO/Laser Focus World 2014 Innovation Awards

05/01/2014 The 2014 CLEO/Laser Focus World Innovation Awards program, sponsored by Laser Focus World and the Conference on Lasers and Electro Optics (CLEO), honors the most timely, groundbreaking products in the field of photonics and las...

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