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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.

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...

Mechanical Scanners: Risley prism scanners improve on gimbal/galvo alternatives

10/01/2014 Because traditional carried-axis gimbal scanners can be heavy and subsequently require more driving energy while non-carried-axis galvanometers have limited aperture sizes, Risley-prism-based scanners such as those from Optra c...

A dual layer of graphene can be laser-cooled, with possible practical uses

09/17/2014 A multinational team of researchers has discovered that two layers of graphene, one rotated at a specific angle relative to the other, can be used as a material that, when irradiated by laser light at the proper wavelength, exh...

Business Forum: A society for the optical science ecosystem

09/09/2014 This is the fourth in a series of interviews with leaders of our professional societies. I interviewed Liz Rogan, CEO of The Optical Society  (OSA), because this professional society is a vital part of our industry’s infra...

Market Insights: Entering the Chinese photonics market


Over the past few decades, I have helped found companies in many parts of the world, including Taiwan, Japan, and China.

Long on the cutting edge

09/08/2014 When talking about advanced manufacturing, politicians seem to be thinking of futuristic factories or half-understood new systems. Conversely, when the industrial laser community talks about advanced manufacturing, it's talking...

Pangolin Laser Systems SMT component protects laser diodes from ESD

08/29/2014 The patented LASORB hybrid electric device, which consists of passive electrical and active silicon components that come together to protect laser diodes from electrostatic discharge (ESD) and power surges, is now offered in an...

Digital control electronics for piezo actuators from Piezosystem Jena


The d-Drivepro digital control electronics for piezo actuators provides 24-bit resolution and simultaneous regulation of 3 axes, with an internal data transfer rate of 50 kHz.

Renishaw laser radar sensor provides high-accuracy dynamic positioning


The Fanbeam laser radar sensor provides repetitive, high-accuracy dynamic positioning to offshore support vessels and marine structures.

SPIE Optics + Photonics product preview: Optics and photonics to proliferate on exhibit floor


The SPIE Optics + Photonics 2014 exhibition, set to take place August 19-21, 2014, in San Diego, CA, will host 181 companies that will showcase their products and solutions.

Master Bond adhesive is UV-curable in 10 –30 s


UV15-42C is a UV-curable system for bonding, sealing and coating applications.

Oven Industries thermoelectric controller has red and green LEDs to indicate mode


The 5R7-573 open board thermoelectric controller uses a proportional integral control algorithm to provide precise control to thermoelectric (Peltier effect) modules.

Optical Fabrication Materials: New MRF fluid focuses in on 1 Å roughness

08/06/2014 A new magnetorheological finishing (MRF) fluid has been designed to achieve ultralow roughness on a variety of optical materials and surface geometries. C30 was developed to address needs where the focus is not on cycle time, b...

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