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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

09/08/2014

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

08/27/2014

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

08/26/2014

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

08/11/2014

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

08/11/2014

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

08/07/2014

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...

Commercializing light-based technologies

08/06/2014

The benefits of turning optical research into tools that help society are nowhere more obvious than in the life sciences, especially in applications of biomedicine and bioimaging.

Breault Research Organization to show optical and illumination systems design tool at SPIE Optics + Photonics 2014

08/05/2014 Available as a Gold Partner add-in for the SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD environment and based on the company's ASAP kernel technology, APEX is an optical and illumination systems design tool delivering an easy-to-follow workflow in a true...

Business Forum: Collaboration is key to success in biophotonics

07/31/2014

The juncture of higher education and entrepreneurship is especially relevant in biophotonics. Prof. David R. Walt discusses these two universes and how they mutually benefit each other.

NASA MEMS microshutter technology improves, might be used for automotive lidar

07/29/2014 A NASA team led by principal investigator Harvey Moseley, a scientist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center (Greenbelt, MD) has demonstrated that electrostatically actuated microshutter arrays are as functional as the current t...

Conference Preview: Strategies in Biophotonics to meld technology development and commercialization themes

07/29/2014 Strategies in Biophotonics is a two-and-a-half-day event that will include keynotes, conference sessions, and an exhibition. Point-of-care medical technology -- a burgeoning field that offers potentially huge business opportuni...

Strategies in Biophotonics announces keynote speaker lineup

07/22/2014

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)

07/14/2014

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

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