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When costs drop, lidar will be for everyone

07/30/2014 According to an article in the Wall Street Journal, lidar will be the great enabler of new capabilities in cars, including, of course, driverless cars. Price is the largest barrier, with the 64-laser unit 360-degree scanning li...
NIST/Caltech demo first all-optical control on 'comb on a chip' atomic clock

NIST/Caltech demo first all-optical control on 'comb on a chip' atomic clock

07/30/2014 Researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST; Boulder, CO) and California Institute of Technology (Caltech; Pasadena, CA) have reported the first all-optical control of a silicon-chip-based microres...

Optical transistor enables 20X single-photon amplification for all-optical data processing

07/29/2014

With the help of an ultracold quantum gas, scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics achieved a twentyfold amplification of single-photon signals.

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

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...
Serial time-encoded amplified microscopy based on multiwavelength laser uses single photodiode for ultrafast imaging

Serial time-encoded amplified microscopy based on multiwavelength laser uses single photodiode for ultrafast imaging

07/29/2014

A group at the Institute of Semiconductors, Chinese Academy of Sciences (Beijing, China) has now improved on a pre-existing ultrafast imaging technique called serial time-encoded amplified microscopy (STEAM).

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 opportunitie...

Fiber-optic spectrograph enables Google street view of galaxies

07/28/2014

A new instrument based on bundles of optical fibers is giving Australian astronomers the first 'Google street view' of the cosmos--incredibly detailed views of huge numbers of galaxies.

Microscopic laser beam promises no-needle blood draws

07/28/2014

NoNeedles Venipuncture is working on addressing the common fear of needles (called trypanophobia) by using laser pulses to painlessly draw blood.

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