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IQE receives $1M dollar order for MWIR indium antimonide (InSb) substrates


Semiconductor wafer manufacturer IQE received its first $1 million dollar purchase order agreement for InSb substrates used in MWIR imaging technology.

SpaceX OPALS laser payload to beam video from the International Space Station


On Friday, April 18, SpaceX will launch and carry with it the Optical Payload for Lasercomm Science (OPALS) equipment for optical communication.

Miniature SiN frequency-comb microresonator leads to 1.44 Tbit/s data transmission over 300 km

04/14/2014 Researchers at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT; Karlsruhe, Germany) and the Swiss École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) have transmitted 1.44 Tbit/s over 300 km of fiber using an optical frequency comb light so...

Blue light-activated neurons from stem cells could restore function to paralyzed muscles

04/14/2014 Scientists at University College London (UCL) and King’s College London, both in England, have found a new way to artificially control muscles using light, with potential to restore function to muscles paralyzed by conditions s...

Strategies in Biophotonics announces schedule of speakers

04/11/2014 The first Strategies in Biophotonics conference and exhibition, scheduled to take place September 9-11, 2014, in Boston, MA, has announced its lineup of speakers—all of whom have been deeply involved in development and commerci...

Philips steps up as first corporate sponsor for 2015 International Year of Light


Royal Philips was applauded by the OSA for signing on as the first patron sponsor of the International Year of Light and Light-Based Technologies (IYL 2015).

Magnetization couples with a laser-induced sound wave, could be future hard-disk replacement

04/10/2014 A team from Radboud University (Nijmegen, The Netherlands) and Taurida National University (Simferopol, Crimea) has developed a way to use sound to couple magnetism with light.

Civilian drones get a research center as FAA faces political pressure

04/09/2014 The fast growing importance (and prevelance) of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) is reflected in the recent announcement by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration that a new research center will be established within the...

Optogenetics could lead to better understanding of anxiety, depression

04/09/2014 Neuroscientists from Ruhr University Bochum in Germany and colleagues have discovered that optogenetics—a method that uses genes to make neurons respond to light—can modify serotonin receptors to help better understand anxiety ...

Hyperspectral imaging benefits from new cooperation between Gooch & Housego and PhiLumina

04/08/2014 Gooch & Housego and PhiLumina have signed a collaborative agreement to expand their capabilities and offerings for spectral imaging applications.

Pictures from an exhibition

04/07/2014 When founded in 1955, SPIE -- then known as the Society of Photographic Instrumentation Engineers -- placed great emphasis on the application of photo-optical instrumentation to aerospace, atmospheric science, and astronomy.

Quantum-key distribution for your cell phone

04/04/2014 I've been on a smartphone-photonics kick lately, and I haven't stopped yet. I've discovered that quantum key distribution (QKD), a fundamentally quantum-mechanical way of securely communicating information, may one day be comin...

Europium complexes emit red light at record efficiency

04/04/2014 Two new luminescent compounds with europium complexes developed at the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences (Warsaw, Poland) have potential for boosting the efficiency of organic light-emitting diod...

Business Forum: Professional society in our photonics ecosystem


This is the second in a series of interviews of CEOs of our professional societies to give us a better understanding of the ecosystem of our industry.

Dual femtosecond-laser-beam setup could divert lightning strikes

04/02/2014 While femtosecond-laser-beam filamentaton in the atmosphere has long been pursued as a way to guide lightning (or simply trigger lightning strikes), researchers at the University of Arizona (UA; Tucson, AZ) and the University o...

Researchers find protein that eases control of nerve cells by light

04/02/2014 Researchers at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Germany and colleagues have found protein that facilitates optogenetic control of nerve cells—and could be used as a basis in studying diseases of the nervous system.

Laser Marketplace: Forging innovation: Laser Marketplace Seminar review


Held on February 3 in conjunction with SPIE Photonics West 2014, the 2014 Lasers & Photonics Marketplace Seminar took both a quantitative and qualitative approach to the lasers and photonics markets.

NIR spectroscopy helps discover word pronunciation preferences in newborns

04/01/2014 A study at the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA), using near-infrared (NIR) spectroscopy to observe newborn brain activity, has found that there are certain preferences already active at that age in how to prono...

Measuring the age of the Universe


Personally, I've never believed the Big Bang theory--it seems to me that always having a beginning and an ending is a human construct.

Ambient air can lase


Scientists at ENSTA ParisTech/CNRS/Ecole Polytechnique in France have made ambient air lase by pumping it with 800 nm femtosecond laser pulses.

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