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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.

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.

2D gesture recognition technology works in natural light


The new technology from the University of Warwick works in both natural and artificial light, allowing gesture recognition on ordinary mobile phones and tablet computers.

National Photonics Initiative volunteers visit Congress to urge support for photonics legislation

03/28/2014 On behalf of the National Photonics Initiative (NPI), volunteers from industry and research labs across the USA visited Congressional offices to urge support for key issues related to photonics technologies and R&D.

ILT presents portable spectroradiometers for light measurement apps


ILT550 spectroradiometers are designed as a cost-effective, research-grade instrument for apps including photostability, UV curing, and photobiology.

One week to enter the CLEO/LFW Innovation Awards; win an iPad mini!


Washington, DC--The deadline for the CLEO/LFW Innovation Awards is April 2nd; all entrants have a chance to win an Apple gift card with value equivalent to an iPad mini!

Thermo Scientific's Raman imaging microscope reveals imagery of molecular structure


The features of the DXRxi Raman imaging microscope include automatic alignment and calibration and near-instant visual chemical profiling.

SPIE recognizes accomplishments by individuals and teams in photonics

03/19/2014 For outstanding individual and team technical accomplishments and service to SPIE (Bellingham, WA), the society is presenting several annual awards.   

Next-generation optical discs are on the way


A new generation of high-capacity optical discs is coming, and it marks an important change in direction for an application that has accounted for a large portion of all the lasers in existence.

A good week for the WWW, OFC, and silicon photonics

03/14/2014 March is the traditional date for the OFC Conference and Expo and, in March 1989 Tim Berners-Lee, a scientist working at CERN, submitted a proposal to develop a radical new way of linking and sharing information over the intern...

SpectralFinder software processes hyperspectral data in real time

03/12/2014 Hyperspectral cameras can produce data at rates of up to one gigabyte per minute. To handle rates like this, engineers at Fraunhofer Institute of Optronics, System Technologies and Image Exploitation IOSB have created the Spect...

Quanta everywhere

03/10/2014 I recently heard a fascinating lecture by Seth Lloyd, director of the W.M. Keck Center for Extreme Quantum Information Theory at MIT and author of Programming the Universe, which describes how the universe computes using an int...

VPIphotonics presents pluggable toolkit with library of DSP algorithms


The toolkit is designed for the VPItransmissionMaker Optical Systems version 9.1 simulation platform for optical transmission systems.

Business Forum: A vibrant European photonics ecosystem


Here, I interview Carlos Lee, director general of the European Photonics Industry Consortium (EPIC) to broaden our understanding of what is going on in our field in Europe.

FLIR Systems' thermal imaging camera core integrates into tablets and other devices


The Lepton thermal imaging camera core uses a lens fabricated in wafer form, a microbolometer focal-plane array, and advanced thermal image processing on an ASIC.

Synopsys acquires Brandenburg for automotive lighting software portfolio


Mountain View, CA--Synopsys has acquired Brandenburg, maker of the LucidShape line of CAD software for the design of automotive forward, rear and signal lighting and reflectors, as well as for general lighting.

Software improves IR image interpretation


Designed to accompany thermal imaging products from Teletherm Infrared, ThermReview infrared (IR) image-processing software improves thermal image interpretation in multiple ways, according to the company.

GSI Group set to acquire Jadak Technologies for $93.5M


Bedford, MA--GSI Group has reached an agreement to acquire Jadak Technologies for $93.5 million in cash.

Oxford Instruments acquires Andor, expands into nano-bio arena


Abingdon, England--Andor will continue to focus on growing their existing core markets and will spearhead Oxford Instruments' strategic expansion into the nano-bio arena.

Healthcare, manufacturing, security, and 3D display tools among 2014 Prism Award winners

02/07/2014 San Francisco, CA--On the evening of February 5, 2014, nine companies were recognized for their outstanding new products in the annual Prism Awards for Photonics Innovation, held in conjunction with SPIE Photonics West 2014.

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