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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.

BUSINESS FORUM: Getting investor attention


Here, I interview John Dexheimer, president of LightWave Advisors, who has advised over 100 financings or partnerships in photonics, Internet/software, communications, and electronics.

Laser market to exceed $11B by 2017, says Strategies Unlimited

02/04/2014 Mountain View, CA--Strategies Unlimited has released its annual market research report, "The Worldwide Market for Lasers," which foresees revenue growth of 4.9% from 2012 to 2017 for the total laser market, bolstered ...

JDSU acquires ultrafast laser maker Time-Bandwidth Products

01/30/2014 Milpitas, CA--JDSU has acquired Time-Bandwidth Products, a provider of high-powered and ultrafast lasers for the industrial and scientific markets.

Ptychography method uses phase information for high-contrast, label-free imaging


Sheffield, England--Researchers at the University of York have published a paper in Nature detailing their work on patented ptychography imaging technology from Phasefocus.

SPIE BiOS and SPIE Photonics West 2014 preview: Optics and photonics continue to innovate

01/27/2014 This year’s SPIE Photonics West, North America’s leading optics and photonics conference and exhibition, is expected to draw the largest crowd to date, as presenters, exhibitors, and attendees gather to discuss and learn about ...

Cambridge Technology to showcase integrated digital laser scanning solutions at SPIE Photonics West 2014


Lightning II digital scanning solutions provide speed and accuracy for microprocessing, 3D manufacturing, and advanced material processing applications.

General Photonics to display polarimeter at SPIE BiOS and SPIE Photonics West 2014


The POD-201 polarimeter has uses in high-speed polarization analysis and monitoring.

Lambda Research to showcase optical design software at SPIE Photonics West 2014

01/20/2014 TracePro v7.4 optical design software offers photorealistic rendering using photon mapping to depict scenes, sources, light pipes, and instrument panels, as well as a solar tracking capability in the solar emulator with uniaxia...

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Optical Isolators Improve Engraving Performance of Pulsed Fiber Lasers

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HIGH-POWER FIBER LASERS: Working in the kilowatt regime

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