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Biophotonics innovators amongst Edmund Optics' 2014 Education Award winners

10/15/2014 Optical components maker Edmund Optics has named the recipients of its 2014 Educational Award program—an award given in recognition of outstanding undergraduate and graduate optics programs in science, technology, engineering, ...

COMSOL prereleases version 5.0 of its Multiphysics software; unveils ray optics, 'Application Builder' for industry

10/10/2014 On October 8, 2014, COMSOL (Burlington, MA) announced the prerelease of the newest version of the company's Multiphysics software, version 5.0, at the COMSOL Conference 2014 Boston. The company's developers are finishing up the...

Ways to celebrate IYL 2015

10/10/2014

With 2015 fast approaching, I'm disappointed that I don't have anything specifically lined up related to the event, so I thought I'd do a little research and find out what's on tap for IYL2015.

Advances in Imaging: Pulsed laser illumination enables high-resolution 3D imaging

10/08/2014

A machine-vision system that extracts time-of-flight information from a measurement of intensity of the reflected pulse enables depth measurement at each pixel in the imager.

Optical Shutters: Asking the right questions leads to best shutter design

10/08/2014

The need for a shutter in an optical system sometimes becomes clear late in the development process; answering some specific questions can help detect this need as early as possible.

Diversity drives photonics

10/07/2014

In September I attended two conferences that re-emphasized the great range of applications and industries benefiting from photonics.

Business Forum: Encouraging a career in photonics

10/02/2014 I would like to share with you the conversation Hank Gauthier and I had in August when he interviewed me for the OSA Executive Speaker Series, which took place during the inaugural meeting of the Siegman International School on...

Photonic reservoir computing--a new tool for speech recognition

09/18/2014

So what is photonic reservoir computing? After browsing through several abstracts and papers, I'm still not entirely sure.

Edmund Optics announces finalists for 2014 Educational Award

09/17/2014

Edmund Optics (EO) has named 45 finalists in its 2014 Educational Award out of more than 880 applications. The winners will share more than $85,000 in EO products.

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...

Vision-correcting display lets users see clearly without eyeglasses

08/25/2014

UC Berkeley computer and vision scientists are developing computer algorithms that enable users to see text and images on displays clearly without wearing eyeglasses or contact lenses.

Image-processing-based modular inspection system works from macroscopic to microscopic levels

08/12/2014 For better quality control of component surfaces, researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics ITWM (Kaiserslautern, Germany) have created a high-precision modular inspection system that can be adapted on ...

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.

Start-up Optalysys aims to demo gigaFLOPS-scale optical processor in January 2015

08/11/2014 Optalysys (Pontefract, England), a spin-off from Cambridge University (Cambridge, England), has declared that it is only months away from launching a prototype optical processor operating at 1.32 billion floating-point operatio...

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...

Photonics Applied: Energy: Multivariate optical computing enables accurate harsh-environment sensing for the oil and gas industry

08/06/2014 Multivariate optical computing, an all-optical technique for analog calculation, allows simple, robust chemical measurements of fluid samples, enabling in situ determination of sample parameters for the oil and gas industry.

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...

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