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Optical design software from VPIphotonics simulates multimode fiber-based transmission systems


Version 9.5 of Transmission & Component Design Suite Version 9.5 for optical systems, fiber optics, and photonic circuits has undergone modeling enhancements.

How to get a photonics education: 10 resources on where to go and why


Here's a list of ten resources for students considering graduate or undergraduate programs in photonics, and our interviews with the deans and other leaders of schools.


A mega-update on European biophotonics


If you want to take the pulse of biophotonics in Europe, the biennial LASER World of Photonics (June 22-25, 2015) event is the place to do it.

Business Forum: Making things in academia: From telescope optics to nanophotonics


This month I interview Professor Tom Koch, who is Dean of the College of Optical Sciences at the University of Arizona (UA).

The imaging story


While lasers were the initial focus of this publication, the first issue in 1965 also included a long piece on imaging in the form of laser-based holograms.

FlowJo, BD Biosciences form partnership for flow cytometry data management


Single-cell data analysis software provider FlowJo and flow cytometry system maker BD Biosciences have established a partnership.

Laser marking software from Amada Miyachi America includes a graphic file editing feature


LMF laser marker series software includes a new graphic file editing feature to edit nodes within graphic vector files.

Scientific imaging and spectroscopy software from Princeton Instruments analyzes 64-bit data in real time


LightField version 5.0 scientific imaging and spectroscopy software includes a math engine for analyzing 64-bit data in real time.

Thermal software from FLIR Systems includes multiple analysis tools


ResearchIR 4.2 software allows researchers to view, acquire, analyze, and share thermal data captured with the company’s cameras.

Modeling software from COMSOL includes 20 demo apps


COMSOL version 5.1 upgrades functionality in the company’s software, including Multiphysics, the application builder COMSOL Server, and add-on modules.

LASER World of Photonics 2015 attendance increases 9%


LASER World of Photonics 2015 drew more than 30,000 attendees who viewed 1227 exhibitors—representing a 9% increase.

STARTUP WORLD names award winners at LASER World of Photonics 2015


STARTUP WORLD, part of the LASER World of Photonics trade fair, has named the winners of the first-ever PHOTONICS Award.

German photonics market saw strong growth in 2014 driven by exports


A new market report says German photonics production grew 4% in 2014, reaching a total of EUR 30 billion.


LASER World of Photonics Product Preview: 2015 exhibit to continue growth streak


LASER World of Photonics 2015 expects 27,000 attendees from more than 70 countries, and will welcome more than 1180 exhibitors.

Lambda Research Corp. to show optical design software at LASER World of Photonics 2015


TracePro 7.6 optical design software analyzes and designs displays, luminaires, light pipes, and solar products.

Zeiss Industrial Metrology acquires majority interest in Steinbichler Optotechnik


Acquistion is part of Industrial Group strategy to provide systems for digitization with optical 3D sensors and surface inspection of car body and sheet metal parts. 


Simple microscope modification uses Fourier-transform light scattering to identify bacteria


Fast bacterial identification uses machine-learning algorithm, replaces hours-long conventional methods.

Ametek to acquire surface-inspection-systems division of Cognex


The SISD business will join Ametek's Electronic Instruments Group (EIG).

Business Forum: Diversity in photonics strengthens society


We spoke with Dr. Robert Alfano on his important role in advancing women and minorities in science and technology.

The media and the mission at 50


Although these past 50 years of media change were unimaginable, we have continued our mission to cover a wide variety of subjects.

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