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Optogenetics: Lasers control fruit flies for behavioral studies


In optogenetics, neuron cells are manipulated in vivo by light to help in understanding the way the brain and nervous system work.

Business Forum: For China, investing in photonics R&D is a very high priority

03/04/2015 I talked to Professor Qihuang Gong from Peking University after he gave an informative presentation at the 27th annual Lasers & Photonics Marketplace Seminar.

Spectrofluorometer software from Edinburgh Instruments includes a simplified signal rate dialog and improved error handling


The new version of Fluoracle software for the company’s FS5 spectrofluorometer includes transmission scans and transmission detector signal rate support.

Spectral mapping softwave from CRAIC creates detailed spectral maps at micron-scale resolution


Spectral Surface Mapping software allows the company’s UV-visible-NIR micro-spectrophotometers to map the spectral responses across surfaces of samples point-by-point.

IR pyrometers from Ametek Land come in 8 models with a temperature measurement range from 250 to 1800C


SPOT non-contact infrared pyrometers come in a choice of wavelengths. They offer Ethernet, Modbus TCP, analog inputs and outputs, and alarm contacts.

Imaging software from Andor comes with free Database Viewer for storing images of comets


The Komet 7 and Komet 7-GLP imaging software supports Zyla 5.5 USB3, with a 5.5 Mpixel field of view.

Video measuring microscope from Mahr Federal features image processing capability


The MarVision QM 300 video measuring microscope incorporates a CCD color camera with a 23-in. touchscreen PC and M3 software.

Innovation Awards deadline extended to March 2nd; CLEO exhibitors enter now!

02/24/2015 The submission deadline has been extended to Monday, March 2nd for the CLEO/Laser Focus World Innovation Awards.

CLEO/LFW Innovation Award deadline is Monday; enter now!


Deadline for the prestigious CLEO/LFW Innovation Awards program is Monday, February 23, 2015. Enter now!

Simulation and Modeling: Simulation provides intelligent laser choice for two-photon microscopy


Software modeling shows that fiber lasers can be used for two-photon scanning microscopy, reducing the cost of the technique by at least an order of magnitude.

Media for the long haul


I'm describing this tumult to help convey one important fact -- that through it all, the magazine and Internet entity known as Laser Focus World prospered.

2015 Prism Awards honor photonics innovators at SPIE Photonics West


Companies large and small from around the world walked away with top honors in the annual Prism Awards for Photonics Innovation Wednesday evening during SPIE Photonics West 2015.

Lens-design Software: Freeform LED lens-design approach produces high uniformity


One of the most actively developed uses for freeform optics right now is as light collectors and uniformizers for spotlight and directional-floodlight general-illumination LEDs.

Microstructured Fibers: MSEM models holey fiber drawing process


Researchers in England have developed a microstructure-element method (MSEM) that significantly improves upon existing methods to model and accurately predict final fiber dimensions and cross-section distortions.

Night Vision: Bio-inspired night vision algorithm improves dim-light video


Researchers in Sweden have developed a biomimetic image-processing algorithm that dramatically improves the quality of dim-light video.

Business Forum: Joining research, teaching, and entrepreneurship to advance photonics


I interviewed Dr. Bahaa Saleh because he heads one of major optics and photonics teaching colleges in the U.S.

Piezo controllers from Piezosystem Jena consist of two types of amplifiers


The NV120 series of piezo controllers consists of two types of amplifiers that both supply current of 120 mA with a signal noise of <0.3 mV at 500 Hz.

Fiber workstation from Lightel fabricates heated and drawn fiber optic products


The CW-5000 workstation manufactures multiport biconical fused couplers and WDMs, fiber tapers, power combiners, and many types of custom fiber processing.

SPIE BiOS and SPIE Photonics West 2015 Product Preview: Close to 1500 exhibitors will show their optics and photonics products

01/29/2015 One week after Super Bowl XLIX, SPIE Photonics West—North America's major optics and photonics conference and exhibition—will kick off (pun intended, of course), and it is expected to draw at least 20,000 attendees this year.

Simulation software from COMSOL includes application builder


Multiphysics software version 5.0 now includes an Application Builder for use by engineering and manufacturing departments.

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This webcast, sponsored by Hamamatsu, highlights some of the photonic technology used in spectroscopy, and the resulting applications.

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Narrow-line fiber-coupled modules for DPAL pumping

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Accurate LED Source Modeling Using TracePro

Modern optical modeling programs allow product design engineers to create, analyze, and optimize LED sources and LED optical systems as a virtual prototype p...

Optical Isolators Improve Engraving Performance of Pulsed Fiber Lasers

The deleterious effects of back reflections on pulsed fiber lasers used in marking and engraving are well-known. This paper looks at some of those conditions...

Scalable and modular diode laser architecture for fiber coupling that combines high-power, high-brightness, and low weight

The demand for high-power and high-brightness fiber coupled diode laser devices is mainly driven by applications for solid-state laser pumping and materials ...

Technical Digests

ADHESIVES, SEALANTS, AND COATINGS: Solutions for optical technologies

A vast array of optical systems of various types and degrees of complexity require the use of adhesives, encapsulants, and other curing compounds for assembl...

WAVELENGTH-SWEPT LASERS: Dispersion-tuned fiber laser sweeps over a 140 nm range for OCT

By eliminating the use of mechanical tunable filters and instead tuning by intensity-modulation in a highly dispersive laser cavity, a fiber laser sweeps a 1...

Keeping pace with developments in photonic materials research

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