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(SLIDE SHOW) Optical design benefits from interconnected software


Optical-design programs encompass lens and illuminator design, analysis, and tolerancing, as well as photometrically tailored design and the interface with external computer-aided-design software.

Strategies in Biophotonics announces keynote speaker lineup


The impressive keynote speaker lineup for Strategies in Biophotonics includes Robert S. Langer, Greg Olsen, Gregory Altshuler, and Aydogan Ozcan.

Lidar-equipped, light-carrying drones create optimum 'rim lighting' for moviemakers

07/11/2014 Massachusetts Institute of technology (MIT; Cambridge, MA) and Cornell University (Ithaca, NY) have created a photographer's and moviemaker's lighting system that includes a small quadricopter drone carrying a white-light sourc...

Two University of Arizona optical-sciences students chosen for 2014 Astronaut Scholarship


Two University of Arizona (UA; Tucson, AZ) undergraduates have been named winners of the 2014 Astronaut Scholarship, which was founded by six members of NASA's original Mercury 7 mission.

Business Forum: The laser-focused society in the photonics community


This is the third in a series of interviews with leaders of our professional societies to give us a better understanding of the ecosystem
of our industry.

Photonics Products: Lens-design Software: Optical design benefits from interconnected software


Optical-design programs encompass lens and illuminator design, analysis, and tolerancing, as well as photometrically tailored design and the interface with external computer-aided-design software.

The art and science of forecasting


In a recent blog posted on, Strategies Unlimited analyst Allen Nogee noted that 2014 total laser sales are looking up, and some of the laggard areas are starting to correct themselves.

Early ECOC brief: 1060 nm VCSEL-based optical data communication link operates at 30 Gbit/s

07/08/2014 A paper to be presented at ECOC by researchers from VI Systems GmbH (Berlin, Germany), the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB), and the Technical University of Denmark (DTU; Lyngby, Denmark) will describe the demo of ...

Optical absorption straightens the path of light in diffusing materials

07/07/2014 In a study partly funded by the Foundation for Fundamental Research on Matter (FOM Foundation; Utrecht, The Netherlands), physicists from the University of Twente (Enschede, The Netherlands) and Yale University (New Haven, CT) ...

VIDEO: Light sheet visualizes snow-swirl vortices, reveals airflow around large wind turbines

06/25/2014 Using a Minnesota blizzard as a visualization tool, researchers at the University of Minnesota (UMN; Minneapolis, MN) have mapped the airflow around large wind turbines -- information essential to understanding how wind turbine...

LASYS 2014 product preview: Event to host close to 200 laser material processing exhibitors


LASYS 2014, the international trade fair devoted to laser material processing, is set to open June 24-26, 2014, at the Stuttgart trade fair center in Stuttgart, Germany.

Motion Control: Software supports multiple optical fiber alignment options


To address alignment needs ranging from large-diameter single-core optical fibers to high-resolution diffraction gratings, motion-control software must be configurable for multiaxis fiber alignment in many configurations.

Biophotonics in Boston


Turning photonics technologies into beneficial products is a mission that many engineers and scientists feel strongly about.

CLEO:2014 ready to highlight innovations in lasers and optics

06/02/2014 The 2014 Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO:2014), scheduled to take place June 8-13, 2014, at the San Jose Convention Center in San Jose, CA, will feature 250 exhibiting companies and showcase the most significant m...

European physicists create simulation (note: it's visually quite interesting) and measure coherent oscillations in organic solar-cell material

05/30/2014 A team of physicists from a number of universities and institutes in Germany, Italy, France, and Spain has experimentally confirmed a coherent oscillation of light received in a particular type of organic photovoltaic cell cont...

Fujitsu IR system detects where shoppers are looking

05/14/2014 Fujitsu (Tokyo, Japan) will unveil technology to analyze the purchasing behaviors of shoppers in retail stores by detecting their lines of sight, according to Tech-On!.

Optatec 2014 product preview: Exhibition set to be largest yet


Now in its 12th year, the Optatec 2014 exhibition and conference will be held May 20-22, 2014, with an anticipated 5000+ attendees.

Lambda Research Corporation to display optomechanical design software at Optatec 2014


TracePro optomechanical design software enables design, analysis, and optimization of optical and illumination systems.

Research priorities

05/01/2014 To understand the emerging framework for photonics R&D priorities in the U.S., I urge you to review the recommendations of the Fast-Track Action Committee on Optics and Photonics (FTAC-OP), just released by the National Sci...

Laser Science in China: A rich history of photonics research continues to bear fruit at SIOM


Celebrating its 50th anniversary, the Shanghai Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics has pioneered advances in high-power lasers, high-field laser physics, and quantum optics.

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