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Simulation software from COMSOL includes application builder


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

Optical Design: Advanced thin-film software techniques improve design-to-fabrication workflow


New coating-design algorithms automatically produce designs suitable for real-life monitoring techniques and deposition processes, while retaining the coating's excellent spectral properties.

MIT algorithm unscrambles fractured images


Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have unveiled an algorithm that reconstructs an image comprised of tiny fractured pieces of its original form.

Surrounded by light


The UN designation of 2015 as the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies provides an excellent framework for highlighting the role and value of light in the world at large.

Film thickness software from CRAIC Technologies measures nondestructively


FilmPro film thickness measurement software plugs into the company’s micro-spectro-photometers and their controlling Lambdafire software.

Business Forum: Collaboration and excellence are the keys to educating photonics professionals


I interviewed Professor Xi-Cheng Zhang, director of the Institute of Optics at the University of Rochester because it is a leading optical center that has made a major impact on the optics and photonics community.

Lambda Research Corp. to showcase new version of its optical design software at SPIE Photonics West 2015


TracePro v7.5 opto-mechanical software, with its CAD interface and interactive optimizers, has use in design, analysis, and optimization of optical and illumination systems.

Market Insights: Growing our core photonics businesses: Transcending the $10-million plateau


According to research from SPIE, there are about 2750 companies worldwide supplying photonics components and materials, and they employ 700,000 people.

Laser beam profiler from Gentec-EO allows 2D, 3D, and XY displays


The Beamage-4M laser beam profiler has 4.2 Mpixels on a sensor measuring 11.3 × 11.3 mm.

Photonics West Preview: SPIE Photonics West 2015 excites with neurology, 3D printing, and silicon photonics

12/31/2014 Twenty-thousand photonics technologists and executives will unite at the 2015 SPIE Photonics West conference this February in San Francisco to explore, among many other things, how photonics could potentially improve, repair, a...

Top 10 photonics stories tell the tale of 2014


The top stories that were viewed on our website say a lot about what was hot.


Simulation shows self-assembly of colloidal icosahedral quasicrystal; can have photonic bandgap

12/23/2014 Researchers at the University of Michigan (U-M; Ann Arbor, MI) and Argonne National Laboratory (Argonne, IL) have modeled what they call "the most complicated crystal structure ever produced in a computer simulation":...

Technology Review: Top 20 technologies for 2014 cover the range from basic R&D to new apps


Senior editor John Wallace identifies his top picks for the 20 most interesting photonics technology developments covered by Laser Focus World in 2014.

Two banner years


A list of the best of anything is a sure-fire publishing technique to attract an audience-and, true to form, our annual December Top 20 Technology Picks is one of the most-read articles online throughout the year.

Business Forum: Technician education helps meet staffing needs of the photonics community

12/08/2014 Dr. Chrys Panayiotou, the director and principal investigator of the Laser & Fiber Optics Southeast Regional Center (LASER-TEC), talks about the well-recognized shortage of technicians in the photonics industry and progress...

Computer Modeling: COMSOL Multiphysics software adds ray-tracing capabilities

12/05/2014 The COMSOL Multiphysics software package, a well-known suite produced by COMSOL, Inc. that can numerically model many different types of physical processes, now has a new addition with special relevance to scientists and engine...

Small real-time lidars could allow UAVs to conduct underwater scans

12/04/2014 A team at the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI; Atlanta, GA) has designed a new approach that could lead to bathymetric lidars (which scan beneath the water's surface) that are much smaller and more efficient than the curr...

Radiant Zemax spins off Zemax optical design software business unit

12/03/2014 Reversing a 2011 merger, Radiant Zemax  has sold its Zemax optical design software business unit to Arlington Capital Partners , a private equity firm. Mark Nicholson, who had led the Zemax unit, has been named Zemax CEO. ...

Optical communications software from VPIphotonics is made for data processing and signal analysis


The VPIlabExpert software allows generation, detection, and performance analysis of DP-mQAM, PAM, and 4D modulated signals, as well as OFDM, analog, and other signal formats.

Spectrometer from McPherson can make wavelength steps as small as 0.11 pm


The 1.3 m focal length model 209 spectrometer with micro-step drive can make wavelength steps as small as 0.11 pm.

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