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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.

Metrology tool from Photal Otsuka Electronics measures yield


The QE-2000 quantum efficiency measurement system from Photal Otsuka Electronics measures the yield of powders, liquids, solids, and films.

Optics grinding system from OptiSonic allows rapid material removal


The OptiSonic optics grinding system is designed for grinding both hard materials and softer glasses including BK7 and fused silica.

Spectrometer from APE GmbH offers resolution better than 3 nm


The waveScan USB spectrometer performs spectral analysis for CW and mode-locked laser systems in the midinfrared range from 1.5 to 6.3 micron.

Horiba Scientific releases Raman spectroscopy software


The LabSpec 6.3 Raman spectroscopy software platform includes a 3D surface and volume display module.

Motion control unit from HALaser offers command execution time down to 1 microsec


The E1701M 4-axis stepper motion controller has 100 Mbit Ethernet and USB 2.0 connections.

Business Forum: The study of energy and sustainability reveals many opportunities in photonics

11/04/2014 I interviewed Professor Harry Atwater Jr. of the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) because of the Institute's reputation for scientific and technical excellence. He is the Howard Hughes Professor of Applied Physics a...

Modeling: Photonics cooling meets high-speed-communications energy demands through simulation


Simulation-driven design is used to understand and reduce the energy demands and costs of exponentially growing data networks.

Photon Sensorama

11/03/2014 The Sensorama Simulator was patented by Morton Heilig in 1962 as one of his inventions to expand the art of the cinema. In this early virtual-reality experience, viewers peered into a box to watch a 3D movie while their other s...

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


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.

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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

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