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Whispering-gallery Raman laser sensors detect individual nanoparticles

Whispering-gallery Raman laser sensors detect individual nanoparticles

09/04/2014 A team of researchers at Washington University in St. Louis (St. Louis, MO), led by Lan Yang, the Das Family Career Development Associate Professor in Electrical & Systems Engineering, and their collaborators at Tsinghua Un...

Terahertz reflectometry identifies early skin cancer

09/03/2014 Applied Research & Photonics (ARP) is applying its terahertz-reflectometry systems—which have also been used for multilayer paint-thickness analysis and fault detection in silicon chips—to the identification of early-stage ...
Good-bye second law of thermodynamics?

Good-bye second law of thermodynamics?

09/02/2014 I was quite happy last week to post a news item about a colorless transparent luminescent solar concentrator developed at Michigan State University (East Lansing, MI), as I have had a long-term fascination with luminescent sola...
Quantum-key distribution goes to market in LANL tech transfer agreement with Allied Minds

Quantum-key distribution goes to market in LANL tech transfer agreement with Allied Minds

09/02/2014 Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL; Los Alamos, NM) has signed its largest information technology agreement ever; the agreement, with Whitewood Encryption Systems (Boston, MA; a wholly owned subsidiary of Allied Mind) provide...

Pyrocam IV images laser beams to terahertz range


The new, fourth-generation Pyrocam IV pyroelectric camera adds greater sensitivity, better resolution, a larger active area, and more compact packaging to address next-generation laser source requirements.

Mahr Federal video microscope provides automatic edge detection


The MarVision MM 320 video measuring microscope is designed for measurement and/or dimensioning of geometric elements.

Quantum cascade laser may lead to prickless blood sugar monitoring


A team of researchers at Princeton University has developed a way to use a quantum cascade laser (QCL) to measure blood sugar noninvasively.

NDIR gas measurement module from Electro-Optical Components features a a two-channel thermopile detector


A high-temperature gas measurement module that can operate up to 190°C is based on the non-dispersive infrared (NDIR) principle.

Glucose meter incorporates photonic crystal to help provide continuous monitoring


University of Illinois researchers have developed a continuous glucose-monitoring material that changes color as glucose levels fluctuate, with super-presise wavelength shift.

Zeiss automated digital microscope performs failure analysis


The Smartzoom 5 automated digital microscope comprises an optical engine (zoom, camera, and illumination), a stand with sample stage, objective lenses, the operating unit, and software.

Zecotek LFS scintillation crystals near approval for use at CERN Large Hadron Collider


Zecotek Photonics says it is now close to having its patented LFS scintillation crystals approved for use at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) Large Hadron Collider.

Fiber laser marketing report from Strategies Unlimited available for pre-order


This report from Strategies Unlimited covers the growing opportunities of fiber lasers and contains a 5-year forecast for each segment studied.

Microspectroscopy setup can track singlet oxygen in individual cells


A team of researchers has developed an experimental setup that enables direct microspectroscopic monitoring of singlet oxygen using a 2D-array indium gallium arsenide (InGaAs) camera with near-infrared (NIR) sensitivity.

NIR spectroscopy detector from Andor Technology delivers 15 μm pixel resolution


The iVac 316 NIR spectroscopy detector has 15 μm pixel resolution and up to 95% quantum efficiency.

NRL KrF Nike laser achieves Guinness World Record for enabling highest projectile velocity


The Nike krypton fluoride (KrF) laser at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) has earned the coveted Guinness World Records title for achieving "Highest Projectile Velocity" of greater than 1,000 km/s.

Meadowlark acquires Commercial Products Business Unit of Boulder Nonlinear Systems


Liquid-crystal solutions and polarization optics manufacturer Meadowlark Optics acquired the Commercial Products Group of Boulder Nonlinear Systems.

Optical Surfaces aspheric lenses have use in high-power laser focusing applications

08/15/2014 Aspheric lenses up to 600 mm diameter feature a surface finish of 20/10 scratch/dig, 1 nm rms surface roughness, and low f-numbers for applications including high-power laser focusing, lidar, and laser launch telescopes.

3D camera from IDS integrates two global shutter CMOS sensors


The Ensenso stereo 3D camera is designed for robot vision tasks, including the challenging bin picking of parts and on-the-fly volume measurements.

Specim hyperspectral analyzer provides NIR analysis


SisuCHEMA chemical imaging analyzer is a turnkey hyperspectral analyzer for forensics, food, pharmaceutics, agricultural, and other applications.

Ametek acquires Amptek and Luphos, expands metrology and analysis capabilities

08/13/2014 Continuing its recent growth, Ametek has completed two photonics-related acquisitions: Amptek, a  maker of x-ray detectors, and Luphos, which uses laser interferometyr to measure aspherical lenses and optical surfaces. In ...

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