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Gold nanoparticles, laser light pair to measure mucus


Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) have developed a way to use gold nanoparticles and laser light to measure the stickiness of the mucus that lines the airway.

Osram launches LED-based fitness-monitoring sensor


Osram Opto Semiconductors has launched the SFH 7050--its first integrated optical sensor for automatic fitness tracking.

Laser-induced Breakdown Spectroscopy: Compact industrial LIBS systems can assist aluminum recycling


Industrial laser processes based on laser induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS), including scrap-aluminum sorting for recycling, can benefit from the use of compact, high-repetition-rate diode-pumped solid-state lasers.

Photonics Applied: Optical Sensing: OPO-based optical analyzer monitors multiple gases in real time


A new gas analyzer based on a compact doubly resonant optical parametric oscillator pumped by a pulsed laser can monitor multiple gases in real time with a very wide dynamic range at ppb levels.

Diversity drives photonics


In September I attended two conferences that re-emphasized the great range of applications and industries benefiting from photonics.

Obama creates Integrated Photonics Manufacturing Institute with $200M investment


NPI leaders praised news that President Barack Obama will unveil a new competition to award more than $200 million in public and private investment to create an Integrated Photonics Manufacturing Institute.

Thin-film porous silicon layer on dense bulk silicon increases biochemical optical sensing sensitivity

Thin-film porous silicon layer on dense bulk silicon increases biochemical optical sensing sensitivity


Researchers at Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech; Atlanta, GA), have developed a novel method for improving silicon-based optical sensors used to detect biochemicals and other molecules in liquids.

IEEE Photonics Society to launch Women in Photonics initiative at annual meeting

10/02/2014 IEEE Photonics Conference will be held in San Diego (October 12-16) and feature a special networking event to celebrate the launch of the IEEE Photonics Society’s Women in Photonics initiative as well as the 20th anniversary of...

Business Forum: Encouraging a career in photonics

10/02/2014 I would like to share with you the conversation Hank Gauthier and I had in August when he interviewed me for the OSA Executive Speaker Series, which took place during the inaugural meeting of the Siegman International School on...

Beam Profiling: Real-time thermopile sensing/beam profiling optimizes laser output

10/02/2014 When laser beam profiles for materials-processing applications are not optimized, time and money are lost through lower cut speeds, increased dross on the edges of the cuts (resulting in personnel spending time removing the dro...

Leibinger Future and Innovation prizes awarded for outstanding work in lasers


In a gala ceremony held on September 26, on the TRUMPF campus in Ditzingen, Germany, the Berthold Leibinger Zukunftpreis (Future Prize) and Innovationspreis (Innovation Prize) were awarded.


Buried distributed optical-fiber sensors help predict landslides


Researchers in Italy are embedding distributed optical-fiber sensors in shallow trenches within slopes to detect and monitor both large landslides and slow slope movements.

Spintronics could improve OLED device efficiency


A study published in Science brings physics a step closer to practical machines that work "spintronically" as well as electronically.

CMOS imaging biosensor could enable early diagnosis of diabetes, Alzheimer's

09/24/2014 Researchers at the Toyohashi University of Technology and the National Center for Geriatrics and Gerontology in Japan have developed a semiconductor-imaging biosensor that analyzes blood and urine for early detection of diabete...
National Energetics and EKSPLA awarded contract to build ten-petawatt laser system

National Energetics and Ekspla awarded contract to build ten-petawatt laser system

09/23/2014 A consortium led by National Energetics (Austin, TX), in partnership with Ekspla (Vilnius, Lithuania), has been awarded a contract in excess of $40 million to develop and install an ultra-intense laser system for the European U...

Quantel fiber laser enables atom-cooling experiments onboard CNES Zero-G aircraft


Quantel Laser announced that its EYLSA Fiber Laser completed a series of atom-cooling experiments on board the CNES Zero-G aircraft.

Ocean Optics names spectroscopy applications contest winners

09/19/2014 Ocean Optics (Dunedin, FL) has named two winners of its World Cup of Applications contest after collecting more than 40 entries from around the world. One winner used spectroscopy to gauge the faint red chlorophyll fluorescence...

Quantel, Andor, and NSF offer free LIBS workshop


Quantel, Andor, and the NSF-sponsored cCWCS program is sponsoring the free second annual workshop on Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy in Undergraduate Research and Teaching (LIBS-URT 2014).

Optical method can detect proteins by their scattered light

09/15/2014 A team of researchers has developed an optical method that enables direct detection of the scattered light of individual proteins via their shadows to not only make biomedical diagnoses more sensitive, but also provide new insi...

Expanding service options, Nanophase opens new polishing applications support lab

09/09/2014 Nanophase Technologies Corp. (Romeoville, IL) has opened a new polishing laboratory that will enable new product development and provide customer application support and process simulation for a variety of optical and precision...

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