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SPIE recognizes accomplishments by individuals and teams in photonics

03/19/2014 For outstanding individual and team technical accomplishments and service to SPIE (Bellingham, WA), the society is presenting several annual awards.   

Gravitational wave discovery supports cosmic expansion from the Big Bang


Detection of gravitational waves by the BICEP2 experiment at the South Pole supports the cosmic inflation theory of how the universe came to be per the theoretical work of Stanford's Andrei Linde.

Hyperspectral microscope can view molecular-level protein-protein interactions in living cells


Researchers at the University of New Mexico have designed a hyperspectral microscope (HSM) able to visualize molecular-level protein-protein interactions in living cells.

Flow cytometry helps discover new stem cell in human skin


Scientists from the University of Auckland's Maurice Wilkins Centre for Molecular Biodiscovery in New Zealand have, using flow cytometry, discovered new cells with stem cell properties in human skin.

MAST cavity-ring-down spectroscopy-based sensor to detect oil-drilling tracer nanoparticles

03/17/2014 Through its subsidiary Micromem Applied Sensor Technologies (MAST), Micromem Technologies (CSE:MRM) (OTCBB:MMTIF) has executed a memorandum of understanding with Entanglement Technologies, a California based research and develo...

LIBS used to detect carcinogenic chromium in synthetic hair dye

03/13/2014 A group at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (Dhahran, Saudi Arabia) has created a laser-induced-breakdown spectroscopic (LIBS) instrument that can be used to measure the level of chromium in synthetic hair dyes

Impedance spectroscopy helps test for blood sugar noninvasively

03/13/2014 Recognizing that current methods for diabetes patients to measure their blood sugar are painful and inconvenient, an international team of researchers have—using a spectroscopic technique—developed what they call an entirely no...
SpectralFinder software processes hyperspectral data in real time

SpectralFinder software processes hyperspectral data in real time

03/12/2014 Hyperspectral cameras can produce data at rates of up to one gigabyte per minute. To handle rates like this, engineers at Fraunhofer Institute of Optronics, System Technologies and Image Exploitation IOSB have created the Spect...

Laser Diodes: Laser diode operation 101: A user’s guide

03/10/2014 As laser technology proliferates, end users are coming into contact with lasers for the first time, and are unfamiliar with the unique and unintuitive requirements of operating a laser safely, effectively, and consistently.

Motion Control: Starbugs: Piezoelectric robots enable next-generation astronomy


Miniature self-actuated robots called "Starbugs" position fiber-optic probes anywhere across a large telescope's primary focus; hundreds of these positioners can be in use at the same time.

Photonics Products: Microscopes: Industrial microscopes aid precision manufacturing


The fine tolerances required in many branches of modern industry naturally lead to the use of microscopes for inspection, assembly, and characterization.

Photonic Frontiers: Quantum Computing: In pursuit of quantum computing


After two decades of research, we now have a variety of qubits and other building blocks for quantum computing -- but we have a long way to go before we can apply the full power of quantum computers to real-world problems.

The EOS spectrometer: A successful transatlantic co-operation


EOS is a broadband optical absorption spectrometer manufactured by Ultrafast Systems LLC (Sarasota, FL) for characterizing transient chemical species with lifetimes in the sub-nanosecond to multi-millisecond time window.

Quanta everywhere

03/10/2014 I recently heard a fascinating lecture by Seth Lloyd, director of the W.M. Keck Center for Extreme Quantum Information Theory at MIT and author of Programming the Universe, which describes how the universe computes using an int...

Mahr Federal's lens measurement stations check contours and topography


The MarSurf LD 130 and 260 Aspheric 2D/3D measuring stations have measuring range up to 260 mm and vertical resolution of 0.8 nm.

TS-Space Systems launches solar simulator educational guide


Solar simulator manufacturer TS-Space Systems has just launched an educational resource at for those new to solar simulators.

Fluorescence microscopy technique could lead to new drug development against osteoporosis

03/06/2014 Scientists from the University of Granada (UGR)'s Department of Physio-Chemistry in Spain have turned to a fluorescence microscopy technique that allows specialists to measure the concentration of phosphate ions inside living c...
Optical-electrical-mechanical laser setup sensitively detects radio waves at room temperature

Optical-electrical-mechanical laser setup sensitively detects radio waves at room temperature

03/05/2014 Researchers at the Niels Bohr Institute (Copenhagen, Denmark), DTU Nanotech (Lyngby, Denmark), and the Joint Quantum Institute/NIST (College Park, Maryland) have developed an ultralow-noise room-temperature approach to radio-wa...

LED-based lab-on-a-chip device screens for 170,000 molecules in blood


EPFL and UCLA researchers have developed a new LED-based handheld device that is able to test a large number of proteins in our body all at once.

Michelson Diagnostics finalizes data collection in OCT trial for basal cell carcinoma diagnosis

03/05/2014 Michelson Diagnostics, which specializes in multibeam optical coherence tomography (OCT) technology, has completed scanning and data collection for a 250-patient, multicenter clinical trial testing diagnostic performance of the...

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