Neil Anderson

Technology Development Analyst, Semrock

Neil Anderson is a technology development analyst with Semrock, a unit of IDEX Optics & Photonics (Rochester, NY).

FIGURE 1. High-reflection bandwidth depends on refractive-index ratios.
Lasers & Sources

LARGE OPTICS: Petawatt high-LIDT coatings don't sacrifice performance

Nov. 1, 2012
High laser-induced damage threshold (LIDT) optical coatings help enable the highest-peak-power lasers in existence today.
FIGURE 1. A mirror designed for use inside a laser cavity has R >99.95% over a bandwidth of 500 nm (a). A mirror for cavity ring-down spectroscopy (CRDS) has R = 99.9994% at 1650 nm (b).
Test & Measurement

OPTICS FABRICATION: High-performance mirrors excel for intracavity applications

Feb. 1, 2012
With carefully controlled absorption and scattering losses, high-reflectivity, low-loss dielectric mirrors enable demanding applications such as gravitational-wave detection and...
FIGURE 1: Absorption (green shaded area) and emission (pink shaded area) spectra of the three fluorophores used in the research describe fluorescence image-guided tumors and surrounding tissue. The spectra of optimal corresponding filters (green line) can be used in a FIGS microscope. Hard-coated interference filters having high (>95%) light transmission passbands and steep edges enable the collection and display of fluorescence microscopy images with high signal-to-noise ratios (for example, high image fidelity). So, high-quality optical filters are critical for removing small pieces of tumor that may otherwise go undetected.

MOLECULAR IMAGING/FLUORESCENCE-GUIDED SURGERY: Fluorescence-based molecular navigation advances cancer surgery

May 1, 2011
By enabling detection of tumor margins in real time, fluorescence image-guided surgery (FIGS) promises significant impact not only on patient outcomes, but also on healthcare ...