Video: December 1, 2023 Photonics Hot List

Dec. 1, 2023
In this episode, we cover how laser scanning aids advanced robotics, ultrafast lasers on the tip of a finger, and a tunable laser that controls material functionality.

In this episode of Photonics Hot List...

Researchers in Switzerland, working with a new additive manufacturing startup, have developed a new scanning technique for 3D printing that involves lasers and high-frame-rate cameras. Called vision-controlled jetting, it’s poised to revolutionize robotics.

Ultrafast lasers that can fit on the tip of your finger? It’s now possible, thanks to a game-changing approach using thin-film lithium niobate and semiconductors. This combination has helped researchers in New York to build chip-scale mode-locked lasers.

In work that could reveal details about photo-induced superconductivity, scientists in Germany have discovered that by tuning a narrowband terahertz laser to a lower frequency than has ever been possible allows them to control a material’s functionality.

NASA’s new Deep Space Optical Communications laser technology that was recently deployed nearly 200 million miles into space has received back its first laser communications from 10 million miles away. 

About the Author

Justine Murphy | Senior Editor

Justine Murphy is a multiple award-winning writer and editor with more 20 years of experience in newspaper publishing as well as public relations, marketing, and communications. For nearly 10 years, she has covered all facets of the optics and photonics industry as an editor, writer, web news anchor, and podcast host for an internationally reaching magazine publishing company. Her work has earned accolades from the New England Press Association as well as the SIIA/Jesse H. Neal Awards. She received a B.A. from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.