Photonics Hot List: January 19, 2024

Jan. 19, 2024
In this episode, we cover a way to turn soap bubbles into lasers, nontoxic quantum dots that break barriers, a USAF project for focal-plane arrays, and the 2024 SPIE Society Awards winners.

In this episode of Photonics Hot List...

Soap bubbles are pretty and can be fun to play with. But they’ve also been quite useful in the STEM realm. Now, researchers in Slovenia are expanding this, demonstrating that soap bubbles could become optofluidic lasers.

Work by a team in Spain is overcoming some hurdles that for years have hindered SWIR-sensitive quantum dots and their potential as a key enabling technology for next-level optoelectronics.

New Jersey-based imaging technology developer Princeton Infrared Technologies is working on a project to further develop visible and infrared focal plane arrays to ultimately create large-area imaging devices for the U.S. military.

SPIE has announced the 2024 recipients of the organization’s Society Awards, which recognize advancements and impacts being made industrywide.

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.