Photonics Hot List: February 16, 2024

Feb. 16, 2024
In this episode, we cover a spiral-shaped lens that could transform ophthalmology, meta-optics set to advance thermal imaging, and a breathing soliton laser that prompts nonlinear discoveries.

In this episode of Photonics Hot List...

A novel spiral-shaped lens maintains clear focus regardless of distance or lighting conditions. The France-based team that developed it says it’s akin to multiple lenses all in one, and could be an ophthalmology and imaging game-changer.

Researchers at Purdue University have already been addressing existing challenges with thermal imaging—namely, significant information loss that results in blurry images. But now, the team is using a meta-optics-based approach to go even further.

Studying new states of nonlinear systems, an international team of researchers is looking at a new concept—a breathing soliton laser—to explore the complex synchronization dynamics of nonlinear systems with multiple frequencies.

About the Author

Justine Murphy | Multimedia Director, Laser & Military

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.

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