Photonics Hot List: March 22, 2024

March 22, 2024
In this episode: microscopy records many neurons at once, compact chips turn light into microwaves, and a light-powered pacemaker revolutionizes treatment.

In this episode of Photonics Hot List...

Many functions in the brain remain a mystery, despite the strides biomedical research has made. Now, a new microscopy technique is allowing a team in New York to better understand some of the brain’s intricacies by simultaneously recording thousands of neurons.

An entire precision timing system the size of a digital memory card? It’s possible thanks to work at the National Institutes of Standards and Technology that could revolutionize how light and microwaves are harnessed for practical applications.

A novel device developed by a team in Chicago is advancing treatment of arrythmias. The minimally invasive pacemaker that’s controlled by light can be implanted to regulate cardiovascular or neural activity.

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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