Photonics Hot List: June 7, 2024

June 7, 2024
In this episode: New sensors 3D-printed onto optical fiber tips, a fiber-optic gyroscope aids volcano monitoring, and tungsten trioxide nanodots boost smart tech.

In this episode of Photonics Hot List...

Optical fiber could become sensor bases, with the help of 3D printing. Researchers in Sweden have been able to 3D-print silica glass micro-optic sensors onto the very tips of optical fibers. They say this could aid the advancement of things like fiber communications and optical MEMS systems.

Work by researchers in Italy is poised to improve risk assessment and early warning systems for earthquakes, particularly those caused by volcano activity. The team has developed a prototype gyroscope sensor that offers real-time, high-resolution monitoring of seismic movement.

Tungsten trioxide nanodots, developed by an international team of researchers, are showing potential for expediting and revolutionizing the development of smart technologies and other electrochromic and photochromic devices.

About the Author

Justine Murphy | Multimedia Director, Laser & Military

Justine Murphy is the multimedia director for the Laser & Military Group at Endeavor Business Media. In addition to Laser Focus World, the group includes Military & Aerospace Electronics and Vision Systems Design. She 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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