Photonics Hot List: July 5, 2024

July 5, 2024
In this episode: a chip sensor detects foodborne pathogens, a mesoscope boosts in vivo bioimaging, and a photonic topological insulator aids quantum research.

Detection of harmful pathogens in food isn’t always as precise and accurate as it should be to ensure public health. But now, researchers have designed and 3D-printed a microfluidic chip sensor that is already proving more effective than conventional methods.

Development of a random-access wide-field mesoscope that can image samples of various shapes, sizes, and orientations in vivo could enhance biodynamics research in areas such as neuroscience and immunology.

Once a strictly theoretical concept, researchers have developed a photonic topological insulator that prevents photons from scattering throughout a material. They’ve also demonstrated topological protected edge states at room temperature, which shows great promise for quantum research.

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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