FROM THE EDITOR
Photonics And The Future Of Medicine
Photonics West serves as the perennial indicator of market trends for the photonics and optics industries. At this year’s event, held last month in San Francisco, one of the pervasive themes I observed in both the technical conference and the exhibition was the increasing role photonics and optics are playing in the development of advanced biomedical technologies. That trend is poised to continue well into the future.
5 Key Challenges Facing The Photovoltaic Industry
For an allegedly “dead” industry, photovoltaics is doing just fine. At least that was the message communicated to attendees during a special panel session at Photonics West 2014 exclusively dedicated to trends in solar energy. Titled Green Photonics: A Solar Revolution, the session covered topics ranging from emerging technologies to growing a business in this challenging but promising market.
Executive Perspectives On The World Of Optics And Photonics
At Photonics West 2014 last week, seven top executives from photonics and optics companies offered insights on current trends and future opportunities in the industry during the panel session on “Executive Perspectives on the World of Optics and Photonics.” During the session, the panelists shared their views on the previous year and the years ahead and answered questions from a packed room of attendees. While they acknowledged that 2013 had its share of struggles, there was a lot of optimism surrounding the industry’s current status and its prospects for the future.
This TRU (transformer rectifier unit) and ATRU (auto-transformer rectifier unit) is ideal for airborne and shipboard applications involving avionics and aircraft systems, and military electronics.
Matrix-SD MTF Starter Kit: MS1002/00
Image Science’s Matrix-SD MTF starter kit is comprised of an image analyzer and an object generator and is used for MTF testing in the spectral range of 350 to 1000nm. It’s specifically been designed for individuals who already have an optical table/bench with standard positioning equipment.
PEEK, Ultem® (PEI), LCP, And Nylon Molding We often get asked, "What kinds of materials do you process?" At Accumold we process thermoplastic resins. Most often the projects we produce involve include highly-engineered materials.
STS Spectrometer Takes Flight On UAV
A pair of super-lightweight Ocean Optics STS microspectrometers is helping researchers investigate plant parameters in a verdant patch of New Zealand grassland. The compact STS model spectrometers, one deployed as a ground unit and the other aboard an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), are making synchronized hyperspectral measurements of barley and sugar beet crops to assess plant characteristics for more effective crop management
Silicon Photonics: Automated Alignment / Manufacturing of Fiber-Optics Components
A turn-key system for automating silicon photonics processes.
Where Are The Biggest Biomedical Opportunities For Optics And Photonics Technology?
At Photonics West 2014, we asked 14 optics and photonics technology companies what they saw as the greatest areas of opportunity in the biomedical market. Check out the videos below to see what each had to say.
Lens Design, Manufacturing, And Vision Systems For Medical Devices
On the last day of the MD&M West Exhibition, Chuck Gerlowski with Precision Optics took us through some of the more interesting products displayed at their booth. Check out the video for information on a 4.2 mm CMOS scope, a 1 mm fiber scope, and micro prisms as small as 50 microns (or half the size of a human hair).
Unique Optical Solutions For The Critical And Complex
Lightworks Optical Systems general manager Andrew Riser met with us Wednesday to offer up come background information on the company, the recent merger, and the unique solutions his company can provide.
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The IKHD5 utilizes Toshiba America Imaging’s proprietary 3-chip prism color technology. It’s well suited for color-critical applications like endoscopy, defense imaging systems, surgical microscopy, general infrared inspection, ophthalmology, and machine vision.
ELECTRONIC MILITARY & DEFENSE MAGAZINE
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Flipping The Switch
Harvard researchers have succeeded in creating quantum switches that can be turned on and off using a single photon, a technological achievement that could pave the way for the creation of highly secure quantum networks.
Better Thermal-Imaging Lens From Waste Sulfur
Sulfur left over from refining fossil fuels can be transformed into cheap, lightweight, plastic lenses for infrared devices, including night-vision goggles, a University of Arizona-led international team has found.
Chiral Breathing: Electrically Controlled Polymer Changes Its Optical Properties
Electrically controlled glasses with continuously adjustable transparency, new polarisation filters, and even chemosensors capable of detecting single molecules of specific chemicals could be fabricated thanks to a new polymer unprecedentedly combining optical and electrical properties.
SPIE Analysis Received As Powerful Tool To Promote Photonics Industry
A straightforward set of numbers is proving to be a well-received and powerful tool in helping to draw attention to the profound contribution photonics technologies and applications make on healthy economies and continued well-being of people around the planet.
Metasurface Lens Could Transform Antennas
Traditional antennas could be in for a makeover following a discovery in broadband optics.
Color Shift Evaluation Of An Aluminum Alloy As A Function Of Deposition Time
This application note explains how Ocean Optics evaluated a color shift that occurred with the deposition of a thin film of an aluminum chrome alloy to a cured and powder coated wheel. The purpose was the study the shift in color as a function of deposition time.
Effect of Sandblasting on the Specular Reflection from Encoder Wheels
This application note describes a feasibility study in which the reflectivity of metal and plastic encoder wheels was measured before and after sandblasting.
Novel Time-Resolved FLIM Measurements Method
Given the increasing reliance on time-resolved fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy (TRFLIM) measurements for various biological and clinical investigations, including calcium concentration, protein-protein interaction, cell locomotion, cancer research, and Alzheimer’s disease research, the joint utilization of new picosecond gating technology and a TRFLIM-specific rapid lifetime determination (RLD) processing algorithm can be of great benefit to researchers.
The Advantages Of MCT As An IR Imaging Material
Cooled infrared imaging is in many ways a mature technology, with its architectures well-defined and its past and present applications well-understood.
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