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  • Photonics And The Future Of Medicine
    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
    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
    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.

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Connector Polisher for Waveguide Process Flexibility: FLex™

Krell’s FLexTM fiber optic connector polisher is ideal for R&D laboratory settings and can be used to process waveguides, PLCs, optical chips, and fiber arrays. It supports a variety of component dimensions, a variety of angles, an auto feed function, in-line video inspection, and user-definable features.

  • Matrix-SD MTF Starter Kit: MS1002/00
    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.

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    BK-7 Biconcave Lenses These biconcave lenses are used when a very high negative power is required. They can be used in a multi-element system or alone to produce a diverging cone or a virtual image
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    Atomic Switcheroo Explains Origins Of Thin-Film Solar Cell Mystery

    Treating cadmium-telluride (CdTe) solar cell materials with cadmium-chloride improves their efficiency, but researchers have not fully understood why.

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  • Selecting The Right Deformable Mirror — Part 1: Imaging

    Choosing the right deformable mirror can be challenging with the extensive options available these days. In this article, I will explore some of the basic questions you should ask in order to help determine which type of deformable mirror is best suited for a given application. This list is by no means exhaustive, but if one has an understanding of these topics, the journey to creating spectacular images and accurately shaped beams will be much smoother and equally as rewarding. In this two-part series, I am starting with imaging, since this is a field that is constantly expanding to new disciplines and often involves researchers who are not familiar with adaptive optics. In part two of the series, I will discuss choosing the right deformable mirror for beam shaping applications. By Michael Feinberg, Director of Marketing and Sales, Boston Micromachines

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    This application note describes a feasibility study in which the reflectivity of metal and plastic encoder wheels was measured before and after sandblasting.

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May 5 - 9, 2014
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June 4, 2014
Edinburgh

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June 18, 2014
Cambridge
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