For many decades astronomers relied on light for their observations of astronomical objects. Today, a team of scientists from the international LIGO (LSC) and Virgo Collaborations (VC) announced the detection of a bright spark of two neutron stars colliding, shedding light on the previously unknown origins of some of the universe's heavy elements.
Since its introduction in the 1977 film "Star Wars," the Death Star has remained one of science fiction's most iconic figures.
One of the secrets to making tiny laser devices such as opthalmic surgery scalpels work even more efficiently is the use of tiny semiconductor particles, called quantum dots.
Researchers at Binghamton University, State University of New York have created a micro-scale biological solar cell that generates a higher power density for longer than any existing cell of its kind.
The new RA-532H Surface Reflectance Analyzer from Canon USA, Inc. Optoelectronic Components is capable of surface measurements at three different angles (20°, 60°, and 85°). Utilized measurement methods include standard compliant gloss, haze, Image Clarity (IC), and 1-D and 2-D BRDF (Bidirectional Reflectance Distribution Function) measurements. The analyzer can be used for a variety of evaluation and inspection applications with many types of surfaces such as film, paper, and automotive, printed, or painted surfaces.
The RV1100 is a 3D machine vision system designed to measure and recognize randomly assembled production line parts with complex shapes and very few distinguishing features for robotic arm systems. It offers the benefits of one-time measurements of 3D pose, high-speed recognition, improved productivity, and reduced production costs. The RV1100 is ideal for use in industrial production applications such as automobile parts manufacturing, car manufacturing, and electronics manufacturing.
Piezo nanopositioning stages offer high-resolution and scanning speed, making them useful for super-resolution microscopy and optical trapping. The P-563 PIMars XYZ-Stages are designed with a parallel-kinematics arrangement with higher precision and responsiveness compared to nested or stacked multi-axis positioners.
Telops offers a variety of high-performance scientific instruments to meet the most demanding research applications. The MS-IR Series of time-resolved, multispectral imagers are able to combine measurements obtained with various attenuation filters to achieve a composite HDR image that shows hot and cold objects at the same time.
Flexible endoscopes are used in medical procedures where the scope cannot bend. This animation from SCHOTT demonstrates the transmission of light and data through external and internal rigid fiber optic light cables in endoscopy.
The Phantom® VEO4K camera family from Vision Research combines the small, convenient form factor of the VEO camera with the imaging power of the Flex4K-GS. This family is designed to capture up to 1,000 frames per second (fps) at 4k at high reduced resolutions and may be used for demanding scientific research, defense, and media applications. Read more.
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High power CO2 lasers produce a beam of infrared light with wavelengths centering typically at 9.3 or 10.6 μm. Haas Laser Technologies, Inc. has developed a compact, all passive optical design laser beam analyzer for focused laser beams from a CO2 laser with wavelength range from 9.3 to 10.6 μm. In conjunction with a Fabry-Perot resonator and Xenics’ Gobi-640-GigE microbolometer camera, the new beam analyzer offers laser beam measurement and analysis for continuous-wave (CW) as well as pulsed lasers.
Commodity products are easy to overlook, but sometimes they can contribute to a result that can’t be taken for granted: the health and safety of the patient. As such, they warrant a closer look. One such “commodity” product is the Universal Light Guide, a workhorse of medical diagnostics that enables the high performance of high-end medical equipment such as endoscopes, the instruments of discovery that enable physicians to see, detect, diagnose and operate on parts of the body that are usually shielded from light.
Nanotechnology uses the concept that constant velocity will get you to the destination faster than constantly stopped traffic. One technique puts this concept into practice via a fast nano-focus device based on a piezo-ceramic actuator embedded in a flexure guided lens positioning mechanism.
This Proto Labs white paper demonstrates the importance of selecting the best prototyping process for every project, including the pros and cons of each process, attribute comparisons, and impact on time-to-market.
Researchers at Brown University have developed a modified method of laser terahertz emission microscopy (LTEM) to image, for the first time, individual nanostructures of materials being analyzed.
Talks by two Nobel Laureates will be among more than 5,200 leading-edge technical presentations held alongside the premier global photonics and laser exhibition, seminars, and training courses at SPIE Photonics West 2018 in San Francisco, California.
Bristol Instruments, Inc., a leader in optical interferometer-based instrumentation, announces an agreement with Japan Laser Corporation (JLC), its new representative in Japan. Established in 1968, Japan Laser Corporation is one of the world’s key laser trading companies, offering laser products for a number of industries and applications—from advanced devices for scientific research to lasers for general use.
According to a research by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF), significant advances continue to work their way through the Solar industry. An important technological development is expected to make renewable energy more affordable.
Advancement in nanoelectronics, which is the use of nanotechnology in electronic components, has been fueled by the ever-increasing need to shrink the size of electronic devices in a bid to produce smaller, faster and smarter gadgets such as computers, memory storage devices, displays and medical diagnostic tools.
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