Bright Ideas presents the most captivating news and innovations in optics and photonics. This week, SPIE announced 24 finalists across eight categories that are up for Prism Awards, Intel Corporation announced 10 startups that will be taking part in a 12-week tech expert program, and Rockley Photonics revealed groundbreaking technology that supports IR and hyperspectral image detection and sensing devices.
The flourishing field of lidar is building on a foundation laid by silicon photonics and smartphones, an outcome that surprised all but the most leading-edge thinkers in ultraprecision manufacturing, engineering, and innovation theory.
Atomic force microscopes (AFMs) are versatile tools for characterizing surfaces down to the subnanometer scale. Researchers can build their own AFMs for as little as $30,000 using off-the-shelf components such as nanopositioning stages.
Opto Diode Corporation, an ITW company, offers a variety of high-power, infrared light-emitting diodes (IRLEDs) and ultra-high-power near-infrared LED illuminators designed for military, aerospace, and defense.
Aspheric lenses (or more simply, aspheres) are used in a wide variety of applications as a way to optimize optical performance while ensuring an efficient design. They are characterized by a radius of curvature that varies from the center to the edge of the lens, affording them greater optical functionality.
This paper defines major filter types and discusses how to specify key attributes while also optimizing cost. The filter types discussed include band pass types of ultra-square high cavity count, ultra-narrow and soft coating replacements, and dichroic and polychroic tilted beamsplitter filters.
Selecting a laser module to fit an application should be a fluid process. From identifying key specifications to testing and potentially customizing the final laser, it is not a one-size-fits-all solution.
The Ophir BeamWatch Integrated industrial laser beam profiler combines non-contact beam profiling of the BeamWatch family and an Ophir power measurement sensor with high industrial standards for automation.
Infrared Devices Product Manager Gary Spingarn of Hamamatsu met with Photonics Online on day two of Defense + Commercial Sensing 2022 to talk about quantum cascade lasers. Hamamatsu offers packages featuring lower power consumption. Other products in their lineup include quantum cascade detectors, infrared LEDs, and more.
The FLIR RS6780 offers advanced detector, triggering, and synchronization capabilities in an environmentally protected package, making it easy to configure and integrate for successful data acquisition in the most demanding R&D applications.
In astronomical observations, optical filters provide the wavelength selectivity needed to enable telescopes to discriminate signal from background information. These filters often require larger sizes, higher uniformity, and excellent surface quality and surface figure.