Editor’s Picks

  1. White Paper: Solar Cell Characterization Using The IV Curve Method
    Research and development on solar cells is a rapidly growing area contributing to the “greener” earth future. Many different solar cell materials are investigated to find the “best” device possible. To characterize the devices, and to control the solar cell manufacturing process, reliable measurement techniques are required. By Zbigniew “ZB” Drozdowicz, Ph.D., Erik Haverkamp, and Allen Smith, Abet Technologies, Inc.
  2. Lambda Physik Ships the First Commercially Available 180 W KrF Industrial Excimer Laser - Lambda STEEL 600K
    Lambda Physik shipped the first commercially available 180Wat KrF industrial Excimer laser
  3. Powerful Laser Sheds Light On Fast Ignition And High Energy Density Physics
    A new generation of high-energy (>kJ) petawatt (HEPW) lasers is being constructed worldwide to study high intensity laser matter interactions, including fast ignition. Fast ignition is a laser-based technique for heating and igniting deuterium and tritium fuel to fusion temperatures in a two-step process.
  4. Extending The Lifetime Of Atoms Using A Mirror

    Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology have succeeded in an experiment where they get an artificial atom to survive ten times longer than normal by positioning the atom in front of a mirror. The findings were recently published in the journal Nature Physics.

  5. University Of Pennsylvania Theorists To Create Optical Circuit Elements
    Engineers at the University of Pennsylvania have theorized a means of shrinking electronics so they could be run using light instead of electricity. In the search to create faster, smaller and more energy-efficient electronics, researchers have looked elsewhere in the electromagnetic spectrum, which ranges from the low-frequency energy used in everyday electronics to the high-frequency energy of gamma rays, to pass the limits of conventional technology...
  6. Industry Leaders Unveil Optics And Photonics Report For U.S. Policymakers

    The Optical Society joined several others in the optics and photonics community in Washington, D.C., to draw attention to the National Academy of Sciences’ recently released report Optics & Photonics: Essential Technologies for Our Nation, which discusses the current state of optical sciences and its possibilities for the future. 

  7. Mitsubishi Rayon And Firecomms To Demonstrate IPTV Optical Fiber Home Network At IPTV World Forum 08
    Mitsubishi Rayon and Firecomms are collaborating to provide a live demonstration of an IPTV home network using ultra-thin Plastic Optical Fiber (POF) at IPTV World Forum in London. The multi-room demonstration includes several new devices working together to transmit multiple streams of High Definition and Standard Definition IPTV signals across a Fast Ethernet network entirely comprised of POF
  8. Extended Warranty From 12 To 24 Months On The Cobolt 05-01 Series Visible And NIR DPSS Lasers

    Cobolt AB, Swedish manufacturer of high performance lasers, announces an extension in their standard warranty of 12 months to 24 months on all single frequency, high power, and ultra-low noise Cobolt 05-01 Series visible and NIR DPSS lasers.

  9. Sofradir To Supply Additional Infrared Detectors For European Earth Observation Mission
    Sofradir announced today that it has been awarded an additional EUR 2.5 million contract to provide a second batch of 15 micron pitch multi-linear shortwave infrared (SWIR) arrays for the space-borne Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) initiative.
  10. Applied Research And Photonics, Inc. Receives 2011 CLEO/Laser Focus World Innovation Award
    The CLEO: 2011 co-sponsors (APS, IEEE Photonics Society, OSA) and Laser Focus World recently announced Applied Research and Photonics, Inc. as the winner of this year’s CLEO/Laser Focus World Innovation Award.