Editor’s Picks

  1. Testing With Femtosecond Pulses
    Calmar’s femtosecond laser sources are passively mode-locked fiber lasers. Passive mode-locking makes these lasers easier to operate than actively mode-locked lasers, as no external RF clock signal is required, and little or no warm-up time is needed. Temperature control is also less of an issue with passive mode-locked lasers. By Calmar Laser, Inc.
  2. New Research Findings Open Door To Zinc-Oxide-Based UV Lasers, LED Devices

    Researchers from North Carolina State University have solved a long-standing materials science problem, making it possible to create new semiconductor devices using zinc oxide (ZnO) – including efficient ultraviolet (UV) lasers and LED devices for use in sensors and drinking water treatment, as well as new ferromagnetic devices.

  3. Quantum Communication: How To Outwit Noise

    How to reliably transfer quantum information when the connecting channels are impacted by detrimental noise? Scientists at the University of Innsbruck and TU Wien (Vienna) have presented new solutions to this problem.

  4. Non-linear Semiconductor Optical Amplifier Offers Versatile Platform For All-Optical 40Gb/s Network Development
    The Centre for Integrated Photonics has launched a novel semiconductor optical amplifier offering optimised non-linear operating characteristics that may be used to implement advanced all-optical networking functions such as wavelength conversion
  5. Laser Beam Orientation Controls Light's Quantum Properties

    Quickly switching the orientation of a laser beam enables control over the quantum properties of light.

  6. Smart Cameras from Vision Components now Programmable with Microsoft tools

    Image processing expert Vision Components introduces a multi-level approach which considerably facilitates programming for VC's intelligent cameras. All VC machine vision libraries have been revised to run on PCs. Customers can continue to program in C or C++, but can now also use the Microsoft development environment Visual Studio 2010.

  7. Better Nanoimages 'Spin' The Path To Improved Magnetic Memory

    In work that could help make possible a faster, longer-lasting and lower-energy method of data storage for consumers and businesses, researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and their colleagues have developed a technique for imaging and studying a promising class of magnetic devices with 10 times more detail than optical microscopes.

  8. What You Should Ask Before Investing In A Shortwave Infrared (SWIR) Lens
    The military and industrial communities are investigating shortwave infrared (SWIR) technology for new and improved imaging solutions for a variety of challenging applications. Indium gallium arsenide (InGaAs) is a material often used for SWIR imaging due to its high quantum efficiency and low dark current. This advanced InGaAs material makes these detectors the most sensitive imagers that operate in the shortwave IR wavelength range at any given temperature. By MARC HANSEN
  9. Global Optical Switching Market to Reach $15 Billion by 2004
    Long-term demand for optical switching systems in the global telecommunications marketplace is going to surge upward from the current value of $543 million to reach $15.0 billion by 2004...
  10. Superresolution Structured Illumination Microscopy (SR-SIM)

    Superresolution Microscopy is a technique used to achieve an image resolution beyond the diffraction limit that is common in conventional light microscopes. This whitepaper discusses the superresolution structured illumination method and how it is used to achieve three dimensional resolution enhancement through a combination of optics and image analysis.