Editor’s Picks

  1. Newest Solar Cells Underperform In Cloudy Countries

    To determine how efficient new solar cells convert sunlight into electricity, small sample cells are tested under ideal conditions. However, the reported efficiency is not very representative of the actual annual yield when the cells are placed onto a rooftop and exposed to the Dutch weather

  2. New TDI (Time Delay Integration) Cameras With High Sensitivity Back-Thinned CCD Sensors
    Hamamatsu Photonics introduce the latest models of the Hamamatsu’s TDI Camera series. They include high resolution back-thinned CCD sensors with a resolution of 4096 x 128 pixels.
  3. Laser Research Optics Provides Replacement CO2 Lenses For Wood Cutting & Engraving Lasers

    Laser Research Optics has introduced a full line of OEM compatible, field-replacement CO2 laser lenses that provide deeper stock removal for popular wood cutting and engraving lasers.

  4. NASA Releases New WISE Mission Catalog Of Entire Infrared Sky
    NASA unveiled a new atlas and catalog of the entire infrared sky today showing more than a half billion stars, galaxies and other objects captured by the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) mission.
  5. Optical Fiber Provides Real-Time Anticoagulation Monitoring

    Using fiber optics, University of Central Florida (UCF) researchers have developed a technique to monitor, in real time, the formation of dangerous blood clots during cardiovascular procedures.

  6. BMBF’s Digital Photonic Production Research Campus Opens With A Key Moment

    With the United Nations having declared 2015 the “International Year of Light and Light-Based Technologies,” the opening of the BMBF’s new “Digital Photonic Production (DPP)” research campus at the end of January was perfectly timed. Located on the RWTH Aachen Campus, the DPP research campus is destined to become well known as the home to a new kind of collaboration between science and industry.

  7. Untangling Unknown Structures In The Mix

    The characterization of individual components in an unknown crystalline powder mixture is a challenge that has eluded scientists for many years.

  8. Q-Motion Miniature Piezo Nanopositioners

    Precision positioning systems specialist Physik Instrumente (PI) recently introduced a new series of miniaturized, piezo-driven linear positioners at the 2015 Photonics West conference -- the world’s most important trade show and conference on photonics developments.

  9. Ovum Reveals Global Optical Components Market Sales At US$1.6bn

    The global optical components (OC) market posted revenues of US$1.6bn in 2Q12, keeping pace with last quarter’s revenue level according to global market research firm Ovum.

  10. Irvine Sensors Vision Systems Scores DARPA Contract for Thermal Imager
    The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded the Vision Systems unit of the Advanced Technology Division of Irvine Sensors Corp. (Costa Mesa, CA) a $756,000 follow-on R&D contract...