Editor’s Picks

  1. New NIST Metamaterial Gives Light A One-Way Ticket

    The light-warping structures known as metamaterials have a new trick in their ever-expanding repertoire. Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have built a silver, glass and chromium nanostructure that can all but stop visible light cold in one direction while giving it a pass in the other.

  2. SPIE Photonics West 2015 Opens With Big First-Day Attendance

    First-day attendees at SPIE Photonics West heard talks on new developments for imaging the brain at the cellular level, technologies to bring healthcare to remote, under-served areas of the world, and more, as the week-long event opened at Moscone Center in San Francisco Saturday.

  3. Device Turns Flat Surface Into Spherical Antenna

    Broadband Transformational Optics Lens, Described in Applied Physics Letters, May Lead to Antenna Dishes that are Flat or Conform to Any Surface

  4. Labsphere Launches Illumia Line For Light Measurement
    Labsphere, Inc. has introduced the illumia and illumiapro series of LED and light measurement systems. The new systems offer flexibility in measuring thermal, optical, and electrical characteristics of LEDs and arrays, as well as solid state and traditional lighting products.
  5. The Sharpest Laser Beam In The World

    No one has ever been so close to the ideal laser. In theory, a laser has exactly one color (frequency or wavelength). In reality, however, there is always a certain line width. The laser, the researcher of the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) has now developed together with US researchers from the JILA, a joint institute of the American National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the University of Boulder, Colorado Of only 10 mHz a new world record.

  6. New Possibilities For Multiphoton Microscopy From Carl Zeiss

    Multiphoton confocal microscopes from Carl Zeiss now permit the simultaneous use of two NLO lasers or one laser with an optical parametric oscillator (OPO). Both components are fully integrated and expand the functionality of the multiphoton systems.

  7. Calient Networks Closes $20 Million in Fourth Funding Round
    Photonic switching leader secures large follow-on round to continue market development...
  8. Newport Introduces Basic Spherical Lens Kits

    Newport Corporation, a worldwide leader in photonics solutions, is introducing convenient spherical lens kits for popular plano-convex or bi-convex lenses.

  9. Coherent Launches First Orange OPSLs For Life Sciences

    A new series of Sapphire™ lasers from Coherent, Inc. (Santa Clara, CA) (Nasdaq: COHR) offer orange output, which is particularly well matched for exciting a number of fluorescent dyes used in bioimaging. Specifically, the new Sapphire models deliver 20 mW, 50 mW, 75 mW or 100 mW at 588 nm.

  10. Diamond Can Endure Shock Waves From Powerful Lasers
    Most people know that diamond is one of the hardest solids on Earth, so strong that it can easily cut through glass and steel.