OPTICAL COMPONENTS WHITE PAPERS & APPLICATION NOTES
Thin Film Glossary
This article defines a number of glossary terms related to thin film optical filters and their use.
Laser Forensics: The Invisible, Revealed And Measured
According to the developers at Scanovis, brushes, powder and chemicals will soon be tools of the past for securing evidence at crime scenes. The company has developed a laser-based solution that, among other things, uses IR laser radiation to detect fingerprints at the scene of a crime, quickly making them visible in a 3D scan and recording them digitally. Decisive factors for this technological breakthrough are the precision of the results delivered by the laser scanner and the easy handling of the system. But how to adjust the optics of a system using a low power laser in the mid-infrared spectrum? Working together with Ophir's measurement experts, the company was able to combine different measurement methods to this end.
White Paper: The Challenge Of Manufacturing Large Mirrors
Large mirrors are a critical aspect of numerous optical systems and are used in a wide variety of important applications. For the production of high performance large mirrors, optical manufacturers are tasked with the challenge of meeting a strict set of requirements.
When Failure Is Not An Option
The manufacture of Intelligence, Surveillance, & Reconnaissance (ISR) optics requires a rigorous analysis of the capabilities and methods of an optical component design/manufacturing partner. Not all design/manufacturing partners are the same, and it is important that integrators elect to work in a collaborative way with companies that have the expertise, pedigree and capabilities to scale up production of components in an accurate and repeatable way.
Tech Note: Advanced IR Zoom Lenses For Next Generation Thermal Imaging Applications
This paper reviews advances in the development of infrared zoom lenses that meet challenging SWaP requirements while enabling high-resolution vision and identification in harsh environmental conditions and constrained platforms such as airborne and portable systems.
OPTICAL COMPONENTS NEWS
Photonics Researchers Report Breakthrough In Miniaturizing Light-Based Chips
Photonic integrated circuits that use light instead of electricity for computing and signal processing promise greater speed, increased bandwidth, and greater energy efficiency than traditional circuits using electricity.
A Novel Approach Produces A Completely New Kind Of Dynamic Light Structure
It is not every day that scientists are able to produce an entirely new kind of light, but when they do the implications can be dramatic. When twisted light beams carrying orbital angular momentum were uncovered in 1992, researchers realized the potential to increase data transmission speeds over current approaches.
VLC Photonics Designs An Indium Phosphide Photonic Integrated Circuit (PIC) For Secure Quantum Communications In The Network As Part Of CiViQ H2020 Project
We live in the era of digital information, where communications through electronic devices and channels has become an essential aspect in our daily lives, mainly driven by the disruptive and innovative wave of the microelectronics industry, Internet cloud computing, or even streaming services.
A Quantum Breakthrough: Transforming Information From Microwaves To Optical Light
A newly developed tool can translate data from microwaves to optical light, according to a new study by University of Alberta physicists.
Light Swirls Provide Insights Into The Quantum World
A new method uses swirls of light to enable researchers to observe previously invisible quantum states of electrons. The method was developed by physicists from Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU) and an international team of researchers.
Annual LiDAR Conference Features NH Based LASER COMPONENTS USA Presentation
The LIDAR 3rd Annual Conference and Exhibition is being held virtually September 22-24, 2020. LASER COMPONENTS USA, Inc. is pleased to announce Matt Robinson, Sales Director, as one of the presenters.
OPTICAL COMPONENTS / OPTICS ABOUT DOCUMENT
Optics is an interesting subset of physics. It is the study of light and how it can be used in various industries from measurements to biology as well as photography to navigation. Optics is a fascinating field and we are just beginning to scratch the surface with what we know. One of the most interesting developments in optics is the use of fiber optics in the transmission of data. Light is used to transmit data across long distances and this has proved to be efficient as well as inexpensive.
Light is the fasted trailing particle in the universe and it is radiated from one point to the next in the form of waves. Light in a vacuum can travel at an astonishing 300 million meters per second, a speed that would take it to the moon in just about one second. Optics is primarily concerned with the use of light and how the light can be reflected, refracted, bent or manipulated in just about any way. The unique nature of light gives tremendous benefits in using it in various industries. Optics is no one of the ways where light can be used to store data. It seems that anything electrons have done in the past, light waves are able to do, just able to do it faster. In the beginning copper cables were used to transmit electrical pulses in network data transfer. While at that time it was a breakthrough, it was comparatively slow to the movement of light through fiber optics. Once fiber optics replaced, broad band speeds were achieved. All thanks to optics. The uses of optics can advance further with headway being made in fields of defense as well as medicine. Optics are now being used to return sight to the blind as well as create sight for robots.