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DICTIONARY+ > Photonics Dictionary® Plus Definitions of terms, abbreviations and acronyms related to photonics technology. This reference is in the form of a wiki, meaning the content can be edited and expanded by members of the photonics community.
With respect to photography, the process used to increase the effective speed of an emulsion between manufacture and exposure.

HANDBOOK > Photonics Handbook® A unique collection of technical design and applications articles, as well as technology primers presenting the basics of the photonics technology.
Polygonal Laser Scanners
Fitting the Elements to the Task
Polygonal laser scanning is the technology of choice in a variety of applications. It can be used to write information as in laser marking and printing, direct-to-plate imaging, film recording and laser projection; or as a reader for bar code scanning, densitometry, web inspection and agricultural inspection.Reading and writing systems for polygonal scanners differ in the use of the scanner. However, many performance characteristics are similar for both. In writing applications, a light source,...

INSTITUTIONS > Educational Institutions Listings of societies, associations, universities and research centers worldwide involved in fostering the education and growth of the photonics industry.
Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology
The Fraunhofer IPT combines knowledge and experience in all fields of production technology. The department of Fine Machining and Optics develops technologies for the production and processing of high-precision components including glass lenses, as well as other optical components. One major focus is the production of optics via replication processes.

Light Matters Weekly Newscast
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