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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.
A method of improving the signal-to-noise ratio of an interferogram by adding another interferogram to it.

HANDBOOK > Photonics Handbook® A unique collection of technical design and applications articles, as well as technology primers presenting the basics of the photonics technology.
High-Power Semiconductor Lasers
A Quantum Leap in Laser Performance
Besides their established role in telecommunications and optical information storage, semiconductor lasers have made inroads into areas such as image recording, materials processing, and cosmetic and medical therapy. Their compact size, high efficiency, robust and reliable operation, wide variety of wavelengths and scalability of power make them useful for a variety of applications. The semiconductor laser diode finds its most prolific use in the telecommunications and optical data storage...

INSTITUTIONS > Educational Institutions Listings of societies, associations, universities and research centers worldwide involved in fostering the education and growth of the photonics industry.
Institute of Applied Optics
Supplier of R&D services in applied optics and optoelectronics including holography, diffractometry, interferometry, image analysis, optical data processing, laser systems, fiber and gradient optics, microscopy, spectrophotometry, refractometry, optical system design, manufacture and testing, precision mechanical engineering, optical technology and thin-film coatings.

Light Matters Weekly Newscast
Learn more about the industry by watching Light Matters, a weekly video newscast on Photonics Media editors deliver research news, industry highlights, tradeshow coverage and more.

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