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Photonics Spectra: January 2015

Trends in Sustainability
The global “green revolution” is pushing the boundaries of photonics as governments, companies and citizens work to preserve our world and its resources. From individual citizens and businesses right up to entire industries and governments, efforts to improve sustainability, reduce carbon footprints and increase energy efficiency are driving new – and sometimes surprising...
Marie Freebody, Contributing Editor,
Trends in Miniaturization
Exploiting the unusual optical properties of very small objects, quantum-based technologies are starting to revolutionize lasers, solar cells, communications and more. Smaller is often...
Hank Hogan, Contributing Editor,
Trends in New Materials
Scientists are developing an entirely new generation of ultrathin materials such as graphene and germanene, whose photonic properties promise a new frontier of components and devices. ...
Valerie C. Coffey, Science Writer,
Trends in Modularity
Step by step, piece by piece, modularity is finding a home in optics, and microscopy and spectrometry applications are benefiting from the availability of modular systems. Furniture....
Gary Boas, Contributing Editor,
Trends in The Economy
Advancing technologies, broader applications and societal trends are impacting both the industry and the economy. No trends issue would be complete without a discussion about the global...
Justine Murphy, Contributing Editor,
Silicon Photonics: A Field that Is Constantly Changing
In this active, exciting area of development, new devices, techniques and studies are presented at every turn. Electronics and photonics have been two worlds apart for many years: Electronics...
Giacomo Losio, ProLabs
Photonics Innovataors Named 2015 Prism Awards Finalists
Finalists include tools for 3-D printing, water analysis and laser-engineered surfaces. Innovative products, inventions and companies will take center stage Feb. 11, as the winners of the 2015...
Justine Murphy, Editor,

Which Way From Here?
Welcome to the annual Photonics Spectra trends issue. In years past, we have explored industry direction by looking at developments in specific technologies, and by delving into societal impacts on the photonics industry and its technologies. For this issue, managing editor Laura Marshall envisioned a report on prevailing directions in photonics in the context of innovation – the...
Karen A. Newman, Group Publisher,

Original Optical Systems Technology Program Focuses on Growth, Expansion
The success of the Monroe Community College optics program is a stellar example of industry support and involvement, including cash and material donations and direct student support. While some companies just wring their hands and complain that colleges aren’t producing the workforce they need, the Rochester-area employers offer a shining example of how industry and education can –...
Karen A. Newman, Group Publisher,

Nanocavities Increase LED Display Output, Contrast
Nanocavities can help light escape from LEDs to produce brighter, clearer and more efficient displays. Researchers at Princeton University reported increasing the efficiency of green organic...
Ultrathin Films Color Rough, Flexible Surfaces
Researchers can now “paint” rough, flexible surfaces through the phenomenon of thin-film interference. A team at Harvard University demonstrated that ultrathin optical coatings...
Optical Switch Turns Polarization Into Direction of Propagation
A single gold nanoparticle can translate light polarization into direction of propagation within ultrathin glass fiber. This “chiral waveguide coupler” can direct up to 94...
Frequency Combs Enable Remote 3-D Mapping
A laser-based imaging system can now create high-definition 3-D maps remotely, with the ranging accuracy made possible by frequency combs. A team at the National Institute of Standards and...
Imaging Digs Deep to Improve Crops
Boosting the output of important food crops such as rice and maize to meet the needs of the world’s growing population requires improvements both above and below the soil. A new imaging...
Rare-Earth Substitute Found for LEDs
An abundant copper compound could replace rare-earth metals in household LEDs, making them more environmentally friendly. Most commercially available white LEDS are phosphor-based but...
Magnetic Mirror Reflects Light in New Ways
A new magnetic mirror uses non-metallic metamaterial properties to reflect IR light. Scientists at Sandia National Laboratories developed the magnetic mirror by placing nanoscale antennas at...
Laser Scanner Captures 3-D Info in Real Time
A 3-D laser scanner based on the human eye can focus on key sections of an image, capturing it with correspondingly higher resolution. A team from the three institutes of the...
Laser Combiner a Compact Solution for Wearable Displays
A laser beam combiner no larger than a grain of rice can enable laser-scanning displays in wearable computer systems. A team from the University of Fukui developed the new device. It could...
Video Captures Laser Pulses at ‘1 Billion FPS’
Hollywood laser blasts give off bright colors and are easy to track with the eye. In real life, laser pulses flash by faster than the eye — or even the fastest camera — can follow. ...
Algae Carbon Flow Controlled by Changing Light Colors
Blue and red light-sensing photoreceptors can be used to control the carbon flow in diatoms, a major group of algae that generates about one-fourth of the Earth’s oxygen and perform around a...
Laser Ablation Could Boost Jet, Rocket Fuel Efficiency
A new approach to the concept of laser propulsion could launch satellites into orbit and push aircraft past Mach 10 with enhanced fuel efficiency. By ablating solid fuel inside a jet nozzle,...
Laser Tractor Beam Operates on Centimeter Scale
A new laser tractor beam has the ability to attract and repel millimeter-scale objects over longer distances than previously possible. “Demonstration of a large-scale laser beam like...
Subwavelength Optical Fiber Sensitive to Sound
Subwavelength optical fibers that produce a newly identified type of Brillouin light scattering could guide the development of highly sensitive sensors. A team at the Femto-ST Institute, in...

Berthold Leibinger Foundation Names 2014 Prize Winners
Dr. Alexander Oraevsky has received first prize in the 2014 Berthold Leibinger Innovations award program, presented by the Berthold Leibinger Stiftung Foundation. Oraevsky received the award...
OSA Elects 2015 Vice President
Professor Dr. Eric Mazur of Harvard University has been named the 2015 vice president of The Optical Society (OSA). Mazur’s appointment to this position enlists him into future roles...
LME Summit Offers In-Depth Look at Laser Industry
The fourth annual Lasers for Manufacturing Event and Summit (LME), presented by the Laser Institute of America in September, offered laser experts and representatives of the industry a forum in which...
Trade Group Recognizes Olmec-UK Machine Vision Project
A multifunctional eight-camera, two-stage inspection system developed by Olmec-UK of Barton-upon-Humber, England, has garnered the Processing and Packaging Machinery Association (PPMA) award for Most...
Photonfocus Wins Product Award
Photonfocus has received the Swiss Excellence Product Award for its series of CMOS cameras. This line of cameras can shoot up to 500 fps and transmit over a small bandwidth in real time....
Esco Optics Eyes New Manufacturing Plant After Fire
After a devastating fire, Esco Optics is eyeing a new manufacturing plant it says will double its production capacity. No one was hurt in the Aug. 10 blaze, and the company has been...

Sunlight, Nanoparticles Break Down Pollutants
Endocrine disruptors mimic or block hormones, interfering with humans’ and animals’ reproductive organs, and causing other health problems. A class of pollutants that negatively affects hormones can be broken down using nanoparticles and sunlight. The method, developed at the Center for Advanced Materials at the Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science in...

All Along The Watchtower
In today’s society, it’s safe to assume that we’re always being watched. Whether through human eyes, computer software or camera lenses, surveillance is ubiquitous. And although there will never be a consensus on its merit or appropriate role, technology is expanding at a rapid rate – and researchers are taking notice. Coming to terms with our age of monitoring will not be...

Handheld Bar-Code Reader
Cognex Corp. offers the DataMan 8600 series of handheld direct part-mark (DPM) barcode readers. The readers combine 2DMax+ algorithms and patented Cognex UltraLight technology to read...
Cognex Corp.
Handheld Spectrometer
The QualitySpec Trek from ASD Inc. is a handheld near-infrared contact spectrometer for materials recognition. The device has a spectral range of 350 to 2500 nm, and an integrated light...
PANalytical Boulder
Fiber Connector
A new fiber optic connection and termination kit from OFS is intended for ease-of-use with industrial networks. The LC Crimp and Cleave Connector is designed for use with the company’s...
Self-Aligning Lens Mounts
The A-Line series of self-aligning lens mounts by Newport Corp. can be used for building optical assemblies, prototyping and small-batch production. They feature a thin-edge design and...
Newport Corporation
Night-Vision Display
The Digital EyePiece (DEP) Night Vision Cueing Display (NVCD) from Elbit Systems of America Vision Systems and Rockwell Collins is an enhanced night vision device for fixed wing military aircraft. ...
Elbit Systems of America
LED Drivers
Thomas Research Products has introduces two new LED drivers designed to operate on 347- or 480-V mains. The LED40W-HV series drivers are based on standard LED40W models and provide constant...
Thomas Research Products
UAV Sapphire Optics
Clear as glass, sapphire optics from Meller Optics provide durability and scratch resistance from sand, dirt and hard landings when installed on unmanned aerial vehicles. The optics transmit...
Meller Optics, Inc.
Fiber Optic Test Links
The 8800 series of fiber optic test links by Delaire USA approximates the IEEE 802.3 standard worst-case fiber lengths and bandwidths using real fiber. The company offers a test link for...
Delaire USA
Ruby Laser Beamsplitter
Holo/Or offers a new series of beamsplitter diffractive optical elements optimized for 694-nm ruby lasers. The beamsplitters are suitable for high-power lasers and provide divergence angle...
Holo/Or Ltd.
Infrared Pyrometer
The ISR 6-TI Advanced pyrometer by LumaSense Technologies Inc. combines pyrometry with IR imaging technology to produce relative thermal images in manufacturing metals, glass and other heat-dependent...
LumaSense Technologies, Inc.
IR Spectrometer
The SeaWave IR spectrometer by Radiantis offers resolution of 3 nm, and low optical loss across a near-infrared spectral detection range of 900 to 1700 nm. The device provides a highly...
Compact LED Array
The Luxeon CoB 1202s from Philips Lumileds is a compact LED array that produces center-beam candle power. An expansion of the company’s existing Luxeon chip-on-board series, the 1202s...
Philips Lumileds Lighting Co.
Multispectral Imaging System
L-3 Sonoma EO Inc.’s new Sonoma 2511X multispectral imaging system offers enhanced geolocation capabilities and six simultaneous video bands. It combines multispectral imaging...
L-3 Sonoma EO Inc.
Optical Chopper
With a chopping frequency phase-locked to its own internal frequency synthesizer, the Model 3502 optical chopper from New Focus can chop from 4 HZ to 10.65 kHz. The chopper features outputs...
New Focus
Monochromatic Light Units
A new range of monochromatic light units from Knight Optical uses low-pressure sodium light sources to ensure a long operating life. The monochromatic light units are available in standard,...
Knight Optical (UK) Ltd.
Explosion-Proof LED
The EPL-HB-150LED-RT-480V explosion-proof LED from Larson Electronics operates on 347/480 V AC and provides 12,500 lumens of high-quality light while drawing 150 W. It features a copper-free...
Larson Electronics LLC
High-Speed Cameras
With a compact cube design, the Phantom Miro C-Series of high-speed cameras from Vision Research have CMOS sensors capable of capturing images at 2000 fps at full 1280 × 1024 resolution. ...
Vision Research Inc., Phantom Digital High-Speed Cameras
Oval LED
Osram Opto Semiconductors has announced a new LED with oval light-radiating characteristics. The surface-mountable Displix Oval is intended for large-screen video walls, gas station price...
OSRAM Opto Semiconductors, Inc.
Thermal Analyzer
Offering a measurement rate of 12,000 LEDs per hour, the In-Line Compact Thermal Analyzer from the Industrial Technology Research Institute reduces LED thermal testing time by more than 90 percent. ...
Industrial Technology Research Institute
Silicon Reconfigurable Image Sensor
Forza Silicon has announced its silicon reconfigurable image sensor, with multiple programmable functions in a single chip. The compact device merges an imaging array with a customizable...
Forza Silicon Corp.
Automation Light Grids
The new MLG-2 automation light grid by Sick Inc. is able to detect and measure transparent, small and fast-moving objects. It features beam spacing of 5 mm, and allows measurement, location...
SICK, Inc.
Smartphone Image Sensors
Intended for integration in smartphones, new image sensors from OmniVision Technologies Inc. offer resolutions of more than 20 MP. The sensors leverage the company’s new stacked die...
Omnivision Technologies, Inc.
Diode Laser Modules
New fiber-coupled diode laser modules from SvetWheel offer higher power for 1450 nm output in a compact package. The modules feature >10 W (MU10-1470-02) high brightness 105/125 µm...
SvetWheel LLC
CMOS Sensors
Designed for industrial and other imaging applications, two new CMOS sensors from ON Semiconductor offer CCD-like optical performance. The 2.3-megapixel Python 2000 and the 5.3-megapixel...
ON Semiconductor
CMOS Cameras
Available with a CMOS sensor and Camera Link interface, the Beat camera series from Basler offers high speed with more than 60 fps and high throughput. The series features both a monochrome...
Basler AG
Pulsed-Laser Diode
OSI Laser Diode Inc.’s new CVLL 350-CL90 is a pulsed-laser diode with an integrated microlens that delivers a far-field beam pattern. Its divergence is equivalent in both the perpendicular and...
OSI Laser Diode Inc.
Spectroscopy Software
Symbion Systems has announced Symbion QT 2.5, the first chemometrics software to provide parametric data cleaning. The software is a solution for laboratory and chemical process analysis,...
Symbion Systems Inc.
Pulse Selector
The Pulse Selector IOM by Jenoptik provides automatic operating point adjustment, ensuring accurate pulse control. It offers reduced laser pulse-repetition rates in oscillator-amplifier systems, as...
JENOPTIK Optical Systems GmbH
Gas Laser Firmware
Gas Select 5.0, new firmware for Alicat Scientific mass flow meters and controllers, allows precise control of virtually any type of laser gas.  The firmware features a library of 130...
Alicat Scientific
Fiber Light Source
The FiberLight compact light source by Heraeus Noblelight is designed for the UV and visible spectral ranges. It features broad spectrum output with a single detector, and consists of a...
Heraeus Noblelight GmbH
UV Transilluminator
Suited for working with small gels and samples, the new Slimline Series UV transilluminator from Spectronics Corp. is designed to minimize UV exposure for lab technicians. A UV filter glass...
Spectronics Corp.
Dual-Wavelength Laser
A new laser from Coherent Inc. allows simultaneous, multiwavelength excitation of multiple probes and photoactivation for nonlinear microscopy. The Chameleon Discovery is continuously...
Coherent Inc.

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