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Photonics Spectra: October 2015

Modified SIM Makes Movies of Cell Processes
Variations on structured illumination microscopy (SIM) provide a way to watch dynamic biological processes inside living cells with unprecedented clarity. "These methods set a new standard for how far you can push the speed and noninvasiveness of superresolution imaging," said Nobel laureate Dr. Eric Betzig. "This will bring superresolution to live-cell imaging for real." A group...
Stem Cell Differentiation Triggered with Light
Blue light can trigger the transformation of embryonic stem cells into neurons. Based on optogenetics techniques, the discovery could be a first step toward complex tissue engineering using...
Ultrafast Fiber Laser Boasts Simple Design
Heat and vibration are no problem for an ultrafast laser with a cavity made entirely of polarization-maintaining optical fiber.  The design emits 220-fs pulses with energies up to 3.5 nJ....
Common Materials Could Simplify White LED Manufacturing
Computational models are being used to identify combinations of materials that could help reduce the costs of manufacturing white LEDs. Experiments by Rutgers University researchers suggest...
Laser Technique Cools Broader Range of Elements
A versatile laser cooling technique proposed 15 years ago now has partial experimental verification. In principle the technique could be used to cool a broader range of elements than is...
Implantable Optogenetics Device Powered Wirelessly
Combining optogenetics and wireless energy transfer technology, a new device is said to be the first fully implantable platform for optical neural stimulation. The device dramatically expands...
Method Lends 'True Color' to Superresolution Microscopy
Building on earlier superresolution methods, a new microscopy technique provides nanoscale spatial information on individual molecules while also revealing their spectra. SR-STORM, or...
Solid Tunable Lens Aims for Gentler Colonoscopies
An endoscopic probe with adjustable-focus capabilities in a slim package could facilitate more effective and less painful colonoscopies. Researchers at the National University of Singapore...
Chip Simplifies Quantum Optics Experiments
A silicon chip that can process photons in an infinite number of ways could speed up development of quantum computing. Researchers say the lab-on-chip device is a step toward creating quantum...
Gas-Sensing MEMS Interferometer Connects to Smartphones
Air and sleep quality can be gauged by an optical gas sensor that attaches to smartphones. The VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland developed the device, which is based on Fabry-Perot...
Microresonators Generate Combs for Communications, Spectroscopy
Single microresonators able to generate light pulses at several discrete frequencies could eliminate the need to integrate multiple lasers into communications and spectroscopy equipment. ...
Theoretical Materials 'Invisible' to Light Waves
Materials that allow light to pass through without distortion are possible, according to a new set of calculations by an international team of researchers. When a light wave travels through...
Photonic Crystal Boosts QD Light Output
Combining quantum dot (QD) and photonic crystal technology could lead to brighter and more efficient displays and lighting. Researchers from the University of Illinois have developed a new...
LED-Based Method Leads to Faster DNA Diagnostics
An advanced thermal cycling system developed at the University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley), is expected to expand clinical and research applications associated polymerase chain...
Chip-Scale Laser Produces White Light
Able to produce white light, a chip-scale semiconductor laser brings the technology one step closer to becoming a mainstream light source and potential alternative to LEDs. Brighter and more...

SPIE Photonics West Drives Global Health Advancements, Next-Generation Photonics
New technologies enabling advancements in global health care, manufacturing, communication, energy efficiency and consumer electronics are at the core of SPIE Photonics West, Feb. 13-18, 2016. On...
Pemamek System to Be Used in Laser-Arc Welding Study
Savonia University of Applied Sciences will use a hybrid welding station from Pemamek Oy Ltd. to study how laser, arc and hybrid welding methods affect seams in cold-temperature machinery.  ...
Hybrid Planetarium Opens in India with Zeiss Technology
The Priyadarsini Planetarium, India’s first hybrid planetarium with a tilted dome, has reopened its doors and includes technology from Carl Zeiss AG. Priyadarsini Planetarium. Courtesy...
Heidelberg Licenses Mass General's OCT Ophthalmology Technology
Heidelberg Engineering Inc. plans to develop new ophthalmology products based on optical coherence tomography (OCT) under a licensing agreement with Massachusetts General Hospital. The...
Avegant Secures $24M for Wearable Display Development
Avegant, a manufacturer of near-eye displays, said it has received $24 million in venture capital funding to develop next-generation wearable displays. Provided by Hangzhou Liaison Interactive...
Montana Invests in Optics for Agriculture
More than $2.8 million in state funding aims to kick hyperspectral imaging and other optical technologies into hyperdrive. Two sets of grants will aid commercialization of technologies...
By James F. Lowe,
Eulitha to Provide Photolithography System for Chinese Institute
Lithography equipment developer Eulitha AG has received an order for its PhableR 100 photolithography tool from the Changchun Institute of Optics, Fine Mechanics and Physics in China. Terms of the...
ECM, Novilab to Commercialize Zecotek 3D Display in Russian Region
Zecotek Display Systems Pte. Ltd. has licensed its 3D autostereoscopic display technology for manufacturing in Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States. The Engineering Centre of the...
Lumentum, Viavi Part Ways after JDSU Breakup
The two halves of the former JDS Uniphase Corp. (JDSU) are now charting separate courses. The company's communications and commercial optics products division split off Aug. 1 and became known...
OSA, Thorlabs Partner on Industry Fellowship
The OSA Foundation has launched a fellowship program, a competitive optics research and development placement for postdoctoral professionals. The fellowship will pair a qualified early career...

Laser-Enhanced CMMs
Perceptron Inc. offers remanufactured coordinate measuring machines (CMMs) that feature the company's ScanR laser scanners, offering both optical and tactile probing. The company's Repurposed...
Perceptron, Inc.
UV Photodiode
The UVG12 photodiode from Opto Diode Corp. operates at 100 percent internal quantum efficiency in the UV and visible regions. The 13-mm2 device was designed for detection between 193 and 400 nm...
Opto Diode Corporation
Laser Scaler
The SB10 Sea Beam laser scaler from Laser Tools Co. Inc. is a waterproof device that can measure size from a distance of 600 ft. The SB10 directs two laser beams 75 mm apart, allowing...
Laser Tools Co., Inc.
Laser Power Detectors
Laser powers down to 100 μW can be measured by compact and robust bare die detectors in the gRAY series from GreenTeg AG. The B01-SMC and the B05-SMC detector models contain sensors for...
greenTEG AG
Frame Grabbers
VRmagic GmbH has announced the AVC-2 series of frame grabbers for machine vision applications. Converted digital signals are transmitted in real time via composite or super-video in monochrome...
VRmagic GmbH, Imaging
Laser Barriers
Collapsible laser safety barriers from Kentek Corp. of Pittsfield, N.H., are cleanroom friendly and available for use with both high- and low-power lasers. The 5M Flex-Guard includes...
Laser Physics UK Ltd.
Fixed-Focal-Length Lenses
Suitable for inspection, sorting and quality control applications, TECHSPEC fixed-focal-length lenses from Edmund Optics Inc. facilitate imaging in the shortwave-infrared range from 0.9 to 1.7 μm....
Edmund Optics, Inc.
High-Speed Cameras
Vision Research Inc. has announced the Miro LAB-Series of digital high-speed cameras for laboratory and office applications. Part of the Phantom Miro line, models in the series range from 1 to...
Vision Research Inc., Phantom Digital High-Speed Cameras
Germanium Immersion Grating
Canon U.S.A. Inc. has developed a practical germanium immersion grating, which it said can be used to significantly reduce the size of IR spectrometers for astronomy and other applications. The...
Canon U.S.A., Inc., Industrial Products Div.
Integrating Spheres
Gooch & Housego (Orlando) has announced motorized large integrating spheres. The spheres are coupled to the high-performance OL 770 multichannel spectroradiometer and are ideal for IES...
Gooch & Housego (Orlando)

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