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DICTIONARY+ > Photonics Dictionary® Plus Definitions of photonics technology terms, abbreviations and acronyms. It is in the form of a wiki, so the content can be edited and expanded by members of the photonics community – including you!
Contains videoconverging lens
Also known as convergent lens or convex lens. A lens that converges an incident bundle of rays to a focus.

HANDBOOK > Photonics Handbook® A unique collection of technical design and applications articles, as well as articles presenting the basics of photonics technology. Topics range from detectors, cameras and imaging to optical components and positioning equipment and much more.
SWIR Imaging
An Industrial Processing Tool
Short-wave infrared (SWIR) imaging with InGaAs-based cameras is well suited to nondestructive identification of materials, their composition, coatings and other characteristics. Imaging has long been used in industrial processes to measure, monitor, control or otherwise manage the production of goods. The challenge to the process designer is to develop a tool that captures vivid and measurable contrast of the monitored objects’ characteristics. The short-wave infrared band provides that...

INSTITUTIONS > Educational Institutions Listings of societies, associations, universities and research centers worldwide involved in fostering the education and growth of the photonics industry.
University of Michigan

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