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!
The effect discovered by Faraday in 1845 whereby nonoptically active materials or substances become capable of rotating the polarization plane of polarized radiation (light) passed through them when placed into a strong magnetic field with a component in the direction of rotation. One of the most familiar optical instruments utilizing this effect is the Faraday rotator; one well-known present-day application is in the protective devices used to prevent the destruction of high-power...
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.
Turning Digital Data into Useful Information
Digital imaging provides the means to enhance features of interest while attenuating details that are irrelevant to a given application, and then extracts useful information about the scene from the enhanced image. Images are produced by many means: cameras, x-ray machines, electron microscopes, radar and ultrasound. They are used in the entertainment, medical, scientific and business industries; for security purposes; and by the military and government. The goal in each case is for a human...
Listings of societies, associations, universities and research centers worldwide involved in fostering the education and growth of the photonics industry.
Academy of Laser Dentistry
An international nonprofit membership organization dedicated to promoting the health and well-being of patients through the proper use of laser technology. Has quarterly publications, an annual conference and exhibition as well as a laser certification program.