Photonics.com: Photonics Spectra This is the syndication feed for photonics.com: Photonics Spectra. http://www.photonics.com/Splash.aspx?PID=5 Mon, 06 Jul 2015 18:17:54 GMT Fri, 26 Jun 2015 14:47:35 GMT 1800 Cat Naps For All! More than 80 million cats currently reside in U.S. homes, with an estimated three cats for every dog on the planet. That’s a lot of fur. But more to the point, it’s also a lot of play... http://www.photonics.com/Article.aspx?AID=57542 A57542 Fri, 26 Jun 2015 14:47:35 GMT Century-Old Landmark Gets an Energy Boost It has been more than 125 years since the grander-than-life Eiffel Tower was first designed and constructed in Paris. It officially entered the 21st century in recent months, thanks to a project... http://www.photonics.com/Article.aspx?AID=57541 A57541 Fri, 26 Jun 2015 14:43:53 GMT Grab Your Shades — The Laser Market Has a Bright Future Growing demand for advanced technology in the defense and security, industrial, and medical markets is driving laser industry evolution. Encouraged by technological advancements, new and... http://www.photonics.com/Article.aspx?AID=57540 A57540 Fri, 26 Jun 2015 13:57:24 GMT Lasers for Lithography The interaction between light source and process places demands on laser performance and parameters in applications such as semiconductor photolithography, maskless lithography and 3-D printing. ... http://www.photonics.com/Article.aspx?AID=57539 A57539 Fri, 26 Jun 2015 13:26:34 GMT Simulation Software for Camera Selection It can be difficult to determine the best imaging system to meet various needs, as laboratory conditions and suitable image quality requirements are among numerous factors to consider. Simulation... http://www.photonics.com/Article.aspx?AID=57538 A57538 Fri, 26 Jun 2015 11:42:44 GMT Space-Based Optics Are Taking Off Exciting times are on the horizon for space optics as the market evolves, customer needs change and the demand for products intensifies. A mixture of advancements in optical technology, more... http://www.photonics.com/Article.aspx?AID=57537 A57537 Fri, 26 Jun 2015 11:27:10 GMT CCD Sensors Remain Competitive with Broadening Appeal CCDs continue to be the sensor of choice for applications such as astronomy and spectroscopy. With future investment, we can expect improvements in sensor architecture, resolution, pixel size and... http://www.photonics.com/Article.aspx?AID=57535 A57535 Fri, 26 Jun 2015 11:17:27 GMT The Future Has Never Looked So Bright “Star Wars” stormtroopers and spacecraft employed superior laser weaponry, offering a glimpse at a projected technological future. Theoretical situations are becoming reality now, as new... http://www.photonics.com/Article.aspx?AID=57533 A57533 Fri, 26 Jun 2015 10:34:57 GMT Combating Darkness with Light It is no secret that light can be one of the most powerful tools in our arsenal. So when an application comes along and gives that energy a specific purpose against the backdrop of our past and... http://www.photonics.com/Article.aspx?AID=57454 A57454 Thu, 28 May 2015 13:28:28 GMT ALOP: Bringing Optics and Photonics to the Developing World Teaching introductory O&P courses is very challenging. Teachers must understand math and physics well enough to provide students the requisite understanding of both. They also have to choose the... http://www.photonics.com/Article.aspx?AID=57453 A57453 Thu, 28 May 2015 13:10:24 GMT Solar Array Turns CO2 into Useful Chemicals Efforts abound in the interest of shrinking our carbon footprint and making Earth a healthier place. Recycling paper, plastic and other materials helps, but what if we could take it a step farther... http://www.photonics.com/Article.aspx?AID=57452 A57452 Thu, 28 May 2015 13:06:59 GMT Considerations When Buying Flat Optics To simplify the process when purchasing flat optics, we will discuss the top six factors from a manufacturer’s perspective, all of which affect the three major areas of the purchasing decision:... http://www.photonics.com/Article.aspx?AID=57450 A57450 Thu, 28 May 2015 11:57:39 GMT Quantum Cascade Lasers: Where They Are and Where They're Going QCLs are carving a clearer niche in photonics applications, namely in defense and security, medical diagnostics, atmospheric gas sensing and mid-IR imaging. Since its first demonstration more... http://www.photonics.com/Article.aspx?AID=57449 A57449 Thu, 28 May 2015 11:46:24 GMT Applied Robotics: How Robots Are Changing Our World Photonics and artificial intelligence are enabling the creation of robots with new ways of interacting in business, medicine, imaging and many other applications. The robot age is upon us. The... http://www.photonics.com/Article.aspx?AID=57448 A57448 Thu, 28 May 2015 11:28:28 GMT Layer Structure Enhances Light Absorption A double absorbing layer based on amorphous silicon thin film is promising for solar cells because it considerably enhances the utilization of sunlight. Other potential applications can be found in... http://www.photonics.com/Article.aspx?AID=57445 A57445 Thu, 28 May 2015 11:07:43 GMT Materials Innovations Help LEDs Turn On For LEDs, changes in materials are cutting costs and boosting performance. That’s vital as light-emitting diodes move into new applications and general illumination, where cost is king. ... http://www.photonics.com/Article.aspx?AID=57443 A57443 Thu, 28 May 2015 10:47:58 GMT A Solar-Powered Future Solar panels and other solar-powered devices are fueling the future, with new applications being developed all the time. Those finding solar power success include cameras, lights, sensors and even... http://www.photonics.com/Article.aspx?AID=57442 A57442 Thu, 28 May 2015 10:44:55 GMT ODT Enhances Optical Tweezer Capabilities, Holographic Bioimaging A new optical diffraction tomography (ODT) technique can measure the positions of optically trapped particles in three dimensions at high speed. The method provides a more streamlined and... http://www.photonics.com/Article.aspx?AID=57394 A57394 Mon, 04 May 2015 10:09:14 GMT Low-Energy Lasers Produce Microplasmas for Spectroscopy Microplasma summoned out of thin air by low-energy laser pulses can be used as a source of broadband terahertz radiation for spectroscopy. Terahertz imaging needs only a narrow range of... http://www.photonics.com/Article.aspx?AID=57391 A57391 Tue, 28 Apr 2015 16:51:10 GMT Sharper 3-D Laser Scanner Impervious to Ambient Light Refining principles of 3-D sensing for video games, researchers at Northwestern University have developed a 3-D laser scanner that produces detailed moving images even in the presence of bright... http://www.photonics.com/Article.aspx?AID=57390 A57390 Tue, 28 Apr 2015 15:53:37 GMT