Photonics Spectra This is the syndication feed for Photonics Spectra. Sun, 21 Sep 2014 20:11:36 GMT Thu, 04 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT 1800 Bees Are No Bumblers When flowers start to bloom, you know it. The smell of honeysuckle, lilacs or gardenias wafts through the air and into our noses as we walk outside, drive down the road or, with any luck, wake up... A56634 Thu, 04 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT Laser Technology Enhances Experience for Sports Fans, Refs A laser device helps spectators and officials to better visualize important markers, so that people in the stadium have the demarcation information offered to TV viewers at home. Science and... A56631 Thu, 04 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT Understanding Actively Q-Switched Solid-State Lasers With an increased quantitative understanding of the operation of Q-switched lasers come huge benefits for laser design. This first article in a two-part series focuses on actively Q-switched lasers;... A56630 Thu, 04 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT Solar Cell Materials: Finding a Happy Medium Marrying the low cost of thin-film and the efficiency of crystalline silicon helps to improve solar cells. The solar industry is at another inflection point in its development. Costs have... A56629 Thu, 04 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT QDs Generate Light for Next-Generation Displays Large color gamut and better color reproducibility will be highly desired features of displays in the near future. Quantum dots will be the down-conversion technology of choice, allowing LCD makers... A56627 Thu, 04 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT Dual-Band Monitoring Keeps Trains Running in Winter Keeping critical parts of the railroad infrastructure free of snow, sleet, hail and ice – and even detecting unauthorized persons walking the rails – is essential for a safe and... A56626 Thu, 04 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT Vehicle Vision Puts the 'Auto' in 'Automobile' Vision systems are increasingly enabling self-driving cars to automatically park, maintain speed and prevent collisions. Can a world of ubiquitous self-driving cars be far off? Whether... A56625 Thu, 04 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT Lasers Help Carmakers Chase Fuel Efficiency Laser-based technologies and techniques including drilling, welding and measurement allow auto manufacturers to keep pace with the demand for lower emissions. For car manufacturers, the number... A56624 Thu, 04 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT Tofu Chemical Could Prompt New Wave of Solar Cells Solar cells could learn a thing or two from tofu and bath salts. Researchers from the Stephenson Institute for Renewable Energy at the University of Liverpool in England have found that... A56632 Thu, 04 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT And We’ll Have Fun, Fun, Fun ’Til the 409 Drives Itself The distinctive sound of The Beach Boys has been ringing in my ears since a recent concert I attended. Songs about cars and driving have long been among my favorites, probably because I’ve... A56623 Wed, 03 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT UV Laser Radiation: Skin Hazards and Skin Protection Controls The words “laser safety” bring to mind eye protection, but protecting the skin is also important, especially with UV lasers, where moderate-to-long exposures to diffuse reflections must... A56545 Tue, 05 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT A Watch on the Watch Whether we use our fingertips to count the pulses thumping in our wrists after a run, or guess our hydration by the amount of water left in our bottles at the end of the day, we’ve all... A56546 Tue, 05 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT Improving Slurry Recycling Makes Green Process Greener In August 2012, Sydor Optics shared its efforts to recycle and reuse cerium oxide polishing slurry. Two years later, the company has improved the process to save even more cerium oxide – and... A56543 Mon, 04 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT Industry Snapshot SPIE’s annual salary survey offers a broad-ranging look at the current state of the industry. SPIE released the results of its latest annual global optics and photonics salary survey... A56538 Mon, 04 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT Reader Polls READER POLL: Textbooks or experience? Which is the better teacher? Both are great, but I prefer a good textbook to start learning from. You can refer back to it, and there is more time... A56541 Mon, 04 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT List Love: Innovators Emerge, Businesses Merge and More Once again, we present our annual List Issue, for which we and others pulled, polled and probed the vast photonics industry for information on who’s doing and thinking what on a number of... A56533 Mon, 04 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT For Image Processing, More Power and More Challenges Increased resolution, 3-D measurement and ease of use are placing ever-greater demands on vision software. In some ways, the machine vision market is no different than its consumer... A56542 Mon, 04 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT Ones To Watch Every August, we bring you some of the best and brightest early-career researchers and engineers (sometimes in middle school or high school) – and this year is no different. Our editors have... A56539 Mon, 04 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT Mergers, Acquisitions and More June 2013 through May 2014 Just a few short months ago, our January issue included a feature titled “Where the Jobs Are Now” by Howard Rudzinsky, who noted that the U.S. had... A56540 Mon, 04 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT Report: Consumer Goods to Drive IR Imaging Market Sales of thermal imaging components surged in 2013, heralding future growth and a wider customer base for the uncooled IR imaging market, according to research firm Yole Developpement. ... A56453 Fri, 11 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT