Photonics.com: Photonics Spectra This is the syndication feed for photonics.com: Photonics Spectra. http://www.photonics.com/Splash.aspx?PID=5 Sat, 26 Jul 2014 15:14:35 GMT Tue, 01 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT 1800 Light Refreshments Will Be Served In less than six months, people everywhere will anxiously await the ball drop or other symbolic event signaling the start of 2015. It seems fitting that the International Year of Light will be... http://www.photonics.com/Article.aspx?AID=56396 A56396 Tue, 01 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT 3 Questions Interview Optics education advocate Judy Donnelly might have retired recently, but she won’t let that slow down her efforts to advance science and learning. Donnelly won the 2012 Esther Hoffman... http://www.photonics.com/Article.aspx?AID=56386 A56386 Tue, 01 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT Positioning Systems Advances Could Herald Smart-Factory Era Optical positioning systems could be at the forefront of carrying factories into the fourth industrial revolution. Positioning systems are essential to ensure precision engineering in a number... http://www.photonics.com/Article.aspx?AID=56387 A56387 Tue, 01 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT Slow Light: Moving Out of the Lab When put into practical use, slow-light-enhanced technologies will improve the performance of photonic networks and optical sensors. Photonic crystals will play a key role in the transition, as they... http://www.photonics.com/Article.aspx?AID=56388 A56388 Tue, 01 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT A Better Small View Can Yield a Big Impact Microscopy is a key tool in materials science, especially in the development of new and better materials, and microscopy methods keep advancing. As things get smaller, faster and cheaper, the... http://www.photonics.com/Article.aspx?AID=56389 A56389 Tue, 01 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT Novel Laser-Power Sensor Improves Process Control A new type of laser-power detector delivers fast speed and high laser-damage resistance, enabling real-time process control in embedded systems. Lasers process a wide range of materials in an... http://www.photonics.com/Article.aspx?AID=56390 A56390 Tue, 01 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT Optical Filters Open Up New Uses for MWIR, LWIR Systems The future for photonics imaging is bright in a previously dark wavelength regime: The ability to image ‘invisible’ features such as thermal profiles, gases and other environmental... http://www.photonics.com/Article.aspx?AID=56392 A56392 Tue, 01 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT Hands-on program ‘makes waves’ with kids There’s no need to make science exciting for kids – it’s already exciting. Educators just need to show them. That was the goal of the yearlong Making Waves: Optics and... http://www.photonics.com/Article.aspx?AID=56393 A56393 Tue, 01 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT Moving Mother Nature Indoors Artificial light is not pretty. Spending time under the harsh fluorescence of office, hospital or store lighting can be straining on the eyes and draining on morale. Leaning back in your office chair... http://www.photonics.com/Article.aspx?AID=56395 A56395 Tue, 01 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT Transparent Ceramics Enable Large, Durable, Multifunctional Optics Aluminum oxynitride and magnesium aluminate spinel are mechanically strong, hard and scratch resistant; they are also chemically durable. Both exhibit broadband transmittance from near-UV to mid-IR.... http://www.photonics.com/Article.aspx?AID=56292 A56292 Thu, 05 Jun 2014 00:00:00 GMT Semitransparent PV cells go designer Solar panels are hard to miss. Whether you see a dozen perched on the roof of a house or a few thousand laid down in rows on a solar farm, their dark metallic hues and large presence are... http://www.photonics.com/Article.aspx?AID=56282 A56282 Thu, 05 Jun 2014 00:00:00 GMT 3-D Printing Readies for Takeoff Advances in laser sintering 3-D printing speed up production of parts with complex geometries, all while cutting costs. If it can overcome challenges including a lack of standards, training and... http://www.photonics.com/Article.aspx?AID=56290 A56290 Thu, 05 Jun 2014 00:00:00 GMT Mid-IR Semiconductor Lasers Enable Sensors for Trace-Gas-Sensing Applications Commercial and research QCL sources can target strong fundamental rotational-vibrational gas absorption lines in the mid-IR spectral range and pure rotational lines in the terahertz range that are... http://www.photonics.com/Article.aspx?AID=56289 A56289 Thu, 05 Jun 2014 00:00:00 GMT Scanning Vision Continues to Improve Manufacturing Standards The future of scanning vision systems is to make the underlying technology more accessible, robust and foolproof. From semiconductor manufacturing to the display industry, scanning vision... http://www.photonics.com/Article.aspx?AID=56287 A56287 Thu, 05 Jun 2014 00:00:00 GMT The Incremental Quest for Quantum Computing Researchers are on the threshold of building feasible quantum computers, with a few architectures inching ahead. Will we soon see a quantum leap in their progress? For more than two decades,... http://www.photonics.com/Article.aspx?AID=56284 A56284 Thu, 05 Jun 2014 00:00:00 GMT Thermal Imaging for Consumers and More SPIE held its annual Defense, Security and Sensing (DSS) event May 5-9 in Baltimore, with a new emphasis on sensing that the organization said was well received. Highlights of the 2180 technical... http://www.photonics.com/Article.aspx?AID=56281 A56281 Thu, 05 Jun 2014 00:00:00 GMT Microspectrometer Earns Plaudits at Beijing Trade Show Horiba Scientific’s MicOS Microscope Optical Spectrometer was named “One of the Best New Instruments of the Year 2013” at the Annual Conference of China Scientific Instruments in... http://www.photonics.com/Article.aspx?AID=56185 A56185 Wed, 14 May 2014 00:00:00 GMT NIST Awards Advanced Manufacturing Grants Two projects aimed at advancing photonics manufacturing have been awarded grants from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) through its Advanced Manufacturing Technology Consortia... http://www.photonics.com/Article.aspx?AID=56173 A56173 Mon, 12 May 2014 00:00:00 GMT Test Environment Planned for Next-Generation Devices A new test environment is being planned to facilitate the creation of next-generation photonic and electronic devices. A team of researchers from throughout Europe is working to develop the... http://www.photonics.com/Article.aspx?AID=56177 A56177 Mon, 12 May 2014 00:00:00 GMT Forecast Sees 45% Growth in Fiber Lens Market The global market for fiber optic collimating lens assemblies is projected to grow at 45 percent per year through 2018, according to a study by ElectroniCast Consultants. The global... http://www.photonics.com/Article.aspx?AID=56167 A56167 Fri, 09 May 2014 00:00:00 GMT