Photonics.com: Photonics Spectra This is the syndication feed for photonics.com: Photonics Spectra. http://www.photonics.com/Splash.aspx?PID=5 Tue, 25 Nov 2014 19:18:46 GMT Thu, 06 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT 1800 Amazing Space October skies were rich with astronomical events – we saw a harvest moon, a partial solar eclipse and the Orionid meteor shower, to name a few – and jaw-dropping images were captured by... http://www.photonics.com/Article.aspx?AID=56867 A56867 Thu, 06 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT MWIR for Remote Sniffing and Locating of Gases A mid-wave infrared camera visualizes methane gas leaking from a drilling platform. Methane is a greenhouse gas that is significantly more damaging than carbon dioxide. When it leaks... http://www.photonics.com/Article.aspx?AID=56861 A56861 Wed, 05 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT Understanding Passively Q-Switched Solid-State Lasers The operation of Q-switched lasers can be quantitatively understood – with huge benefits for laser design. In the September issue, we covered the operation and design of actively Q-switched... http://www.photonics.com/Article.aspx?AID=56862 A56862 Wed, 05 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT Breaking Ground Now: Next-Gen Giant Telescopes A new generation of larger, faster and more far-reaching telescopes is poised to revolutionize our understanding of the universe. The largest telescope on Earth is currently the Gran... http://www.photonics.com/Article.aspx?AID=56858 A56858 Wed, 05 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT PMD Camera Enhances 3-D Imaging A CMOS-architecture imaging array where each pixel is a photonic mixer device overcomes challenges in 3-D image capture. Gauging the distance, size and shape of an object is of paramount and... http://www.photonics.com/Article.aspx?AID=56859 A56859 Wed, 05 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT LED, Microscopy Pioneers Earn Nobels In Physics, Chemistry Photonics enjoyed a brighter global spotlight than usual last month, as both the physics and chemistry Nobel prizes were awarded to recognize significant advances in light-based technologies: blue... http://www.photonics.com/Article.aspx?AID=56855 A56855 Wed, 05 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT 3 Questions Interview JDSU of Milpitas, Calif., recently won The Optical Society’s second annual Enabled by Optics competition for the company’s laser light source for 3-D sensing technologies. For... http://www.photonics.com/Article.aspx?AID=56854 A56854 Wed, 05 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT 'Internet of Lights' Meets Industrial Internet of Things A network of LED lights can be controlled with new levels of ease and precision using commercially available intelligent lighting modules and control networking solutions. The initial promise... http://www.photonics.com/Article.aspx?AID=56860 A56860 Wed, 05 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT Microbolometers Move Thermal Imaging into Next-Gen Commercial Uses Technology advances and improved manufacturing of uncooled thermal detectors are fueling this application expansion. First developed for military applications in the 1950s, thermal imaging... http://www.photonics.com/Article.aspx?AID=56863 A56863 Wed, 05 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT Spectroscopy, Cameras to Help Explore the Red Planet When author H.G. Wells wrote his two-volume The Outline of History in 1920, his eyes turned upward, once again, toward space. “Life,” he wrote, “for ever dying to be born afresh,... http://www.photonics.com/Article.aspx?AID=56865 A56865 Wed, 05 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT Finisar reports revenue growth, predicts slowdown Fiber optics firm Finisar Corp. of Sunnyvale, Calif., reported its eighth consecutive quarter of revenue growth, but said clients’ ordering practices could bring the streak to an end. ... http://www.photonics.com/Article.aspx?AID=56856 A56856 Wed, 05 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT Photronics Earnings Lower in Third Quarter Photomask firm Photronics Inc. of Brookfield, Conn., reported earnings of $4.2 million in the third quarter of its fiscal year, which ended Aug. 3. The result represented a 28 percent... http://www.photonics.com/Article.aspx?AID=56857 A56857 Wed, 05 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT Smile and Say, ‘Drone!’ Any photographer will tell you that if it were possible to grow an extra set of hands, he would. As simultaneous scientists, artists and packhorses, photographers must know their equipment inside and... http://www.photonics.com/Article.aspx?AID=56748 A56748 Mon, 06 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT Gas Purging Keeps UV Systems Healthy Photochemical deposition of organic films is a significant cause of performance loss in ultraviolet systems; when feasible, it can be reduced or eliminated with inert gas purging. Ultraviolet... http://www.photonics.com/Article.aspx?AID=56745 A56745 Mon, 06 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT Micro Thermal Camera Opens Applications to Consumers Personal thermal imaging just got affordable – but the technology can be used in various industries, too. Thermal imaging is hardly new, but most of us don’t carry thermal imagers... http://www.photonics.com/Article.aspx?AID=56746 A56746 Mon, 06 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT SRS Probes Inner Workings of Solar Panels Using femtosecond stimulated Raman spectroscopy (SRS), scientists have now probed the inner workings of plastic solar panels. The findings could further efforts to improve solar panels and... http://www.photonics.com/Article.aspx?AID=56747 A56747 Mon, 06 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT Bandwidth Demands Drive Fiber Optics Advances Data centers and other applications are pushing changes in long-haul and short-haul fibers. Fiber optics connects the world, carrying calls and data. With bandwidth demand growing,... http://www.photonics.com/Article.aspx?AID=56738 A56738 Fri, 03 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT Additive Manufacturing: The Laser Source Is Critical Laser beam power, spot size and focal point must be measured and controlled to produce parts to specification through 3-D printing. Laser-based additive manufacturing (AM) involves the... http://www.photonics.com/Article.aspx?AID=56741 A56741 Fri, 03 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT An Open Letter to the Photonics Industry Join with us in 2015 to raise international awareness of how photonic technologies can solve global challenges. It is a tremendous honor for us that photonics has been recognized by the... http://www.photonics.com/Article.aspx?AID=56739 A56739 Fri, 03 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT Photonics West Grows With 3-D Printing, Brain Research New technologies for global health care, molecular-guided surgery, 3-D printing and additive manufacturing, brain research and cloud technologies are just some of the new topics to be featured at... http://www.photonics.com/Article.aspx?AID=56736 A56736 Fri, 03 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT