Photonics.com: Photonics Spectra This is the syndication feed for photonics.com: Photonics Spectra. http://www.photonics.com/Splash.aspx?PID=5 Tue, 30 Aug 2016 05:04:09 GMT Tue, 23 Aug 2016 08:22:05 GMT 1800 Measuring Up: From Aspheres to Education The first lenses shown to have aspheric surfaces were discovered in several Viking graves on the island of Gotland in Sweden. Known as the Visby lenses, the rock crystal lenses date to the 11th or... http://www.photonics.com/Article.aspx?AID=61025 A61025 Tue, 23 Aug 2016 08:22:05 GMT The Long and the Short of It: Techniques for Measuring Aspheres The benefits of aspheric lenses are numerous: They allow for a reduction in spherical aberrations and are ideal for focusing or collimating light, as they can achieve a low ƒ-number. Aspheres... http://www.photonics.com/Article.aspx?AID=60947 A60947 Mon, 01 Aug 2016 16:37:54 GMT Integrated photonics, infinite possibilities Disruptive technologies such as self-driving cars, optical computers and ultrafast telecommunication networks all require one thing to come to fruition: more complex integrated photonic circuits. For... http://www.photonics.com/Article.aspx?AID=60940 A60940 Fri, 29 Jul 2016 13:03:09 GMT Terahertz QCL Demonstrates Record Power in CW Mode The output power of a terahertz quantum cascade laser (QCL) has been effectively doubled, producing record output power of up to 230 mW in CW mode, compared to the previous record of 138 mW. A... http://www.photonics.com/Article.aspx?AID=60936 A60936 Thu, 28 Jul 2016 14:19:05 GMT For MEMS Displays, Projections of Success When it comes to microelectromechanical systems (MEMS)-based displays, what’s old is new — and now the only game in town. The old, and now only, technology involves projectors, which... http://www.photonics.com/Article.aspx?AID=60933 A60933 Wed, 27 Jul 2016 17:18:48 GMT Spectroscopic 3D Survey Maps 1.2M Galaxies The largest-ever 3D map of distant galaxies has been constructed with measurements made by the Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey (BOSS) program of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey-III,... http://www.photonics.com/Article.aspx?AID=60932 A60932 Wed, 27 Jul 2016 15:01:02 GMT Carbon-Nanotube Optics Designed for Space Telescopes A lightweight telescope that uses a carbon-nanotube mirror is being designed to fit easily inside a CubeSat, a NASA nanosatellite measuring four inches on one side. The telescope, which may be the... http://www.photonics.com/Article.aspx?AID=60927 A60927 Tue, 26 Jul 2016 08:35:21 GMT Facebook Develops Photodetector Tech for Communications Novel photodetectors may enable more efficient deployment of free-space optical communication, increasing its scope of use and making light-based wireless communication a practical choice for... http://www.photonics.com/Article.aspx?AID=60921 A60921 Fri, 22 Jul 2016 10:14:37 GMT Rofin Boosts Fiber Laser Production at Hamburg Factory Laser developer Rofin-Sinar Laser GmbH has expanded fiber laser production capabilities at its Hamburg factory. By adding an additional assembly line to its facility, Rofin says it’s... http://www.photonics.com/Article.aspx?AID=60920 A60920 Fri, 22 Jul 2016 10:12:08 GMT Field Study Compares Portable Microscopes for Parasite Diagnosis Handheld, mobile phone-based microscopes could be used in developing countries after minimal training of community laboratory technicians to diagnose intestinal parasites quickly and accurately. ... http://www.photonics.com/Article.aspx?AID=60913 A60913 Thu, 21 Jul 2016 12:45:53 GMT Very Large Telescope Reveals Low-Mass Bodies in Orion Nebula The HAWK-I IR instrument on the European Southern Observatory’s (ESO) Very Large Telescope (VLT) has been used to produce the deepest and most comprehensive view of the Orion Nebula to date.... http://www.photonics.com/Article.aspx?AID=60909 A60909 Wed, 20 Jul 2016 09:46:37 GMT Smart LEDs Deliver Communication and Illumination Consumer-grade LED light bulbs can be enhanced with basic light-receiving electronics to enable the sensing of incoming signals from other light-emitting devices. The enhanced light bulbs are... http://www.photonics.com/Article.aspx?AID=60893 A60893 Fri, 15 Jul 2016 10:47:15 GMT L-3 to Deliver EO/IR Systems to Military Customer L-3 Communications said its Wescam division has received multiple orders from General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. (GA-ASI) for its MXTM-15D electro-optical and infrared (EO/IR) designator... http://www.photonics.com/Article.aspx?AID=60891 A60891 Fri, 15 Jul 2016 08:28:30 GMT Innovation in Surface Tracking Opens Doors to Raman Imaging Applications Scientists dream of being able to probe variations in the chemical composition and structure of materials without any form of sample preparation. Raman spectroscopy, a noncontact, nondestructive... http://www.photonics.com/Article.aspx?AID=60888 A60888 Thu, 14 Jul 2016 09:24:27 GMT DNA Origami Enables Glowing Photonic Crystal Cavities A microscopic, glowing image of Vincent van Gogh’s “The Starry Night” has been fabricated in a demonstration of directed self-assembly of DNA origami onto lithographically patterned... http://www.photonics.com/Article.aspx?AID=60887 A60887 Thu, 14 Jul 2016 08:22:40 GMT Block MEMS Receives $9.8M Government Contract IR detection systems developer Block MEMS LLC said it has been awarded a $9.8 million contract from the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) within the Office of the Director of... http://www.photonics.com/Article.aspx?AID=60879 A60879 Wed, 13 Jul 2016 08:33:40 GMT Beacons of the Photonics Industry As part of the annual Reader issue, Photonics Spectra is unveiling a new recognition program called The Beacons. Selected from nominations put forth by you, our readers, the distinction is reserved... http://www.photonics.com/Article.aspx?AID=60873 A60873 Mon, 11 Jul 2016 15:13:13 GMT 3D Printing Focus of Nanoscribe US User Meeting Nanoscribe GmbH, a 3D printer manufacturer, held its first U.S. user meeting — a two-day seminar — at Harvard University. California Institute of Technology researcher Lucas Meza... http://www.photonics.com/Article.aspx?AID=60872 A60872 Mon, 11 Jul 2016 09:05:32 GMT Satellite Mission Tests Quantum Light Source A technology that carries a quantum light source into space may be able to preserve the quantum properties of light as it travels through an optical link from space to Earth. It could provide the... http://www.photonics.com/Article.aspx?AID=60871 A60871 Mon, 11 Jul 2016 08:59:21 GMT LightPath Wins $200K SBIR Award for Graphene Coating Optics technology provider LightPath Technologies Inc. has won a $200,000 subaward from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for its Small Business Innovation Research project, “Carbide bonded... http://www.photonics.com/Article.aspx?AID=60864 A60864 Fri, 08 Jul 2016 08:00:00 GMT