Photonics Spectra This is the syndication feed for Photonics Spectra. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 08:59:27 GMT Mon, 06 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT 1800 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... 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... 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... 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... 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,... 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... 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... 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... A56736 Fri, 03 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT Applications Expand for Photon Counting The prospects of photon-counting imaging are as diverse as they are promising. From space-debris monitoring, to telecommunication satellites and shuttle missions, to the advent of powerful surgical... A56742 Fri, 03 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT Keeping Optical Tables Steady Experimental results from a scanning laser Doppler vibrometer elucidate the effects of active vibration damping. Vibration presents a major challenge for precision experiments and... A56743 Fri, 03 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT To a Great Future There’s a Great Future in Photonics. Let’s do something about it. Of course, it was plastics that had a great future and gave us such a memorable line from the 1967 film “The... A56733 Fri, 03 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT 3 Questions Interview The General Conference on Weights and Measures adopted the value of 299,792.458 km/s for the speed of light on Oct. 21, 1983. In honor of that event, the first international Day of Photonics will... A56735 Fri, 03 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT 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