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Optoelectronic components and subassemblies supplier Vixar Inc. of Plymouth, Minn., will demonstrate the feasibility of a wavelength-tunable vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser with a tuning range of 35 nm under a contract from the National Institutes of Health. Vixar is collaborating with Beckman Laser Institute at the University of California, Irvine, under a Small Business Innovation Research contract to develop a swept near-infrared light source that enables a portable hyperspectral tomographic functional optical imager. The initial prototype device will be inserted into a handheld diffuse optical spectroscopic imaging system to monitor and predict chemotherapy response in the treatment of breast cancer.

Nov 2012
A sub-field of photonics that pertains to an electronic device that responds to optical power, emits or modifies optical radiation, or utilizes optical radiation for its internal operation. Any device that functions as an electrical-to-optical or optical-to-electrical transducer. Electro-optic often is used erroneously as a synonym.
The technology of generating and harnessing light and other forms of radiant energy whose quantum unit is the photon. The science includes light emission, transmission, deflection, amplification and detection by optical components and instruments, lasers and other light sources, fiber optics, electro-optical instrumentation, related hardware and electronics, and sophisticated systems. The range of applications of photonics extends from energy generation to detection to communications and...
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