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Measuring Up: From Aspheres to Education – Photonics Spectra Monthly (9/14/2016)

Measuring Up: From Aspheres to Education – Photonics Spectra Monthly
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Wednesday, September 14, 2016
 
         
Monthly newsletter from the editors of Photonics Spectra, with features, popular topics, new products, and what's coming in the next issue.

 
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Measuring Up: From Aspheres to Education
MIKE WHEELER, MANAGING EDITOR

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 12th century, according to “The Eye in History” by Frank Joseph Goes. It’s not entirely clear what the origin or purpose of these lenses were. What is clear, a thousand years later, is the special role aspheres play in a growing number of systems.

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The Long and the Short of It: Techniques for Measuring Aspheres
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 also allow the same or better performance using fewer lenses, which often translates to a reduction in both size and weight in a system.
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For MEMS Displays, Projections of Success
For MEMS Displays, Projections of Success
When it comes to MEMS-based displays, what’s old is new — and now the only game in town. The old, and now only, technology involves projectors, which exploit MEMS chips to create images by bouncing light off either an array of tiny mirrors or a single microscopic mirror. Some of these displays are as big as movie screens. Others are small, near-eye displays. Still others are in-between, such as head-up displays in cars.
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In Case You Missed It
 
 
For Integrated Photonics, a Tale of Two Materials
For Integrated Photonics, a Tale of Two Materials
With its suitability for monolithic integration for optics and photonics, silicon has been widely hailed as the material of the future. But graphene — with its capacity for signal emission, transmission and detection — could be the next disruptive technology.
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Metamaterial Switches States in Response to Light
A metamaterial has been designed with a switchable metasurface that allows it to either block or transmit light waves in response to light pulses. Developed by researchers at the University of Southampton, the optically switchable metamaterial uses the phase-change medium germanium antimony telluride to change properties, a capability that may be useful for a range of optical devices.
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Underwater Optical System Images Seafloor at Microscale
An underwater computer with an interface to a microscopic imaging unit is enabling scientists to noninvasively image seafloor environments and organisms in situ at nearly µM resolution. The system, called the Benthic Underwater Microscope, will help scientists better understand the dynamic ecological processes taking place underwater on a microscopic scale.
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Laser Measurement Best Practices: How to Avoid Choosing the Wrong Power/Energy Sensor
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Tue, Sep 27, 2016 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EDT
Sensors are critical for accurate laser measurement, yet they are often selected based on the wrong criteria. In this webinar, Ophir-Spiricon sales engineer Dick Rieley will discuss laser measurement best practices and will guide you through key factors in the sensor selection process, including beam diameter, beam density values, cooling requirements, and exposure duration. Choosing the wrong laser sensor can result in a damaged sensor and invalid measurements of the laser’s performance. Join us for this free webinar on sensor selection, to be sure that you make the right choice.
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Laser Materials Processing; Optics Fabrication; Medical Machine Vision; 3D Displays; Spectroscopy

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