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Photonics Spectra Monthly – Innovation at the Nanoscale (2/8/2017)

Photonics Spectra Monthly – Innovation at the Nanoscale
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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Wednesday, February 8, 2017
 
         
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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From the Editor's Desk
 
 
Innovation at the Nanoscale
MIKE WHEELER, MANAGING EDITOR

Last April, Mark Zuckerberg unveiled his 10-year roadmap for Facebook. According to the plan, users of the popular social media channel can expect to see an increase in the use of high-definition video and a more prominent role for apps like Messenger and Instagram. A few years farther out, expect artificial intelligence and virtual reality to take center stage.

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Ultrafast Fiber Laser Opens Doors for Additive Manufacturing
Ultrafast Fiber Laser Opens Doors for Additive Manufacturing
Femtosecond lasers have long been a workhorse in subtractive manufacturing, prized for their unique ability to athermally ablate materials. They are commonly used in surface structuring, drilling and thin-film scribing. However, few thought that a femtosecond laser could be used in additive manufacturing. By taking advantage of instantaneous high-temperature plasma generation, a recently developed femtosecond fiber laser can melt high-temperature metals such as tungsten.
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Big Data Drives Optical Networking Changes
Big Data Drives Optical Networking Changes
Long driven by telecom, optical networks are now being pushed by large data centers operated by Facebook, Amazon, Google, Microsoft and others. Here, runs are shorter and the emphasis is not on utility-grade reliability, a change from the telecom world. Instead, lowering the cost per bit and boosting bandwidth are of paramount importance. Suppliers have come up with new solutions, with users not waiting for standards to be finalized.
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In Case You Missed It
 
 
Is There Life on Mars? Lidar Device May Be Able to Tell Us.
Is There Life on Mars? Lidar Device May Be Able to Tell Us.
A biosensor currently used by the U.S. military to remotely monitor the atmosphere for potential toxins has inspired a novel device that could be used for detecting biosignatures in space. The Bio-Indicator Lidar Instrument, or BILI, is a prototype of a fluorescence-based lidar that may ultimately be used in space exploration to analyze particles for organic material.
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The Revolution Has Just Begun: Q&A with John Bowers
One of the foremost names in the world of integrated photonics is John Bowers, Ph.D., who is credited with leading a team that successfully demonstrated an electrically pumped hybrid silicon laser a decade ago. That advance has paved the way for the commercial production of high-bandwidth silicon photonic devices.
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Quantum Photocell Could Boost Solar Cell Efficiency
A novel type of quantum heat engine photocell, which can help control the flow of energy in solar cells, could increase solar cell efficiency. The photocell has demonstrated the ability to regulate solar power conversion without requiring active feedback or adaptive control mechanisms.
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An Introduction to Back Illuminated sCMOS Cameras
An Introduction to Back Illuminated sCMOS Cameras
Tue, Feb 14, 2017 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EST
Scientific CMOS (sCMOS) cameras are increasingly becoming detectors of choice for a range of quantitative imaging and spectroscopy applications, from astronomy to biological sciences. This webinar, presented by Princeton Instruments, will give you an overview of sCMOS camera technology and how it compares to CCD, EMCCD and ICCD low light imaging and spectroscopy detectors.

Speaker Ravi Guntupalli, vice president of sales and marketing at Princeton Instruments, will discuss: the key improvements of "back illuminated" sCMOS technology over previous generations; performance criteria of low light detectors; and how to select the optimum detector technology based on your application requirements. The webinar is aimed at both beginners and advanced users of various optical diagnostic techniques.
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Integrating Camera Technology Into a Successful Machine Vision Solution
Integrating Camera Technology Into a Successful Machine Vision Solution
Fri, Mar 10, 2017 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EST
Rex Lee, Ph.D., CEO and president of Pyramid Imaging, Inc., will discuss the components of a comprehensive machine vision system, including cameras, lighting, lenses, sensors and detectors; and how to design a system that has the components you need for optimal performance. Areas he will address include requirements definition, system design, implementation, turnkey systems; and how to determine if a turnkey machine vision system is right for you.
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Features
UVC Laser Sensors; Optical Metrology; Fiber Optics; Image Sensor Advances; 4G Optics

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