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Photonics Spectra Monthly – Optical sensors are mission critical; virtual reality for military training; and more. (4/12/2017)

Photonics Spectra Monthly – Optical sensors are mission critical; virtual reality for military training; and more.
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, April 12, 2017
 
         
Monthly newsletter from the editors of Photonics Spectra, with features, popular topics, new products, and what's coming in the next issue.

 
As Good as the Real Thing for Military Training
As Good as the Real Thing for Military Training
“Fight like you train and train like you fight” is a military maxim. To better do that, the military is turning to virtual, augmented and mixed reality. In virtual reality, digital representations replace the real world, with a high-end example being immersive simulators with realistic sights, sounds and motion. In augmented reality, projected data overlays what trainees see. Mixed reality combines the real and synthetic.
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Defense Drones Take Sensing to New Heights
Defense Drones Take Sensing to New Heights
They’re lurking in the air in the trouble spots around the world, from the mountains of Afghanistan to the deserts of Iraq and Syria, to the disputed waters of the South China Sea. Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), or drones, are acting as the eyes in the sky, playing an increasingly prominent role in spying, search and rescue operations, border security and combat operations.
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From Crop Science to Space Exploration, Optical Sensing on the Rise
From Crop Science to Space Exploration, Optical Sensing on the Rise
From smartphones, smart homes and autonomous vehicles to crop science, food inspection and space observations, optical sensors are finding increasing use in the commercial sector. Image sensing evolved from the military arena to commercial applications such as remote sensing, advanced machine vision, the medical/biotechnology world, and even into artwork and antiquities. Once size, weight and cost were driven down, there was an immediate upturn in the market; and this growth has been exponential.
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In Case You Missed It
 
 
Remote Sensing Data Helps Scientists Measure Biodiversity
Remote Sensing Data Helps Scientists Measure Biodiversity
Remote sensing methods, which have been used to measure biological diversity for about 30 years, show even greater potential for assisting biodiversity research in the future. A key task of this research is to record the current state of diversity, study processes within ecosystems and identify possible changes.
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New 4G Optics Technology Extends Limits to the Extremes
Advances in liquid crystal and liquid crystal polymer materials have made it possible to modulate the orientation of the anisotropy axis at high spatial frequencies, ushering in the next generation of optics for space communications and intraocular lenses.
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Silicon Nanoparticles Used for Photovoltaic Windows
Windows that can efficiently collect solar energy are one step closer to becoming a reality thanks to high-tech silicon nanoparticles. Researchers have developed technology to embed the silicon nanoparticles into what they call efficient luminescent solar concentrators (LSCs). These LSCs are the key element of windows that can efficiently collect solar energy.
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Spectrogon US - Low-Cosmetic Defect IR Filters for Thermal Imaging Low-Cosmetic Defect IR Filters for Thermal Imaging

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Spectrogon manufactures infrared filters and windows with high transmission, high rejection outside the passband, and introducing low cosmetic defects – while maintaining excellent coating uniformity --- for thermal imaging applications such as cryogenically cooled IR detectors and for uncooled microbolometers.

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Technology Business Champions' Guide to Successful Commercialization
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When you develop an innovative technology that makes good business sense, it can be a win for you, your organization, and the many thousands who stand to benefit from your innovation. But without a clear path to commercialization, even the most visionary technology can fail. This webinar is for scientists, engineers and others interested in developing and commercializing photonics and other technologies, whether you're an entrepreneur or part of an organization. You will learn how to recognize successful commercialization and how to guard your intellectual property gold. Instructor David Krohn is the Managing Partner of Light Wave Venture LLC, a company focused on developing photonic business opportunities over a broad range of markets. Webinar attendees will receive a coupon for $20 off the price of Krohn's 12-course series, Commercialization of Innovative Technology through Entrepreneurship (CITE), available from the Photonics Media bookstore.
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Introducing the CAOS Smart Camera - Empowering Extreme Imaging
Introducing the CAOS Smart Camera - Empowering Extreme Imaging
Wed, Apr 26, 2017 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EDT
For security and surveillance applications, achieving true image scene pixel information is vital. This has led to an increasing demand for a smart camera that can achieve true vision through highly directional and adaptive image pixel sifting for high-value targets. Nabeel A. Riza, Ph.D., chair professor of electrical and electronic engineering at University College Cork, will discuss the development of the Coded Access Optical Sensor (CAOS) and how, working with CMOS sensors, it can smartly extract scene contrast pixel light intensity information using time-frequency coding of selected pixels. He will discuss how CAOS addresses the challenge of reaching extreme all-linear, instantaneous dynamic ranges with multicolor smart capture of targets of interest within extreme contrast images, and will provide a demonstration of the CAOS-CMOS camera. Who should attend: engineers, scientists, researchers and technical professionals who may require or are interested in extreme contrast imaging.
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Features
LEDs; Optical Materials; Displays and Holography; Medical/Diagnostic Sensors; Plasmonics

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