Introduction to optics

Photonic crystal fibers

Photonic crystal fibers offer extraordinary performance, including tailorable dispersion, single-mode behavior over many wavelengths, and useful nonlinear properties. Over the past few

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Powering Brightness

Innovative stacking techniques increase the output power and brightness of diode laser bars for materials-processing applications. Semiconductor lasers are being used in

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Diffracting Light

Diffractive optics can simulate the effects of many conventional optics while offering powerful optical performance in a lightweight, compact component. When optical

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Seeing the Light

Biopsies may become rare as photon migration imaging develops into a powerful non-invasive diagnostic tool. Technology and medicine have always been close

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Keeping Cool

Thermoelectric coolers offer efficient solid-state heat-management options. Thermal management is a key factor in optimizing optoelectronic device performance. Excessive heat compromises the

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View Finder

Advances in sensors, imaging techniques, and software propel remote sensing to the top of its class for environmental monitoring. The world is

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Hitting the Spot

Successful positioning requires an understanding of geometry and positioner constraints. As optical components find their way into increasingly complex setups, designers and

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Integration in 3-D

Wafer-bonding techniques yield vertically integrated optoelectronic devices. Photonic integrated circuits (ICs) have held the promise that the success of electronic ICs could

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Tiny but Mighty

By altering the size and thickness of metallic nanoshells, engineers can manipulate their interaction with light. Joining nanotechnology with optics, a new

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High-Tech Learning

The EuroLaser Academy’s educational program replaces lectures and laboratory training courses with electronic delivery. The Internet is changing our world, including the

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Cycling Though

Photonics companies must follow a plan of preparation, reorganization, and automation in order to thrive in the next economic phase. Technical optics

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Taking the UV Challenge

Many important commercial applications use ultraviolet (UV) lasers, including microlithography, marking and micromachining, fiber Bragg grating (FBG) fabrication, and medical procedures such

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Tuning Up

Widely tuneable telecom lasers may cut inventory cost and lead to new routing schemes. As telecommunications carriers strive to increase the number

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Market Makeovers

Consumer-driven medical laser applications such as cosmetic surgery are propelling the industry. If you’re like most of the world, you associate medical

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On Display

Microdisplays based on III-nitride wide band-gap semiconductors put the future in our hands. Microdisplays are tiny, but when put into an eyeglasses

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Into Thin Air

Under test as an access loop solution, optical wireless technology sends voice and data over free space. Fiber-optic networks transmit enormous amounts

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Tools of the Trade

Photonics provides scientists with sophisticated tools such as ultrafast, tunable lasers, high-sensitivity detectors, and various other types of analysis instrumentation. There was

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