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faces of photonics on facebook

THE CEO of Datalytica LLC hopes make the world a better place through technology.

12 April 2019
Debbie Chachra, professor at Olin College of Engineering

Debbie Chachra on modeling new behavior in engineering education, recognizing unconscious bias, and terraforming our environments.

9 April 2019
LEDs

New research published in Optical Engineering figures out how to keep temperature changes and age-based deterioration from impacting an LED light emission's strength, consistency, and color.

4 April 2019
Deep learning

How do you extract the phase information of fringe patterns with the highest accuracy, fastest speed, and full automation? Deep learning.

4 April 2019
UWEpigs_120_Optics.org

Project from Scotland's Rural College and UWE could alert farmers to animal health problems.

1 April 2019
Jie Hui, Boston University Photonics Center

Researchers supported by SPIE-Franz Hillenkamp Postdoctoral Fellowships are developing photonics technologies to treat MRSA infections and diagnose esophageal disease. Both projects could have significant impact in clinics.

31 April 2019
μBreath device

Potentials for diabetes, lung and gastric cancer, even tropical diseases.

29 March 2019
DigiLens smart glasses

From smart glasses to autonomous vehicles, photonics technology and the world of consumer electronics seem closer than ever.

21 March 2019
Steve Jacques

In December 2018, the Journal of Biomedical Optics (JBO) published a collection of research papers in honor of Steven L. Jacques, PhD, a leading pioneer in the field of biomedical optics. This article, which was originally published as a guest editorial in JBO, introduced the special section.

20 March 2019
Cornea OCT

The microscope uses a combination of optical coherence tomography, a liquid lens, and a microelectromechanical system mirror to provide beautifully sharp corneal images that help technicians assess the quality of the donated cornea. When combined with a neural network, automated cell counting prior to corneal translplant may be possible.

20 March 2019
Texinov_detail

Building on some notable recent success stories, the European photonics platform is anticipating a busy 2019 for innovation.

18 March 2019
Coherent_cavity_optomechanics

Optical tweezers and high-power lasers that rely on advances by the 2018 laureates feature widely at the Photonics West exhibition.

17 March 2019
L3-HAPLS_beamline

The various petawatt-class laser systems at the ELI Beamlines facility near Prague bring to fruition the Nobel-winning vision of Gérard Mourou and Donna Strickland.

14 March 2019
Luminar Technologies_detail

From Arizona to New York, and Florida to Colorado, photonics communities continue to grow in influence across the country.

11 March 2019
Mosaic

DARPA's Director of the Strategic Technology Office wants the US military to rethink R&D and adopt lessons learned from Silicon Valley.

7 March 2019
KETSchip_detail

With Europe's ten-year flagship research program now officially under way, and plans for a similar US effort passed by Congress, the global race to develop quantum technology has moved up a gear.

6 March 2019

Autonomous Sensors conference at SPIE Defense + Commercial Sensing to showcase future trends for autonomous operations.

6 March 2019
SPIE PW orange

The latest developments in optics and photonics technologies.

5 March 2019
Tromberg lab group

Bruce Tromberg on the rise of biophotonics, merging multi-disciplinary approaches, and his new role at the NIH.

4 March 2019
ISSCygnus_detail

Astronomers, weather forecasters, and Earth scientists are among those now benefiting from the application of solid-state lasers in space.

1 March 2019
MooreLawPanelAL19_detail

An as-yet-unsolved murder mystery.

28 February 2019
FBDataCenter_detail

Photonics West 2019 plenary speaker Katharine Schmidtke decides which photonics technology is best for Facebook data centers. But how did the one-time UK university researcher become a strategist at the world's largest social networking site?

27 February 2019
NanoBio19_Hess

A plenary presentation from SPIE Photonics West 2019.

26 February 2019
ARVR_noise

Standing room only at two-day conference on headsets, drones, and smart cars in the future "Photonic City."

25 February 2019
Extremities

A research group at Caltech uses photoacoustic computed tomography to visualize blood flow in extremities.

21 February 2019
SPIE Photonics West 2018 BiOS + plenaries

The photonics community this year marked the retirement of long-time BiOS co-chairs Rox Anderson and James Fujimoto from those roles.

21 February 2019
BiOS_Eva_Sevick_Muraca

Slides and audio of talks at SPIE Photonics West.

21 February 2019
BiOS_SVOT

Leading developers of multiphoton, multispectral, and optical coherence tomography imaging techniques cover the latest technological advances with their cutting-edge hardware.

19 February 2019
Photons plus ultrasound

As the "Photons plus Ultrasound" conference marks its 25th anniversary at Photonics West, photoacoustic imaging is on the verge of a clinical breakthrough.

15 February 2019
GE AI imaging

Machines should do the tedious, monotonous, and time-consuming tasks, so that humans can take healthcare to the next level.

14 February 2019
US Capitol

An open letter to US Congress highlights the importance of science to the US economy and describes the harm caused by the recent shutdown.

13 February 2019
Donna Strickland, Univ of Waterloo

The 2018 Nobel Prize Winner in Physics spoke at SPIE Photonics West.

7 February 2019
faces of photonics on facebook

Elwell thinks outside the box when it comes to applications of her technology, specifically how they can address global health challenges.

28 January 2019
High-Q

Andrey Bogdanov and colleagues have reported a new take on high-Q cavities. Their approach draws inspiration from the physics of bound states in the continuum.

28 January 2019
drawing indication

Recent updates to standards help engineers specify material properties correctly

25 January 2019
faces of photonics on facebook

Achilefu's research is changing the way we think about cancer therapy.

18 January 2019
AR/VR for fighting crime

AR and VR infiltrate shady criminal worlds and are beginning to tackle terrorism.

11 January 2019
Samuel Achilefu

Samuel Achilefu's multidisciplinary approach to translational science wins the 2019 SPIE Britton Chance Award in Biomedical Optics.

7 January 2019
fNIRS

fNIRS technology creates an increasingly sophisticated connection between brain and computer.

1 January 2019
Jennifer Douris O’Bryan

Quantum, AI, Navigation, and Biotechnology are among the listed technologies (updated).

12 December 2018
Detail of InSight

We look forward to learning more about Mars as InSight's scientific operations commence.

7 December 2018
Andrew Forbes Lab

Andrew Forbes of University of Witwatersrand on photonics, globe-crossing collaborations, and the pleasures of mentorship.

5 December 2018
Rodriguez_thumb

A chat with Alejandro Rodriguez of Princeton's Nanophotonics Design and Computation Group.

29 November 2018
Lasing everywhere

Malte Gather's Soft Matter Photonics group at University of St. Andrews is working on technology that will allow you to shoot laser beams out of your eyes.

21 November 2018
Pierre-Alexandre Blanche

Head-up displays have been in use by military aircraft for decades, but like a lot of interesting technology developed for the military, they're moving into the commercial space.

19 November 2018
Manijeh Razeghi

"Look inside the tiniest of particles and you will find a universe." - Rumi (1207-1273), quoted on the back of Razeghi's "Fundamentals of Solid State Engineering" (2nd edition).

15 November 2018
Clark_PrOVE_cubesat

Opportunistic deep space missions to comets

5 November 2018
PW childcare grant

SPIE has created a grant to give parents equal opportunity to attend its largest annual meeting.

1 November 2018
Augmented Reality for Breast Cancer Research

Augmented reality helps surgeons make decisions in real time.

30 October 2018
Nithin Abraham

Abraham is working on a zeolite-based technology that protects vulnerable surfaces by trapping destructive contaminants.

29 October 2018
AI breast imaging

Sophisticated artificial intelligence algorithms are revolutionizing breast cancer screening.

22 October 2018
Jennifer Douris O’Bryan

The current political and security climate has spurred interest in maintaining control of emerging technologies developed in the United States. How this is accomplished was a point of contention recently, as legislation titled the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act (FIRRMA) moved through the U.S. congress and was passed into law.

11 October 2018
Brainwaves

Conformable arrays of tiny polymer electrodes may improve care and outcomes for epilepsy patients.

11 October 2018
Human factors

The importance of human factors in medical imaging.

1 October 2018
Terrasse Optique

An experiential pavilion teaches the public about light.

1 October 2018
Lihong Wang

An innovative breast-imaging technique offers noninvasive options for multiple biomedical applications.

1 October 2018
Jess Wade

Jess Wade, outreach enthusiast and ambassador for diversity in STEM, is researching semiconducting polymers combined with chiral dopants to develop the next generation of electronics and sensors.

1 October 2018
Phil Pressel

The Hexagon KH-9 Reconnaissance Satellite is still considered one of the most complicated systems ever put into space.

1 October 2018
thermal-thumb

Thermal imaging may fill a blind spot for state-of-the-art self-driving cars. But if safety is the price of moving this technology to market, consumers have to be willing to pay for it.

25 September 2018
Jennifer Douris O’Bryan

The US Trade Representative has announced a process for US companies to request permission to continue importing targeted items on a duty-free basis.

(Updated)

7 September 2018
HiCIBaS_logo

A balloon-borne mission demonstrates the functionality of high-contrast imaging equipment in the stratosphere.

16 August 2018
Christian Heipke_Deep Thought

Christian Heipke of Leibniz University Hannover discusses deep learning for remote sensing.

15 August 2018
Jurgen Beyerer, Fraunhofer

Jürgen Beyerer of Fraunhofer discusses machine vision and machine learning.

14 August 2018
Marks_SMART bandage

Photonics for a Better World

8 August 2018
Brownie_SpaceScienceAdventurer_Badge

Photonics for a Better World.

2 August 2018
Halina_RubinszteinDunlop

Halina Rubinsztein-Dunlop on mammalian-like zebrafish brains, the optical tools in her research kit, and her favorite role model.

31 July 2018
Lynn Loo interview

The inventor of nanotransfer printing is working on an innovative, self-powering smart window.

13 July 2018
EUV_Litho_book_Bakshi

There is much to learn about EUVL in the recently published SPIE Press Book, EUV Lithography.

6 July 2018
PW18-Quantum-Panel

European industry is an active participant in the quantum technology race.

1 July 2018
GDPR logo from July18 SPIE Pro

In an effort to be 100% GDPR compliant and transparent about data collection policies, SPIE updated its Privacy Policy.

1 July 2018
Paul Corkum, University of Ottawa

The award recognizes Corkum's conceptual contributions and development of new laser methods that led to the creation of the field of attoscience.

28 June 2018
VLT_Rachel Berlowitz

Adaptive optics at Paranal Observatory give satellite-quality images from surface of Earth.

27 June 2018
CEI Grid_William Burgess

A new generation of light sources for cinema comes of age.

25 June 2018
SPIE CEO Kent Rochford

SPIE's new CEO Kent Rochford, formerly of NIST, stepped into his new role 1 June. We asked Rochford to discuss his views on SPIE and the world of optics and photonics.

11 June 2018
Mather_Galaxy

The key to discovery, says John Mather of NASA Goddard, is being open to new opportunities.

1 May 2018
Seager_TESS

Our fascination with the concept of alien life drives scientists and civilians alike to explore.

19 April 2018
Tajima-XFEL

A new regime of science at exawatts and zeptoseconds.

16 April 2018
VECSEL_iPhoneX

VCSEL technology is finding applications in consumer electronics and more.

9 April 2018
Quantum Tech_cover of SPIE Pro

Devices using quantum technologies are reaching milestones.

6 April 2018
Zerodure hex segment

50 years of Zerodur milestones

4 April 2018
EU regulations

EU-RoHS task force seeks help from the optics and photonics community.

31 April 2018
SPIE PW orange

An industry panel at SPIE Photonics West 2018 discusses the future of additive manufacturing.

28 March 2018
SPIE Photonics for a Better World logo

Photonics for a Better World.

26 March 2018
SPIE Women in Optics logo

A Women in Optics presentation from SPIE Photonics West 2018.

22 March 2018
SPIE PW orange

An interview from SPIE Photonics West 2018.

21 March 2018

The emergence of lidar as a key technology for future autonomous vehicles ratcheted up throughout 2017, with major players including Ford, Airbus, and Osram backing a raft of startups with their own particular takes on the photonics hardware.

20 March 2018
Imperial_seal

World's oldest dedicated university optics center celebrates a hundred years of optics-related research and education, but notes the need to widen participation.

19 March 2018
MapApp

New imaging tool for recording changes over time, space, and function

16 March 2018
Tsai_Achromatic Metalenses

A description of the fabrication and use of a broadband achromatic metalens with high focusing efficiency used in transmission for full-color imaging applications in the visible range of the spectrum.

13 March 2018
Ovsianikov_PW presentation

A presentation on 3D printing and bioprinting with multiphoton lithography from SPIE Photonics West 2018.

11 March 2018
Quantum_thumb

From the SPIE Photonics West Show Daily: Quantum technology on exhibit at Moscone Center.

7 March 2018
SPIE PW orange

Since its invention near the turn of the century, the optical frequency comb has heralded a new era in optical frequency measurements.

5 March 2018
SPIE logo

The Photonics West Show Daily spoke with recruiters and students about the optics and photonics job market.

26 February 2018
Killer-QPI-thumb

Can quantitative phase imaging help combat dementia and find a cure for cancer? The technology is set but developers need to increase awareness among biologists, hears Rebecca Pool.

19 February 2018
femtoprint_thumb

From precision components in breathtaking timepieces to micro-needles for vein cannulation, breakthrough laser writing from Photonics West exhibitor Femtoprint is reshaping microdevice fabrication.

16 February 2018
ICO_logo

SPIE, one of seven international organization members of the International Commission for Optics, has supported the mission of the organization for many years.

14 February 2018
LIGO_mirrors_thumb

Developing the optics behind LIGO's gravitational wave detectors saw photonics engineers and vendors collaborating on ground-breaking technology. Now those systems are being upgraded further.

12 February 2018
optics key challenge_thumb

A new conference incorporating interactive experience at Photonics West reveals the rapid growth of augmented and virtual realities. Its chair, Bernard Kress of Microsoft's Hololens division, tells Matthew Peach that optics remains the key challenge in developing the ultimate virtual experience.

9 February 2018
Grand-challenge-thumb

SPIE is collaborating with other organizations to host grand challenge events aimed at solving problems in medical imaging.

7 February 2018
SPIE PW orange

R&D highlights from the 2018 session: Presentations from leading researchers in biophotonics.

5 February 2018
SPIE PW orange

A day-long industry conference at SPIE Photonics West highlighted optical technological challenges and successes for VR, MR and AR.

31 January 2018
WIO-2018-planner-thumb

Taking a path less traveled by women.

29 January 2018
SPIE logo

The 2018 SPIE President shares her career path, education, and other interests with the members of SPIE.

27 January 2018
graphene_qd_sensor_thumb

By placing quantum dots on top of graphene, a highly sensitive photodetector is constructed that works simultaneously for visible and IR light.

26 January 2018
SPIE logo

Since its inception in 1955, SPIE has focused on providing a conduit for ideas in photonics and optics in a growing and vibrant global marketplace.

26 January 2018
DFOS_thumb

The deployment of DFOS is still in its infancy, but as more people become aware of the technology, it will gain wider use.

24 January 2018
Pogue_optics_thumb

Optics plays dominant role in medical imaging market.

22 January 2018

SPIE Classics celebrates 25 years of research and development in optical coherence tomography.

10 January 2018

This paper from the SPIE Digital Library is made available free for a limited time.

14 February 2006