Research Team Devises Smart Glass Prototype for Optimal Adaptability

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Smart glass allows control over light transmission for climate adaptability. Courtesy of Glass Apps Source.

Researchers at the University of Delaware have revealed an exciting opportunity for the market of energy efficient technologies. In a paper published in February’s issue of Optics Express, the team outlines their novel optofluidic smart glass prototype that outperforms many current commercially available technologies. The new model promises a much more energy-efficient and cost-effective option Read more

New Optical Tweezers Technique Revamps Single Cell Experimentation

Optical tweezers can trap single living cells for many analytical purposes. Courtesy of Youtube.

Researchers at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, UK have developed a new design for optical tweezers using a single diode-coupled multicore fiber. The novel method promises a much more flexible and accessible setup to analyze single cells for a better understanding of many biological systems.

Optical tweezers utilize light to essentially “trap” microscopic objects. Highly-focused laser beams … Read more

Diode Laser: The Most Versatile and Convenient Coherent Light Source

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Diode laser is a small, extremely efficient semiconductor source of coherent light. Courtesy of Lumentum.

Introduction to the Diode Laser

Researchers have been developing different types of coherent light sources to fit a larger span of applications since 1960. Present-day lasers vary in size, power-range, and wavelength capabilities. Many different fields now benefit from the customizability of the modern laser industry. Today we will cover the most versatile and compact Read more

Fiber Optic Polarizers: Better Quality Light for Optical Applications

 

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Fiber optic polarizers greatly improve the performance within many fiber transmission systems. Courtesy of GlobalSpec.


Introduction to Fiber Optic Polarizers

Fiber optics cables are a common and extremely efficient method for data transmission and light guiding applications. Complete fiber optic networks can transmit data over long distances at a wide bandwidth. This makes fibers an ideal technology for a wide range of applications in medical, networking, and military industries. While … Read more

Optical Gyroscopes: Measuring Rotational Changes With Sagnac Effect

Gyroscopes are devices that measure rotational changes. On first mention, most people picture the beautifully rotating classical mechanical gyroscope. Although widely used till the late 1900s, optical gyroscopes have largely replaced as the new industry standard due to having no moving parts, thus being far more reliable and accurate.
Mechanical gyro animation

Notice how the inner spinning disk and axis maintain their rotation direction despite the outer ring’s random rotational movement. Courtesy of

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AR Coating Technique: Thin Film Deposition

AR coating techniques allow for widths of only a few nanometers. Courtesy of Louisiana Bucket Brigade.

AR coating techniques allow for widths of only a few nanometers. Courtesy of Louisiana Bucket Brigade.

Having discussed the history and physics of AR coats, our final article discusses the standard AR coating techniques via application of thin films. The basic principles of AR coating application remain the same since the last 50 years. However, modern technology can deposit single layers of atoms / molecules at a time. Yet … Read more

Futuristic Farming: Photonics Technologies in Land and Crops

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Photonics Technologies Become Integral Part of Farming

Photonics Technologies in Farming

Farmers everywhere face the same daunting task: the world population is growing at an exponential rate, and food supply has to keep up. There is practical limits to a farmer’s resources including land, water, and crops. It is essential to establish a process that produces the most harvest while saving the most time, energy, and money. “Future farmingRead more

Where Electronics Meets Optics: Electro-Optics, a Dynamic Duo

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Electro-optics technology concerns the interaction between electromagnetic and electrical states of materials. Courtesy of Gooch and Housego.

What is Electro-Optics?

In the last 20 years or so, the field of electro-optics has become increasingly important. It is often challenging to predict the future of scientific discoveries and their relevant applications. However, with the development of new optical sources such as ultrafast and fiber lasers, electro-optics has grown significantly in science, … Read more

Secrets of Antireflective Coatings: Interference as a Key Mechanism

Antireflective Coatings reduce the stray light reflected from transparent objects

Antireflective coatings reduce the stray light reflected from transparent objects. Courtesy of Zeiss.

In our prior blog post we discussed the properties and major uses of Antireflective Coatings. We also talked about how how anti-reflection is not a property of materials. Rather, it is a consequence of light’s wavelike behavior when passing through a specific geometric setup, and is therefore somewhat independent of which material we are using. Today we … Read more

Anti-Reflective Coatings: Invention Through Current Industry Applications

Introduction

Everyone knows or heard about UV or anti-reflective coatings on lenses and filters but what are they really and what distinguishes anti-reflective coatings from other types of coatings? We will talk about anti-reflective (AR) coatings in this article and will expand further into the physics of AR coatings in the next article.
Anti-reflective coatings: compare the two glasses

Coated (left) vs Uncoated (right). Both are equally transparent glasses. Courtesy of Metsuki

While materials like
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