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Light Detectors: Detecting and Diagnosing Light
Light detectors, also known as photodetectors are common not just in labs, but in our everyday appliances. From automatic doors to video cameras, photodetectors are established technologies that help make ...
Sub-Nanometer Resolution from these Optical Imaging Techniques
Sub-nanometer imaging is desired over a range of different fields with uses from profiling thin films to investigating biological materials. In this blog post we will explore some of the methods for ...
Prism Types and their Applications in Optical Systems
This is an extension on our prior blog post “Prisms: A General Overview” that can be found here. In this post, we will include a further discussion of various commonly used nondispersive prism ...
Solar-Pumped Lasers Become a Reality in Japan
Attempts at solar-pumped lasers have been reported since 1963. This is unsurprising, as it mirrors the timeline for when the modern environmental movement was gaining traction worldwide, but especially in ...
Diffraction Spikes from Telescope Secondary Mirror Spiders
Stars. They are gazed at and wished upon. They have biblical, cultural, and scientific meaning. Stars retain a level of mystique regardless of wisdom or creed despite knowing they are simply balls of gas. ...
Introduction to Detecting and Diagnosing Light: Beam Parameters
Choosing the type of laser for your experiment or project may be a daunting task. With so many beam parameters to select from, how do you know where to start? One of the best ways to tackle any task is to ...
Corneal Imaging Methods (in vivo): A Crash Course
The cornea protects the eye from debris and germs from the environment and accounts for roughly two-thirds of the eye’s focusing power. Corneal imaging is critical in diagnosing and determining treatment ...
Metamaterials and their Optical Applications
Overview Individual component materials affect much of the behavior of optical systems. Metamaterial components are no different. While silica-based glass lenses, prisms, and beamsplitters might be the ...
Lattice Light Sheet Microscopy: Fundamentals and Embryonic Imaging
Lattice Light Sheet Microscopy (LLSM) is a variant of conventional Light Sheet Microscopy (LSM). In short, LLSM utilizes a lattice of light beams to image a specimen. While LSM techniques illuminate single ...
Alternatives to Silicon: Graphene, Gallium Nitride and Perovskites
Why Search for Alternatives to Silicon The advent of the semiconductors as it pertains to electronics has been nothing short of revolutionary. Specifically, semiconductors have enabled the processing of ...