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23 Sep 22
European project to launch first quantum cryptography satellite in 2024

Pan-European effort supported by Horizon Europe and European Space Agency funding will deploy and operate ‘EAGLE-1’ system.

22 Sep 22
Volvo set to unveil new lidar-equipped car

Global launch of EX90 model featuring Luminar lidar as standard scheduled for November 9.

22 Sep 22
Brelyon secures $15 million for Ultra Reality immersive technology

Funds will accelerate development of headset-free display for enterprise and metaverse users.

21 Sep 22
Planet Labs goes into the infrared with hyperspectral offering

New constellation will provide satellite imagery showing methane gas emissions and more.

21 Sep 22
Lumentum and Coherent carve up VCSEL market

Analyst report shows duo have cornered 80% of the market, largely thanks to Apple’s iPhones.

21 Sep 22
New onsemi CMOS sensor enhances high-end cinematography

Latest Arri digital camera continues relationship between semiconductor developer and camera manufacturer.

20 Sep 22
Lockheed delivers 300kW laser to US military

Arms firm says that record-breaking laser weapon is ready to be integrated with US Department of Defense demonstrations.

20 Sep 22
Ouster to cut workforce by 10%

SPAC-funded lidar firm reducing headcount by around 30 as part of wider ‘streamlining’ effort to preserve cash.

20 Sep 22
SPIE 2023 Startup Challenge now accepting applications

Competition open to startups working in healthcare and ‘deep tech’ fields will take place during next year’s Photonics West event.

15 Sep 22
US Space Command launches partnership with Arizona

Research – including optics and photonics specialisms – could yield benefits for wider global markets.

15 Sep 22
Newly-merged Coherent wins transceiver deal for DARPA’s Space-BACN program

Recently acquired by II-VI and rebranded, firm also launches micro-pump lasers for broadband optical access networks.

15 Sep 22
Huge gratings promise 50PW pulses

Lawrence Livermore collaboration says its meter-scale pulse compression gratings offer a route to unprecedented laser power.

Choosing the Right Camera Comes Down to the Application 24 Aug

Teledyne Lumenera

There are many types of cables and connectors used with today’s industrial cameras. Determining what camera interface makes the most sense for a vision system comes down to several factors. This guide will explore and provide an understanding of the available interfaces within the industrial and scientific area scan camera market, along with each of their key features.

A Better Way to Focus: Linear Motor Focusing Stage Provides Superior Alternative to Piezo Actuators 22 Mar

Dover Motion

This white paper addresses high performance Z axis focusing for automated microscopy, along with some recent innovations in this space. Historically, piezo driven actuators have been used for these applications, but a Piezo actuator has very distinct limitations. Direct drive linear motor stages provide many advantages when compared to piezo nanopositioners. This whitepaper discusses both approaches to Z focusing motion.

Polymeric Systems Bring Clarity to Optical Applications 24 May


Understand optical transmission, refractive indices, temperature and humidity testing, as well as the role of these measurements in choosing an effective adhesive for optical applications.

Solving PCR Optical Filter Challenges for High Performance qPCR Instruments 17 Mar

Iridian Spectral Technologies

qPCR instrument-related challenges can be daunting; burdened by tough deadlines and fast rollouts, budgets that offer little wiggle room, and expectations for flawless functionality. A combination of Iridian’s wavelength selective excitation, emission, and dichroic filters serving each channel of a qPCR instrument provide high sensitivity to these systems while preserving the necessary signal-to-noise ratio delivering “More Signal, with Less Background”

2022 Technology Webinar Series

  • 22 – 24 Mar ~ Industrial Lasers, materials processing
  • 14 – 16 Jun ~ IR Sensors, thermal imaging, AR/VR technologies
  • 20 – 22 Sep ~ High speed imaging, CMOS sensor technology
  • 22 – 24 Nov ~ Photonics for life science applications

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