Editor’s Picks

  1. X-Ray Technology Reveals Never-Before-Seen Matter Around Black Hole

    In an international collaboration between Japan and Sweden, scientists clarified how gravity affects the shape of matter near the black hole in binary system Cygnus X-1. Their findings, which were published in Nature Astronomy this month, may help scientists further understand the physics of strong gravity and the evolution of black holes and galaxies.

  2. Gunning For Free Electron Lasers
    The U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory are collaborating to help define the most critical new technologies for the next generation of free electron lasers (FELs).
  3. Changes In Solar Cell Technology

    A laser-based manufacturing process from the Fraunhofer ISE in Freiburg, Germany is revolutionizing the photovoltaics market. For the first time point-contacted solar cells can be manufactured in series. Several million cells with significantly higher efficiency levels are already on the market.

  4. Researchers Create First Hyperlens For Sound Waves
    Ultrasound and underwater sonar devices could "see" a big improvement thanks to development of the world's first acoustic hyperlens.
  5. High Gain Phototransistor Optocouplers For Space Applications

    One of the first optocouplers used for high reliability applications was the simple phototransistor optocoupler. The basic devices were the 4N22, 23, 24 and the 4N47, 48, 49 series of hermetic phototransistor optocouplers in TO‐five type transistor cans made for military applications developed in the early 1970s. However, these devices were never designed specifically for space radiation environments. By Steve Ching and Manor Narayanan, Isolink, a subsidiary of Skyworks Solutions, Inc.

  6. HPX-2000-HP-DUV High Power Xenon Source For Spectroscopy

    The HPX-2000-HP-DUV Xenon Light Source is a powerful, 75-watt short-arc lamp that’s ideal for UV-Vis absorbance spectroscopy and other applications where a high-intensity lamp is necessary.

  7. MKS' Ophir® Business Unit Honored as Manufacturer of the Year by Utah Manufacturers Association

    MKS Instruments, Inc. recently announced that the Utah Manufacturers Association has honored the Ophir Business Unit, part of the Light and Motion Division of MKS Instruments, as 2016 Utah Manufacturer of the Year for "Outstanding Performance in Operational Excellence, Economic Achievement, Workplace Safety, Community Outreach, and Fidelity to the Principles of Free Enterprise."

  8. B&W Tek Introduces Next Generation Handheld Raman Instrument For Material Verification In cGMP Compliant Facilities
    B&W Tek, Inc., an advanced instrumentation company producing optical spectroscopy and laser systems, is proud to introduce the NanoRam, a new class of small, handheld instruments for materials identification and verification within cGMP compliant facilities.
  9. High-Resolution Schneider-Kreuznach Xenon-Topaz Lenses For 1.1” Sensors

    Schneider-Kreuznach announces the availability of new Xenon-Topaz lenses. These low-weight compact lenses are fitted with a C-mount and are suitable for modern 1.1” CCD and CMOS sensors with 12 megapixels and a pixel size of up to 3.0 μm. The image circle has a 17.6 mm diameter.

  10. TECHSPEC Broadband Anti-Reflection (BBAR) Coated Right Angle Prisms Ideal For Low Power Laser Sources
    Edmund Optics (EO), the premier provider of optical components, introduces new TECHSPEC Broadband Anti-Reflection (BBAR) Coated Right Angle Prisms.