Photonics & Physics

Supersymmetry squeezed as LHC spots ultra rare particle decay

Cambridge scientists at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN, near Geneva, have spotted one of the rarest particle decays ever seen in nature. Read >>

Thorlabs Adds MIR Laser Capabilities to its Portfolio

The Maxion group will join the Thorlabs Quantum Electronics (TQE) team, which is located a short distance away in Jessup, MD. Read >>

Looking through an opaque material

A team of researchers from the Netherlands and Italy has succeeded in making sharp pictures of objects hidden behind an opaque screen. Read >>

Quantum kisses change the colour of nothing

New insights from research suggest ways to measure the world at the scale of single atoms and molecules. Read >>

Stanford physicists and engineers take first step toward quantum cryptography

Stanford researchers demonstrate the first step in a scalable quantum cryptography system that could lead to uncrackable telecommunications. Read >>

Developing the Next Generation of Microsensors

Setting the stage for a new class of motional sensors, Caltech researchers have developed a new ultrasensitive, microchip-scale accelerometer that uses laser light to measure displacement. Read >>

Electronically Variable Optical Diffuser can replace full lab of diffusers

Edmund Optics’ Electronically Variable Optical Diffusers utilize a liquid crystal film to vary the degree of optical diffusivity from near-Lambertian to clear. The diffusion angle can be continuously adjusted using a convenient control knob. Read >>


A full line of high-purity alumina polishing powders offered in two grades and seven sizes for finishing optics from a ground to highly polished surface is available from Meller Optics, Inc. Read >>

Ophir Optronics’ CO2 Optics Division Announces Innovative 1-Micron Optics

World’s second largest OEM supplier provides the ultimate in fused-silica, UV-grade lenses and mirrors for both fiber and disk 1-micron lasers Read >>

Taming mavericks: Stanford researchers use synthetic magnetism to control light

Stanford researchers in physics and engineering have demonstrated a device that produces a synthetic magnetism to exert virtual force on photons similar to the effect of magnets on electrons. The advance could yield a new class of nanoscale applications that use light instead of electricity. Read >>

Applied physics as art

Researchers spray-paint ultrathin coatings that change color with only a few atoms' difference in thickness Read >>

iPhysicist announces “High quality Sapphire windows” with very wide optical transmission band from UV to near-infrared, (0.15-5.5µm)

Sapphire is a single crystal for of Al2O3. Sapphire is grown using several crystal growing methods such as: KY, EFG and HEM. They can be grown in a specific crystal orientation for minimum birefringence. Read >>

Differential Pumping Vacuum Components

Better control of vacuum pressure for HHG and EUV spectroscopy. Read >>

Alluxa announces “Ultra-Narrow Band Filters” with less than 1 nm bandwidth and greater than 95% transmission in the passband.

Ultra-narrow Band filters are the latest product in Alluxa’s Ultra series of high performance filters. The Ultra line is intended to offer OEM customers and researchers higher performance than off the shelf products and commitment to tighter specification tolerances in order to provide the best possible system level performance. Read >>

Lasers produce super-black coatings

ALPhANOV developed a laser process to turn shiny metals blacker than black. Based on femtosecond lasers, the process relies on highly intense laser pulses creating nanostructures at the surface of metals such as stainless steel, gold, etc. Read >>

Newport Introduces Achromatic Zero-Order Quartz-MgF2 Wave Plates

The new, larger diameter wave plates feature 23 mm clear apertures and operate in the spectral wavelengths from 610 to 850 nm or from 700 to 1000 nm. Manufactured in the U. S., there are four new models; each is available with half or quarter wave retardance. Read >>

Abrisa Technologies Hot Mirrors are Ideal for Heat Control Applications

Standard hot mirror provided by ZC&R/Abrisa Technologies, have been designed to be used in optical systems at angles of incidence varying between 0 and 45 degrees. They are utilized in applications where heat build-up would damage components or adversely affect spectral characteristics of the illumination source. Read >>

OSI Optoelectronics Introduces 800 nm Silicon Avalanche Photodiode Series

The new APD models feature 0.2, 0.5, 1.0, and/or 1.5 mm (diam.) active areas and exhibit low temperature coefficients of 0.45/V degrees C, making them ideal for optical fiber communication, laser range finder, and high-speed photometry applications. Read >>

Portable Spectrometer from Ocean Optics Ideal for Field Applications

Compact Jaz system packages powerful spectral sensing in palm sized unit Read >>

Base Optics introduce a new product line of Sapphire Optical Windows

Sapphire windows transmit light over a very wide optical transmission band from UV to near-IR, (0.15-5.5µm) and are significantly stronger than other optical materials/standard glass windows thus allowing for thinner windows and higher transmissions without scarifying the strength. Read >>


Meller Sapphire Waveplates change a laser beam polarization state from linear to circular or vise versa and are highly resistant to chemicals, scratches, shock, and fluctuating temperatures. Read >>

Newport Introduces CONEX-LDS - Ultra Compact, High-Precision Electronic Autocollimator

New integrated controller features angular measurement sensitivity of 0.01 µrad Read >>

Patterning defect-free nanocrystal films with nanometer resolution

New process developed at MIT could enable better LED displays, solar cells and biosensors — and foster basic physics research. Read >>

Canon technology contributes to Subaru Telescope’s wide field of view

The large-scale optical-infrared Subaru Telescope, located at the summit of Mauna Kea, Hawaii, and operated by the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ), commenced scientific observation in 1999. Read >>

Photonic gels are colorful sensors

Tunable photonic gels developed at Rice University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology show promise for sensors, security devices, computer components and display systems. Read >>

Ondax Raman filter system bridges Raman and THz Spectroscopy

Based on the company’s patented SureBlock™ Ultra Narrow-Band Notch Filters, the SureBlock™ XLF Series Raman Filter Systems incorporate two SureBlock™ notch filters into a pre-aligned, light-tight, easy-to-integrate enclosure, providing 10x improvements in both spectral sensitivity and throughput. Read >>


Laser Research CO2 Laser Beam Splitters facilitate power measurements and other dual uses by reflecting a percentage of the beam, typically 50% or PIB (polarization insensitive beam) which covers all polarizations. Read >>

Nanotubes used to create smallest ever hologram pixels

A breakthrough in the use of carbon nanotubes as optical projectors has enabled scientists to generate holograms using the smallest ever pixels. Read >>

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