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Space-Based Laser Communications Break Threshold

Donald Cornwell

Recent and upcoming deployments of satellite laser communication systems are bringing Internet-like speeds for data transmission in space. The result could be a revolution in communication, both on Earth and across the solar system. Continue Reading


 

INDUSTRY NEWS

» Australian Nanoscience Institute Launches Headquarters – 22 Apr
» Corning to Acquire Alliance Fiber Optic Products – 08 Apr
» Coherent to Acquire ROFIN-SINAR – 17 Mar
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Fiber Optics Lights Up the Sonoran Desert
Fiber Optics Lights Up the Sonoran Desert
Glowing fiber optic flowers by British artist Bruce Munro light up the Sonoran desert in the Phoenix Desert Botanical Garden.  —Svetlana V. Boriskina, MIT
 

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Photonic Crystals Keep Solar Cells Cool While Still Catching Light

05 May 2016
Solar cells turn sunlight into electricity, but they’re only about 20 percent efficient. Much of the leftover energy turns into heat, which actuall...

Photonic Crystals Keep Solar Cells Cool While Still Catching Light

New Method Could Offer More Precise Treatment for Corneal Disease

04 May 2016
Researchers have developed a new light-based technique that selectively stiffens tissue in the cornea and might one day offer improved treatment fo...

New Method Could Offer More Precise Treatment for Corneal Disease

ESO’s latest facility upgrade features TOPTICA

02 May 2016
ESO’s latest facility upgrade features four new TOPTICA guide star lasers on Cerro Paranal

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End-fire coupling efficiencies of surface plasmons for silver, gold, and plasmonic nitride compounds

JOSA B, Vol. 33 Issue 6, pp.1044-1054 (2016)
We present a semi-analytical study exploring the end-fire coupling of a free-space incident beam into a surface plasmon propagating along the inter...

Propagation properties of Airy–Gaussian vortex beams through the gradient-index medium

JOSA A, Vol. 33 Issue 6, pp.1025-1031 (2016)
Propagation of Airy–Gaussian vortex (AiGV) beams through the gradient-index medium is investigated analytically and numerically with the transfer m...

Direct optical imaging of structural inhomogeneities in crystalline materials

Applied Optics, Vol. 55 Issue 14, pp.3866-3872 (2016)
A method for optical imaging of structural inhomogeneities in crystalline materials is proposed, based on the differences in the optical properties...

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