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    Laser Autocollimator and Bore Sighting

    Modern technologies are characterized by extreme complexity, and by the fact that one system is built by fusing several technologies together. A typical system could involve such technologies as accurate mechanics, lasers, vision systems,...
  • Optical grade CVD diamond manufactured by Element Six

    Diamond and Lasers: A powerful combination

    As photonics markets drive the development of ever higher powers for a range of laser systems, traditional laser materials are increasingly challenged in dealing with the high optical power densities and large amounts of waste heat. Novel solutions...
  • Laser tattoo removal Photo courtesy of Laser Centers of North Dallas

    High Power Lasers in Medical Applications

    Advances in laser technology have had a tremendous impact on the medical industry, especially medical devices, which have allowed us to live longer, healthier, and happier lives. Various wavelengths of light can be used in different ways in medical...
  • Simple trigonometry enables laser triangulation measurements to convert shift in a line image into vertical displacement measurements

    Laser Triangulation Meets the Growing Need for 3D Inspection

    Applications for quantitative, three-dimensional (3D) machine vision/inspection are currently growing at a very healthy pace, with laser triangulation often the preferred choice of technology to quickly verify fit, form and function in a...
  • Solar farms that need to be monitored at all times are well suited to infrared surveillance technology

    Panoramic, Infrared Protection for Solar Farms

    Over the past few years, the benefits of solar energy have been seen around the globe. According to the Energy Information Administration’s report from February, in 2013, there were 8.3 million megawatthours (MWh) of electricity generated by...
  • The patchy mid-cell organization of bacterial cell division protein FtsZ is resolved with nanoscale precision using super-resolution fluorescence microscopy Scale bar 1um

    Seeing More with New Microscopy Tools

    New microscopy tools are revealing biological details at higher resolutions and in more dimensions. For example, Seamus Holden, Ph.D., and researchers at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) published a recent study...
  • A pharmacist scans the SecurParm 2D data matrix code prior to dispensing the package to a customer

    Vision Puts a Stop to Counterfeit Drugs

    In 2011, the European Union defined a number of measures in its Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD) to prevent counterfeit or fake medicines from entering the legal supply chain in Europe. One of these measures specifies that pharmaceutical...

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