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Retail lighting applications are becoming more complex and demanding now that cost-effective, high-performance LED options are available
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  • Retail lighting applications are becoming more complex and demanding now that cost-effective, high-performance LED options are available

    Chip-On-Board LED Lighting Products Making a Difference

    Retail lighting applications are becoming more complex and demanding now that cost-effective, high-performance LED options are available. The market currently includes ambient lighting used for general illumination, colored lighting to achieve...
  • The first scientific revolution 2300 years ago created something never seen in natureburning combustibles by sunlight

    Photovoltaics: A 2300-year history

    While many people think of photovoltaics and solar energy as a fad that started in the 70s, it actually began 2300 years ago when Greek geometricians applied mathematics to produce technology that created something never seen in nature –...
  • High-resolution infrared chemical image of a colon tissue section

    Quantum Cascade Lasers Shine a New Light on Infrared Microscopy

    Infrared microscopy is a well-established technique to visualize and identify the varying chemical content across a sample. The technique leverages the fundamental molecular absorptions in the mid-infrared portion of the electromagnetic spectrum to...
  • Delegates to the Spring 2015 International Vision Standards Meeting IVSM

    London Brings Vision Standards to the Fore

    London was uncommonly chilly this April, as delegates to the Spring 2015 International Vision Standards meeting will testify. But inside the conference rooms at the St. Giles Hotel in London, the temperature was somewhat warmer, as engineers from...
  • Security and Surveillance Courtesy Point Grey Research

    Security and Surveillance Video Analytics Moves to the Edge

    Many camera-based surveillance and security systems deployed today are predominantly used as forensic tools. Located wherever individuals or objects need to be monitored, the systems capture video data, compress and transfer it back to a server...
  • The Past, Present and Future of Optics and Photonics

    The Past, Present and Future of Optics and Photonics

    The International Year of Light 2015 is one of those important times to take stock of history of photonics and speculate on the exciting future in this significant part of technology. It is sometimes difficult to comprehend the extensive...
  • The visible spectrum

    See What You’ve Been Missing

    Human vision is remarkable. This one sense is responsible for 80% of the information that our brain receives and plays a critical role in how we connect to the world. Our eyes can detect only visible light, which is a very narrow band within the...

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