This is a fun summary of 10 great new ideas in the medical device industry that could really change your life. As we look back on 2014 and forward to 2015 we should keep these technologies in mind. All of them use photonics at their core.
There are technology breakthroughs, and then there are jaw-droppingly amazing technology breakthroughs.
We at Qmed have seen plenty of incredible technologies come across our radar this year. Here are 10 that especially impressed us:
Amazing work going on at U of R.
Researchers in Rochester, NY are finding ways to understand some of the mysteries of space without leaving earth. Using high-intensity lasers at the University of Rochester’s OMEGA EP Facility focused on targets smaller than a pencil’s eraser, they conducted experiments to create colliding jets of plasma knotted by plasma filaments and self-generated magnetic fields, reaching pressures a billion times higher than seen on earth.
Very cool news!
Component and system provider Thorlabs has continued its expansion up the photonics value chain with the acquisition of Corning’s optoelectronics research group – including significant expertise in quantum cascade laser (QCL) development.
And the company has immediately followed that up with a strategic partnership involving Daylight Solutions, the San Diego firm that has developed QCL-based products for infrared countermeasures and medical screening applications.
The Corning QCL operation, with which Daylight has already enjoyed a long-term collaboration, and related assets including intellectual property will now be transferred to Thorlabs’ semiconductor fabrication facility in Maryland.
Great re-cap on the 2014 RRPC Annual Meeting- which was a huge success, as always. The push for the national manufacturing institute in Optics and Photonics to be created here in Rochester, NY is stronger than ever and hopefully our dreams will become a reality with lots of continued hard-work to make it happen.
The Rochester region is lighting the way to an exciting new era of collaboration aimed at fueling innovation and manufacturing in the nation’s Optics, Photonics and Imaging Industry.
At the Rochester Regional Photonics Cluster Annual Meeting held Sept. 4 at the Rochester Museum and Science Center, leaders in business, government and academia called on the more than 200 attendees to join the push for creation of a National Manufacturing Institute (NMI) for Optics and Photonics to be centered in Rochester. The NMI would be part of a National Network for Manufacturing Innovation proposed by President Barack Obama, bringing together the nation’s research and manufacturing sectors in development of new technologies from concept to production, boosting innovation and increasing manufacturing jobs.
Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (D-NY 25th), who…
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Lumetrics® was featured in a Glass International publication about how thickness measurement is a critical parameter in a successful operation. Vice President Steve Heveron-Smith described how an all fiber-based interferometer, like Lumetrics’ OptiGauge™ can work in different glass applications.
Common methods for measuring glass include laser triangulation, spectrometers, digital micrometers, and manual touch gauges of various types. Manual touch gauges have all the issues inherent to manual measurements including variability based on user, longer time to measure, data integrity, and operator error. Automated gauges like spectrometers, and laser triangulation gauges remove the data integrity and time to measure issues, but often result in issues with set-up and usability.
Lumetrics® has developed an all-fiber based interferometer called the OptiGauge™. Traditional white light interferometers use a mechanical rotating flywheel with mirrors to provide the core function of creating interference fringes- what the system measures. The rotating flywheel is used in conjunction with free space optics, which channel a light beam through a series of mirrors and prisms and then out through an optical fiber to the probe and measured surface. These mirrors can be subject to alignment and use issues over time.
Read the full article here.
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