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Top 4 Trends of 2019

December 2019 | See all Trending in Optics Topics
Top Four Trending Topics

Advances in Smart Materials, Imaging, and Ultrafast Laser Optics


Transparent multifunctional smart glass uses integrated microstructured optics to act as both a display and an imaging system


Stabilized Ruggedized Imaging Lenses minimize pixel shift after shock and vibration


Non-line-of-sight imaging systems utilize lasers to generate 3D models of hidden objects around corners and behind obstacles


Ultrafast highly-dispersive mirrors compensate for dispersion in ultrafast laser systems with low loss

Continuous advancements in the optics and imaging industries impact markets all over the world. Industries such as wearable technology, automotive, machine vision, and medicine have all benefited from recent technological breakthroughs. Edmund Optics’ monthly Trending in Optics series highlights key trends in optics and imaging to keep the community informed of the most impactful and innovative technologies. The top trends highlighted in 2019 included multifunctional smart glass, Stabilized Ruggedized imaging lenses, non-line-of-sight imaging, and ultrafast highly-dispersive mirrors.


FAQ   Does Edmund Optics sell multifunctional smart glass or electrochromic glass?
No, Edmund Optics does not sell multifunctional smart glass or electrochromic glass. Multifunctional smart glass is still under development by ZEISS.
FAQ   Does Edmund Optics sell Stabilized Ruggedized lenses?

Yes, Edmund Optics offers several standard families of Stabilized Ruggedized lenses. The Cr Series Lenses are compact ruggedized versions of our C-mount C Series Lenses. The Rugged Blue Series M12 Lenses are ruggedized versions of our small form factor Blue Series M12 Lenses. Finally, the HPr Series Lenses are ruggedized versions of our high-resolution HP Series Lenses. Other lenses can also be ruggedized by request.

FAQ   In non-line-of-sight imaging, does the initial laser light scatter overpower the secondary scatter off of the hidden target?

The light that scatters directly off of the visible object is much stronger than the secondary scatter off of the indirect object, but there is a time delay between them that allows highly sensitive detectors with a high enough temporal resolution to differentiate the two signals.

FAQ   At what pulse duration is a laser considered to be “ultrafast?”

Laser pulses with picosecond, femtosecond, and attosecond pulse durations (<100ps) are typically considered ultrafast.

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