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Möbius strips of light
2015-01-30 13:21:38

Many schoolchildren are taught how to quickly and easily create a Mobius strip: Take a strip of paper, twist it once and join up the ends. This unique one-sided, three-dimensional shape rarely appears in nature, but a new study in the journal Science has found that it does appear in the polarization of an extremely short beam of laser light.

2015-01-30 08:24:01


2015-01-29 12:26:40

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Jan. 29, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- IMAX Corporation (NYSE: IMAX) and Warner Bros.

2015-01-28 23:09:59

Recently, DK Photonics has announced that its pump combiner, which is adopted in the high power fiber laser area, has already been in mass production and supplied for many famous clients of this

2015-01-28 23:06:10

Inspired by customer feedback, Fotodiox has created a solution that eliminates lens wobble while also doing away with the light leaks common among E-mounts Waukegan,

transition lenses
2015-01-28 11:23:51

Photochromic lenses capable of darkening in response to exposure to ultraviolet radiation and other forms of light have been around for years, but let’s face it: They can be slow to block out the glare quickly, or be equally unreliable when it comes time to return to normal.

Latest Optics Reference Libraries

Nature Photonics
2012-09-24 08:13:04

Nature Photonics is a peer-reviewed scientific journal established in 2007 and published monthly by the Nature Publishing Group. As with other Nature journals, this periodical has no external Editorial Board with editorial decisions made by a fully-functioning in-house team. The journal covers research related to optoelectronics, laser science, imaging, communications, and other aspects of photonics. It publishes review articles, research papers, news and commentary, and research...

Optics Communications
2012-04-30 14:35:08

Optics Communications is a peer-reviewed rapid-publication scientific journal published by Elsevier. This journal has been in publication since April of 1969, according to the Library of Congress. It reports on all fields of optical science and technology. The following subjects are covered in Optics Communications: Physical optics, Optical information and image processing, Guided wave optics, Atomic and molecular physics, Optical properties of condensed and soft matter, Quantum optics,...

2010-09-24 17:50:57

A telescope, designed to aid the observation of remote objects, collects some form of electromagnetic radiation (such as visible light). The Netherlands developed the first known practical telescope in the 17th century. The term "telescope" was termed in order to describe Galileo's instruments in 1611. However, Galileo was not the inventor of the telescope. It was Hans Lippershey, Zacharias Janssen, and Jacob Metius who are credited with the creation of the telescope. In 1668, Isaac Newton...

2010-09-23 19:15:37

Bifocals are eyeglasses, commonly prescribed for presbyopia, with two distinct optical powers. Although there are arguments against him, Benjamin Franklin is generally credited with the invention of bifocals. After a correspondence between George Whatley and John Fenno it was thought that Franklin possibly invented the bifocals fifty years earlier than previously thought. Many inventions are worked on independently by many people and bifocals may have been the same, however, Franklin was...

2010-09-16 15:48:43

A magnifying glass is a convex lens, usually mounted in a frame with a handle, which is used to produce a magnified image of an object. The glass works by creating a magnified virtual image of an object behind the lens. However, the distance between the lens and the object must be shorter than the focal length for the glass to work. If the distance is not correct then the image will appear small and inverted. Many magnifying glasses are mounted on a stand to insure the proper distance...

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